Telus launches two-year 'SharePlus' mobile contracts

17 Jul 2013

Canada’s Telus is launching ‘simplified’ mobile contract packages with two-year durations rather than its existing standard three-year lock-ins for consumers and small business customers on 30 July 2013. The move comes in the wake of the ‘code of conduct’ imposed on operators by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) allowing customers to cancel a contract after two years with no penalty, which becomes effective in December. However, Telus executives quoted by the press have denied that the new two-year contracts were prompted by the CRTC’s code, details of which have been taken to the Federal Court of Appeal by a group of cellcos including Rogers, Bell, Telus and SaskTel, claiming that the regulator ‘exceeded its jurisdiction and erred in law’ in relation to mobile contracts. The new Telus ‘SharePlus’ plans feature unlimited nationwide talk and text and the ability to share data with multiple subscribers and multiple devices on the same account.