TELUS HSPA launch. Hands on with launch phones and details on plans

November 4th, 2009

So I got a chance to check out some of the TELUS HSPA launch phones.

They include the HTC Hero, Blackberry Bold 9700, LG New Chocolate and Nokia e71.

The Bold 9700 is $249.99 on a 3yr, $649.99 straight up.

Hero: $99.99 on a 3yr, $499.99 straight up.

LG New Chocolate $99.99 on a 3yr, $499.99 straight up.

E71 $29.99 on a 3yr , $329.99 straight up.

Apparently the e71′s Ovi maps comes with navigation included (normally you pay extra for it).

I also got a chance to play with some more phones which I can’t talk about (they’re pretty sweet). They also launched a Sierra Wireless 306 modem.

Here’s part 1:

Here’s part 2:

Keep in mind that since HSPA utilizes SIM Cards you can bring your unlocked HSPA phone and use it on TELUS. I’m not sure which rate plans you’ll be eligible for if you choose this route.

Here are their launch plans. Keep in mind that these are ‘Clear and Simple Pricing’ plans so the only thing extra you have to pay is tax. They sort of cost $5 more but if you take off the SAF and 911 they really sort of cost $2.70 less than before. They include voice mail, call waiting and conference calling.

Smartphone Plans:

$50/month
100 local anytime minutes
50 Bonus anytime minutes
Unlimited local talk/text with 5 numbers OR 1,000 outgoing and
unlimited incoming text messages OR double anytime minutes
unlimited nights (9 p.m.) and weekends
500 MB data

$65/month
200 local anytime minutes
50 Bonus anytime minutes
Unlimited nationwide talk and text with 5 numbers OR unlimited incoming text
messages OR double anytime minutes
unlimited nights (9 p.m.) and weekends
1GB data

$80/month
350 local anytime minutes
50 Bonus anytime minutes
Unlimited nationwide talk and text with 5 numbers OR unlimited
incoming text messages OR double anytime minutes
unlimited nights (9 p.m.) and weekends
2GB data

$100/month
450 local anytime minutes
50 Bonus anytime minutes
Unlimited nationwide talk and text with 5 numbers OR unlimited incoming text
messages OR double anytime minutes
unlimited nights (9 p.m.) and weekends
3GB data

Feature phone plans:

$30/month
100 local anytime minutes
50 Bonus anytime minutes
Unlimited local calling, text, picture and video messaging
with 5 numbers OR 1,000 outgoing and unlimited
incoming text, picture and video messaging OR double
anytime minutes
unlimited nights (9 p.m.) and weekends
$40/month
200 local anytime minutes
50 Bonus anytime minutes
Unlimited local calling, text, picture and video messaging
with 5 numbers OR unlimited text, picture and video
messaging OR double anytime minutes
unlimited nights (9 p.m.) and weekends

$50/month
450 local anytime minutes
50 Bonus anytime minutes
Unlimited local calling, text, picture and video
messaging with 5 numbers OR unlimited text,
picture and video messaging OR double anytime
minutes
unlimited nights (9 p.m.) and weekends

Mobile Internet Plans:

$30/month 500 MB
$35/month 1GB
$50/month 2GB
$65/month 3GB
$85/month 5GB

Additional Data
$.05/MB
US Roaming
$3/MB
International Roaming
$25/MB

Entry Filed under: Phones

7 Comments Add your own

    john  |  November 4th, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    you think the 30$ plan has a SAF?

    crismejia  |  November 4th, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    Telus plans are exactly like Rogers expensive misleading and useless. Once again new network same rip-off. This is the reason why these companies are afraid of Wind Mobile which is wanting to bring 2yr contracts and unlimited talk and data options. I really hope Tony Clement makes the right decision and as well dissolves the CRTC.

    KC  |  November 5th, 2009 at 12:18 am

    “Here are their launch plans. Keep in mind that these are ‘Clear and Simple Pricing’ plans so the only thing extra you have to pay is tax. They sort of cost $5 more but if you take off the SAF and 911 they really sort of cost $2.70 less than before. They include voice mail, call waiting and conference calling.”

    No, I think the SAF + 911 is built into it already.

    Mike Lin  |  November 5th, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    I don’t know about marketers’ lifestyles but in no way can 9pm be included in the term evening. wtf, that’s night time!

    TELUS makes the triumvira&hellip  |  November 5th, 2009 at 5:23 pm

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    Cassidy  |  November 17th, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    I bought a blackberry bold 9000 and got it unlocked.
    I then put it on telus and bought internet from telus but it isn’t working they said that there is a way to make it work but i should ask this site.
    How do i make it work?

    Cora  |  November 21st, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    on the Telus website it says the LG new chocolate is only $99.99 with 3 years contract on a smartphone plan , $50 minimum. But I tried to add the phone (3year contract option) and a $30 regular phone plan to the cart and it’s still showing $99.99 for the phone. Do you know if the 3 years contract can be on any plan to get the phone for 99.99?

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