CLEARNET has been resurrected… offers no-contract Unlimited Talk and Text plans

Ian Hardy

April 4, 2011 10:30 pm


Get ready for a mind trip. TELUS swooped up and purchased Clearnet Communications for $6.6 billion back in 2000. This buyout immediately gave TELUS a strong foundation for growth and quickly became one of Canada’s largest wireless companies (revenue and spectrum). Much of TELUS brand stems from Clearnet such as the tag line “The Future is Friendly”.

We’re not sure when this actually happened but it now seems that Clearnet has slowly risen from the grave and started to offer Unlimited plans with no-contracts. We’ve reached out to a few of our contacts for more details but checking out their website shows they have set up shop and offer an Unlimited Talk and Text service (plus home phone) in British Columbia and Alberta, with plans to open service in other provinces. There are no physical retail locations and if you’re interested to purchase a device you have to order it online or call customer service. The reason for this set up is apparently to cut out the “middleman” and keep costs down so the savings are passed onto the customer.

These days the CLEARNET business plan is similar to WIND, Chatr and Mobilicity as there are no activation fees or long term contracts. There are 2 available plans: $45 Unlimited Talk B.C. and a $55 Unlimited Talk and Text Canada… and in Alberta it’s $50 and $60/month. These basically include Unlimited calling (or text messaging), call forwarding, call waiting, conference calling and 911 service. For devices, the LG GB-255 ($49.99 no-term) is a basic flip phone while the Samsung Evergreen ($79.99 no-term) is a candy bar style very eco-friendly phone. In a surprise move the Android-powered Samsung Galaxy Apollo will be coming soon for $149.99 which means they will have data available too.

We’re told they “operate completely separate to TELUS” but in the service terms it states that “CLEARNET is a business name of TELUS Communications Company”. It’s also evident that Clearnet uses the TELUS network as they brand themselves as a “4G” network. Coverage is available across Canada and roaming is also available. The brand feels very clean, simple and to the point with the logo using all lowercase with a plus sign (+) making the t in Clearnet – making it feel like you’re getting a bit of value.

TELUS now has their own “4G” network, the Mike Network, Koodo Mobile and now this new Clearnet… which means even more competition/consumer choice has surfaced in Canada.

More soon…

Check Clearnet out here
(Thanks Riley!)

  • Hilroy

    Wdf?

    • TomatoGuy

      This looks like TELUS version of ChatR by Rogers. It’s really pathetic since each of the Big3 already has some sort of discount sub-brand (Fido, Koodo, Virgin Mobile) and has to create another one just to offer some sort of competition to new entrants. I wonder, when is Bell going to launch something similar as well? All of them are just copying each other without any real innovation. Maximum 2 year contracts are long overdue, that’s a fact.

    • Uncle Ted

      @TomatoGuy…. Bell launched unlimited plans on the SOLO brand at the same time Rogers launched Chatr

  • Daniel AJ

    4G? Did I miss the LTE announcement?

    • Jeff

      They have restructured what classifies a 4G network. It still is operating at the same speed 21.6 Mbps.

  • saltorio

    > TELUS now has their own “4G” network,
    > the Mike Network, Koodo Mobile and now
    > this new Clearnet… which means even more
    > competition/consumer choice has surfaced
    > in Canada.

    Can it really be considered “more competition/consumer choice”, when this is another brand owned and operated by one of the giant Canadian telecoms?

    • BBsensei

      Who owns them is none of ur concern as long ad they provide good coverage and great prices. This deal isnt offered by telus at this price point. This is what we want! Telus offering low prices on better service than the entrants!

  • Marion

    “SHUT THE FRONT DOOR” was my first thought.

  • bummy

    How are they staying with competitve pricing when Mobilicty’s Unlimited Province Wide Talk/Text is $35? Compared to their $45 AFTER cutting the middle man…

    • bummy

      Oops.. Correction…

      mobi 25$ unlimited talk.
      clearne+ 45$ unlimited talk.

      mobi 35$ unlimited talk/text.
      clearne+ 55$ unlimited talk/text.

    • FadedSpark

      Something to do with being able to be ANYWHERE in province on a REAL network and including home phone has something to do with I think.

  • Charles in Vancouver

    A $45 plan that has no text included? Seriously?

    Another Telus sub-brand, this time with no data services?

    I wonder if this is a pre-emptive strike against a future launch of Shaw AWS services.

