Telus Switches On Northwest Territories and Yukon Wireless Network

by Istvan Fekete on August 27, 2013

Telus has finally answered the high demand for wireless coverage in Northern Canada: customers in the Northwest Territories and Yukon will be able to sign up for Telus wireless products and services, and this includes SharePlus plans with unlimited nationwide talk, and text and shared data, just like everywhere else in Canada, the country’s No. 2 carrier announced yesterday.

“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.”

This is a huge step forward for connecting the Northern Canadian community to the rest of the country, and Telus knows that. So, to celebrate the launch of the 4G and 4G LTE coverage, it is attempting to attract new customers with a nice gesture: for every Telus customer in the Northwest Territories who purchases a new smartphone and activates a Yellowknife phone number, the company will contribute $25 to the Stanton Territorial Hospital Foundation in Yellowknife. The money will contribute to the purchase of new equipment for the Obstetrics Unit.

But the promotion isn’t limited to Yellowknife: in the Yukon, $25 from every Whitehorse phone number activation will support new technology to aid in the early detection of developmental disabilities at the Yukon Child Development Centre. Both of these TELUS “Phones for Good” campaigns will run from September 6, 2013 to May 6, 2014, contributing up to a maximum of $25,000 to each charity.

Bell was the only Canadian wireless player with decent penetration in Northern Canada: it currently offers LTE in Whitehorse, Yellowknife, Hay River and Fort Smith, and HSPA+ in other regions.

TELUS plans to open retail stores through Petron Communications in two of the largest cities in Northern Canada, and shortly afterwards, a TELUS Learning Centre.

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Written by: Istvan Fekete. www.digitcom.ca. Follow TheTelecomBlog.com by: RSS, Twitter, Facebook, or YouTube.

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