Thinking about getting the latest and greatest cell phone? As part of Consumer Awareness Week, we’ve dialled up a few things to think about when it comes to cell phone contracts.

You probably won’t remember, but there was a time when cordless phones were the next best thing in telecommunications (and then there were those, achem, car phones…). Today we have cell phones that let us listen to music, read emails and more. But before you sign a cell phone contract, stop and think about these three things:

  • Know what you’re buying. Are you paying for the phone outright, or is the cost included in your contract? Are you eligible to upgrade your phone after a certain amount of time?
  • Can you change your plan? Find out if you can change your plan while in a contract, or if you are required to enter into a new one.
  • Calculate how much you’re paying each month. The monthly base charge for your plan should be in your contact. Find out if data and long distance are included, and ask about any monthly add-on fees and taxes. Be clear about what you are getting!

There’s lots more to know about cell phone contracts and your rights and obligations. For more information, check out the website for the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association and the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission’s website (click on Wireless Code).


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