Rogers has announced today it will be changing its unlocking policy. Starting in March, they will unlock devices 90 days after activation; previously customers had to wait until the end of their contracts to do so.
For those that purchase smartphones at full price they will unlock devices immediately. Both scenarios will cost customers $50 plus taxes.
When you purchase a wireless device on a new or existing Rogers account at full price, you are eligible to unlock it immediately.
For those customers who are under a term commitment, we have made some changes to our device unlocking policy to give you more flexibility in the way you use your wireless device. In March 2013, we’ll be changing our policy so that you no longer have to wait until you complete your full term commitment – you can unlock 90 days after activating your device on the Rogers network. We’re also making it even easier for you to have your phone unlocked by bringing it to any of our Rogers retail stores.
Customers will also be able to bring handsets to any Rogers retail store to get unlocking service. TELUS currently unlocks iPhones for $35 after 90 days activation while Bell and Virgin will unlock phones for $75.
The CRTC recently asked the public to comment on their first draft wireless code, which has early on been dominated by three year contract term discussion. Just two days ago the Competition Bureau stressed the draft wireless code should implement a ban on locked phones.
Update: Rogers informs us this policy also applies to Fido and Chatr as well.