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TELUS first to bring LG Touch Phone to Canada

  • Updated
  • 2008 03. 27

<i>Only from TELUS, the LG VENUS brings the next generation of the cell phone user interface to life for Canadians</i><br><Br>


<b>TORONTO, March 27 /CNW/</b> - TELUS today announced that it will be the first Canadian carrier to bring the next generation of the cell phone interface to life with the LG VENUS touchscreen phone. The LG Venus is the first in a series of LG Electronics touch screen phones TELUS will bring to Canadians this year. Touch screen user interfaces are typically reserved for high-end entertainment and productivity tools such as Smartphones and personal digital assistants (PDAs) and this marks the first time that Canadians will be able to own a touch screen phone. <br><br>


"Today's cell phones are incredibly powerful communications and entertainment devices. To better utilize the capabilities of these devices, we believe the touchscreen interface is the future," said Rizwan Jamal, senior vice-president of TELUS Consumer Solutions. "We are very excited to introduce the LG VENUS, the first of the LG Touch series. The LG VENUS will be followed by additional touchscreen phones later in the year to help keep our customers entertained and connected whenever they want, wherever they are."<br><br>


"LG is excited to launch our LG VENUS Touch phone in Canada with TELUS. Canadians looking for style and state-of-the-art technology will love this phone,"  said, Andrew Barrett, vice-president of Marketing, LG Electronics Canada. "With the release of the LG VENUS, Canadians will be able to experience touch technology while they listen to their favourite songs and view videos, all packaged in a very attractive two-screen design."<br><br>


Designed to impress, the LG Touch series has everything to satisfy Canadian appetites for style and entertainment. The LG VENUS is the first of the LG Touch series available this year from TELUS and is the only LG Touch phone that features dual LCD screens and intuitive touchscreen navigation. The LG VENUS is the perfect accessory for fashion conscious consumers on the prowl for the latest must-have phone.<br><br>


The touchscreen user interface represents the biggest innovation in the cell phone user interface in years. The touchscreen simplifies the traditional phone keypad by eliminating up to a dozen keys that were previously used for navigating the menus of traditional cell phones. To further simplify the user interface, the touchscreen interface only displays user options that are relevant to the task.<br><br>


The LG Touch series will support a wide range of entertainment services including TELUS mobile music, TELUS Mobile Radio, TELUS Mobile TV and TELUS Navigator.<br><br>


The LG VENUS from TELUS is expected to be available by mid-April in black with silver trim, with a pink version available later in the spring. For more information about the LG VENUS from TELUS, please visit: <a href="http://www.telus.com" target="_blank">www.telus.com</a><br><br>


<b>About TELUS:</b><br><br>


TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, with $9.1 billion of annual revenue and 11.1 million customer connections including 5.6 million wireless subscribers, 4.4 million wireline network access lines and 1.2 million Internet subscribers. TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services including data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, entertainment and video. Committed to being  Canada's premier corporate citizen, we give where we live. Since 2000, TELUS and our team members have contributed more than $113 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered more than 2.1 million hours of service to local communities. Eight TELUS Community Boards across Canada lead our local philanthropic initiatives. For more information about TELUS, please visit <a href="http://www.telus.com" target="_blank">telus.com</a>.<br><br>


Forward-looking statements<br><br>


This document contains statements about expected future events and financial and operating results of TELUS Corporation ("TELUS" or the "Company") that are forward-looking. By their nature, forward-looking statements require the Company to make assumptions and are subject to inherent risks and uncertainties. There is significant risk that the assumptions (see key assumptions listed above), predictions and other forward-looking statements will not prove to be accurate. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements as a number of factors could cause actual future results, conditions, actions or events to differ materially from the targets, guidance, expectations, estimates or intentions expressed in the forward-looking statements. The company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.<br><br>


Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include but are not limited to: competition (including more active price competition); handset availability; economic growth and fluctuations; capital expenditure levels; financing and debt requirements; human resource developments; business integrations and internal reorganizations; technology; regulatory approvals; regulatory developments (including the spectrum auction, tower sharing and roaming rules, and new media proceedings); process risks (including conversion of legacy systems and billing system integrations); health, safety and environmental developments; litigation and legal matters; business continuity events (including man-made and natural threats); any prospective acquisitions or divestitures; and other risk factors discussed herein and listed from time to time in TELUS' reports, comprehensive public disclosure documents including the 2006 Annual Report, 2007 quarterly reports and in other filings with securities commissions in Canada (filed on SEDAR at <a href="http://www.sedar.com" target="_blank">www.sedar.com</a>) and the United States (filed on EDGAR at <a href="http://www.sec.gov" target="_blank">www.sec.gov</a>).<br><br>


For further information, see Section 10: Risks and risk management in TELUS annual 2007 Management discussion and analysis.<br><br>


<b>About LG Electronics, Inc.:</b><br><br>


The LG brand was established in 1995. The company is a global force in electronics, information and communications products, with more than 82,000 employees working in 77 countries around the world, and annual total revenues of more than US $35-billion (non-consolidated). LG Canada has offices in Toronto and Vancouver. LG Canada is focused on delivering award-winning products known for blending style and technology. These innovative products include cell phones, flat screen TVs, laptop computers and digital appliances. For more information please visit <a href="http://ca.lge.com" target="_blank">www.lg.ca</a>.<br><br>


For further information: <br><Br>


TELUS Media Relations: Anne-Julie Gratton,<br>

(416) 279-8522, aj.gratton@telus.com; <br><br>


For LG Electronics: Katherine Dyriw, <br>

High Road Communications, kdyriw@highroad.com, (416) 644-2288