TORONTO – Canadian cellphone customers are fed up with perceived price gouging, lousy customer service, and onerous contract terms, according to a report released by the advocacy group OpenMedia.
The group asked consumers for their horror stories in dealing with mobile service providers and tallied the tales of 2,859 respondents.
Almost two-thirds raised issues about poor service, while one in three said they felt trapped by the terms of their contract.
Among the most common complaints were: being charged unexpected additional fees; clarity of advertised prices; clarity of and sudden changes to contract terms and conditions; and issues with roaming.
The report, entitled “Time for an Upgrade: Demanding Choice in Canada’s Cell Phone Market,” calls for more competition in the mobile market; mandating that phones be sold unlocked, so they can be used with different carriers; and more consumer-friendly contracts, rather the typical three-year agreements that come with buying a new phone at a subsidized price.
On the web: http://www.openmedia.ca