• Status Report: Carrier-Unlocked Devices in Canada



    Thanks to the CRTC, come this December 1st your Canadian carrier will no longer be able to sell phones locked to its own network. It's great news for consumers in this country; even better, some carriers are getting ahead of the deadline and have begun unlocking their hardware for free!

    I've cobbled together a quick list of who is currently selling unlocked smartphones (and also LTE-connected tablets). It's by no means complete, so please feel free to add to it. And it doesn't include your local Apple Store or pop-up Samsung shopóbecause we already knew about those, right?

    Bell and Virgin Mobile

    Both Bell and its subsidiary Virgin Mobile have begun selling a considerable portion of their device portfolios without any carrier locks:

    Alcatel GoFlip and Pixi 5
    All Google devices
    All iPhones and iPads
    BlackBerry KEYOne (requires software update)
    LG Q6
    Motorola Z2 Play
    Samsung Note 8
    ZTE Grand X View 2 Tablet

    Best Buy Canada

    All iPhones for all carriers are now sold unlocked, even the ones with subsidies.

    Eastlink

    "Some" devices are now sold unlocked... That's super-helpful </s>.

    Freedom Mobile

    There are anecdotal reports of users getting unlocking fees waived. Your mileage may vary; I asked about unlocking a phone when activating a line on Freedom and was told I'd have to wait thirty days.

    Rogers and Fido

    Both are waiving unlocking fees, but only for devices bought outright.

    Staples Canada

    The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are now available unlocked for outright purchase, and also on an in-house 24-month payment plan.

    TELUS and Koodo

    Again, anecdotal evidence of unlocking fees being waived. YMMV.

    If you've anything to add to this list, please help your fellow readers out!

    Sources: iPhone in Canada, Mobile Syrup (1), (2), (3)

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: Status Report: Carrier-Unlocked Devices in Canada started by acurrie View original post
    Comments 4 Comments
    1. merlin666's Avatar
      merlin666 -
      My GF picked up a Telus Google Pixel which is supposed to be unlocked. She also picked up a Telus Alcatel A30 tables that was unlocked. However, when we used it with German SIMs (O2 and Telekom), it was not compatible with frequencies used for LTE or G4 there, so only had G2 speed.
    1. sirtate's Avatar
      sirtate -
      Quote Originally Posted by merlin666 View Post
      My GF picked up a Telus Google Pixel which is supposed to be unlocked. She also picked up a Telus Alcatel A30 tables that was unlocked. However, when we used it with German SIMs (O2 and Telekom), it was not compatible with frequencies used for LTE or G4 there, so only had G2 speed.
      If they didn't ask for a code to accept the SIM, they were unlocked...

      The fact that a North American model didn't have the full set of European frequency bands is immaterial.

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    1. ijcy's Avatar
      ijcy -
      You state that on Bell and Virgin Google phones are now being sold unlocked.
      Correction All Google phones have always come unlocked.
    1. qag01's Avatar
      qag01 -
      Freedom is now unlocking devices for free, if you make a request in my account, the system will give you your code free of charge. I'm curious, does anyone know if the carriers are going to be able to abuse these regulations with crap like "you have to have an active account with us", something that Rogers has told me in the past? I tried unlocking a Netgear Aircard locked to Rogers yesterday, and the rep told me that only the original owner could request an unlock. I bought it on EBay, lol. Anyway, he told me to try again after December 1st, because that regulation might not be enforced anymore. Any truth to this?

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