November 17, 2010 10:27am
Ontario Liberal MPP David Orazietti has introduced a private member’s bill that’s aiming to stop “unfair practices” by wireless carriers. The proposed bill will reduce cancellation fees, make contracts easier to understand, remove prepaid phone cards expiry dates… but most importantly force carriers to unlock devices when they’re paid for.
Orazietti said “There are ongoing challenges with respect to transparency and regulations in this industry, and we want to see changes to that and greater protection for consumers. This is a pocketbook issue for consumers…When a piece of equipment is paid for, or a service contract is completed, we would expect that the service providers provide the information to allow the device to be unlocked”.
Orazietti now joins NDP MP Bruce Hyer an his private members’ Bill C-560. Hyer recently introduced the “Cellphone Freedom Act” that has a single focus of carriers proving unlocked cellphones.
Source: Toronto Star