Telus Canada

September 4

Shaw vs. Telus

Posted by on September 4, 2013 at 8:00 PM

Shaw vs. Telus

The two main players in the market for high speed internet in western Canada are Shaw and Telus. They both offer different kinds of deals, but try to somewhat align with each other so they don’t compete. However, when you break down the numbers and take a closer look the competition couldn’t be any more fierce.

Telus like to structure their deals based on contracts. They like to persuade their customers to take 3-year deals by giving big discounts and “freebies” such as laptops and TVs. However, they are often prepared to offer 1 or 2 year deals, so do your research and be prepared to ignore the freebies. Unfortunately, the new wireless legislation doesn’t seem to have affected the internet service providers and they are still able to offer and make you stick to a 3-year contract.

Shaw’s strategy is to give the customer freedom and flexibility. They offer month-to-month contracts with the option to leave whenever you are dissatisfied. I always think this shows confidence in a company’s service, when they offer this kind of deal. I have signed many a contract and then been dissatisfied after a few months, only to be locked-in and have no bargaining power.

Always Negotiate!

With only two companies in the market, you can always play on this to get the best deal. Shaw knows if you don’t choose them you will be choosing their nearest rival instead and vice versa!

I recently called Shaw after Telus had offered me one of their packages. I was paying $55 with Shaw as my deal for three months at $30 had run out. Telus offered me their Internet 15 package (150 GB usage for $30 a month), which was pretty much the same usage allowance I was getting with Shaw. After six months, the price would move up to $50 a month, which was still cheaper than the $55 I currently had to pay at Shaw. I wasn’t sure that Shaw would make me an offer, as although my current offer had run out, I still hadn’t paid the latest bill of $55 + tax. He put me on hold for a few minutes, but came back offering me six months at $30. I was only expecting a three-month deal, so I snapped it up. A quick 10 minute conversation saved me $25 a month or $150 over the six months.

Comparison

Comparing the two providers over a three-year duration is the easiest way to show you how much you would be losing if you didn’t negotiate a better deal.

Shaw

Shaw 20, in my opinion, is the optimal internet package with Shaw. It has good download speeds and a good enough download limit for the majority. Although, this really depends on your usage as it offers 200 GB of data. If you opt for Shaw 10, it offers only 125 GB of data for $5 less per month (after any offers have expired), but with lower download speeds.

The cost of Shaw 20 is $55 a month with the first month being $30 + tax.

Total cost over 3 years (incl one discounted month) = $1,955 + tax

Telus

Telus 15 would be their optimal package. Offering a little less data at 150 GB, this should still be more than adequate for the average user. I tend to use around 130 GB a month and still watch a lot of movies and download quite a bit of data.

Not sure how much data you will use in a month? Use the Telus Data calculator (http://mobility.telus.com/en/AB/mobile_internet_guide/data_calculator.shtml).

Telus 15 costs $30 per month for the first 6 months and then moves up to $55 a month after that.

Total cost over 3 years (incl 6 months discounted) = $1,680 + tax

The Verdict

You can see from the standard pricing that on the standard contract over 3 years, Telus comes in considerably cheaper ($275 saved to be precise). However, with Telus you are locked into a 3-year deal meaning you can’t negotiate at any point once you have signed the contract. By the time my current deal runs out I will have had nine months with Shaw at $30, and I firmly believe I will be able to negotiate another deal at this point that could be cheaper than the $55 standard price.

This doesn’t mean you can’t negotiate a better deal with Telus. A 3-year contract may be scary, but at the right price, Telus can work out a great deal for you and you might even get a free TV thrown in there too (if that is your thing)!

The moral of this story is ALWAYS negotiate, and whether you prefer Telus or Shaw there’s always a better deal to be had than what’s on the website. These two companies are in a battle for your business and the right negotiating skills can save you a large amount of money and maybe even get you a couple of freebies along the way!

I always say that one day I will leave Shaw and go to Telus, but every time I try to leave, they offer me a better deal on a month-to-month contract, making it almost impossible to refuse! No freebies for me, but I must say I have been very happy with Shaw so far.

