Telus will be increasing the fee for unlocking your smartphone by $15 in the coming days. We’ve confirmed this with news with the carrier and were sent the following statement:
“TELUS will be increasing its device unlock fee to $50 effective July 7. We apologize for the inconvenience but made the change because the cost to provide this service is higher than we originally anticipated.”
Until 11:59pm on July 6th, the price to unlock your device with Telus will be $35. The new $50 price matches carriers Rogers and Bell. Along with other Canadian carriers, Telus started to unlock customer devices back in 2011 for $50, then dropped the price in 2012.
An unlocked cellphone gives the owner flexibility to put in any SIM card from a competing carrier. According to the Wireless Code of Conduct, carriers must immediately unlock devices upon request when they have been fully paid for, or 90 days after the start of a 2-year contract.