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With the device subsidy balance being reset to $0, does that not suggest carriers should be removing the subsidy portion from the bill? Do we know the CRTC's position on this?
 

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I believe that the CRTC's position is that they take no position on your regular monthly fee, but that cancellation fees are limited to the amount of your remaining subsidy.

The subsidy is a lie anyway. The theory is that a portion of the rate plan is a subsidy, but that theory is refuted by the fact that your rate plan stays the same once your phone is paid off. Also, the BYOD discount is much less than the amount of the typical subsidy. Finally, I was once on a $10 plan (in 2006-2009) where the cancellation fee was $20/month, and Telus argued that that was the amount of the device subsidy.

I'm of the opinion that cell phone plans should be more transparent. The device isn't being "subsidized", it's being "financed". We end up paying the full price of the device one way or another. So have a line item for the plan itself, without subsidy, and a separate line for the financing of the phone purchase. Doing it this way has the additional advantage that there no longer needs to be any connection between phone plan and device (i.e. "must upgrade to $80 plan to get this phone").

Unfortunately, this is neither something that the CRTC will mandate, nor is it something that the phone companies will implement voluntarily, which means we're stuck with opaque billing and no "subsidy portion of bill" until further notice.
 

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Excerpts from CRTC launches review of the Wireless Code of Conduct

The CRTC invited Canadians to participate in its review of the Wireless Code. The review will also include a public hearing that will begin on February 6, 2017, in the National Capital Region.

Canadians will also have the opportunity to share their opinions and engage in discussion on the Wireless Code through an online discussion forum from September 13 to 26, 2016. Details will be announced at a later date.
 

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Canadians invited to share their views on the Wireless Code

The CRTC is inviting Canadians to share their experiences with the Wireless Code in addressing issues regarding their wireless services.
The CRTC is holding an online discussion forum from February 6-14, 2017. All comments made by Canadians during the online consultation will be considered as part of the review of the Wireless Code.
The CRTC is also holding a public hearing on the Wireless Code in the National Capital Region from February 6-9, 2017, to assess its effectiveness and whether it should be updated to reflect the evolution of the wireless market.

Quick Facts
  • The Wireless Code promotes a dynamic marketplace by empowering Canadians to make informed choices about their wireless services and establishing industry standards for wireless companies.
  • The Wireless Code applies to all mobile wireless service providers that serve individuals and small businesses.
  • The Commissioner for Complaints for Telecommunications Services administers the Wireless Code and helps resolve complaints.
  • The CRTC committed to reviewing the effectiveness of the Wireless Code three years after it came into force.
  • Canadians can read the transcripts from the first online discussion forum that took place in September 2016.
 
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