Koodo iPhone Unlocking Now Free, Same Goes for Other Smartphones


As we draw closer to the CRTC December 1 deadline for a ban on unlocked cellphones and unlocking fees, Telus-owned Koodo has already waived its unlocking fee, according to an internal document seen by MobileSyrup.

Koodo made the change yesterday, but notes the $50 unlock fee will still exist for new customers until December 1st, however.

The carrier says it is prioritizing the sale of locked devices first, as unlocked cellphone stock will be hitting retail locations in the near future.

Rogers and Fido started to unlock outright purchased smartphones for free in late September, well ahead of the December 1 deadline. Best Buy currently sells all iPhones unlocked from their stores, a policy implemented in September.

This summer, the CRTC announced a ban on locked cellphones and unlocking fees for individual and business customers.

Unlocking fees, which Rogers, Telus and Bell charged $50 per device for, helped pull in big revenue numbers, with some estimates citing the number as over $37 million in fees alone in 2016. As for how these wireless companies will make up for lost revenue? They could come in the form of new fees or increased charges for data and other overages.


  • Cornfed710

    What if I’m no longer a Koodo customer?

  • geekyaleks

    Yes, I feel very very sorry for our beloved carriers loosing out on a pure rip-off scheme…

  • bbousquet

    Fear not, some have already increased their plan prices to recover that money.

  • Kyler Barrett

    Then see your current provider for how to do it? It’s only free for existing customers at the moment. New customers still pay the fee. On December 1st it will change so that the providers have to unlock for free or sell unlocked phones.

  • Salinger

    I purchased my iPhone X on launch day at the Apple Store. I got it on upgrade/contract with Rogers and it is unlocked!

    I swapped out SIM cards to confirm.

  • Sarge

    This if for Telus as well. I just called and they unlocked my 6S no questions asked for free.

  • Sarge

    This is for Telus as well, I just unlocked my 6S for free.

  • raslucas

    You should still be able to contact them to unlock the phone… assuming you don’t owe them money or something.

  • Cornfed710

    I guess we’ll find out. I have 2 iPhones locked to Koodo, but I’m no longer a Koodo customer. No I don’t owe any money.

  • DoctorT

    Public mobile has started unlocking for free too.
    To do so you need to message their “moderator team” on the forums and give them your IMEI, account number and phone number.

  • Jody Scallon

    Just unlocked mine on Telus live chat, they only needed the IMEI