TELUS makes winners out of Canadian Idol fans

    TELUS clients can text votes, enter contests, download exclusive music
    and videos

    VANCOUVER, June 28 /CNW/ - TELUS and MyThum are making it easy for TELUS
clients to vote for their favourite Canadian Idol competitor on their mobile
phones using text messaging following broadcasts on CTV. TELUS will also give
away weekly prizes to fans who vote on their TELUS mobile phones, with one
lucky winner receiving the grand prize $10,000 trip to meet this year's
Canadian Idol winner.
    Through TELUS' relationship with CTV's Canadian Idol, its clients also
have access to exclusive Idol music downloads with TELUS Mobile Music.
    TELUS mobile clients can text the word VOTE during the two hour voting
window at the end of each show, which started with the first CTV broadcast
this week. As the exclusive wireless sponsor of Canadian Idol, only TELUS
enables its clients to vote using text messaging. MyThum supports this TELUS
service by administering the text votes for Canadian Idol 2007.
    "Our partnership with MyThum enables TELUS clients to vote for their
Canadian Idol competitor easily with text messaging on their mobile phones,"
said Rizwan Jamal, TELUS senior vice-president of Marketing. "With SPARK
enabled mobile phones, TELUS offers an innovative line-up of products and
services to ensure our clients are receiving the latest sources of information
and entertainment. TELUS is a proud sponsor of CTV's Canadian Idol, which
helps showcase the talent of young Canadians."
    TELUS clients who vote for their favourite Idol competitor using text
messages can win weekly draws for a Samsung handset (approximate retail value
of $300). Each text vote also enters participants into the grand prize draw
for an all-expense-paid trip to meet the 2007 Canadian Idol. The grand prize
winner will receive a trip for six to Toronto, a three night stay at a premium
hotel, $5,000 in spending money and a VIP hangout with the new Idol
(approximate retail value of $10,000). Full contest rules are available at (voting windows will vary based on time zone and a
text messaging fee of $0.25 applies for every SMS message. Go to to
check local broadcast times).
    "We are proud to be partnered with TELUS on this exciting initiative for
the second year in a row", said Michael Carter, president and CEO of MyThum
Interactive Inc. "The integration of interactive mobile solutions with one of
Canada's premier broadcast properties is a testament to the fact that the
mobile channel has truly become an integral element to the media mix."
    Fans can 'Idolize' their phones by downloading original full track songs
performed by competitors using TELUS Mobile Music, part of the SPARK service
line-up. Through SPARK, fans also have the ability to download ringtones and
videos of competitors' weekly performances, bringing exclusive Idol content to
their mobile phones.

    SPARK Services

    Exclusive downloads and SMS voting are only available with TELUS SPARK
line-up, which puts the world of mobile entertainment, information and
messaging services right in the palm of clients' hands. SPARK services
include: TELUS Mobile Music full-track music download service, multimedia
messaging, downloadable images, ringtones, video and games, and new Web
browser features, such as search tools and a broad range of new online
content. For information on SPARK, visit

    About MyThum Interactive.

    MyThum Interactive is Canada's leading mobile media company, helping
brands and media companies to build a direct relationship with consumers
through the ubiquitous mobile phone. MyThum powers mobile strategies using a
comprehensive toolkit that includes text messaging, interactive television,
rich content, interactive voice response and promotion through out-of-home
digital media. MyThum is privately held company based in Toronto. Learn more

    About TELUS

    TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE:   TU) is a leading national telecommunications
company in Canada, with $8.8 billion of annual revenue and 10.8 million
customer connections including 5.1 million wireless subscribers, 4.5 million
wireline network access lines and 1.1 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 philanthropic initiatives. For more information about TELUS, please visit

    About CTV

    CTV, Canada's largest private broadcaster, offers a wide range of quality
news, sports, information, and entertainment programming. It has the
number-one national newscast, CTV National News With Lloyd Robertson, and is
the number-one choice for prime-time viewing. CTV owns 21 conventional
television stations across Canada and has interests in 16 specialty channels,
including the number-one Canadian specialty channel, TSN. CTV is owned by
CTVglobemedia, Canada's premier multi-media company. More information about
CTV may be found on the company Web site at

    Forward Looking Statements

    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.

For further information:

For further information: For media inquiries, please contact: Julie
Smithers, TELUS Media Relations, (416) 684-6817,; My
THUM contact, Amy Wong, MyThum Interactive, (416) 848-4115,;
Renée Dupuis, CTV Inc., (416) 332-4596,

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