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Unlock Koodo Phone


Is unlocking Koodo phone free after I paid off the Koodo Tab? I got confused by the FAQ, according to the Cell Phone Freedom Act (Bill C-343), wireless phone companies must unlock upon request after the contract ends.

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Nope, not free. The bill won't come into effect later this year in December and it doesn't state that unlocking has to be free. What is say that cellphone companies will have to unlock phones, if so requested by a customer, after 30 days in service.
Nope, not free. The bill won't come into effect later this year in December and it doesn't state ...Hi, Which bill are you talking about?
Nope, not free. The bill won't come into effect later this year in December and it doesn't state ...The bill that was passed by the CRTC earlier last month...
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Nope, not free. The bill won't come into effect later this year in December and it doesn't state ...I think this is the one Chris mentioned: http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/com100/2013/r130603.htm (particularly 3rd bullet)
The bill was passed in 2011, here is the government website of Bill C-343. http://parl.gc.ca/content/hoc/Bills/411/Private/C-343/C-343_1/C-343_1.PDF In point 4, it clearly stated that it must be free of charge by the time the contract ends: "4. If a consumer purchases a cellular telephone from a provider at a discounted price as a condition of entering into a service contract for the telephone with the provider, the provider must, on the request of the consumer at any time after the service contract has expired, remove FREE OF CHARGE any network lock that has been applied to the telephone."
The bill was passed in 2011, here is the government website of Bill C-343. http://parl.gc.ca/con...Koodo does not have fixed term contracts. That bill is specifically aimed at contracts such as "2 years, 3 years". Even then, it specifically states "less than 6 months". No fixed term contract is less than this, thus the fee is not waived.
The bill was passed in 2011, here is the government website of Bill C-343. http://parl.gc.ca/con...I understand what you mean, but although it is a not a fixed term contract, it is still a contract which you have to pay off the tab before leaving/switching to a new phone. And the bill did not say fixed term contract (as what Koodo calls it), the bill stated service contract.
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The bill was passed in 2011, here is the government website of Bill C-343. http://parl.gc.ca/con...I'm with you, Kenneth! But alas... it's not the way it works... you could try to find a 3rd party unlock service. Won't be free, but you'll probably pay a fraction of the $50 Koodo charges 🙂
The bill was passed in 2011, here is the government website of Bill C-343. http://parl.gc.ca/con...Your information is incorrect. You do not have to pay the tab off before you upgrade your phone or before you cancel. If you cancel, then yes, you do have to pay the remaining tab balance. Regardless though, that bill does not apply to Koodo because they don't have fixed term contracts. You can try to spin it to make it work in your favor, but facts are facts.
The bill was passed in 2011, here is the government website of Bill C-343. http://parl.gc.ca/con...I understand both sides of the situation, that is why I also emailed Koodo. I will leave a comment here when Koodo replies back.
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The bill was passed in 2011, here is the government website of Bill C-343. http://parl.gc.ca/con...Thanks! Am curious to know what they'll reply with 🙂
The bill was passed in 2011, here is the government website of Bill C-343. http://parl.gc.ca/con...Koodo's phones don't actually count as a discounted price. While yes, they do go on the tab to help reduce the price, the discounted pricing it's referring to are the pricing when on a fixed term contract.
The bill was passed in 2011, here is the government website of Bill C-343. http://parl.gc.ca/con...Once again, it did not say fixed term contract on Bill C-343.
The bill was passed in 2011, here is the government website of Bill C-343. http://parl.gc.ca/con..."Less than 6 months" yes, it does.
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The bill was passed in 2011, here is the government website of Bill C-343. http://parl.gc.ca/con...Ok guys 🙂 Let's not change this into a yes/no discussion, Kenneth said he will let us know what Koodo comes back with... in the meantime, let's all agree to disagree until we know for sure 🙂
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The bill was passed in 2011, here is the government website of Bill C-343. http://parl.gc.ca/con...Well, the bill wasn't passed just made it to the First Reading. Look at the 'progress' bar here: http://www.parl.gc.ca/LegisInfo/BillDetails.aspx?Language=E&Mode=1&billId=5218290

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