Clearnet (Telus Mobility)

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For the now-defunct mobile network that has been merged with Telus Mobility, see Clearnet Communications.
Clearnet
Former type division
Industry Telecommunications
Fate abandoned
Founded April 2011
Defunct 2012
Headquarters Canada
Parent Telus
Website www.clearnet.com

Clearnet (branded in advertising as "Clearne+") was a division of Telus Mobility launched in April 2011 to sell landline and mobile phone bundles in Western Canada.[1][2] It was a revival of the Clearnet Communications brand name, which originally belonged to an independent cellular provider that was merged into Telus Mobility in 2000. Telus relaunched Clearnet as a discount provider with a "limited market trial" in Kelowna, British Columbia and Red Deer, Alberta.[3]

The company closed to new business in June 2012.[4]

Networks[edit]

Mobile services provided by Clearnet used Telus Mobility's HSPA+ network. The maximum theoretical download speed was 21 Mbit/s. The landline service was also provided by Telus, but retained the Clearnet branding.

Products[edit]

The LG GB-255G, also known as the LG Madison, is a basic flip feature phone.

Clearnet had a very narrow and concise selection of mobile phones. It included two feature phones and one smartphone, all which are also available on Telus Mobility. Clearnet did not sell any phones compatible with its landline service.

Feature phones[edit]

The Clearnet lineup of feature phones included one from LG and another from Samsung:

  • LG GB-255G
  • Samsung Evergreen

Smartphone[edit]

The Samsung Galaxy Apollo was the only smartphone available from Clearnet. Only Wi-Fi Internet access was possible because Clearnet did not offer any mobile Internet plans.

Service[edit]

Clearnet operated as a business name used by Telus Mobility.[1] The company offered two plans, one with unlimited mobile calling within the user's province and one with unlimited mobile talk and text nation-wide.[5] Both plans included a basic landline home phone. While the service was only offered to customers in Kelowna and Red Deer, coverage was available across Canada on the Telus network.[2] The Clearnet website stated that data options would be available in the future.[5]

As of June 2, 2012, Clearnet displayed a notice on its website stating that they were no longer accepting new activations. The domain now merely redirects to Telus' main site.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Service Terms - CLEARNET". Clearnet. Retrieved 5 April 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Hardy, Ian (2011-04-04). "CLEARNET has been resurrected, offers no-contract Unlimited Talk and Text plans". MobileSyrup.com. Retrieved 5 April 2011. 
  3. ^ Lewis, Michael (2011-04-05). "Clearnet revived in western trial". Toronto Star. The Star. Retrieved 5 April 2011. 
  4. ^ Hardy, Ian (2012-03-06). "CLEARNET, once again, decides to stop activating new clients, existing customers will join TELUS". 
  5. ^ a b "Unlimited Talk and Text Plans - British Columbia and Alberta". Clearnet. Retrieved 6 April 2011. 

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