Photo Credit: CT State Library

 

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August 26

Telus Canada: Free HDTV, Laptop Or Tablet With 3 Year TV + Internet Bundle (Select Provinces)

Posted by on August 26, 2013 at 9:00 PM

Telus Canada: Free HDTV, Laptop Or Tablet With 3 Year TV + Internet Bundle (Select Provinces)

I blogged about a similar free offer back in April, and now Telus Canada has brought out a new Optik deal with your choice of free device. Choose between a free 42″ LG HDTV, a free HP Pavilion 15 Laptop, or a free Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 when you sign up for a three year Optic or Satellite TV and internet bundle.

Instead of getting free items, you also have the choice of getting a discount on the first six months of your Optik TV with OR without the internet.

The cheapest you can get the Optik TV + Internet bundle for is $79 a month. This includes Optik TV Essentials with 125 channels and Telus Internet 15 with 3.0 to 15.0 MBPS download speeds. The bundle also includes a free PVR rental and two free HD digital box rentals.

The cheapest you can get the Satellite TV + Internet bundle for is $77.90 a month. This includes Satellite TV Basic with 59 channels and Telus Internet 6 with 1.5 to 6 MBPS download speeds. This bundle also includes a free HD PVR and two HD receivers. My guess is that this will be the main option available for the territories and rural areas.

Depending on what device you need to replace in your household will determine which free item you go for: a tablet, laptop, or a TV.

This offer is only available in select provinces. I believe it includes both BC and AB but I am not sure which others.

(Expiry: Unknown)

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August 16

Telus Canada: Student Internet Discounts & $50 Visa Card (BC & AB)

Posted by on August 16, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Telus Canada: Student Internet Discounts & $50 Visa Card (BC & AB)

If you are a student in British Columbia or Alberta, you can take advantage of special internet pricing for students and get a free $50 pre-paid Visa when you switch to Telus Canada (if you haven’t been with Telus in the past 90 days).

Click through the link at the top of the page that says ‘sign-up online’ to view the deals. You can also call in your order if you want. Here are the packages for students:

  • TELUS Internet 6 – $25/m (reg $50)
  • TELUS Internet 15 – $25/m (reg $55)
  • TELUS Internet 25 – $30/m (reg $65)
  • TELUS Internet 50 – $40/m (reg $80)

Those prices are for internet only. If you sign up for a second service, you can get another $5 off that price.

You get those prices for twelve months, contract-free. On your thirteenth month the price will go back to the regular price. At that time, I would consider looking for a new deal, or if you are still a student talk to Telus about renewing your student deal.

I am going to be getting the Internet 25 package – internet alone. Right now I am paying $60 at Shaw, including taxes, and they just let me know they are raising the rate by another $5 come the first of September. I signed up for this promotion last night online and am just waiting for Telus to call me back today to set up an installation date. Then I will give Shaw my 30 days notice. Suddenly, my internet cost will be cut in half, and I will have a $50 Visa card to spend. Yay!

(Expiry: 4th November 2013. Pre-paid Visa card only while supplies last).

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April 28

Telus Canada: Free Samsung 40″ HDTV With 3 Year TV + Internet Bundle (Select Provinces)

Posted by on April 28, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Telus Canada: Free Samsung 40 HDTV With 3 Year TV + Internet Bundle (Select Provinces)

Telus Canada (not Telus Mobility) is offering a free Samsung 40″ LED HDTV when you sign up for a three year Optic or Satellite TV and internet bundle.

This offer is only available for the provinces and territories that have Telus instead of Telus Mobility. For sure this includes Alberta and British Columbia. From what I could find, this also includes the northern territories like the Yukon, The Northwest Territories, and Nunavut because they go through the BC Telus.  It would just depend on whether optic or satellite TV was available in your area. My guess is for the territories it would have to be one of the bigger population centers.

So they want you to commit for three years to TV and internet – what are the most cost affective options?

The cheapest you can get the Optik TV + Internet bundle for is $79 a month. This includes Optik TV Essentials with 125 channels and Telus Internet 15 with 3.0 to 15.0 MBPS download speeds. The bundle also includes a free PVR rental and two free HD digital box rentals.

