The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has banned all unlocking fees for phones.
People can bring in their current mobile devices to be unlocked free of charge and all new devices will already be unlocked at purchase. This will make it easier to switch carriers in the future.
"All charges for locked phones will finally be done away with," explained Dan L'heureux of Cambridge Electronics Inc.
The law comes into effect December 1, 2017.
In March, the CRTC reported that Canadian telecoms made a total of $37.7 million last year by charging customers to unlock their cellphones — a 75 per cent jump in that source of revenue compared with 2014.
The charge to unlock a phone is usually around $50. 
The CRTC also added that the ability to cancel your contract after 2 years with no cancellation fees will remain in effect, even if you have agreed to a longer term.

More Local News

RCMP remind public to watch out for email scams

A phishing scam could be sitting in your inbox.

Bruderheim's skate park one step closer to reality

Bruderheim’s skatepark is one ‘ollie’ closer to completion.

Parents schooled on the dangers of social media

Facebook has been around since 2004, but the online world has drastically changed since then.

Notice: Lamont County road closure

A temporary road closure has been put in place.

Careers Under Construction still seeing high numbers

Every day about 30 to 40 jobseekers walk through the doors of Careers Under Construction.

Library cuts back Sunday hours

Heads up: the Fort's library hours have slightly changed.

Bruderheim mayor: ‘our number one goal is sustainability’

Mayor Karl Hauch’s State of Community Address revealed sustainability is Bruderheim’s top priority.

Fire a false alarm at Rudolph Hennig

Rudolph Hennig students got in some emergency prepardness training.

City investigating new budgeting approach

Councillor Brian Kelly wants the city to look into adopting priority based budgeting (PBB). is Westman's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide

Habitat for Humanity is recruiting volunteers for Fort Saskatchewan!

15 March 2018 8:30 am - 31 March 2018 4:00 pm

Ft Saskatchewan Build

Great Canadian Dance Challenge Fort Saskatchewan

21 March 2018 12:00 pm - 25 March 2018 3:00 pm

Dow Centennial Center, Fort Saskatchewan

Edmonton Home + Garden Show

22 March 2018 12:00 pm - 25 March 2018 6:00 pm

Edmonton Expo Centre

GLOW Festival 2018

22 March 2018 6:00 pm - 24 March 2018 11:30 pm

Boyle Street Edmonton, Edmonton

Arthritis Access to Care Forum

22 March 2018 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Lister Center

Charley Pride at the River Cree Casino

22 March 2018 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

River Cree Resort & Casino, Spruce Grove

Elk Island Catholic Schools Closed

23 March 2018 8:00 am - 02 April 2018 3:00 pm