07/15/2013 04:49 EDT | Updated 07/16/2013 09:25 EDT

Telus, Bell's Three-Year Wireless Plans Scrapped


Just a little more than a month after the CRTC unveiled its new wireless code of conduct, two of Canada's three major telecom companies are reportedly scrapping three-year cellphone contracts — and they're doing it on the same day.

UPDATE: In an email to the Huffington Post, a Rogers spokesperson said that since the CRTC's new wireless code affects carriers with three-year plans, the company will introduce two-year contracts. More details will be shared "shortly," they added.

Bell announced that it will start implementing plans and hardware prices specifically designed for two-year contracts on July 17, Mobile Syrup reports, citing an internal document from the carrier. Three-year plans will be scrapped on July 30, according to the website.

A Bell spokesperson neither confirmed nor denied the changes, saying only the company hadn't yet announced any contract changes.

In an email to HuffPost, Telus senior communications manager Donna Ramirez said the company "will offer its new TELUS Share Plus two-year plans only" as of July 30, suggesting the company will no longer offer three-year contracts.

HuffPost has contacted Rogers to inquire whether the third of Canada's three major telecoms also plans to scrap three-year contracts. They have not yet responded.

On June 3, the CRTC ruled that Canadian customers can walk away from their 3-year plans after two years, without having to pay any early-cancellation fees. The regulator did not, however, ban three-year plans outright.

Oddly enough, the three major carriers are all in court fighting the CRTC's new code of conduct, asking for its implementation to be delayed. The companies' argument is that there is “uncertainty” over how the rules will apply to contracts signed this year.

The new wireless rules also cap extra data charges at $50 per month and international data roaming charges at $100 per month. They take effect on December 2.

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