updated 07:40 am EDT, Thu June 25, 2009
Telus iPhone Oct Rumor
Telus could leap on the iPhone almost as soon as it has a network ready to support the device, a rumor floated today suggests. A historically reliable source of leaks on Howard Forums claims a Telus executive has said the carrier will pick up rights for the iPhone almost immediately after its HSPA-based network goes live in October and could support the handset. As Telus doesn't have a GSM network, the iPhone would have to use the new 3G service for both calling and data.
The tipster is quick to fend off questions of Rogers' purported exclusivity for the iPhone, which also gives its budget brand Fido similar access. These aren't said to have any meaning, implying that Rogers' sole access to the phone in Canada stems from its choice of network than any deal with Apple. The only two other major carriers in the country are currently dependent on CDMA and so can't use the iPhone until their planned transitions to HSPA.
During a Telus web conference earlier this week reported in an additional post, the company was unusually non-committal on the iPhone, neither willing to confirm or deny efforts to secure the iPhone for its upcoming network.
While the rumor is so far uncorroborated and should be treated with skepticism without further evidence, Telus is known to already be testing its HSPA service nationwide and may soft-launch its initial network as early as September 2nd. It had officially penned early 2010 as the official launch but appears determined to beat fellow CDMA carrier Bell to the more universal 3G standard, which both grants access to a wider array of phones and clears a path towards 4G networks due next year.