TELUS committed to communities - kicks off Phones for Good campaign in
Yellowknife and Whitehorse
YELOWKNIFE, N.W.T., Aug. 26, 2013 /CNW/ - TELUS has arrived in Northern
Canada. Customers in the Northwest Territories and Yukon will now be able to
sign up for TELUS wireless products and services, including SharePlus plans
with unlimited nationwide talk and text and shared data - at the same price
offered anywhere else in Canada. Local residents can take advantage of blazing
fast wireless Internet speeds when surfing the web, reading emails or
accessing the latest chart-topping music and social media through TELUS' 4G
and 4G LTE technology.
"TELUS is tremendously proud to offer its full suite of wireless products and
services to residents of the Northwest Territories and Yukon. For the very
first time, starting September 6, you will be able to purchase a smartphone or
other device from TELUS and activate a local Yellowknife or Whitehorse phone
number," said Darren Entwistle, TELUS President and CEO. "At TELUS, we're on a
mission to lead the world in customer service reflecting our passion for
excellence in caring for our clients. We are committed to bringing all
Canadians, whether urban or rural, in the spectacular north and from coast to
coast, our world-class network and broad range of the latest smartphones and
devices. We look forward to serving even more communities across Yukon,
Northwest Territories and Nunavut as TELUS' 4G and 4G LTE coverage expands."
TELUS is proud to be a part of the Northern Canadian community. In celebration
of today's launch, for every TELUS customer in the Northwest Territories who
purchases a new smartphone and activates a Yellowknife phone number, TELUS
will contribute $25 to the Stanton Territorial Hospital Foundation in
Yellowknife. Funds raised will go toward the purchase of new equipment for the
Obstetrics Unit. In the Yukon, $25 from every Whitehorse phone number
activation will support new technology to aid in the early detection of
developmental disabilities at Yukon Child Development Centre. Both of these
TELUS Phones for Good campaigns will run September 6, 2013 to May 6, 2014,
contributing up to a maximum of $25,000 for each charity.
"With patients from all 33 communities across the Northwest Territories, plus
the Kitikmeot region of Nunavut - the largest geographic area in Canada - the
Obstetrics Unit at the Stanton Territorial Hospital helps deliver more than
600 babies a year," said Rebecca Alty, Executive Director of the Stanton
Territorial Hospital Foundation. "To maintain the excellent level of care we
provide to patients, the Hospital needs constant upgrades and it's through
generous partners like TELUS that we can accomplish this. We're incredibly
grateful for their support."
Customers in the Northwest Territories and Yukon will be able to sign up for
TELUS services starting September 6, but this is only the beginning of TELUS'
continued expansion into Canada's north. Petron Communications, a long-time
TELUS authorized dealer serving rural communities in northern B.C., will open
stores in Yellowknife and Whitehorse later in 2013. These stores will feature
the popular TELUS Learning Centres soon after opening. Customers looking to
get the most from their smartphones or tablets can come into the stores and
get personalized tutorials so they can learn how to get the most from their
Local customers will be able to take advantage of TELUS' new SharePlus plans.
The plans come with unlimited nationwide talk and text, four popular calling
features including voicemail and call display, and a data package of their
choice that can be shared across multiple devices and people in the same
household. With unlimited nationwide talk and text, customers can talk to
family and friends all over the country without worrying about overages or
long distance charges.
Shareplus builds on a drive to put customers at the core of TELUS' pricing
plans that began with Clear and Simple plans launched in 2009 - the first
wireless plans in Canada to do away with the system access fee. Since then,
TELUS has eliminated activation fees, introduced data notifications and caps
to eliminate bill shock when travelling, introduced device unlocking,
re-written contracts in plain language, added caller ID and voicemail as
standard on all TELUS rate plans, and eliminated contract cancellation charges
in favour of a device balance.
TELUS also recently launched Canada's first network experience mobile
application, giving customers an easy way to report network issues, as well as
the TELUS My Account app, an easy-to-use mobility app that lets customers
conveniently make changes to accounts while on the go. Customers can monitor
monthly data, text or voice usage, check account balances, device balances and
contract status. Plus, there are no data charges for using the app, even when
you're out of Canada, on a 4G (HSPA) device.
TELUS has a proud history of servicing urban, suburban and rural Canada with
the most advanced wireless services in the world. TELUS plans to continuously
progress its track record in this regard as long as the company is able to
obtain the necessary wireless spectrum in near-term and future Industry Canada
To sign up for TELUS services, please visit www.telus.com/north or call
TELUS (TSX: T, NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in
Canada, with $11.2 billion of annual revenue and 13.2 million customer
connections, including 7.7 million wireless subscribers, 3.3 million wireline
network access lines, 1.4 million Internet subscribers and 743,000 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
In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members
and retirees have contributed more than $300 million to charitable and
not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 4.8 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.
For more information about TELUS, please visit telus.com.
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