  • 173

    Oh hey, it’s Chatr all over again, but they offer 3g, so that’s (sort of) nice, I guess. Expect the next “startup” to be from Bell.

  • Tbr

    We have the new entrants to thank for this. Telus is hurting now.

    I think that the crtc should get involved with these tactics telus and rogers are pulling. It only pisses off the existing customers.
    I hope that people do not fall for this tactic

  • Wayne

    It gets even better for Alberta!

    $50/mnth for the talk and $60 for talk and text.

    Nice Telus. Nice. {sarcastic}

  • Harry

    great job telus!!!! those of you who don’t see the competition get your magnifying glasses out to see the wind/mobi networks up close and contrary to male thoughts SIZE does matter giving people cheap phones and cheap services for great coverage now that’s competition if you don’t think so check the defintion in the dictionary first.

  • jimmy.jonez

    Chatr, Clearnet…just another way to confuse the consumer to not go with Wind, Mobilicity or Public, in essence trying to steal their thunder. The only problem is they are not doing a good job at all on their prices/plans or phones!!! LOL

    If you’re going to compete, please do a better job – ROBELLUS! haha you all suck anyways with your sub brands and sub sub brands!

    • Max

      Agreed!!! One of my friends didn’t know Solo is owned by Bell until last week. Maybe CRTC should regulate all mobile carriers to clearly identify their parent company such as “A division of Bell Mobility/Rogers Communications/Telus…etc”. We see it on all TV stations but why not on the mobile business as well.

  • Highdefiniasian

    Has this been confirmed somewhere that this is another TELUS sub brand? I know they own the clearnet name but I just can’t seem them resurrecting it… Clearnet used to be so awesome… this is honestly a slap in the face for the old Clearnet. Let the brand rest in peace!!

  • RoccoStiffReddi

    Yet another shark out there to ruin the new players! When will this end? Not until the vodka runs out!

    is the steamed veg going to start another petition? ha ha

    quashed and jabronied.

    Maybe clearnet will buy wind?

  • BBsensei

    The sense of entitlement and general ingorance of canadian wireless subscribers is embarrasing. So much bitching and moaning while most of u quote false facts and regurgitate misunderstood information.

    look ppl, u all fit into a target market. Do ur damn homework find ur best fit and read ur damn service terms.

    You dont want a contract? Buy ur damn phone outright (craigslist, kijiji.. All phone warranties are transferrable)

    You want to spend less money, DONT BUY A DAMN DATA DEVICE .

    “nobody told me! Theyre ripping me off! They are crooks” these are the cries of ppl
    Who are looking blame someone for their lack of consumer savvy and lazyness.

    Be honest with urself, prioritize what u NEED out of ur device and READ SOMETHING PPL.

    You fools comparing this to new entrants are a prime example. THE NEW ENTRANTS ONLY COVER SELECT CITIES WITH THEIR UNLIM PLANS. if u live in those cities, GREAT, ur their target market. THESE PLANS ARE UNLIM PROVINCE WIDE CALLING FROM ANYWHERE IN TWO HUGE PROVINCES! OR CANADIAN WIDE CALLING IN ALLLLLLL OFFFF BC AND ALBERTA.

    Wtf is a mobilicity user gunna do in banff? Whistler? Squamish? Fort mac?

    Quit embarrassing urselves ppl.

    • ParkaPal

      Wind is in Whistler, but the other locations are valid I suppose

    • Graham

      I’m sorry dude but you are the one who needs to do your research. Buying a phone off contract with the big three is retarded. Why? Because your rate plan is the same as the person next to you who subsidized his phone. If they were transparent your bill would go down after three years because your handset is paid off. On top of that, you act as if wind and mobi phones go poof when you leave town. You can roam on them for 25 cents a minute which is actually less than what you pay on long distance rates if you leave your home area with robellus. I think you need to do some research.

  • Tbr

    You can roam for now the next auction will change that also.

    If clement is still there i can see them not permiting the encumbants to bid or limit the bidding on the next auction. I hope they do this to help the new boys.

  • misterd

    @ TomatoGuy

    Bell already has Solo that is on the same level now as Chatr since they restructured their plans

  • espink

    haha wow on the prices. I was offered better prices from Bell before I left for Wind.

    • BBsensei

      No u werent

  • Big 3

    So is this a new Telus sidekick brand?

  • ghurley

    TomatoGuy said:
    > I wonder, when is Bell going to launch something similar as well?

