TORONTO, ON./VANCOUVER, BC., December 18, 2006 - Lenovo and TELUS today announced the first Canadian availability of select versions of Lenovo ThinkPad notebook computers with embedded access to TELUS Wireless High Speed (EVDO) service. The new ThinkPad notebooks provide built-in, immediate broadband-like download speeds through TELUS without needing a separate PC card or additional hardware.
“TELUS helps us extend the mobile computing environment for ThinkPad notebook customers, giving users easy and secure access to TELUS’ Wireless High Speed service when and where they need to do business,” said Jordan Buck, National Sales Specialist, Lenovo Canada. “In addition, the enabled notebooks include our new Access Connections 4.1 software that detects the best available network and seamlessly assists the end user with the network connection.”
Through this agreement, ThinkPad notebooks will be preconfigured for TELUS’ Wireless High Speed service, which delivers typical download speeds of approximately 400 to 700 kilobits per second, and maximum possible speeds of more than 2 megabits per second, which is similar to a wired high-speed broadband connection.
“TELUS and Lenovo understand that the ability to access mobile data, anywhere, anytime using a fast and reliable service can significantly improve your business and personal communications. TELUS is currently the only Canadian wireless carrier to offer access to its Wireless High Speed (EVDO) service built-in to a notebook product for maximum convenience,” said Robert Blumenthal, TELUS’ senior vice-president of Products and Services. “By bringing together Lenovo’s innovative ThinkPad notebooks and TELUS’ Wireless High Speed service, we are delivering the means for ultimate productivity while on-the-go.”
TELUS Wireless High Speed service is currently available in 36 areas across Canada, including all major urban centres. Where TELUS Wireless High Speed service is not available, ThinkPad notebooks can also access the Internet through TELUS 1X digital service which reaches 92 per cent of Canadians. ThinkPad notebook users also have Wireless High Speed Internet access while traveling in more than 230 cities in the United States. For more on service availability, visit http://telusmobility.com/coverage .
TELUS-enabled ThinkPad notebooks are available from Lenovo and from Lenovo’s nationwide Business Partner community starting this month.
About Lenovo Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is dedicated to building the world's best engineered personal computers. Lenovo's business model is built on innovation, operational efficiency and customer satisfaction as well as a focus on investment in emerging markets. Formed by Lenovo Group's acquisition of the former IBM Personal Computing Division, the company develops, manufactures and markets reliable high-quality, secure, and easy-to-use technology products and services worldwide. Lenovo has major research centers in Yamato, Japan; Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, China; and Raleigh, North Carolina. For more information, see www.lenovo.com/ca .
About TELUS TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, with $8.5 billion of annual revenue and 10.5 million customer connections including 4.9 million wireless subscribers, 4.6 million wireline network access lines and 1.1 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, over the last five years TELUS has contributed more than $62 million to charitable and non-profit organizations, and has established seven TELUS Community Boards across Canada to lead its local philanthropic initiatives. For more information about TELUS, please visit www.telus.com .