The cheapest you can get the Satellite TV + Internet bundle for is $77.90 a month. This includes Satellite TV Basic with 59 channels and Telus Internet 6 with 1.5 to 6 MBPS download speeds. This bundle also includes a free HD PVR and two HD receivers. My guess is that this will be the main option available for the territories and rural areas.

Both bundles include that free Saumsung 40″ LED HDTV. So, if you are looking to get a new cable and internet plan… this is a pretty good deal.

(Expiry: Unknown)

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April 9

Black’s Canada: $150 Visa Gift Card With Koodo or Telus Activation

Posted by on April 9, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Blacks Canada: $150 Visa Gift Card With Koodo or Telus Activation

Black’s Canada is handing out free money for activating the new smartphone you were already going to get! What’s not to love?

All you have to do to get the $150 Visa gift card is activate a new Koodo plan or a two or three year Telus plan. If you happen to be going with Telus, Black’s will also throw in their “Prints for Life” package for as long as you have the plan. That gives you 1000 free prints per year. This is an in-store only deal but you’re gonna wanna go down to the store to look at the phones anyway.

I think Black’s is doing something very cool. It would be very easy for a photography store to go under nowadays. When your business has traditionally been printing photos and framing, the new digital era is kinda scary. They’ve done all the standard stuff that you need to do in that business but they have gone further. Instead of just accepting digital images and printing them off, they’ve expanded into digital picture frames and mobile devices among others. The mobile phone thing, I think, was their best move. They have realized that the new camera of the masses is the smartphone. With a good camera on your phone, you don’t really need to go get a camera anymore.

For more savings from Black’s check out our Black’s Coupon Code page.

(Expires: 28th April 2013)

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February 16

WagJag Canada: $22.25 For a 1-Year Subscription to Cosmopolitan Magazine (a $62.88 Value)

Posted by on February 16, 2013 at 11:00 AM

WagJag Canada: $22.25 For a 1 Year Subscription to Cosmopolitan Magazine (a $62.88 Value)

WagJag Canada has an awesome deal happening right now on one of my favourite magazines. Save 65% off the cost of a one year subscription to Cosmopolitan and get free shipping for a limited time only.

Here is a little more about this deal:

  • Expires May 20, 2013
  • Limit 1 voucher per person per household, may buy two more for others
  • Shipping is included
  • Please allow 8-10 weeks for delivery of first magazine
  • No additional charges

The cost for this deal is just $22.25 which is 65% off the regular cost for a one year subscription.  If you have the $10 a month Telus credit, you will save an additional $10 making this deal just $12.25.  The Telus credits will be changing as of April to being only used on orders of $39.99 or more so make sure you take advantage of these lower value deals while you still can.

(Expiry: 19th February 2013)

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January 30

eBay Canada: Telus Mobility $25 Prepaid Wireless Top-Up Card for $20 & Free Shipping

Posted by on January 30, 2013 at 9:00 AM

eBay Canada: Telus Mobility $25 Prepaid Wireless Top Up Card for $20 & Free Shipping

This is a pretty nice deal – get a Telus Mobility $25 Prepaid Wireless Top-Up Card for only $20 and no tax. You save $5 and the tax off buying it at full price.

These cards do not have expiry dates – only the credit has an expiry once you add it to your account. They ship from in Canada so no duty – and shipping is free! Depending on where you live – it should be delivered within 3 to 12 days.

There are just over 250 cards still available so grab one if you use pre-paid Telus cards. Over 80 have already been purchased. This seller is top-rated: with a feedback score of 82746 and a 99.8% positive feedback. 

Do note: “As per ebay policy, we will mail the card to you, we are not allowed to email codes. Please allow enough transit time.”

(Expiry: 11th February 2013)

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January 7

Telus Canada: $300 Pre-Paid Visa Card With 3-Yr Optik TV Bundle

Posted by on January 7, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Telus Canada: $300 Pre Paid Visa Card With 3 Yr Optik TV Bundle

When you get Optik TV and Internet on a three year term with Telus, you will receive a ‘free’ $300 Telus Visa Prepaid Card.

