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April 12, 2018

Telus plans – a closer look at your options

by John_A

Telus is one of Canada’s biggest telecommunications companies in Canada. As the incumbent local exchange carrier in British Columbia and Alberta, it still holds an enormous share of the market in the western provinces, and is still quite active in the rest of Canada.

Services do vary from province to province, so you’ll want to have a look at which of these services can be set up in your area. With that in mind, let’s take a brief look at some of the different type of Telus plans out there.

Telus mobile rates

Telus offers a number of options to meet your needs. You can get plans that come with a phone, bring-your-own phone plans, family plans, and international plans. The company runs on HSPA+ and LTE networks.

Bring-your-own-phone plans

Having your own phone always makes things easier. You can leave a plan if it’s not working for you without worrying about an outstanding balance.

Telus’ bring-your-own-phone plans still aren’t all that cheap though.

For $80 per month, you get unlimited local calling and nationwide texting, along with 1GB of data.

That number splits the voice and data features, so you can add some data if you need it. 1GB represents $25 worth of monthly data. You can bump that up to 2GB for $30 per month and 5GB for $45 per month, and keep moving up to a maximum of 80GB for $350 per month.

Family plans

You can also make those plans more appealing by putting together a family plan. The options stay the same, but you’ll be sharing whichever data plan you choose. And you save some cash while you’re at it. A two-person family plan knocks $10 off your monthly bill — so that’s $5 off each user’s bill, on top of the savings that come with sharing data.

Telus plans

Every additional family member means another $10 in savings, up to five family members. Jump up to three people, and you’re savings jump to $20. Four people makes it a $30 discount. And five brings you up to $40 off.

So, for example, if you, your spouse, and one child get a family bundle with 8GB of shared data, you’re looking at a total monthly bill of $235, or $78.33 per person, which means you’re paying just a little less than you would alone, but have more than twice the data per family member.

Telus plans

Smartphone-included plans

If you need a plan that also gets you a phone, Telus has options there too. For an extra $5 per month on your voice plan, Telus offers up discounted devices, and even a few for free. The only catch is you’ll be locked into a two-year contract.

For example, you can get the same basic plan mentioned above, with unlimited local calling and nationwide texting, along with 1GB of data, for $85 per month (up from $80 when you bring your own phone).

But with that extra $5 per month, you can get a Samsung galaxy S9 for $250, or an S8 for free.

Telus plans - Samsung phones

If you’re more comfortable with an Apple device, Telus also offers iPhones with their contract plans. The same deal mentioned above gives you access to an iPhone X for $600 — not cheap, but you pay more than double that at the Apple store — or an iPhone 8 for free.

Telus plans - Apple phones

International plans

Telus plans are pretty simple. The basic features carry over from plan to plan. Your modular voice and data options work the same way with an international plan — but it’s obviously a little pricier. Your bare-bones international plan starts at $95 per month, and that includes unlimited calls and texting in Canada and the the U.S. ($70) and 1GB of data ($25).

You can make your calls to and from the U.S. and keep using your plan as-is anytime you travel south of the border.

Telus plans - international

As with every other plan above, data on international plans can be upgraded. 2GB go for $30, 5GB for $45, 8GB for $60, and so on.

International plans are available for families and can be customized depending on whether you have your own device or need one from Telus.

Public Mobile

In 2015, Telus purchased discount mobile brand Public Mobile.

Bring in your own phone to enjoy contract-free service on the Telus network for as little as $30 per month.

Telus internet rates

Telus offers different internet plans based on the level of commitment you’re willing to make. With a two-year contract, you stand to save some money. At least in the short term.

Every home internet comes with promotional pricing when you sign on. With a month-to-month plan, you get three months of service at a discounted rate. With a two-year plan, you get the exact same discount, but for six months.

In either case, you get a selection of speeds and data options.

Telus plans - Internet

If you have a large home, you can also purchase a Telus Wi-Fi booster for a one-time cost of $120.

Telus TV

Still not ready to cut the cord? Telus can hook you up.

Optik TV is Telus’ showcase TV option. It offers a wide selection of HD and 4K channels, access to YouTube and Netflix from any TV set, a large on-demand library, and more.

Again, you’ll save money on the first few months with a two-year term. With Optik, you can build your own channel package, or let Telus set you up with popular channels. The starting rate is $60 per month, but that’s cut in half for the first six months if you sign on for two years. A premium bundle will run you up to $135 per month..

With a two-year contract for Optik TV and internet, you can also get a free 49″ LG 4K TV and a $200 credit on your bill if you order online (for a limited time).

Telus’ Pik TV plan uses Android TV and requires a $100 media box. 23 basic channels come included, and you get to pick an additional five channels from a list that includes AMC, the Comedy Network, Space, Showcase, Discovery, Bravo, CNN, and more, all for $65 per month. Additional channels cost $4 each.

The catch is that the service runs on your internet connection, but you can get a boost to unlimited data for $10 per month.

Final thoughts

If you’re looking for a cheap plan, Telus probably shouldn’t be your first stop. But if you want the reliability of one of the major Canadian providers, have a look.

Bundling your services and signing a two-year contract could save you enough money to make it worth your while too.

Any Telus subscribers think we’ve missed anything? Any satisfied (or angry) customers? Chime in in the comments below.

Not sure Telus is right for you? Be sure to check out our other guides on Roger, Bell, and Fido.

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