No-contract carrier supports Ontario Bill 133;
applauds proposed Manitoba Bill 35 consumer protection legislation
TORONTO, May 19 /CNW/ - Mobilicity today said it contacted the Ontario
Minister of Consumer Services in support of Bill 133 to end unfair
practices by wireless carriers.
In its letter to the Honourable John Gerretsen after his meeting with
the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Associations (CWTA),
Mobilicity said it fundamentally disagrees with the CWTA's ongoing
position on consumer protection laws and fully supports the proposed
legislation by Ontario MPP David Orazietti.
Mobilicity CEO Dave Dobbin wrote, "To be perfectly clear, although we
are a member of this association, we stand far apart from it on this
issue. Unfortunately, as is sometimes the case, on this point the
CWTA…has completely ignored the dissenting opinions of new entrants
such as ourselves."
Earlier this year, in its Manitoba government submission, the CWTA
contended that "consumers are better served by open competitive markets
and a self-regulated wireless industry with a strong Code of Conduct."
Mobilicity believes that this self-regulating Code of Conduct has
proven completely ineffective in protecting consumers.
Ontario's Bill 133 would require wireless carriers to provide clear
disclosure of all optional and mandatory services and contract
cancellation penalties, and limit contract termination fees.
Mobilicity strongly supports the need for greater protection of wireless
consumers and is encouraging provincial governments to explore the
introduction of consumer protective legislation similar to that in the
provinces of Quebec and Manitoba.
About Mobilicity (DAVE Wireless)
Mobilicity, Canada's UNLIMITED 3.5G mobile operator, provides nationwide
coverage with unlimited coverage areas to make wireless communications
more affordable and easier to use. Mobilicity's pay-in-advance
unlimited talk, text and data plans ensure 100 percent bill certainty -
without contracts, credit checks or hidden charges. Formerly known as
Data & Audio Visual Enterprises Wireless Inc. (DAVE Wireless), the
company is led by Obelysk, a diversified Canadian holding company, and
Quadrangle Capital Partners, a global investor in the
telecommunications and media sectors. Mobilicity was named one of
Canada's Top 25 Up and Coming Information & Communication Technology
start-ups in 2010 by the Branham Group Inc. Further information about
Mobilicity can be found at www.mobilicity.ca.
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