TELUS announces the stylish and innovative HTC Touch(TM) smartphone, available for the first time in North America



    Expanding its HTC smartphone portfolio, TELUS reaffirms its position as
    Canada's leading provider of Windows Mobile-based devices

    TORONTO, Oct. 12 /CNW/ - TELUS and HTC Corp.(HTC), the leading provider
of Microsoft(R) Windows Mobile(R)-based smart devices in Canada, today
announced the first North American availability of the HTC Touch(TM). The HTC
Touch(TM) is a deceptively small and stylish mobile phone that ushers in an
innovative new concept in intuitive touch screen navigation. It brings a new
level of simplicity to the powerful and function-rich device experience that
today's mobile consumers demand.
    Today's announcement expands TELUS' industry leading portfolio of devices
powered by Windows Mobile 6 software and reaffirms TELUS as Canada's leading
supplier of HTC smartphones. It also extends TELUS' leadership in extending
the benefit of Windows Mobile-based devices to the growing segment of
consumers who want access to their phone, e-mail, calendar, contacts and
multimedia services all in one device.
    "The HTC Touch(TM) with its intuitive touch screen functionality and
three-dimensional user interface is sure to be a hit with style-conscious
users looking for the functionality of a smartphone that is easy to use," said
David Neale, TELUS' senior vice-president of Products and Services. "TELUS is
proud to be the country's leader in delivering fully-equipped HTC and Windows
Mobile-based smartphone solutions that help keep our clients entertained and
informed while on the go."
    HTC Touch(TM) features a new underlying screen gesture technology called
TouchFLO(TM). Developed by HTC, TouchFLO(TM) enables smooth finger touch
scrolling and navigation of menus, lists, Web pages, documents, messages and
more. Consumers simply sweep their finger up the display to launch an
animated, three-dimensional interface comprising three screens: Contacts,
Media and Applications. The interface can then be spun by swiping a finger
right or left across the display, providing efficient access to the features
consumers use most. TouchFLO(TM) is even intelligent enough to vary screen
sensitivity depending on finger or stylus input. HTC has simplified text input
on the touch screen by including a large on-screen keyboard with predictive
text capabilities.
    Users can be entertained with multimedia access, including MP3 and video
playback via Windows Media Player 10 Mobile. The HTC Touch(TM) also features a
2.0 megapixel high resolution digital camera with video capture and playback,
and Bluetooth support for accessories such as wireless stereo headsets,
hands-free car kits or for use as a wireless modem. Clients can enjoy the
great multimedia features of the HTC Touch out of the box with the included
wired stereo headset, SanDisk(R) 1 GB memory card and USB cable.
    "Today's introduction of the new HTC Touch(TM) signifies a new era in
smart device usage by bringing an entirely new and easy to use touch interface
to a sleek and compact device that is sure to draw attention," said
Jason Mackenzie, vice president of Sales and Marketing, HTC America. "With the
new HTC Touch(TM) users are able to easily access their most commonly used
content, contacts and features with only a simple flick of the finger."
    Users can stay informed by taking advantage of the new HTC-designed
homescreen which provides one-touch access to emails, text messages, calendar
appointments and contacts, as well as current weather conditions and forecasts
for hundreds of cities around the world.
    For secure, real-time access to email, calendar, contacts, and task
information, clients can use TELUS Mobile Email, which is designed to
integrate seamlessly with the HTC Touch and Windows Mobile platform. For more
information on TELUS Mobile Email, visit telusmobility.com/telus-mobile-email
    Like all of TELUS' Windows Mobile devices, the HTC Touch(TM) provides
users with access to CDMA's superior coverage, including access to high-speed,
broadband-like wireless data downloads with EVDO - Canada's fastest
coast-to-coast 3G wireless network.
    "As the number one provider of Windows Mobile-based devices in Canada,
TELUS is riding the cutting-edge of innovation in the Canadian mobile space,"
said Alec Taylor, director, Mobile Communications Business, Microsoft Canada
Co. "Windows Mobile provides Canadians with a large selection of applications
to match nearly any personal or business need. Feature-rich handsets like the
HTC Touch allow users to take their mobile communication experience well
beyond just voice and e-mail."

    
    Aditionally, the HTC Touch(TM) features:

    -   2.8" colour touch screen
    -   Hands-free speaker
    -   320 x 240 65K QVGA TFT touch screen with LED back-light
    -   Wireless modem support to connect a PC to the TELUS Wireless High
        Speed (EVDO) network for fast data and Internet browsing
    -   Compact size - 99.9mm (L) x 58mm (W) x 13.9mm (D)
    -   Microsoft(R) Office Mobile which helps users view and edit documents
        on the go created with Word, Excel(R) spreadsheet software and
        PowerPoint(R) presentation graphics program
    -   Windows Live(TM) for Windows Mobile helps users access applications
        such as Windows Live Messenger for instant messaging on the go,
        Windows Live Mail for easy Web-based e-mail, and Windows Live Spaces
        so they can stay in touch with their favourite online community.
    

    The HTC Touch(TM) is available for as low as $149.99 on a three-year
contract until November 1 and subject to promotional requirements, or $499.99
without a contract.

    About HTC

    Founded in 1997, HTC Corp.(HTC) designs, manufactures and markets
innovative, feature rich smartphone and PDA Phone devices.
    Since its establishment, HTC has developed strong R&D capabilities,
pioneered many new designs and product innovations and launched
state-of-the-art PDA Phones and smartphones for mobile operators and
distributors in Europe, the US, and Asia. These machines are available as HTC
devices and as products individually customized for operator and device
partners.
    HTC is one of the fastest growing companies in the mobile device market.
The company is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange under ticker 2498. For more
information about HTC, please visit www.htc.com.

    About TELUS

    TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE:   TU) is a leading national telecommunications
company in Canada, with $8.9 billion of annual revenue and 10.9 million
customer connections including 5.3 million wireless subscribers, 4.5 million
wireline network access lines and 1.1 million Internet subscribers. TELUS
provides a wide range of communications products and services including data,
Internet protocol (IP), voice, entertainment and video. Committed to being
Canada's premier corporate citizen, we give where we live. Since 2000, TELUS
and our team members have contributed more than $91 million to charitable and
non-profit organizations and volunteered more than 1.7 million hours of
service to local communities. Eight TELUS Community Boards across Canada lead
our local philanthropic initiatives. For more information about TELUS, please
visit telus.com.

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For further information:

For further information: For media inquiries, photos or product
demonstrations, please contact: Julie Smithers, TELUS Media Relations, (416)
206-6817, Julie.Smithers@telus.com; Elizabeth O'Connor, Waggener Edstrom (for
HTC), (425) 638-7000, eoconnor@waggeneredstrom.com

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