TELUS & Bell iPhone in Saskatchewan By 2011

Early Thursday morning we reported about the unfortunate email that TELUS sent out to its promotional mailing list subscribers.

According to the email, customers living in Saskatchewan and Manitoba would not be getting the iPhone 3G/3GS on launch day. That email is referenced below:

No Telus

Clearly this is bad news for our Prairie friends. But hope is not yet lost!

Later Thursday afternoon, a posting made by TELUS on their media news page announced that TELUS and SaskTel have come to a network-sharing agreement that will expand the UMTS/HSPA network to Saskatchewan. The network is expected to be launched in mid-2010 with a completion date of 2011.

SaskTel and TELUS today announced they have entered into a wireless network sharing agreement that will facilitate the rapid deployment of next generation wireless and data services through Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS) and High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) technologies by SaskTel within Saskatchewan.

Reports from MobileSyrup indicate that Bell Canada has also entered into the same agreement with SaskTel. Neither TELUS or Bell have indicated any news regarding Manitoba.

So while the current iPhone 3GS may not be available initially, Saskatchewan residents may be able to pick up a new Summer 2010 iPhone. Failing that, there’s always Summer 2011.

TELUS 2010