    It’s called Solo Mobile!

  • guy fawkes

    isn’t this just a pre-emptive launch to block shaw from the market. Look at the LD and landline offering in there.

  • No name

    Love the crappy phone selection

  • TheReg

    Wow here we go again, the government should force these companies to operate under one brand name to not create the false perception that we have so many carriers!

  • PoikilothermicX

    This is the same old story. It gives the perception of competition without actually being competition. Awesome.

  • iDroidBerry

    oh dear, i have got to agree with bbsensei, most people who sign up on a contract do not have a click or a clue on what they are signing. they need to read their terms, every mobile provider in canada is in the business for one reason….. to make money. you cannot get something for nothing people. they arent crooks, cheats or liars. your terms are clearly laid out there for you in black and white. Clearne+ is a telus company, they say they are going to operate separately from telus but its telus hardware and telus network. basically it seems to be koodo without the tab and a dumbed down plan structure that will work for most people who just need straight forward services.

    • chall2k5

      clearnet is what Koodo was before they launched Data (with slightly better plans) Koodo has evolved too much for Telus to just offer unlimited plans

  • aka

    It’s hilarious reading new entrant fanboys rant. This is huge. Unlimited province wide calling from anywhere in the province. City zones? Pfffft, that’s so small time.

    It’ll take years before the new guys are up to par with coverage within a province, let alone nationally when clearne+ opens up more markets.

  • Will

    I am concerned, I am no wireless buff, but this move is idiotic… I am missing something? or is this is a grand strategy to confuse the market and limit the new carrier’s subscriber numbers… if so, thanks for nothing CRTC, should have thought this one through….

  • aka

    @Graham – “Buying a phone off contract with the big three is r*****ed. Why? Because your rate plan is the same as the person next to you who subsidized his phone. If they were transparent your bill would go down after three years because your handset is paid off.”

    This is getting silly and if people don’t understand the reasoning behind contracts, they shouldn’t sign their next 3-years away.

    It can’t be more “transparent” than this :

    You want that shiny new $500-$600 phone.

    A) But don’t want to or can’t afford to pay upfront the full cost. Sign your next 2 to 3 years to stay with a carrier so the company can have guaranteed revenue and subsidize that phone for you.

    OR

    B) Pay full price for the phone.

    And if you break or lose your new phone or drop it in the toilet, no matter which option you chose, you’re 100% liable to replace it, not the carriers.

    It can’t get any more simple or transparent than this.

  • chall2k5

    4¢/min to U.S. and these countries below:

    crap….well…looks like Wind and Mobi need better rates again

  • Frankie

    are they allowed to just open up another carrier like this?

  • easypeezy

    didn’t Rogers get in trouble for the same thing? Telus should give these deals to their existing customers or is it because they’re locked into a contract that telus feels the need to create this sub brand? I hope when people are finished with their telus contracts, they will remember this and go somewhere where it’s not a dictatorship because of contracts.

  • lou

    there only in albert and bc

  • tbr

    This is a slap in Canadians faces. People need to ignore these assh*les and join one of the new Canadian only companies.

    • No contract for me

      TBR, are you aware that TELUS is a Canadian company?

  • Cayaguy

    Only available in Kelowna BC, Red Deer, AB. At the present moment??!?!?!?!

  • Jason

    Interesting – I wonder if this is a trial to get rid of the “middle man” aka: dealers?

    Either way, its sill for Telus to have all these sub-brands: first Koodo, now Clearnet resurrected? Enough already…just save money by trying to recreate the name Telus and improve your customer service and bring costs down for customers…

  • Amar

    The no term prices are actually pretty good, 149.99 for a Samsung Galaxy Apollo? Not bad.

  • No contract for me

    First off, I don’t understand why people who sign up for a contract cry about them. Were you coerced into a 3 year commitment with the carrier of your choice because you wanted to be locked in? Or were you seduced by a cheaper handset price? Be honest, folks. Most of us have done it, and I know I have. I see XYZ Mega Awesome phone for $99 and I convince myself that a 3 year contract is acceptable. 2 years later, the phone craps out and I blame the phone company for such a long contract. Been there, done that. Never again. Now I just buy my handset(new or lightly used) and I have never signed myself into another contract for 7 years.

