TELUS launches 2 year wireless plans next Monday
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TELUS launches 2 year wireless plans next Monday

TELUS will offer 2 year wireless plans Monday July 30th a full 5 months earlier than required by new CRTC regulations.

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The new two-year TELUS SharePlus plan is simple. With the new plans, you first select the smartphones and tablets you want, with unlimited nationwide talk and text. You then select one data plan that will cover all the wireless internet needs of you or your entire household – including smartphones and tablets.  You can add an existing device you already have to the plan, buy a new one outright and pay a lower monthly rate, or pay off a new device on an easy-pay plan amortized over two years.

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TELUS offers the folowing typical examples:

  • A single person  gets a new iPhone 5 and a new Samsung tablet from TELUS, both on two year terms at discounted prices, along with a shared 1 GB data plan – $105 a month.
  • A family of four gets a new iPhone 5, a new Blackberry Q10 (both on the Smartphone plan), and two new Samsung Galaxy Ace II X’s (both on the Smartphone Lite plan), all on two-year terms at   discounted prices. They already have a tablet, and add that to the data plan. They are fairly heavy data users, so decide to share 3 GB’s a month – $270 a month for the entire family.
  • An individual already has their own smartphone they want to keep using so opt for the BYOD plan. While they talk and text a lot they don’t use much data, just a bit of social media and a few apps. They go with the 250 MB plan – $50 a month total.

There will also be similar offers for Small Business including plans with International Roaming built in for business with 15 wireless devices or less per account.

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TELUS has not announced device prices to go with these plans. However a quick look seems to indicate TELUS is building in a Starting Device Balance of $480 which generally should mean most subsidized phones will increase in price compared to current 3 year plans. The Samsung Galaxy S4 is a notable exception it could drop from $229 to $221. An iPhone 5 16Gb could go up to $219 and a HTC One could see the price go from $149 to $170. I would expect TELUS to announce some special deals or trade-in offers to lessen the pain at first.

I am really happy to finally see a good discount for those of us who are not planning to buy a new phone. What do you think of TELUS’ new wireless plans? Comment below.

Bob Benedetti

Former RCAF Fighter Pilot Bob worked for CTV Montreal as a Reporter, Producer and Executive producer for 35 years retiring in 2004. Bob started reporting on personal technology in 1995 at CTV and continues today at Home Technology Montreal

  • Robin MacMahon (@dejrfan)

    Wow, those prices seem high to me… I refuse to be tied to another contract ever again so over the past 3 years I’ve acquired a Nexus S that I passed to my daughter, a G’Nex that I still use and a Nexus 4 recently for my wife. I called Telus as soon as my last (terrible) contract expired with them and negotiated new terms for our family’s account. $40 per phone… each phone gets a gig of data, caller id, unlimited texting, voice mail, etc… Above in your article it states 4 phones (and tablets, true) with 3 gig of data are double what I pay… All I can say is being “off contract” means if a better deal is advertised anywhere else on any carrier I’ll be calling to see if they will match it or I’ll move my business to someone who will…

    July 20, 2013 at 9:36 am Reply
    • Bob Benedetti

      Congratulations on negotiating a sharp deal, that’s why carriers have retention depts…to offer what it takes to keep good customers. I’m not clear if you have a total of 1 gig shared data or 1 gig of data per phone. If it is 1 Gig shared (which is a lot of data for the phones you have)then the new plan would have been $45 per phone. I agree being off contract has some advantages but I don’t consider the ability to switch for a better price one of them. Customer service is really important which you would quickly learn if you switch to a carrier with bad service. The ideal situation as far as I am concerned is to pick a carrier you like and which provides good customer service then negotiate the best deal you can. I chose Telus 6 years ago negotiated good prices for two 3 year contracts (until very recently there was no advantage to bringing your own device)and now I am continuing on Telus with a good deal on a month to month plan.
      I agree with you about contracts especially now that there is a financial advantage to having your own phone.
      Thanks for the comment.

      July 20, 2013 at 10:28 am Reply
      • Robin MacMahon (@dejrfan)

        I’m with Telus… and that was 1Gig per phone. I used the deal Koodo was offering at the time to twist their arm and they met it all except for unlimited talk. We don’t use the phones for talking much it’s mostly text and data so I wasn’t going to switch just for that. I got all the trimmings, 1 Gig per phone and 300 shared minutes (unlimited evening and weekends, of course) with this plan for all the phones plus no contract.
        I agree about sticking with the best service and Telus has been excellent but I was locked into a three year plan that expired last January that was terrible (my fault admittedly) with only 512mb for my phone and no data on the other lines as they were feature phones at the time.That was when my quest began to be an all Nexus home (only open and unlocked phones for me)… I did try to renegotiate that plan after the fact but I was brusquely told that until my contract expired I would be expected to meet the terms of that agreement. So, I sucked it up and when that contract expired I vowed never to have that held over my head ever again.

        July 20, 2013 at 2:58 pm Reply

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