TELUS introduces BlackBerry Pearl 8130, and new add-on Data offering for consumers



    BlackBerry Pearl 8130 with silver-coloured finish features access to
    Facebook, multimedia support and 2 megapixel camera

    VANCOUVER, Nov. 5 /CNW/ - TELUS today announced the availability of the
BlackBerry(R) Pearl(TM) 8130 and a new $15 add-on Data offering, which are
designed to introduce consumers to the multimedia features and the popular
connectivity benefits of the BlackBerry(R) solution. The BlackBerry Pearl 8130
is the first BlackBerry Pearl designed to operate on EVDO CDMA technology and
boasts access to Canada's fastest coast-to-coast mobile network enabling
clients to get the most from their mobile-data usage.
    The silver-coloured BlackBerry Pearl 8130 from TELUS is the newest model
in the popular BlackBerry Pearl line-up. An ideal phone for consumers looking
for email and web access along with support for multimedia applications, it
features the ability to listen to music, take pictures, watch and record
videos, and have plenty of storage via microSD/SDHC expandable memory. The
BlackBerry Pearl 8130 will also be the first BlackBerry smartphone in Canada
to include the Facebook(R) for BlackBerry(R) Smartphones application ready for
download with a preinstalled icon on the Home Screen.
    "Consumers are increasingly looking for phones that enable them to stay
entertained and have access to email, Web browsing, and Facebook, one of
today's most popular social networking sites. The BlackBerry Pearl 8130
provides the exceptional BlackBerry smartphone user experience that Canadians
have embraced, plus a slew of multimedia features in a stunning design that is
perfect for a day at the office or a night on the town," said Stephen Ospalak,
TELUS vice-president of Subscriber Equipment. "With our new add-on data plan
for only $15, TELUS is making data available at a low cost to a new group of
consumers who are looking for convenient access to email on the go. TELUS is a
leader in offering affordable mobile data with a range of plans to meet all
needs, from the entry-level casual user to the mobile professional or
road-warrior."
    TELUS' new Email 15 add-on Data plan is designed specifically for the
entry-level user and available for use with BlackBerry smartphones, including
the BlackBerry Pearl 8130. Available to clients using the BlackBerry(R)
Internet Service and select TELUS voice plans, Email 15 provides customers
with the equivalent of approximately 600 emails each month for only $15.
    Adding to the advanced multimedia features of the BlackBerry Pearl 8130
from TELUS is a 2 megapixel camera with 5x digital zoom and powerful flash, as
well as video capture capability. To get the most of video viewing or Web
surfing, the BlackBerry Pearl 8130 has a large, high resolution display that
brings images, videos and web pages to life, and its built-in light sensing
technology automatically adjusts the display and keyboard lighting for optimal
viewing in outdoor, indoor and dark environments.
    For access to mobile data at broadband-like speeds, the BlackBerry Pearl
8130 operates on Canada's fastest coast-to-coast mobile network. Whether
sending photos from a night on the town, staying connected to friends via
Facebook or exchanging emails, the EVDO network takes the wait out of
accessing data while enjoying life where it happens rather than having to be
tied to a computer.
    "Within its amazingly small, light and elegant form the BlackBerry Pearl
8130 delivers a full-featured phone with unrivaled email and messaging
capabilities, EVDO speeds for web browsing on TELUS' nationwide CDMA network,
a camera to capture and share special moments, a media player to keep you
entertained, an organizer to keep you on top of your day and built-in GPS to
help get you where you're going," said Mark Guibert, vice president, Corporate
Marketing at Research In Motion.
    TELUS is also pleased to announce the future availability of a limited
edition BlackBerry Pearl 8130 Gift Box for the Holiday Season. The limited
edition BlackBerry Pearl 8130 Gift Box will include the sleek and stylish
BlackBerry Pearl 8130 smartphone and an elegant Links of London leather
carrying case, designed exclusively for TELUS.
    The BlackBerry Pearl 8130 is available from TELUS for as little as
$199.99 on a three-year contract or $499.99 without a contract. The Blackberry
Pearl 8130 Gift Box will be introduced later this month at $229.99 on a
three-year contract or $529.99 without a contact.

    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.

    Forward Looking Statement

    This news release contains statements about expected future events that
are forward-looking. By their nature forward looking statements may not prove
to be accurate and readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such
statements. Such statements require the Company to make assumptions and are
subject to inherent risks and uncertainties. Please refer to TELUS' public
disclosure documents for a review of the risk factors that may affect actual
results.

    The BlackBerry and RIM families of related marks, images and symbols are
the exclusive properties and trademarks of Research In Motion Limited. RIM
assumes no liability and makes no representation, warranty or guarantee in
relation to third-party products or services.

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For further information:

For further information: media may contact: Julie Smithers, TELUS Media
Relations, (416) 684-6817, Julie.Smithers@telus.com

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