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
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 auctions.
To sign up for TELUS services, please visit www.telus.com/north or call 1-866-264-2966.
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 video.
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
For more information about TELUS, please visit telus.com.
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