Samsung and TELUS advance the evolution of touchscreen, wireless devices

New touchscreen mobile device fits in your budget as well as your pocket

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Dec. 17 /CNW/ - Samsung Mobile, one of the leading mobile phone brands in Canada, today announced availability of the elegant and functional Samsung A885 handset, available exclusively at TELUS, on Canada's largest 3G+ network. Also known as the Samsung Advance, the handset was designed for the style-savvy consumer seeking a premium touchscreen device in an attractive and affordable package.

"Samsung recognizes that touchscreen technology is an increasingly important feature on today's wireless devices," said Paul Brannen, general manager, Samsung Mobile. "The Advance is the latest in our line of mobile phones to offer fast touchscreen technology without the high sticker price associated with fully functional smartphones."

The Samsung Advance offers a large, responsive 3.0" display, TouchWiz 1.0 touch-optimized User Interface and enhanced mobile browsing capabilities, including high speed access to Web, email and social networking sites - making it the ideal device for students and young professionals who stay connected through text, email and online social networks.

In addition to its advanced multimedia capabilities, the Advance is packed with other must-have features, including a 2.0 Megapixel camera and video recorder, TELUS Mobile Music, built in GPS, Stereo Bluetooth capabilities and expandable memory up to 16GB. Users can fully customize their home screen with downloadable drag and drop widgets.

"TELUS' new 3G+ network enables us to offer world-class devices such as the Samsung Advance," said David Neale, senior vice-president Mobility Industry Leadership at TELUS. "TELUS' network offers Canadians fast wireless broadband speeds, using the most innovative wireless technology available in the world today."

The Samsung Advance is available at TELUS stores across Canada or online at for as little as $49.99 with a three-year plan.

About Samsung Electronics Canada Inc.

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.

Samsung has been a global TOP sponsor of the Olympic Games since 1998 and has been a presenting sponsor of the Olympic Torch Relay from 2004 to 2008. 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 the Toronto Football Club.

For customer service inquiries, please call 1-800-SAMSUNG (1-800-726-7864), and for more information, please visit


TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, with $9.6 billion of annual revenue and 11.9 million customer connections including 6.4 million wireless subscribers, 4.1 million wireline network access lines and 1.2 million Internet subscribers and more than 100,000 TELUS TV customers. Led since 2000 by President and CEO, Darren Entwistle, TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services including data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, entertainment and video. In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members and retirees have contributed $137 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered more than 2.6 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Nine TELUS Community Boards across Canada lead our local philanthropic initiatives. For more information about TELUS, please visit

SOURCE Samsung Electronics Canada Inc.

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