TELUS shutting down pager service on March 31, 2015


Pagers, a key communication device in the 1990s for many, has all but been replaced by smartphones and other mobile devices. But some 161,500 Canadians still used them in 2013. Most are health-care workers and first responders who rely on them in areas where cellular service is spotty or not available. Many of them will soon have to find alternatives […]

TELUS to be excluded from 2500MHz spectrum auction over Mobilicity acquisition attempts?


Mobilicity, the beleaguered Canadian carrier looking to sell itself, last week announced that it had found a buyer through an auction it ran in December 2013. It turned out that the knight in shining armour was none other than TELUS which had already tried to buy it out twice before. Both previous attempts had been rebuffed by Industry Canada over […]

Mobilicity acquisition by TELUS back on the table


Here we go again. Mobilicity, which has been operating under creditor protection since late September 2013, announced very late yesterday “a proposed going concern transaction” that would see TELUS Mobility acquire the beleaguered carrier for CA$350 million. If this sounds familiar, it’s because it is. TELUS announced back in May 2013 that it would acquire Mobilicity for CA$380 million but […]

TELUS withdraws from Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association


The Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) today lost a prominent member when TELUS announced it was withdrawing from the association. According to TELUS Chief Corporate Officer Josh Blair: “Telus’ decision to withdraw from the CWTA reflects our desire to continue progressing our highly differentiated strategy and our unique Customers First approach. We are grateful for Bernard Lord’s excellent leadership. He effectively […]

Canadian government still opposed to Mobilicity acquisition by TELUS


Mobilicity, one of Canada’s smaller carriers, is quickly running out of options. Having put itself up to an auction sale in December, its creditor protection is set to run out in mid-February. It has already been extended several times but that’s no guarantee that it will be again. With the prospect of being unable to find a buyer and simply […]

Public Mobile to begin transition to TELUS network in March

Public Mobile

While TELUS has been unable so far to acquire Mobilicity despite repeated attempts, its Public Mobile acquisition closed quickly back in November. At the time, TELUS announced that it would migrate Public Mobile’s 280,000 wireless customers away from the CDMA network over to its own HSPA/LTE network. Public Mobile has now let its customers know that this migration will begin […]