Telus iPhone Coming in October?

Looks like some more Telus iPhone rumors are coming our way! Reported previously is that Telus will have their HSPA network up and running this October. When that happens, also expect Telus to drop the gauntlet on Rogers by selling the iPhone as well.

A source of previous insider news, user RileyFreeman on Howard Forums posted the following:

So I want to first thank the person that dropped this into my lap. But Telus will be acquiring the rights to the iPhone in October. Directly from the mouth of a executive at Telus. Save the “I thought Rogers had an exclusive agreement” talk. I won’t get into all that. Just know that it is coming.

Of course, with any rumor we need to take them with a grain of salt. It seems that the so called “exclusive” deal Rogers has with Apple is merely based on network. Rogers is the only GSM carrier in Canada, while Telus and Bell are still using CDMA.

Vancouver Sun reporter, Gillian Shaw had the chance to speak with Telus spokesperson Shawn Hall about rumors of the iPhone coming to Telus. This is what he had to say:

“We’re always interested in bringing the latest and greatest devices to our customers. We will have the ability to offer both CDMA and GSM handsets which is the best of both worlds.”

Uhh…okay? Mr. Hall didn’t confirm or deny anything, so that leaves us with the impression that something could be coming our way. He also mentioned a full launch in early 2010 of their HSPA network. However, I’m pretty sure Telus would do a soft launch in the Fall to test the network and ensure things are smooth sailing once the Olympics hit Vancouver.

Evidence That the Telus/Bell GSM Network is Already in Place

Could we be seeing the following added to our list of carriers on our iPhones? Only time will tell!
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  • Richard

    If this happens I am canceling my Rogers contract, and either bringing my iPhone 3G to use on Telus, or buying the 3GS assuming they sell it.

  • Richard

    If this happens I am canceling my Rogers contract, and either bringing my iPhone 3G to use on Telus, or buying the 3GS assuming they sell it.

  • Richard

    If this happens I am canceling my Rogers contract, and either bringing my iPhone 3G to use on Telus, or buying the 3GS assuming they sell it.

  • Dude

    Nice! In 2 years when my contract is up I will be in touch with Telus/Bell & Rogers to see who gets my cable, Internet, & cell phone accounts πŸ˜€

  • Dude

    Nice! In 2 years when my contract is up I will be in touch with Telus/Bell & Rogers to see who gets my cable, Internet, & cell phone accounts πŸ˜€

  • Dude

    Nice! In 2 years when my contract is up I will be in touch with Telus/Bell & Rogers to see who gets my cable, Internet, & cell phone accounts πŸ˜€

  • Dude

    Nice! In 2 years when my contract is up I will be in touch with Telus/Bell & Rogers to see who gets my cable, Internet, & cell phone accounts πŸ˜€

  • Dude

    Nice! In 2 years when my contract is up I will be in touch with Telus/Bell & Rogers to see who gets my cable, Internet, & cell phone accounts πŸ˜€

  • Dude

    Nice! In 2 years when my contract is up I will be in touch with Telus/Bell & Rogers to see who gets my cable, Internet, & cell phone accounts πŸ˜€

  • Dude

    Nice! In 2 years when my contract is up I will be in touch with Telus/Bell & Rogers to see who gets my cable, Internet, & cell phone accounts πŸ˜€

  • Patrick Wong

    This can not happen soon enough. Hopefully more competition will more better and more fair pricing for the Iphone.

  • Patrick Wong

    This can not happen soon enough. Hopefully more competition will more better and more fair pricing for the Iphone.

  • Patrick Wong

    This can not happen soon enough. Hopefully more competition will more better and more fair pricing for the Iphone.

  • Patrick Wong

    This can not happen soon enough. Hopefully more competition will more better and more fair pricing for the Iphone.

  • Guest

    Interesting…. Good news!
    To bad im locked into a 3 year contract with Rogers hehe DOH! πŸ˜›
    Robbers better have some competition in pricing or say good bye to a chuck of there customers…?

  • Guest

    Interesting…. Good news!
    To bad im locked into a 3 year contract with Rogers hehe DOH! πŸ˜›
    Robbers better have some competition in pricing or say good bye to a chuck of there customers…?

  • Guest

    Interesting…. Good news!
    To bad im locked into a 3 year contract with Rogers hehe DOH! πŸ˜›
    Robbers better have some competition in pricing or say good bye to a chuck of there customers…?

  • Guest

    Interesting…. Good news!
    To bad im locked into a 3 year contract with Rogers hehe DOH! πŸ˜›
    Robbers better have some competition in pricing or say good bye to a chuck of there customers…?

  • Dusty

    Interesting…. Good news!
    To bad im locked into a 3 year contract with Rogers hehe DOH! πŸ˜›
    Robbers better have some competition in pricing or say good bye to a chuck of there customers…?

