Buying a smartphone in United States or Canada is an interesting process as your device would be locked to be used with one carrier in case you want to buy a cellphone with contract. Following your purchase, if you wanted to change your carrier, the locked phone makes it difficult. In order to make it easier for everyone to change carrier in case someone isn’t satisfied with the service, Canada’s Radio Television and Communications Commission has introduced a new law effective from December that will ensure than all phones sold in the country is unlocked and can be used with any carrier.
While there is quite a bit of wait before the law takes effect, you can ask your provider to unlock the smartphone following December 1 and they are required to process your request for free. As a result, the newly announced law will make it easier for everyone to change a carrier in case you are not satisfied with it. Previously, you would need to purchase a new phone or pay a fee to unlock the device.
While the new process will make it easier for you to switch the device, you might need to require early cancellation fees in case you want to change your operator but want to keep your device. However, the new law will introduce a trial period to ensure that you have enough time to decide if you want to keep your current carrier following a new purchase.
With the new law, you will have a total of 15 days to try out a carrier and if you return the device within 15 days in near new condition along with half of the allowed data, then you can cancel the contract without any penalty.
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