What are the TELUS Service Terms?
1. These Service Terms describe your wireless voice and data services and cover the use of your device and account, billing and warranty information, your privacy rights and service cancellation. As part of our commitment to putting customers first, we want to make sure that we are clear and transparent in helping you fully understand what TELUS provides. By using our services, you agree to the terms and conditions outlined below.
As you read through these Service Terms, please note that:
- “I”, “me”, “your” and “you” refers to the TELUS customer who is responsible for the account;
- “We”, “us” and “our” refers to the mobility division of TELUS (a registered business name of TELUS Communications Inc.);
- “Device” means any type of wireless telecommunications device that you use to access the TELUS service including mobile phones, tablets, Internet keys and more.
- “Service” means the wireless voice and data services that TELUS provides within the TELUS mobility coverage area, and includes wi‑fi Internet access service where available through TELUS’ wireless network access points; and
Can TELUS change the terms and conditions in my Agreement?
2. Yes, TELUS has the right to change any of the terms and conditions that are outlined in your Agreement, except those covered by the Price Guarantee, the commitment period, the cancellation fees or the fees to unlock your device, which we will not change without your consent.
Before we make any changes, we will give you at least thirty days’ written notice, by bill message, text message or email. The notice will present the new service term or the new and former versions of a modified service term, the date that the change will occur and a description of your rights to cancel service (if applicable and as required by law). TELUS will also send you a new copy of your service agreement with the change incorporated, if required by law, and you agree to receive it electronically, through your online TELUS account.
What if I do not agree with the changes that TELUS makes to my Agreement?
3. If you do not agree with a permitted change to your Agreement, you may cancel your service by providing a notice to TELUS within thirty days of the effective date of the change. If the change we make increases your obligation or reduces ours, cancellation fees will not apply. If you do not agree with changes related to an optional feature, you may cancel the feature without penalty.
If you continue to use the service after thirty days from the effective date indicated in the notice, the new service term will become effective.
Can I transfer my Agreement to someone else?
4. If you want to transfer your Agreement, you need TELUS’ consent in advance. You will remain responsible for the use of the service until the transfer is made.
Who is responsible for complying with the TELUS Service Terms?
5. On a TELUS account with multiple users, both the account owner and the actual user of the service are responsible for complying with the Service Terms.
Can any of these Service Terms be void?
6. It is possible for one or more of the Service Terms to be or become void, prohibited or unenforceable (for example as a result of a new interpretation of the law). In this case, the particular service term(s) will not apply, but the remaining terms will continue to be binding for both you and TELUS.
Your TELUS Services
What limits apply to my use of the TELUS service?
7. You can only use TELUS services for your own individual use, with compatible devices and in compliance with the law. You also agree not to:
- Resell the service or receive any charge or benefit for the use of the service by any third party;
- Use the service to send any threatening or obscene material or to harass, embarrass or invade the privacy of another person;
- Engage in any activity that could compromise the security of the service or any network or computers on the Internet, or that could interfere with the services of any Internet access provider;
- Use the service in any way that requires excessive network capacity or that may adversely affect other TELUS customers or the service;
- Copy or change the identification functions of the service or your device, or permit anyone other than a TELUS authorized person to do so;
- Threaten, abuse or harass any TELUS customer representative;
- Use a device that has been reported lost or stolen to any wireless service provider.
Where will I have coverage?
8. TELUS service covers almost all of the populated areas in Canada and gives you access to extensive roaming coverage worldwide. Coverage areas, and the connectivity in these areas, will depend on the availability of network facilities.
Can I stay connected when I travel outside of Canada?
9. Roaming services are available on compatible network technology and are provided when you are outside of Canada in places where TELUS has roaming agreements with other telecommunications companies, within their coverage areas. There may also be times when you are charged for roaming while still within TELUS coverage areas. This will happen if your device’s radio signal is picked up by a cell tower located in the coverage area of another wireless service provider.
When you are roaming, you will be connected using the services of another wireless service provider. As a result, you will be responsible for all applicable charges, and are subject to the terms and conditions of the service as imposed by that other provider (these may include limitations of liability and possibly the provision of unwanted services and content). Please keep in mind that special numbers for emergency services and operator assistance may vary by country so dialling the numbers that you use in Canada may not work. It is your responsibility to look up and use country-specific numbers when roaming outside of Canada.
Will my TELUS services always work in TELUS coverage areas?
