The CRTC made a good ruling for consumers (maybe not so good for the Wireless Companies, but if I wrote that I felt sorry for them, you’d know I was being incredibly sarcastic) ruling that Cell Phone contracts can only be Two Years in Length.
To quote our friends at the CRTC:
Among other things, individual and small business consumers will be able to:
- terminate their wireless contracts after two years without cancellation fees, even if they have signed on for a longer term
- cap extra data charges at $50/month and international data roaming charges at $100/month to prevent bill shock
- have their cellphones unlocked after 90 days, or immediately if they paid for the device in full
- return their cellphones, within 15 days and specific usage limits, if they are unhappy with their service
- accept or decline changes to the key terms of a fixed-term contract (i.e., 2-year), and
- receive a contract that is easy to read and understand.
The cap’ing of the max charges is a very nice touch too. Wonder if this works with roaming charges in other countries?
The good news is that if you want a new iFruit ShoeFone or a Crackberry 2001, the longest you’ll be saddled with that technological marvel will only be two years. Honestly that is about the lifespan of these miniature portable computers, so I think the CRTC is in the right with this ruling as well.
Here is a link to the CRTC’s Wireless Code, you should read that over carefully as well.
Anybody with a new Three Year contract should be doing a happy jig as well, given it is now only a two-year contract. Wonder if the Wireless folks will attempt to “recoup their losses” in these situations with new fees? It should make for an interesting few months, that is for sure.