Rogers and Fido waiving unlocking fees on outright device purchases ahead of CRTC deadline


  • Dan man

    lol bell readying the system will cost you 50 dollars for an unlock code? too funny

    • Ghenosis

      I just spoke with a Bell rep and they said they can’t override or pricematcch Rogers unlock code. Ask to speak to they’re supervisor which will contact me within 2 days….. lol

    • jamesschneiderfreuden

      Don’t hold your breath.

    • ToniCipriani ✓pǝᴉɟᴉɹǝʌ

      They’re making sure it’ll glitch and charge you the $50, then when you don’t pay it, send it to collections and blacklist your phone.

  • Stephen B Morris

    Hahahahaha!!! Oh, Bell and their greed. They probably still look for pennies on the ground.

    • It’s Me

      Yup. They are being so gracious by fixing a defect in your full price phone that they inflicted.

  • Gary Rodrigues

    Wireless Cole? Lol

  • thomas nguyen

    Price of rate plans will now increase by $5 to make up potential lost revenue….

    • It’s Me

      Prices will now go up another $10 with nothing to do with the unlocks.

      Why do people think these dicks need a reason to increase prices? Must be new.

    • Can’t Fix Stupid

      They like to use it as a shot at the CRTC. The general masses buy their boogeyman excuse. Remember the campaign when Verizon was thinking of coming in, 3 year to 2 year contracts…they used their media PR machines to do a number on anyone who crosses them.

      If they can spin a price increase and put the blame on the CRTC they will.

    • It’s Me

      Exactly. They like having an excuse to gouge but they’ve never needed an excuse to gouge.

      Can’t believe how many people think they need a reason.

    • skullan

      Doubt it will be the price that goes, simply the upfront phone cost.

      They will reclaim whatever money. The eliminated 3 year contracts proved that.

    • It’s Me

      Nah, shorter contracts just proved they’ll use any excuse to hike prices and but the excuse won’t make even a bit of difference. They’ll raise prices anyway. 2 year terms were just an excuse they hoped people would swallow.

      The fact that 2 year terms should have meant ~$7/month increases to reclaim yet they jacked them $20-$50 proved that.

    • thomas nguyen

      Not only did they reclaim their money from 3year to 2year contract, they actually made more money by doing so…

  • Christine

    Bell now has added extra set up fees and what the call hardware upgrade fees.. Both add up too 50$ .. When I purchased my new phone… Both were hidden fees.. Until my first bill… I called bell and they said can’t be reversed.. Because it’s too late… I believe that’s bull=***

    • mgoblue20000

      I’m sure it is BS. Bell really likes to make you fight with them to get a fair deal. If you’re willing to fight your way up through the lower level reps you can probably get it delt with, but it can be a real slog. Big reason I left Bell and will never go back.

  • Christine

    Mobile carriers won’t lose money.. They make it up in other areas… I’m sure they’ll find a way to screw the customer

    • Homer J. Simpson

      I second this.

    • Tim

      Rogers has already raised roaming rates from $50 to $70 per gig. They also raised the connection fee to $25 from $20.

    • Jerking their chain

      Correction: Data Overage rates, not roaming rates, have increased from $50gb to $70gb.

  • mgoblue20000

    Bell is the worst. All the carriers have their flaws, but I’ve had various services with Bell a few times and always ended up regretting it. They fail to honour deals they promote, the customer service reps my wife and I have dealt with have been usually very unhelpful and when asked to transfer to someone else my wife often got hung up on. Never again.

    • Can’t Fix Stupid

      I would agree in a ranking of the overall scummy big 3, Bell is worst followed by Rogers.

    • Captain Pokemon

      Just imagine back 20 years ago, you cannot reason with Bell since they used to monopolized a lot of business. Of course, they also charged 3 dollars per minute long distance to Asian countries.

  • Phongatron

    Look like Rogers already selling unlocked phones, just brought the iPhone 8 on a contract and it is already unlocked.

  • Can’t Fix Stupid

    They all still need a little time to raise prices to offset the lost revenue plus a little gravy to themselves.

  • Lawrence Tan

    This is not true. To unlock the phone before Dec 1 will cost you $50.

  • Lawrence Tan

    Rogers is not unlocking the phones for free even for phones bought September 1st onwards. Have to wait for 90 days for those who signed up with plan or Dec 1 for those who purchase the phone.

    • Tim

      the 90 day wait only applies to those on a contract.

  • Wen Guźman

    Just got a Note 8 from Rogers a week ago. And read this article yesterday. Tried my Freedom Mobile sim card and it worked. Unlocked out of the box.

    • It’s Me

      I’m guessing that they started ordering phones unlocked so they aren’t stuck with a bunch of sealed boxes of locked phones on dec 1. If you buy a phone that has older stock or a slow seller it’s likely to be locked but a phone that is a newer release or a faster sell though might be from an unlocked shipment.