I’m not sure which all provinces this is available in, but I managed to find that it is available in BC and AB. They just don’t provide a list: which is annoying. The regular bundled price is $68 a month for this bundle – and of course the bonus is that $300 prepaid card. You could always use it to pay for your first 4 – 5 months of the bundle.

There is a LOT of fine print but I want to go over the essentials. i really urge you to read ALL the fine print if you are even thinking of getting this deal!

  • Offer available to TELUS residential customers on a 3 year TELUS TV and Internet service agreement who have not subscribed to TELUS TV or Internet service in the past 90 days.
  • Offer cannot be combined with promo prices and is not available with High Speed Lite.
  • Visa Prepaid Card is valid for up to 12 months, unused funds forfeit at midnight EST the last day of the month of the valid thru date, subject to applicable law.
  • Offer includes a wireless gateway rental at no extra cost, excluding High Speed Lite.

As i said, not sure which all provinces can get this deal – so you might want to check on your local Telus.com website or call Telus to make sure. I do know that both Alberta and BC qualify for this deal.

Expiry: 4th February 2013

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January 1

Canadian Freebies: Free 2013 Calendar Round-Up

Posted by on January 1, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Canadian Freebies: Free 2013 Calendar Round Up

Now that it’s officially 2013, it’s time to throw away or recycle that 2012 calendar. You don’t have to go out and purchase a new one — get these free 2013 calendars instead!

Option #1: Chapman’s Kid’s Club

Your children will love this free calendar from Chapman’s. It’s always a great idea to have your child’s activities and events posted on an easy-to-see calendar. That way, they know what’s coming up and can be excited each morning when they look at the calendar and see what’s planned for that day.

Option #2: Telus 2013 Calendar

Telus is offering a free 2013 calendar to all Canadian residents and it’s available in English and French. You don’t have to be subscribed to Telus. All you need to do is answer a few short questions, and your calendar will be on it’s way!

Option #3: “My Milk” 2013 Calendar

Dairy Goodness has a “My Milk” 2013 calendar available for free. Unfortunately it is no longer available for Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador residents, due to an overwhelming response. However if you live in Saskatchewan (that’s me!), Alberta, British Columbia or Manitoba, you can still request your free calendar.

Option #4: Ontario Outdoor Adventures 2013 Calendar

If you’re more of an outdoorsy person and want some scenic and beautiful pictures of Ontario on your calendar, then this one is perfect for you! You can either download and print, or request a physical copy to be mailed to you. Along with this calendar, you will also find the Ontario Winter Guide 2013, the Ontario Snowmobiling Tour Planner 2013, and the Ontario Snowmobiling Trail Guide 2013. You may request one copy of each or simply view them online.

I hope you enjoy these free 2013 calendars and can put them to good use. Wishing you and your family all the best in 2013!

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November 23

Canadian Black Friday Cell Phone Sale Roundup

Posted by on November 23, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Canadian Black Friday Cell Phone Sale Roundup

All three carriers have some good deals but there is a definite winner and a definite loser on these deals. Who will it be? Could the winner be Bell?! Could the loser be Rogers!? … Actually, that’s right. Bell is the winner and Rogers is the loser. Sorry Rogers people…

Ok, I know, stop your angry emails and listen. I can’t include every carrier so I’m including the big three. If I put WING in there someone is going to get mad because I didn’t include SaskTel or Moblicity. I’m sorry but I just don’t need this kind of hassle in my life. I love you all, but not that much. These are the deals in order of awesome. Again, I’m sorry Rogers.

BELL

  • Samsung Galaxy S III – Now $0
  • Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE – Now $29.95
  • Samsung Galaxy Note – Now $0
  • Motorola RAZR V – Now $0

TELUS

  • Samsung Galaxy S III – Now $0

ROGERS

  • Samsung Galazy S III – Now $79.99

The Clear winner in this deal is the free SGS IIIs. All the other phones that Bell has up are great, although I can’t see why anyone would pay $30 for an SGS II when you can get an SGS III for free. I don’t have the exact before prices (or rather I do, but they are on my computer at work) but the SGS III was around $170 and the other phones were $50 or $60.

