According to Mobilesyrup unlimited data plans might be something phone carriers in Canada are mandated to offer in the near future. Especially if Toronto City Council throws their weight around.
Councillors Michelle Holland and Glenn De Baeremaeker have asked the CRTC to mandate all major Canadian mobile carriers to offer customers reasonably priced data packages.
The request from Toronto City Council stems from Canadians consumers desire to have access to unlimited data plans which are prevalent in the United States. Five Major U.S. carriers now offer affordable unlimited data packages compared to none in Canada.
The Mobilesyrup article which can be read here, highlights the fact that the CBC ran an article that suggested that Canadian mobile carriers have zero interest in offering unlimited data plans, and are unlikely to ever offer them unless they are mandated to do so.
Canadians pay some of the highest rates in the world for mobile services, and with the increasing reliance on mobile phones and the high prices of mobile phone plans, something needs to give.
The document that outlines Toronto City Council’s intent states that:
“If private sector carriers are unwilling to follow the lead of companies in other jurisdictions then it is responsibility of the Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission to compel the companies they regulate to provide these products to Canadian consumers at a reasonable cost”.