10. We monitor our networks to keep them running continuously. However, there are times when TELUS must temporarily suspend or restrict the service to maintain, restore or repair the network. Also, to ensure fair network access to all users, TELUS may manage network resources using methods including, but not limited to:
- Allocation of bandwidth, which may limit the availability or speed of data service;
- Filtering for spam and malicious content, which may occasionally result in unintended blocking of inoffensive content; and
- Restricting the network access available to specific transmission protocols.
For a description of TELUS’ network management practices please see telusmobility.com/optimization.
In addition, service failures or interruptions can occur due to events beyond TELUS’ reasonable control. These may include:
- Atmospheric conditions (including solar activities);
- Physical obstacles interfering with the transmission of radio signals;
- Limitations on the capacity of the network to carry traffic from all nearby users;
- Technical limitations of the systems of other telecommunications companies or limitations of the interconnection of transmission facilities;
- Defects or failures in network equipment; or
- Emergency or public safety requirements.
Do I own my wireless telephone number?
11. You have the right to take (or “port”) your phone number to another Canadian telecommunications service provider. However, please note that you do not own your number. This means that, if you leave TELUS and choose not to take your phone number with you, we have the right to assign your number to another customer.
The identifiers assigned by TELUS to your account, including telephone number, any group or private direct connect number, IP address, network equipment identifier, domain name and email address depend on network management and may vary. TELUS may provide the service through other identifiers if necessary.
What do I need to know if I am on TELUS Prepaid?
- Rates for prepaid service may change without notice.
- Prepaid service credits are valid for a fixed period of time from the day they are activated (thirty days unless another period of time is indicated on your prepaid card or receipt).
- Unused credits for pay-per-use services will carry over if you top up your account with additional credits or purchase a rate plan or add‑on within seven days after the end of the service period. For prepaid rate plans or add-ons, any included minutes, messages or data will not carry over.
- If the credits on your prepaid account are $300 or more, and you do not subscribe to a thirty day rate plan, our least expensive thirty day rate plan that includes voice and messaging services will automatically be added to your account.
- Prepaid service credits are non-refundable. After ninety days with a zero balance, your account will be automatically deactivated.
Do I need to pay a deposit to use my TELUS services?
13. We may require a security deposit or apply a spending limit on your account because of a credit check or your payment history. If you keep your account active and current for twelve consecutive months, this deposit will be returned to you as a bill credit. If you cancel your TELUS account, we will refund the deposit, minus any amount that you may owe (which may include late payment and cancellation charges).
TELUS may apply the deposit at any time to amounts that you owe for your mobility services, under this Agreement or any other service agreement you have with us. If your deposit is used to pay an overdue account, we will send you a notice informing you of the payment. You must then replenish the deposit and we will give you ten days to do so from the date indicated on the notice.
Your wireless device(s)
Can I use any device with my TELUS service?
14. Although TELUS networks are able to support a wide range of devices, not all devices will work on our networks. Your wireless device and software must meet TELUS standards to access our service and operate properly with our service. Such standards may change from time to time as the technology evolves and you are responsible for updating your device and software as necessary to meet these standards. TELUS may also remotely update or change the software and settings on your device at any time without notice to ensure that it continues to operate properly on our service. A device that has been reported lost or stolen is ineligible for service.
Your TELUS account
Who is responsible if someone else uses my account?
15. You are responsible for your account and for the activities of anyone who uses it. To prevent unauthorized use, you must maintain the confidentiality of the login names, passwords and other identification methods that you use to access your account.
If any person makes a claim against TELUS in connection with the use of our service or of any device on your account, you will indemnify TELUS against any loss or expense that TELUS may incur, including any judgment made against us.
How does TELUS manage user content?
16. The Internet can be used to spread viruses and other malicious content. TELUS has the right, but not the obligation, to monitor and log any access to the internet through the use of the service. This allows us to enhance operating efficiencies and to protect TELUS and its customers from spam, malicious content and other unlawful activity. If we believe any Internet capability or data accessed through our service is in violation of any of the Service Terms, we have the right to remove or block it.
To enable you to post content to the Internet using the service, you grant TELUS and TELUS’ service providers a world-wide, royalty-free, unrestricted license to use, copy, adapt, transmit, display, communicate and create compilations and derivative works from this content.
How long does TELUS keep content on my account?
17. TELUS may delete, without notice, emails that have been stored on your account for more than thirty days. TELUS may also delete, without notice, any user content that is not accessed in a thirty-day period and all third party content that has not been accessed for more than 90 days. TELUS is not responsible for the actions of any third party service, application or content provider.
Your TELUS bill
What is included on my monthly bill?
