While American users have to wait (and wait) for tools like ultrasn0w to unlock our iPhones, our lucky neighbors to the north can simply ring up their carrier and kindly ask for their device to be unlocked. (For a $50 fee.)
It’s a new policy Rogers is introducing that applies to most cellular devices bought through them including “consumer phones, smartphones, embedded laptops, and rocket sticks depending on manufacturer restrictions.”
The restrictions are pretty tight (for example “no grey market devices”), but that is expected. In an ideal world, there wouldn’t be contracts, carrier locks, or exclusivity deals to begin with, but this is the next best thing.
To have a device unlocked, a customer must:
- Have an account in good standing
- Have paid the un-subsidized / no term cost for the device at least 30 days prior OR have finished their Commitment Period (contract)
- Unlock a device which is listed in their equipment history (no grey market devices)
- Pay a $50 unlocking fee plus applicable taxes (note: prepaid customers must have a $50 plus the applicable taxes, balance on their account)