Canada's fastest-growing new carrier says Ontarians will finally get the protection they deserve
TORONTO, April 12, 2012 /CNW/ - Mobilicity today applauded the Ontario government's plans to curb mobile phone bill shock with the adoption of The Wireless Services Agreement Act, 2012, saying that it is time that Ontarians get legislative protection from unfair wireless practices.
"We are grateful that Ontario is taking further steps to ensure its citizens are not impacted by restrictive, oppressive wireless practices, like excessive early contract termination fees," said Mobilicity President and Chief Operating Officer Stewart Lyons.
"Carrier codes governed by the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) have proven ineffective in protecting consumers and seem to act in the best interests of the Big 3, not Canadians," Lyons added. "Ontario is definitely on the right track and we hope other provinces will keep the trend going until all consumers from coast-to-coast get the protection they deserve."
The province's wireless consumer protection legislation has received its fair share of ups and downs since it was originally introduced by MPP David Orazietti in 2010 as Bill 133 (The Wireless Phone, Smart Phone and Data Service Transparency Act, 2011).The planned legislation requires wireless carriers to provide clear disclosure of all optional and mandatory services and contract cancellation penalties, and limit contract termination fees.
Last year, Mobilicity voiced strong support of the private member's bill and has advocated for greater protection of wireless consumers. The no-contract carrier has also encouraged other provincial governments to explore the introduction of consumer protective legislation similar to that in the province of Quebec.
About Mobilicity (DAVE Wireless)
Mobilicity, Canada's smart mobile carrier, was created to bring down the cost of wireless with unlimited talk, text and data plans, affordable North American coverage, plus popular handsets and smartphones - without locking customers into contracts or charging extra or hidden fees. Everything Mobilicity does adds up to a better wireless experience, not an expensive one. NOW THAT'S SMART.
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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