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Partnership to deliver next generation smartphones to TELUS clients

 

Vancouver, B.C. and Orlando, FL - Today, at the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association's (CTIA) WIRELESS 2007, TELUS, a leading Canadian telecommunications company and High Tech Computer Corp. (HTC), (TAIEX: 2498; "HTC"), the world's leading provider of Microsoft Windows Mobile-based smart devices, announced a partnership to bring next generation smartphones to Canada.

 

As part of this partnership, TELUS will launch two powerful and innovative HTC smartphones in Canada, the HTC P4000 and HTC S720, which will offer a robust line-up of services and applications that enable users to take advantage of next generation EVDO technology. The devices will be forward compatible for use on TELUS' EVDO Rev A service, which the TELUS plans to introduce in selected markets across Canada later this year.

 

"TELUS continues to see a significant increase in demand for wireless data services. Our relationship with HTC is an important part of our data strategy that will allow TELUS to deliver devices and services that appeal to both consumer and business segments," said Robert Blumenthal, TELUS senior vice-president of Products and Services. "With high resolution cameras, full QWERTY keyboards and compatibility with the future EVDO Rev A network, the HTC P4000 and HTC S720 will offer unique form factors with the familiar Windows Mobile platform that will meet the needs of both heavy and lighter data users."

 

With nearly a decade of experience designing and building cutting-edge, innovative smartphones for a variety of international companies, HTC is the world's leading designer of Windows Mobile-based smart devices.

 

"With the introduction of the HTC P4000 and HTC S720, Canadian customers will soon be the first globally to have access to these innovative QWERTY devices," said Todd Achilles, vice president of HTC America. "Merging HTC's innovative device designs and wireless connectivity with the TELUS network will enable customers to have a cutting-edge mobile experience on the go."

 

Available in the second quarter, both the HTC P4000 and HTC S720 will provide access to vital business tools including data, Internet and email services. Both devices feature a full sliding QWERTY keyboard, 2 megapixel high resolution digital cameras with video capture and playback, optional removable MicroSD memory card and Bluetooth support for accessories such as wireless headsets, hands-free car kits or for use as a wireless modem. Users can be entertained with multimedia access, including MP3s, via Windows Media Player. With support for Microsoft Outlook Mobile and Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, clients can use over-the-air synchronization of e-mail, calendar and task information with Microsoft Exchange Server 2003. The devices offer clients real time access to personal and business email with TELUS Business inbox.

 

HTC P4000
Designed for the heavy mobile data user, the HTC P4000 provides enhanced access to corporate and personal data, push e-mail services and the Internet. The HTC P4000 lets clients take their office on the road with the ability to create, view and edit Microsoft Office Word Mobile and Excel Mobile, view Adobe PDF and PowerPoint Mobile files. In addition, the P4000 will include such features as:

 

  • 2.8" 240 x 320 color touch screen
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 compatible
  • Bluetooth 2.0
  • Hands-free speaker

 

HTC S720

Clients who want access to mobile data, email and the Internet but prefer a smaller, phone-focused design will enjoy the HTC S720 smartphone. This compact and stylish messaging phone will feature a semi auto-sliding QWERTY keyboard, redefining the smartphone form factor. Offering more than a sleek new look, this model will be one of the first devices to use Microsoft Windows Mobile 6 for a powerful and engaging mobile experience. Windows Mobile 6 offers new capabilities to view emails in rich HTML format, easier email management through new shortcuts and new calendar views that enhance how people can stay on top of their work when away from the office.

 

Viewing Microsoft Office Word and Excel documents on the go is a pleasure on the 2.4 inch screen with landscape view option, and users can stay connected via user-friendly, real-time email in its original rich HTML format and the ability to chat over Windows Live.

 

TELUS upcoming EVDO Rev A network

The HTC P4000 and HTC S720 will offer forward compatibility with TELUS' EVDO Rev A network through a simple software upgrade. EVDO Rev A is TELUS' next-generation wireless network technology that will offer typical upload speeds of approximately 300 to 400 kilobits per second with a maximum possible upload speed of 1.8 megabits per second, and typical download speeds of approximately 450 to 800 kilobits per second to a maximum possible speed of 3.1 megabits per second.

 

At launch, the devices will operate on the TELUS wireless high speed network (EVDO Rev 0). With typical download speeds of approximately 400 to 700 kilobits per second and a maximum possible speed of more than 2 megabits per second, TELUS' wireless high speed service offers clients the speed they need for powerful mobile computing.

 

TELUS wireless high speed (EVDO Rev 0) service is currently available to more than two thirds of Canadians across the country, including all major urban centres. TELUS clients can also access wireless high speed Internet while traveling in more than 230 cities in the United States. Where TELUS wireless high speed service is not available, TELUS clients can also access the Internet through TELUS 1X digital service, which reaches 92 per cent of Canadians. For more on service availability, please visit telusmobility.com/coverage.

 

About TELUS

TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, with $8.7 billion of annual revenue and 10.7 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, over the last six years TELUS has contributed more than $76 million to charitable and non-profit organizations, and has established seven TELUS Community Boards across Canada to lead its local philanthropic initiatives.

 

About HTC

Founded in 1997, High Tech Computer Corp. (HTC) designs, manufactures and markets innovative, feature rich Smartphone and PDA Phone devices.

 

Since its establishment, HTC has developed strong R&D capabilities, pioneered many new designs and product innovations, and launched state-of-the-art PDA Phones and Smartphones for mobile operators and distributors in Europe, the US, and Asia. These machines are available as HTC devices and as products individually customized for operator and device partners.

 

HTC is one of the fastest growing companies in the mobile device market. The company is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange under ticker 2498. For more information about HTC, please visit www.htc.com

 

Forward Looking Statement

This news release contains statements about expected future events that are forward-looking. 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.

 

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For more information, please contact:

Julie Smithers
TELUS Media Relations
(416) 684-6817
julie.smithers@telus.com

 

Jason Gordon
HTC America
425-679-5337
Jason_Gordon@america.htc.com