Canadian CRTC Wants Carriers to Unlock Smartphones Dylan Duarte January 29, 2013 While my country, the good ol’ U.S. of A., recently put into effect a law banning the unlocking of smartphones, our hockey-loving neighbors are looking to go the opposite way. Canada’s top telecom regulator wants to mandate that carriers must unlock their own smartphones under what the CRTC deems to be reasonable terms. It’s not just the CRTC looking out for consumers, either, as Canada’s wireless carriers are supportive of the new rules, with Telus remarking that they’re a good start. A public hearing to discuss the new rules is scheduled for next month. The CRTC is also looking to limit early termination fees that carriers can impose. To say that the CRTC is doing its job is an understatement. Perhaps America can look north for some ideas on how to better serve its mobile consumers. Well done, Canada. Enjoy your poutine. You’ve earned it. via BGR Share This With The World!