Ontario looking to enact cellphone user protection plan

It's hard to think of the severe penalties in Canada for breaking a cell contract as unfair. It's not that they're fair, but for anyone who's owned a cell for more than five years, you kind of forget about it. It sucks, but it's part of life.
Well, that doesn't mean the Ontario government have forgot about it.
In fact, the Ontario Liberals announced its new cell phone legislation that would effectively allow anyone out of a damaging contract and limit the penalties providers can levy.
From the Globe article:
“Millions of Ontarians subscribe to wireless phone services and, given the unwillingness of the federal government to protect consumers from costly one-side contracts, we are moving forward with important legislation that reaches the same objectives as those proposed in two bills I previously introduced”

Well, that sounds about right. Most of us in Canada are stuck with cells from the biggest companies because of the coverage they provide or just stability of service. While the advent of Wind and Public Mobile have done some good in giving Canadians alternatives, it seems there's still a lot that could be done to legislate the big three and keep them honest, so to speak.
Original article: Ontario to adopt consumer cellphone protection plan (Globe and Mail Technology)

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