BCE Inc., Rogers Communications Inc. and Telus Corp. are among the group of wireless providers which have filed a motion with Canada’s Federal Court of Appeal on Wednesday (July 3), to appeal some parts of a new consumer code for cell phone service in Canada.
Last month the CRTC (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission) announced a new code of conduct.
It targets the often high cost of using a cellphone or smartphone by capping additional data and roaming charges as well as the length of cellphone contracts. It allows consumers to cancel their wireless contracts after two years with no fees. It also makes it easier to switch to a new provider and makes phone contracts easier to read and understand.
The new code was set to take effect on Dec. 2, 2013 and its provisions would apply to all wireless contracts by June 3, 2015.
CBC News – Bell, Rogers, Telus question new measures, including ability to cancel contracts sooner – here
Mobile Syrup – Wireless providers to challenge aspects of the CRTC’s Wireless Code as they relate to retroactive contracts – here
Globe and Mail – Carriers poised to challenge parts of CRTC’s new wireless code – here