TELUS extends Wireless High Speed roaming to the United States
December 7, 2006
Offers broadband-like download speeds to travellers bound for more than 230 U.S. cities
Vancouver, B.C. – TELUS today announced the extension of Wireless High Speed (EVDO) roaming to more than 230 U.S. cities, making it fast and simple for business or consumer clients travelling across the border to access Internet, e-mail and other multimedia applications at broadband-like download speeds similar to desktop Internet access at home. The announcement enables clients to access high-speed mobile Internet in more U.S. cities than offered by any other Canadian wireless carrier.
“TELUS now offers access to high-speed mobile Internet across the U.S. in more cities than any other Canadian wireless telecommunications company, making it fast and simple for our clients to access important information while travelling,” said Robert Blumenthal, TELUS senior vice-president of Products and Services. “Today’s announcement is part of TELUS’ commitment to making the future friendly for consumers and businesses to stay connected to friends, family and colleagues for ultimate productivity and entertainment.”
With typical download speeds of approximately 400 to 700 kilobits per second, and maximum possible speeds of more than 2 megabits per second, TELUS Wireless High Speed service offers clients the speed they need for powerful mobile computing and exciting SPARK mobile entertainment applications like TELUS Mobile TV, TELUS Mobile Radio, and TELUS Mobile Music. Wireless High Speed is based on the CDMA 1xEVDO standard, a Third Generation (3G) wireless data technology.
TELUS Wireless High Speed now reaches more than half of Canadians, with service available in Vancouver, Victoria, Whistler, Calgary, Edmonton, Grande Prairie, Fort McMurray, Lethbridge, Lloydminster, Medicine Hat, Red Deer, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ontario’s Golden Horseshoe, Niagara and Muskoka regions, Ottawa, Montreal, Mont-Tremblant, St. Jovite and Quebec City. The company expects to continue to expand Wireless High Speed to other regions throughout 2006. For more information on the Wireless High Speed service, please visit telusmobility.com/evdo.
For more information on using the Wireless High Speed service in the U.S. including pricing, coverage and technical requirements, please visit telusmobility.com/usroaming.
TELUS Connection Manager
TELUS Connection Manager software provides mobile computing clients using portable computers and a TELUS PC card with one-click access to TELUS’ best available wireless network – including TELUS Wireless High Speed, 1X and over 1,000 TELUS Hotspot locations across Canada.
TELUS Connection Manager also provides built-in data compression that can reduce the time to download information by up to two to three times on Wireless High Speed or 1X data networks. TELUS Connection Manager software is available for free download at telusmobility.com/connectionmanager.
Wireless High Speed data products
TELUS offers the widest variety of Wireless High Speed data devices available to Canadians, including mobile phones, PDAs and wireless PC cards. All are “backward compatible” with the ability to operate on TELUS’ national 1X data network, which reaches 92 per cent of the Canadian population, when outside Wireless High Speed coverage areas. For more information and pricing, please visit telusmobility.com/pcs.
TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, with $8.5 billion of annual revenue and 10.5 million customer connections including 4.9 million wireless subscribers, 4.6 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, over the last five years TELUS has contributed more than $62 million to charitable and non-profit organizations, and has established seven TELUS Community Boards across Canada to lead its local philanthropic initiatives.
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