Telus Corp. and Rogers Communications Inc. have each filed applications asking the CRTC to clarify whether “tab” billing will be permitted under the commission’s new rules for the wireless industry. In a “tab” model, a fixed percentage of a customer’s monthly bill is applied toward paying off any subsidy they received on the purchase of their wireless device, as opposed to other contracts that pay off subsidies with a fixed dollar amount each month. In an application filed with the commission last week, Telus said it was concerned that the “strict language” of the wireless code, released by the commission last month, will prevent its Koodo brand and other carriers from offering wireless device subsidies under the tab model. Tab customers typically do not sign fixed-term contracts, and are permitted to cancel their services when their device subsidy is repaid. Under the wireless code, customers can exit wireless contracts after 24 months without paying a cancellation fee, even if they still owe money to repay a device subsidy. The code said cancellation fees cannot exceed the cost of repaying a device subsidy during the first 24 months of a contract, and laid out requirements for how those fees can be calculated. In a letter dated July 12, the CRTC said commissioners—not commission staff—will address the carriers’ concerns directly. The companies said the tab model is very popular among their subscribers and that it would be “anti-consumer” to remove the model from the marketplace.