TELUS enhances international roaming with BlackBerry 8830 World Edition smartphone



    High speed wireless CDMA/GSM BlackBerry smartphone keeps jet-setting
    clients connected with global email and voice services

    VANCOUVER, June 28 /CNW/ - TELUS today announced the availability
CDMA/GSM BlackBerry(R) 8830 World Edition smartphone. TELUS also announced the
expansion of its global roaming services to enable clients with the BlackBerry
8830 World Edition to use voice and data services internationally on GSM/GPRS
networks(*).
    "Globetrotting TELUS clients now have access to the superior TELUS
experience and ultimate productivity benefits of BlackBerry services while
traveling internationally, thanks to the BlackBerry 8830 and TELUS global
roaming services," said Robert Blumenthal, TELUS senior vice-president of
Products and Services. "The BlackBerry 8830, with its mix of wireless
high-speed access, global roaming capabilities, enterprise services, QWERTY
keyboard and stylish form factor, is sure to meet the needs of business and
consumer clients alike. The addition of the BlackBerry World Edition
smartphone to our wireless line-up is part of our commitment to providing
clients with the latest in innovative wireless technology to meet their
needs."
    Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at Research In Motion, said: "The
BlackBerry 8830 World Edition is the first BlackBerry smartphone to combine
CDMA and GSM connectivity and it brings those two network technologies
together in RIM's thinnest handset design. When coupled with the powerful
TELUS network services, the BlackBerry 8830 provides an exceptional choice for
customers who want a full featured and stylish smartphone with all the power
of the BlackBerry solution."
    TELUS' enhanced global roaming service provides users of the BlackBerry
8830 with voice calling and an "always-on, always connected" wireless e-mail
solution for access to e-mail, contacts, calendar, organizer and the Web while
travelling internationally.
    In North America, users get 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. With typical download
speeds of approximately 400 to 700 kilobits per second and maximum possible
speeds of more than 2 megabits per second, EVDO offers download speeds that
are more than five times faster than GSM EDGE technology thereby providing
clients with a superior experience throughout North America. Wireless
high-speed is currently available to more than two-thirds of Canadians and
throughout 242 U.S. cities. Where the wireless high-speed (EVDO) network is
not available, the BlackBerry 8830 will function throughout TELUS' 1X network,
which offers digital coverage to more than 94 per cent of Canadians. When
outside of North America and CDMA coverage, clients using the BlackBerry 8830
smartphone can access GSM's broad worldwide coverage(*).

    
    The BlackBerry 8830 smartphone also features:

    -   Access to EVDO, for the fastest and largest 3G mobile roaming network
        in Canada and the United States for BlackBerry(R) devices
    -   GSM/GPRS (900/1800 MHz) for continued voice and e-mail while
        traveling internationally(*)
    -   Full QWERTY keyboard
    -   Speakerphone
    -   Bluetooth(R) capabilities for certain profiles inclusive of hands-
        free, dial-up networking and serial port
    -   Media player for use with MPEG4 and H.263 video, and MP3 and AAC
        music files
    -   Expandable memory with optional microSD memory card
    -   Speaker Independent Voice Recognition (SIVR) for Voice Activated
        Dialing (VAD)
    -   New trackball navigation system for ease of use
    

    The BlackBerry 8830 smartphone is available at TELUS retail locations
nationally for $649.99 without a contract or $299.99 on a three year contract,
subject to promotional requirements. As an introductory offer, clients who
activate a BlackBerry 8830 World Edition before October 1 will receive
50 per cent off international data roaming charges for the length of the
contract. For more information on promotions, please visit
www.telusmobility.com.

    (*) Not available in all countries. Check with TELUS for availability of
    roaming services.

    About TELUS

    TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE:   TU) is a leading national telecommunications
company in Canada, with $8.8 billion of annual revenue and 10.8 million
customer connections including 5.1 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: media may contact: Julie Smithers, TELUS Media
Relations, (416) 684-6817, Julie.smithers@telus.com

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