TELUS customers can now easily enjoy the benefits of Skype on their
smartphones on Canada's fastest* coast-to-coast 4G network
TORONTO, June 9, 2011 /CNW/ - TELUS and Skype today announced that they
have signed an agreement that will revolutionize how TELUS smartphone
customers use Skype, including the ability to purchase Skype Credit
through their existing TELUS accounts, making it more secure and
convenient for them to stay connected with loved ones both in Canada
and abroad while taking advantage of Skype's low-cost calling rates. In
addition, TELUS will launch the Skype edition LG Optimus Black, the
first Skype edition smartphone in the Canadian market.
"We believe that by developing a deep relationship with leading global
communications brands that our customers already know and enjoy, such
as Skype, TELUS can provide a superior customer experience that
leverages the best of what those brands have to offer and empowers our
customers to choose the services they want and need," said David
Fuller, chief marketing officer at TELUS. "By bringing Canadians their
choice of the best communication technologies we offer our customers
the freedom to customize their mobile experience with the services they
want, when and how they want. And when you experience these services on
Canada's fastest* coast-to-coast 4G network, it's a perfect match."
Through its partnership with Skype, TELUS will continue to increase its
participation in the rapidly growing smartphone application ecosystem
by pairing its own unique value proposition with Skype's well-known
communications solutions. TELUS customers using Skype will more easily
and securely be able to take advantage of affordable international
calling rates to both landlines and mobile phones through Skype Out
calling, using Skype Credit. Only TELUS customers have the ability to
have Skype Credit charged directly to their wireless bill. TELUS
customers can also enjoy unlimited Skype-to-Skype voice calls and
instant messaging to users around the globe.
"People want to take their Skype conversations with them on-the-go,
wherever they are, whether it's on a laptop, or increasingly, via their
mobile phones," said Russ Shaw, Skype vice-president and general
manager of Mobile. "TELUS will enable Canadian consumers to get the
best Skype experience on their smartphones and it will truly change the
way people communicate with their friends and family either here or
Consistent with its commitment to an unparalleled Future Friendly
customer experience, TELUS will also champion Skype offerings and make
them easier to use with customer service team members ready, willing
and able to help set up accounts and troubleshoot in store, at TELUS'
exclusive Learning Centres and on the phone. TELUS customers will also
be able to take advantage of enhanced web support.
Skype Edition LG Optimus Black coming soon
Coming this summer, the Skype edition LG Optimus Black is set to open
the door to the world and change the way Canadians communicate. The
first Skype-branded phone on the Canadian market, it features a
preloaded Skype icon that connects the user to the Android Market with
one touch, where the latest version of Skype Mobile can be downloaded.
The Skype edition LG Optimus Black also comes complete with an in-box
Skype quick-start guide and up to 60 minutes of Skype international
calling credits, so users can begin connecting with the world right
away. The slim and light Skype edition LG Optimus Black boasts a 700
nit NOVA display (the world's brightest mobile display) for stunning
colour and clarity on its 4 inch touchscreen. It is also the first
device to offer a 2 megapixel front facing camera for premium photo
taking, video capture, and soon video calling through Skype Mobile.
Visit telusmobility.com/skypephone to learn more about the Skype edition
LG Optimus Black.
Stay tuned for additional information about the great offers TELUS and
Skype plan to bring to Canadians this summer.
*Based on TELUS' tests of data throughput speeds in large Canadian urban
TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications
company in Canada, with $9.9 billion of annual revenue and 12.3 million
customer connections including 7 million wireless subscribers, 3.7
million wireline network access lines and 1.2 million Internet
subscribers and more than 350,000 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 will, by
year-end 2011, have contributed $245 million to charitable and
not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 4.1 million hours of
service to local communities since 2000. Ten TELUS Community Boards
across Canada 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
international recognition. For more information about TELUS, please
visit telus.com. To learn more about TELUS' commitment to the community, please visit TELUS.com/community.
Skype is communications software whose purpose is to break down barriers
to communication. With an Internet-connected device, families, friends
and colleagues can get together for free with messaging, voice and
video. At low cost, they can also call landlines or mobiles virtually
anywhere in the world. Skype has recently introduced group video,
allowing groups of more than two people to do things together whenever
they're apart. Skype was founded in 2003 and is based in Luxembourg.
Skype can be downloaded onto computers, mobile phones and other
connected devices for free at www.skype.com.
SOURCE TELUS Corporation
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