TELUS gets personal with new wireless phone



    Exchangeable faceplates and suite of SPARK downloadable services make
    Samsung R500 phone ultra-customizable

    VANCOUVER, Nov. 22 /CNW/ - TELUS today introduced the Samsung R500 mobile
phone which lets consumers reflect their own style with choice of red and blue
exchangeable faceplates and access to the company's SPARK suite of services.
Available only from TELUS, the Samsung R500 is a stylish phone that boasts
access to TELUS Mobile Music, TELUS Mobile Radio and a variety of messaging
services.
    "Mobile phones are more than a way for Canadians to talk to each other.
They are an extension of personal style and a way to stay entertained wherever
you are. The Samsung R500 is a reflection of this evolution in communications
with its access to SPARK entertainment and messaging services and
interchangeable faceplates," said David Neale, TELUS senior vice-president of
Products and Services.
    With access to SPARK services including TELUS Mobile Music, TELUS Mobile
Radio, Web browsing, Windows Live Messenger, text and picture messaging and
downloadable games, videos ringtones and images, the Samsung R500 makes it
easy to stay entertained and informed. For more information about SPARK please
visit telusmobility.com/SPARK.
    TELUS Mobile Music brings the hottest downloadable music tracks spanning
a wide variety of genres from the world's biggest music labels right to the
palm of our clients' hands. Available on pay-per-use and monthly subscription
for unlimited downloads, TELUS Mobile Music lets clients instantly download
music wherever they are throughout TELUS' digital coverage area which reaches
94 per cent of Canadians - they don't have to wait to get home to the
computer, or get to the record store.
    The Samsung R500 also features TELUS Mobile Radio for streaming access to
programming on 20 XM Canada satellite radio stations, a 1.3 megapixel camera,
Bluetooth capabilities for transfer of non copyright-protected files and use
with compatible accessories, and a microSD memory expansion slot for up to 2GB
for storage of up to 2,000 songs.
    The Samsung R500 is now exclusively available at TELUS locations
nationally for as low as $49.99 on a three-year contract or $249.99 without a
contract. Additional coloured faceplates are available for purchase
separately.

    About TELUS

    TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE:   TU) is a leading national telecommunications
company in Canada, with $9.0 billion of annual revenue and 11.0 million
customer connections including 5.4 million wireless subscribers, 4.4 million
wireline network access lines and 1.2 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.

    About Samsung Canada

    Samsung Electronics Canada, Inc. (SECA), a wholly owned subsidiary of
Samsung Electronics Co., markets a broad range of award-winning digital
consumer electronics, information systems, telecommunications and home
appliance products.
    SECA upholds Samsung's mission to provide consumers with innovative
digital convergence products that possess exceptional technology, quality,
features, performance and value. The company oversees the Canadian operations
of Samsung's Consumer Electronics division, IT division, Home Appliance
division and Wireless Terminals division.
    Samsung has been a global TOP sponsor of the Olympic Games since 1997 and
has been a presenting sponsor of the Olympic Torch Relay since 2004. Also
through Samsung's Four Seasons of Hope charity, Samsung helps athletes and
celebrities raise funds for their respective charities, including the Wayne
Gretzky Foundation in Canada. Samsung is also a proud sponsor of Hockey Canada
and is the official HDTV sponsor of the NFL.
    For customer service inquiries, please call 1-800-SAMSUNG
(1-800-726-7864), and for more information, please visit www.samsung.ca.

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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; Diane Medeiros, APEX Public Relations for
Samsung Canada, (416) 924-4442 Ext. 234, dmedeiros@apexpr.com

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