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28/1/2009

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  • Posted on 28/1/2009

TELUS and ATB Financial partner to give Albertans on-the-go, new mobile banking options

TELUS Mobile Banking solutions gives financial institutions a competitive edge by helping acquire and maintain mobile-savvy customers

 

Calgary, AB – TELUS today announced that it has begun implementing its TELUS Mobile Banking system at one of Canada's leading financial institutions, ATB Financial (ATB). The implementation will begin with a short pilot prior to being rolled out to all ATB customers, providing them with easy and immediate access to secure information and account management via text messaging (SMS) or mobile web.

 

The TELUS Mobile Banking system provides financial institutions with a convenient and easy way to help their customers to do their banking on the go. The service seamlessly and securely integrates with the financial institution's current system, enabling it to process millions of requests per day. At ATB, TELUS will begin this integration process in two phases: first, a trial stage which will run 90 days, followed by a full production of mobile services.

 

"With over 20 million mobile subscribers in Canada, time-pressed consumers are quickly adopting the mobile device as yet another transaction channel to help manage their busy lifestyles,” says Ismail Pishori, TELUS vice-president, financial services. “In this competitive market, successful financial institutions need to go that extra mile to retain existing customers and attract new ones by providing convenient, reliable and easy access to their services. At TELUS, we are excited to be working with ATB Financial to help them raise the bar in the innovative ways they work with their customers."

 

By adopting TELUS Mobile Banking, ATB Financial customers will be able to use their mobile devices to view account balances, see recent transactions and transfer funds using virtually any mobile phone's existing messaging software and mobile web capabilities.

 

“ATB Financial recognizes that if you truly want to set yourself apart from the competition, you need to complement your current suite of online services and expand your capabilities,” says Mike Redeker, vice-president and chief technology officer, ATB Financial. “The customer experience is of the utmost importance to us, and as customers become more comfortable with mobile technologies, services such as TELUS Mobile Banking become crucial in winning the race to meet evolving consumer needs.”

 

About ATB Financial
ATB Financial is the largest Alberta-based financial institution, with assets of $24.5 billion. It provides Personal and Business Financial Services, Investor Services, and Corporate Financial Services to more than 660,000 Albertans in 244 communities. It provides service through 163 branches and 133 agencies, telephone and Internet banking, a Customer Contact Centre, and Automated Banking Machines. ATB Financial was established in 1938 and has been a provincial Crown corporation since 1997.

 

About TELUS
TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, with $9.5 billion of annual revenue and 11.5 million customer connections including 6 million wireless subscribers, 4.3 million wireline network access lines and 1.2 million Internet subscribers. TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services including data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, entertainment and video. In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members and retirees have contributed $113 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered more than 2.1 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Nine TELUS Community Boards across Canada lead our local philanthropic initiatives. For more information about TELUS, please visit telus.com.

 

Forward-looking statements
This document contains statements about expected future events and financial and operating results of TELUS Corporation that are forward-looking. By their nature, forward-looking statements require the Company to make assumptions and are subject to inherent risks and uncertainties. There is significant risk that the assumptions, predictions and other forward-looking statements will not prove to be accurate. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements as a number of factors could cause actual future results and events to differ materially from that expressed in the forward-looking statements. Accordingly this news release is subject to the disclaimer and qualified by the assumptions, qualifications and risk factors referred to in TELUS' reports, comprehensive public disclosure documents including the 2007 Annual Report, Annual Information Form and quarterly interim reports and in other filings with securities commissions in Canada and the United States.

 

 

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For more information, please contact:
Allison Vale
TELUS Media Relations
416-629-6425
allison.vale@telus.com

 

Shawn Ohler
Director of Media Relations, ATB Financial
(780) 408-6529
sohler@atb.com

  • Posted on 28/1/2009

TELUS launches the new BlackBerry Curve 8350i smartphone with Direct Connect Push To Talk - only on the TELUS Mike Network

Sleek, compact smartphone combines BlackBerry applications with Direct Connect Push To Talk

 

Toronto, ON – TELUS today launched the new BlackBerry Curve 8350i smartphone, featuring support for the popular Direct Connect Push To Talk service and available only on the TELUS Mike Network.