  • Kelly

    Personally I’m more interested in the competition factor…

    the grass isn’t always greener on the other side… at least rogers has a cap on teh ECF… plus they’ve always treated me very well… (when it comes to the iPhone, anything we all bitch about (early upgrade pricing / lack of unlimited data) they seem to fix at teh very last second.. but it’s fixed.. I would never go back to telus… ever

  • Kelly

    Personally I’m more interested in the competition factor…

    the grass isn’t always greener on the other side… at least rogers has a cap on teh ECF… plus they’ve always treated me very well… (when it comes to the iPhone, anything we all bitch about (early upgrade pricing / lack of unlimited data) they seem to fix at teh very last second.. but it’s fixed.. I would never go back to telus… ever

  • Kelly

    Personally I’m more interested in the competition factor…

    the grass isn’t always greener on the other side… at least rogers has a cap on teh ECF… plus they’ve always treated me very well… (when it comes to the iPhone, anything we all bitch about (early upgrade pricing / lack of unlimited data) they seem to fix at teh very last second.. but it’s fixed.. I would never go back to telus… ever

  • Kelly

    Personally I’m more interested in the competition factor…

    the grass isn’t always greener on the other side… at least rogers has a cap on teh ECF… plus they’ve always treated me very well… (when it comes to the iPhone, anything we all bitch about (early upgrade pricing / lack of unlimited data) they seem to fix at teh very last second.. but it’s fixed.. I would never go back to telus… ever

  • Kelly

    Personally I’m more interested in the competition factor…

    the grass isn’t always greener on the other side… at least rogers has a cap on teh ECF… plus they’ve always treated me very well… (when it comes to the iPhone, anything we all bitch about (early upgrade pricing / lack of unlimited data) they seem to fix at teh very last second.. but it’s fixed.. I would never go back to telus… ever

  • kevin

    Yeah, it is believable only time will tell..Now dat Apple is selling the iphone without a contract at Rogers/Fido store and also Future shop..dat means 2 me dat maybe more carriers r coming and Apple is tryin’ to sell their product to many people as possible..plus we all know dat Bell/Telus r suppose 2 be launching their HSPA service in 2010…For me, i’ll be waiting for more cheaper and advantages plans.

  • kevin

    Yeah, it is believable only time will tell..Now dat Apple is selling the iphone without a contract at Rogers/Fido store and also Future shop..dat means 2 me dat maybe more carriers r coming and Apple is tryin’ to sell their product to many people as possible..plus we all know dat Bell/Telus r suppose 2 be launching their HSPA service in 2010…For me, i’ll be waiting for more cheaper and advantages plans.

  • kevin

    Yeah, it is believable only time will tell..Now dat Apple is selling the iphone without a contract at Rogers/Fido store and also Future shop..dat means 2 me dat maybe more carriers r coming and Apple is tryin’ to sell their product to many people as possible..plus we all know dat Bell/Telus r suppose 2 be launching their HSPA service in 2010…For me, i’ll be waiting for more cheaper and advantages plans.

  • Nelson

    I don’t think this will happen, but it will put pressure on Rogers because Apple wants to make money, and the one that will be able to sell the most would because of his cheaper plans!

  • Nelson

    I don’t think this will happen, but it will put pressure on Rogers because Apple wants to make money, and the one that will be able to sell the most would because of his cheaper plans!

  • Nelson

    I don’t think this will happen, but it will put pressure on Rogers because Apple wants to make money, and the one that will be able to sell the most would because of his cheaper plans!

  • tsdexter

    The problem with this is that Telus is launching an HSPA network only. It will launch in major cities across the country. If you have a Telus iPhone it will ONLY work where they have launched this 3G network. You won't have the option of falling back to EDGE for data and will have NO OPTIONS for voice calls outside of the HSPA network because their voice runs on CDMA still. So, if there is no 3G you won't get voice or data… The only remedy to this would be to have a roaming agreement with Rogers/Fido, which will surely be costly. Also, HSPA network technology has about half the distance of travel through the air than does other wireless tech, so to get full coverage without deadspots Telus can't just go a throw HSPA tech on current towers, they would also have to build more half way between all their current towers. Rogers has already spent about 4 years developing and testing their 3G network and literally BILLIONS of dollars. Bell and Telus think they can just come in, add a few antennas to their towers, flip a switch and than suddenly have HSPA support. It's good in theory, but it won't work very well without nationwide full scale testing and implementation – you can't just turn it on cause the olympics are here.

    Not sure if this applies to Telus, but Bell is using 2 different suppliers for their HSPA tech. I'm sure all of you are all already aware of compatibility issues, doesn't matter what the tech is, when you mix manufacturers, things usually don't work, at least not very well, and certainly not right away.

    So to all the people who plan to switch to a company that offers 3G only – with no fallback network, different suppliers, and a network that is rushed to be activated just for the olympics – Good luck to you!

  • maxiPhone3gs

    I just bought the Iphone from Telus, my phone hasn't worked yet, no incoming outgoing calls, no text messages, I haven't been able to use my brand new phone yet. I talked to the telus store and they said they need to get the problems worked out with their new network. The problem is, they take your money up front, and expect me to pay each month, but I haven't been able to use one service… Now im stuck in a contract for three years, my phone services don't work AT ALL! Just a WARNING to all who are looking to get one! they aren't ready for the iphone yet, They pushed it out so fast, now me and a whole line up are sitting outside not knowing what to do with our useless, expensive phones! WAIT UNTIL THEY KNOW HOW to provide service!

  • maxiPhone3gs

    I just bought the Iphone from Telus, my phone hasn't worked yet, no incoming outgoing calls, no text messages, I haven't been able to use my brand new phone yet. I talked to the telus store and they said they need to get the problems worked out with their new network. The problem is, they take your money up front, and expect me to pay each month, but I haven't been able to use one service… Now im stuck in a contract for three years, my phone services don't work AT ALL! Just a WARNING to all who are looking to get one! they aren't ready for the iphone yet, They pushed it out so fast, now me and a whole line up are sitting outside not knowing what to do with our useless, expensive phones! WAIT UNTIL THEY KNOW HOW to provide service!

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