Looks like unlocking cellphones is starting to become a trend. Recently TELUS announced they will unlock various devices for a fee starting in 2011… but today both Rogers and Fido have stepped up with a new “Handset Unlocking Policy”.
According to the internal doc it states that “Effective December 14, we’ll be changing our policy on device unlocking to allow customers the opportunity to unlock their devices for a $50 fee. This new policy applies to phones, smartphones, and rocket sticks depending on the manufacturer’s restrictions. Customers purchasing a new device or qualifying for a HUP are also eligible to have their previous phone unlocked.”
Of course there are some stipulations to having your device unlocked. If you’re on a contract you’re not going be the happiest person: Your account must be in good standing and you “Have paid the un-subsidized / no term cost for the device at least 30 days prior OR have finished their Commitment Period”.
Of course there are several other 3rd party options to unlock your device… Progress right?