    As for Clearnet, I don’t know what the deal is. Regardless, if TELUS wanted something covert to “trick” people out there, don’t you think they would have used a more inconspicuous name? What seems obvious to me is that there’s more choice for the consumer in BC and AB, so all the power to them. If you don’t like what they’re doing, don’t sign up with them. Plain and simple, isn’t it?

    I saw a reader comment that 3 year contracts are a thing of the past. I couldn’t agree more. I know that’s what offered in the US but not in Canada. Consider this: I visited a friend of mine in Asia years ago and not one company offered “contracts”. Instead, they paid full price for their phones. Last I checked, all phone companies in Canada offer a choice of 1, 2 or 3 year contracts with subsidies on handsets to reflect the term commitment. If you want to squeal like a pig over 3 year contracts, DON’T SIGN UP FOR IT. Man up, pay full price for the phone like the rest of the world, and you’ll be happy.

    Rant over.

    Marcus

    • RoccoStiffReddi

      Like the rest of the world? 1 and 2 year contracts are quite normal.. so put that notion away please. Seeing that you clearly do not know how the rest of the world works I suggest you hit the hofo and read up..

      BTW Wind will be filing for some sort of protection it seems.. no money honey

      quashed and jabronied

  • Thed

    Wow, they’re bringing back Clearnet and it’s terrible rep?

  • webcansave

    I think looking at the value that Clearnet is bringing to the table is quite enormous.

    Regardless of others are saying, the fact of the matter is that the At-Home Backup is value deal that others are not providing.

    This is good for competition as WIND, MOBILICTY, ROGERS, SOLO, TELUS or any other carriers now have to be more creative in terms of offerings.

    Clearnet has changed the concept of home phone. They offer the security and flexibility of home phone with a twist which I think is a great offering and quite creative.

    Can’t wait to come to ONTARIO as I would drop my ROGERS and signup.

  • dav1dz

    Anyone else think this is pretty much the GM strategy? Make a crap load of brands.

    • RoccoStiffReddi

      lexus/toyota Ford/lincon it is all quite normal When I had clearnet in ontario I had 0 complaints, So I can see this as more choice. A multitude of handsets, different options.. excellent. Much like in Europe different names for the carriers but they use several same networks. It is all about choice. Rome was not built in a day and they can clearly lower prices.. I see this being a very interesting summer. Is it true that Wind is asking for an extension for the appeal? I thought they had nothing to worry about?

      Quashed and jabronied

  • robbing-hood

    The sense of entitlement and general ingorance of canadian wireless subscribers is embarrasing. So much b****ing and moaning while most of u quote false facts and regurgitate misunderstood information.

    look ppl, u all fit into a target market. Do ur damn homework find ur best fit and read ur damn service terms.

    You dont want a contract? Buy ur damn phone outright (craigslist, kijiji.. All phone warranties are transferrable)

    You want to spend less money, DONT BUY A DAMN DATA DEVICE .

    “nobody told me! Theyre ripping me off! They are crooks” these are the cries of ppl
    Who are looking blame someone for their lack of consumer savvy and lazyness.

    Be honest with urself, prioritize what u NEED out of ur device and READ SOMETHING PPL.

    You fools comparing this to new entrants are a prime example. THE NEW ENTRANTS ONLY COVER SELECT CITIES WITH THEIR UNLIM PLANS. if u live in those cities, GREAT, ur their target market. THESE PLANS ARE UNLIM PROVINCE WIDE CALLING FROM ANYWHERE IN TWO HUGE PROVINCES! OR CANADIAN WIDE CALLING IN ALLLLLLL OFFFF BC AND ALBERTA.

    Wtf is a mobilicity user gunna do in banff? Whistler? Squamish? Fort mac?

    Quit embarrassing urselves ppl.

    haha,

    You’ve hit the nail head on. But honestly, people like to be lazy, that’s why they like to work less than 40 hours a week. I can’t agree with you more as I do my hw and make sure how I spend my money is within my needs. To the defense of everyone else who’ll criticize me for agreeing, its ok to be lazy and want to be pampered. We all do. For the males, that’s why there are massage parlours with Happy endings and girl friend experience ;) For the ladies, that’s why there are Beauty salons full of hot tubs, jacuzzi’s and sauna’s and do everyhing from manicures to pedicures to facials. As long as you are willing to spend the money, its ok. You don’t have to have a lot of money, you just need credit :P. As long as you’re willing to pay back what you borrow, its all GOOD :D

    Key in point, we’re all here to have a good time….so lets all have a GOOD TIME!!! :)