 

The BlackBerry Curve 8350i smartphone is the ultimate productivity tool for professionals in the field and on the go who need instant communication with their teams along with instant access to their e-mail. The new smartphone is packed with functionality, including built-in Wi-Fi and GPS, and combines BlackBerry communications and multimedia capabilities with Mike's Direct Connect Push To Talk, all in one.

 

“The BlackBerry Curve 8350i combines the convenience of our Mike Direct Connect Push To Talk technology and the trusted BlackBerry solution,” said Jim Senko, vice-president of Mobility Solutions at TELUS. “It's a fantastic new addition to our extensive selection of business-ready smartphones operating on our Mike or PCS networks.”

 

Featuring integrated Global Positioning System (GPS), the new BlackBerry Curve 8350i smartphone from TELUS supports GPS tracking and dispatch solutions and also has Bluetooth-enabled support for accessories such as wireless headsets or hands-free car kits. In addition to being ready for work, the BlackBerry Curve 8350i is ready for play. It includes a robust media player, a 2MP camera with video recording and the capacity to store up to 16GB of music, pictures, video and documents per memory card. And with its built-in Wi-Fi, users have more ways to stay connected with the people and information that matter most.

 

“The BlackBerry Curve 8350i is a communications powerhouse that makes it easier than ever to stay connected,” said Mark Guibert, vice-president of corporate marketing at RIM. “We are very pleased to be working together with TELUS to bring this innovative and stylish smartphone to Canadians.”

 

Additional features include:

 

• High-resolution, 320 x 240 colour display
• 35 key backlit full-QWERTY keyboard
• Premium phone features including voice activated dialing, enhanced background noise cancellation and a low-distortion speakerphone
• Expandable memory via microSD/SDHC memory card slot supporting cards of up to 16GB for additional storage, 1GB microSD card included
• USB connectivity for charging and fast data file transfers between the smartphone and PCs
• Removable, rechargeable battery
• Robust messaging capabilities with support for popular instant messaging, multimedia messaging (MMS) and text messaging services
• DataViz Documents To Go preinstalled for editing Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files directly on the smartphone
• Support for thousands of applications, including business, lifestyle and entertainment titles
• BlackBerry Enterprise Server support, providing tight integration with Microsoft Exchange, IBM Lotus Domino, and Novell GroupWise and works with existing enterprise systems to enable secure, push-based, wireless access to e-mail and other corporate data
• BlackBerry Internet Service support for smaller businesses and individuals, allowing customers to access up to 10 supported email accounts (including most popular ISP email accounts) from the handset
The BlackBerry Curve 8350i smartphone is available from TELUS for as little as $249.99 on a three-year contract or $599.99 without a contract. For more information about TELUS' full suite of Mike services on the BlackBerry Curve 8350i, please visit www.noordinaryphone.com.

 

About TELUS
TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, with $9.5 billion of annual revenue and 11.5 million customer connections including 6 million wireless subscribers, 4.3 million wireline network access lines and 1.2 million Internet subscribers. TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services including data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, entertainment and video. In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members and retirees have contributed $113 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered more than 2.1 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Nine TELUS Community Boards across Canada lead our local philanthropic initiatives. For more information about TELUS, please visit telus.com.
The BlackBerry and RIM families of related marks, images and symbols are the exclusive properties and trademarks of Research In Motion Limited. RIM assumes no obligations or liability and makes no representation, warranty, endorsement or guarantee in relation to any aspect of any third party products or services.

 

 

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For more information, please contact:
Anne-Julie Gratton
TELUS Media Relations
(416) 279-8522
aj.gratton@telus.com