All of these are available online or in-store on new 3-year contracts or renewals.

(Bell Expires: 25th November 2012)

(Rogers & Telus Expires: 26th November 2012)

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August 16

Telus Canada: Student Offer – Internet starting at $25/m + $50 Visa Gift Card

Posted by on August 16, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Telus Canada: Student Offer   Internet starting at $25/m + $50 Visa Gift Card

Heading back to school as a student, or is a member of the family a student but still living at home? Take advantage of this sweet deal from Telus Canada. Get internet starting at $25 a month, and a $50 Visa Gift Card for signing up with Telus.

Fine print (very important on a deal like this):

Cannot be combined with other promo prices, and proof of student status with a valid student number is required. Minimum system requirements apply. Final eligibility will be determined by a TELUS representative. Price includes TELUS High Speed Internet and is guaranteed for 12 months with no term commitment. Regular price starts on month 13. Gift card offer available while quantities last to new TELUS clients who have not subscribed to TELUS Internet service in the past 90 days. Offer includes a $50 unrestricted VISA gift card.

Now I clicked through and put in my address and all, and the following deals were available for students:

  • $25/m – High Speed Turbo
  • $30/m – High Speed Turbo 25
  • $50/m High Speed Turbo add Home Phone + 1 Calling Feature
  • $55/m - High Speed Turbo 25 add Home Phone + 1 Calling Feature

Compare those prices to the prices listed here. You are seriously saving a bundle. For example, an unbundled High Speed Turbo 25 costs $30 for the first 6 months, then jumps up to $62 a month for regular folk.

  • Cost for a student: $360 for a year
  • Cost for a regular person: $552 for a year

It is worth getting, even if you don’t live in residence. I live with my husband in our own apartment and always get the student deals. The extra $50 Visa Gift Card is pretty nice too.

Expiry: 6th, November 2012

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August 4

The Best $100 or Less (on Contract) Smartphones in Canada

Posted by on August 4, 2012 at 7:00 PM

The Best $100 or Less (on Contract) Smartphones in Canada

I’ve had a Samsung Galaxy S for two years this month. It has been a great phone but it is getting a bit long in the tooth. I’ve abused it, my son has abused it, I’ve rooted and rommed it multiple times and it just isn’t doing too hot anymore. So I’ve been looking around for a new phone. I’m dreaming, really, because I’m far too cheap to pay the Early Hardware Upgrade Plan (EHUP) fee that Bell charges but it got me to thinking. If I bought a new phone today, on contract, what would I buy?

So I thought I’d share a list of the best cheap smartphones out there. A few caveats:

  1. I’m only going to do the big three. Bell, Telus, Rogers. If I start getting into the smaller ones the list will become unwieldy.
  2. These are all Android phones. Blackberry can’t compete on this level and iPhone is too expensive.
  3. All these prices are under a three year contact. There are huge costs involved in a contract so be aware.
  4. This is an opinion piece. My opinion might be different than yours.

The Best $100 or Less (on Contract) Smartphones in Canada

Phone: Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Specs: 1.2 GHz Dual Core processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, 4.65″ screen, 1280×720 display, 135 grams. This is the Google dev phone so it gets updates to the latest OS quicker than any other phone.

Price: $30

Carriers: Bell
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Best $100 or Less (on Contract) Smartphones in Canada

Phone: HTC One S

Specs: Android 4.0, 1.5GHz Dual Core processor, 1GB RAM, 16 GB Memory. 4.3″ screen, 960×540 resolution, 126 grams. This phone, as with all HTC phones, has the Sense UI over it.

Price: $50 (Telus), $100 (Bell)

Carriers: Bell, Telus
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Best $100 or Less (on Contract) Smartphones in Canada

Phone: Motorola RAZR V

Specs: Android 4.0 1.2GHz Dual Core Processor, 1 GB RAM, 4 GB Memory, 4.3″ screen, 960×540 resolution, 130 grams.

