Cell Phone Freedom Act

An Act respecting the locking of cellular telephones

This bill was previously introduced in the 41st Parliament, 1st Session.

Sponsor

Bruce Hyer  NDP

Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)

Status

Introduced, as of Oct. 16, 2013

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Summary

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This enactment provides that a telecommunications service provider is obligated to

(a) inform a consumer who intends to purchase a cellular telephone from the provider whether the network access of the telephone is restricted by a lock;

(b) remove free of charge, after the service contract has expired, any network lock that has been applied to a cellular telephone purchased at a discounted price by a consumer as a condition of entering into a service contract with the provider; and

(c) remove free of charge any network lock that has been applied to a cellular telephone purchased by a consumer from the provider if the consumer does not enter into a service contract of at least six months in duration with the provider or if the consumer pays the total cost of the telephone handset before taking possession of it.

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Cell Phone Freedom Act
Routine Proceedings

November 3rd, 2011 / 10:05 a.m.
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NDP

Bruce Hyer Thunder Bay—Superior North, ON

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-343, An Act respecting the locking of cellular telephones.

Mr. Speaker, it is my pleasure today to introduce a private member's bill, the cellphone freedom bill. The bill takes an important step, providing more consumer choice and promoting competition in the domestic wireless market. It would do that by striking a healthy balance on the issue of mobile phone network locks.

Network locks means that Canadian consumers' cellphones are locked to work only on the network of the carrier from which they buy their phone. The cellphone freedom act would level the playing field for Canadian cellphone customers. It would mandate that consumers buying new cellphones in Canada must be informed of any cell network lock on their phones before sale. It would require phone companies to unlock handsets upon request, without charge, when consumers purchase new phones outright. It says that carriers must unlock handsets upon request, free of charge again, when a consumer comes to the end of his or her service contract, or any time thereafter.

I invite members of all parties to stand up for competition and consumers and support the cellphone freedom bill.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)