Thunder Bay, ON ---- January 26, 2013 --- TELUS today announced it is offering the world's most advanced and fastest wireless technology to customers in Thunder Bay. Additional communities will get access to 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) in the coming months, as TELUS continues to bring the technology to even more Ontarians in 2013. TELUS has come out with a new $50/month plan that includes unlimited Canada-wide calling, voicemail, caller ID and 6GB of data until February 7, 2013
TELUS' 4G LTE network now covers nearly 70 per cent of the Canadian population.
By the end of 2013, TELUS' 4G LTE network is expected to launch in Ontario regions including Collingwood, Port Colborne, North Bay, Cornwall and Woodstock.
"TELUS is committed to offering the best experience for our customers and the launch of our 4G LTE service in Thunder Bay is an excellent example of how we're delivering on this promise." said Hilen Wong, TELUS director of national retail. "With a 4G LTE device like the Samsung Galaxy S III, Note II and soon the BlackBerry 10, our customers right here in Thunder Bay will have the fastest wireless Internet at their fingertips, as fast as your home Internet connection but on your smartphone, tablet or Internet key. We continue to expand this new technology, community by community, so that by the end of the year more Ontario residents than ever will have access."
To celebrate the launch of TELUS' 4G LTE network in Thunder Bay, new and existing customers can purchase a $50 rate plan free of premium charges, which includes unlimited Canada-wide calling, voicemail, caller ID and 6GB of data from now until February 7, 2013
4G LTE is rapidly emerging as the new standard for wireless technology around the world, with most new handsets built to take advantage of its superior speed. TELUS customers can already experience the full capabilities of TELUS' 4G LTE network with the popular Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung Galaxy Note II, Samsung Rugby LTE, Samsung ATIV S, LG Optimus G, HTC One X+, Huawei E397 4G LTE Mobile Internet Key and Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE. The BlackBerry 10 will also join the TELUS LTE device lineup this winter*.
TELUS' 4G LTE network supports manufacturers' rated peak download speeds of up to 75 megabits per second (Mbps), with an expected average of 12 to 25 Mbps. TELUS customers will experience dramatically faster downloads when surfing the web, reading emails or getting the latest chart topping music when using TELUS' 4G LTE services. Downloading a 600 megabyte album of songs with a 4G LTE-capable device will take just 3.5 to 7 minutes and a 1.2GB HD movie from iTunes will take between 7 and 14 minutes. Importantly, if TELUS customers travel outside of 4G LTE network coverage areas, they will move seamlessly from 4G LTE to the existing 4G HSPA network with no disruption of service.
4G LTE is the latest evolution in TELUS' wireless network technology plan made possible by the 2009 launch of its coast-to-coast 4G HSPA wireless network service. Today this network reaches more than 97 per cent of Canadians. Since 2000, TELUS has invested more than $30 billion to bring Canadians some of the most advanced wireless networks in the world.
Additionally, TELUS is putting customers first and embracing new ideas to make the TELUS experience better. By listening to customers, TELUS has not only eliminated activation fees, it has dramatically simplified its entire fee schedule. This builds on a series of improvements where TELUS has also eliminated carrier 911 and system access fees on all its Clear and Simple rate plans, reduced bill shock with Flex Data Plans, Data Notifications and travel roaming packages, added Caller ID and Voicemail as standard on all TELUS rate plans, simplified device pricing with Anytime Upgrades and revolutionized mobility contracts by introducing a Device Balance instead of the dreaded contract termination fee.
For more information on TELUS 4G LTE or to sign up for network coverage updates, please visit: telusmobility.com/4GLTE or check out our coverage map at: www.telusmobility.com/coverage.
*Customers in Thunder Bay can purchase devices listed at Black's, Wal-Mart and Future Shop or online at telusmobility.com.
TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, with $10.8 billion of annual revenue and 13.0 million customer connections including 7.6 million wireless subscribers, 3.4 million wireline network access lines, 1.3 million Internet subscribers and more than 635,000 TELUS TV customers. Led since 2000 by President and CEO, Darren Entwistle, TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services including wireless, data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, television, entertainment and video.
In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members and retirees have contributed more than $260 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 4.2 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Fourteen TELUS Community Boards lead TELUS' local philanthropic initiatives. TELUS was honoured to be named the most outstanding philanthropic corporation globally for 2010 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, becoming the first Canadian company to receive this prestigious international recognition.