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

Services 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 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. At the moment, Telus also offers a bonus of 4GB of data per month for these plans for a limited time.

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 4GB for $35 per month, all the way to $80 for $350 a 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 saving 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.

 

Every additional family member means another $10 in savings, up to five family members. Jump up to three people, and your savings jump to $20. Four or five people on one account will save you $30. If you, your spouse, and one child get a family bundle with 20GB of shared data, you’re looking at a total monthly bill of $265 or $88.33 per person.

Smartphone-included plans

If you need a plan that comes with 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.

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).

With that extra $5 per month, you can get a Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus for $130, a Galaxy Note 9 for $300, or a Galaxy S9 for free.

If you’re more comfortable with an Apple device, Telus also offers iPhones with their contract plans. The latest iPhones are pretty expensive if you buy them from Telus, but you can get all of Apple’s older iPhones (iPhone X and below) for free with a plan.

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 $100 per month, and includes unlimited calls and texting in Canada and the U.S. ($75) and 1GB of data ($25).

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

 

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 $40 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. If you have a large home, you can also purchase a Telus Wi-Fi booster for a one-time fee of $120.

You can choose from standard internet plans, or if your home or apartment has fiber connections, you can sign up for one of Telus’ fiber internet plans offering the same upload and download speeds. Telus also has a number of different promotional offers to entice new customers, such as a $200 Steam gift card, a free Apple TV set-top box, and more.

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 55-inch LG 4K TV, a $500 pre-paid Visa card, and a $200 credit on your bill if you order online. You can also get a $200 discount on a smartphone when you add Mobility to your Telus home services.

Telus’ Pik TV plan lets customers stream live TV, and watch on-demand programming from most devices, including phones, and Windows and Mac PCs. For $10 a month, you get 23 basic channels, plus an additional five channels from a list including AMC, the Comedy Network, Space, Showcase, Discovery, Bravo, CNN, and more. Additional channels cost $4 each. You can also purchase an Android TV set-top box for $100. For a limited time, you can get a Pik TV plans for free for the first three months and $5 a month afterwards, if you sign up for Telus Internet for two years.

The catch is 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. 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 via the comments below.

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