Price: $30

Carriers: Bell
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Best $100 or Less (on Contract) Smartphones in Canada

Phone: HTC One X

Specs: Android 4.0, 1.5GHz Dual Core processor, 1GB RAM, 16 GB Memory. 4.7″ screen, 1280×720 resolution, 146 grams. This phone, as with all HTC phones, has the Sense UI over it.

Price: $100

Carriers: Telus, Rogers
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Best $100 or Less (on Contract) Smartphones in Canada

Phone: Samsung Galaxy Note

Specs: Android 2.3 (upgrade to 4.0), 1.5GHz Dual Core processor, 1GB RAM, 16 GB MEmory. 5.3″ screen, 1280×800 resolution, 178 grams. The screen on this phone is huge and comes with a stylus.

Price: $100

Carriers: This phone is available at all the carriers but is only available for $100 at Telus.

 

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July 30

Telus 72 Hour Sale: Cellphones for $0 (On 1 Year Plan)

Posted by on July 30, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Telus 72 Hour Sale: Cellphones for $0 (On 1 Year Plan)

Over on the Telus Mobility website, they’ve started an online only sale for 72 hours, with some special offers on various cellphones.

So, if you’re in the market for a new cellphone, you could have a browse of their offers.

I clicked in to the Ontario deal to see the example offers, so these might vary depending on your province. But here are some examples:

  • Free Blackberry Curve 9380
  • Free Nexus S
  • Free Blackberry Torch 9800
  • Free HTC Desire HD

All of the above phones come on a 1 year plan – otherwise the handsets are big bucks to buy on their own. That’s not bad – you’re only tied in to the plan for one year.

Out of the above named handsets, I don’t have much experience with Blackberries at all, but my other half has the HTC Desire HD (I’ve got the iPhone 4). When he first got the phone, I noticed that his screen size was a teensy weensy bit larger than my screen, and the green-eyed electronics jealousy monster reared its head. But even though the HTC Desire HD might have a lovely screen, I still prefer my iPhone (a burgeoning Apple fangirl here!).

Just make sure you read the specifications of the handsets and the small prints of the plans, to make sure you are getting what you need.

(Expiry 1st August 2012)

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February 7

Free Wagjag Credit For Telus Customers

Posted by on February 7, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Free Wagjag Credit For Telus Customers

Over on our hot deals forums, Mooser ksanders tells us about an offer in conjunction with Wagjag and Telus. If you’re a Telus Mobility customer, you will get a free $10 Wagjag credit every month!

Register or sign in at the above Wagjag page, add your phone number, and you’re done. You have to verify your cellphone number, but then you will get your $10 credit each month.

You can then use the $10 credit on anything on the Wagjag site. They do a huge variety of group buy deals, from restaurant offers to teeth whitening kits! We’ve wrote about Wagjag here on Bargainmoose quite a lot, it’s one of our fave daily deal sites. Free Wagjag Credit For Telus Customers They’ve also got an app for the iPhone or for Android, so you can use it on the go too.

Ksanders said, “I’m SO excited about this deal!” She must be a Telus customer. Free Wagjag Credit For Telus Customers

You know, I was recently researching the top Canadian stores according to Alexa rank, and I was suprised to see Wagjag coming in as the 344th most popular website in Canada. I did not realise it was quite as popular as that!

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September 18

Telus: Student Internet Promotion

Posted by on September 18, 2011 at 2:00 PM

Telus: Student Internet Promotion

Like Shaw, Telus is running a student internet promotion. If you sign up before the end of the month (and are a student with a valid student ID) you will receive:

  1. Up to 12 months of service for only $19.95/month (regular rate $50.95)
  2. FREE wireless gateway† ($149.95 retail value)
  3. TELUS eProtect

I got the bundle through shaw and am actually considering Telus next year because I am unhappy with Shaw’s performance so far. The internet is seriously horrible. It only supports 1 computer at a time really, and takes forever to load pages if any other computer tries to be on at the same time, including my iPad. Its evil. >.<

Anyway, enough of me complaining: this is a good deal because you get your wireless gateway for free and you pay only $20 for a $50 service. Telus: Student Internet Promotion

Expiry: 30th, September 2011

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