18. Your bill can include charges for voice calls (including long distance), messaging, data use and purchases that you are entitled to charge to your TELUS account. Your chosen rate plans and features are billed one month in advance. All usage that exceeds the limits of your rate plan or features is billed on a subsequent bill, at the rate that applies at the time of use. You may also see other fees for administrative services, such as bill reprints that you request.
The following explains what is covered under "voice calls” and “data” on your bill:
Charges for voice calls are based on the airtime used when you make and receive calls on your mobile phone. A voice call is an interactive exchange of voice communications and does not include one way transmissions, such as monitoring or programming services received by a passive listener. Voice airtime is calculated, for both incoming and outgoing calls, from the time the call is initiated to the time it is disconnected, including the time used to route the call through the network and any ring time. The airtime for each voice call is rounded up to the nearest minute unless your rate plan or feature states otherwise. Voicemail uses airtime when you pick up your messages. Call forwarding uses airtime if the call connects (even to voicemail).
Long distance charges are incurred when you make voice calls from one local calling area to another and also for all calls you receive when outside your local calling area. Long distance calls may include the local minutes of your plan and may result in charges for the local airtime minutes that exceed your rate plan or features. If your device’s radio signal is picked up by a cellular tower outside of your local calling area, the call may be treated as long distance.
TELUS advertises all our data rates in megabytes. To accurately charge you for your data usage, all usage within Canada and the United States is calculated and billed by kilobytes per session (1024KB =1MB). When roaming outside of Canada and the United States, each data session is rounded up to units of twenty kilobytes.
How can I pay third party purchases on my TELUS bill?
19. When you charge a third party purchase (for example a mobile application or an add-on service) to your TELUS account, you authorize TELUS to rely on information we receive from the third party to charge your TELUS account or to apply credits for refunds. If you want to stop any recurring third party payments on your TELUS account, you must do so through that third party. TELUS may be able to assist in stopping payments if you provide us with a copy of the written request sent to the third party.
Any purchases you make from a third party and charge to your TELUS account are subject to the terms and conditions imposed by that third party. TELUS only provides a means of payment, and does not accept any responsibility for the product or service provided. TELUS will pay the third party on your behalf and you must then reimburse TELUS for the entire amount of the charge in the month that it appears on your bill, without interest.
How are rate plans and features charged?
20. Recurring rate plan and feature charges are billed one month in advance, so your monthly bill will have rate plan and feature charges for the next month. If you change your rate plan or features during your billing cycle, the corresponding charges will be applied for the portion of the month during which the new rate plan or feature was active on your account. The recurring monthly charge for the next month will also appear on your bill for the new rate plan or feature.
How is extra usage charged?
21. Pay-per-use rates apply to usage that exceeds the limit indicated for your rate plan or features. If you make a change during your billing cycle that affects the applicable pay-per-use rates, the new rate will apply from the date that you make the change.
When and how will I receive my bill?
22. You will receive your monthly bill either by mail or online. All amounts owing to TELUS are due on:
- The day you receive your bill if you get a TELUS paper bill
- The day your bill is posted online if you get an electronic bill (e.Bill). You can register for e.Bill notifications, whereby you will receive an email or text message informing you that your bill has been posted online.
Your bill tells you how much to pay and when that payment must reach TELUS to avoid late payment charges.
What if I don’t pay my bill in time?
23. If your payment is not received by the date indicated on your bill, a late payment charge will apply. Late payment charges are two percent per month (26.82% per year) on your total unpaid amount.
What charges apply if my payment is returned and marked unpaid?
24. Payments returned due to insufficient or unavailable funds in your chequing account are subject to the return payment fee specified on your bill and at telusmobility.com/fees.
What if I do not understand or disagree with a charge on my bill?
25. To ensure that you have time to confirm that the charges on your bill, we give you thirty days from the date you receive your bill to review your charges and contact TELUS with any dispute. After the thirty days, you agree that all amounts appearing on your bill are final and can no longer be disputed.
How does billing work if I sign up for pre-authorized payments?
26. If you choose pre-authorized payments, we will automatically withdraw the amount owing to TELUS each month from your credit card or bank account. You will continue to receive a bill for your records.
Do I still have to pay my bill if my device is lost or stolen?
27. If your device is lost or stolen, please contact TELUS immediately. You will continue to be responsible for the use of your device until you notify us. Following notification of the loss or theft, you will no longer be responsible for pay-per-use charges. However, you will remain responsible for all regular recurring charges, such as your rate plan fee.
Are there any warranties on my TELUS service?
28. Since wireless telecommunications are delivered by radio waves, they are subject to factors that cannot reasonably be controlled. For this reason, TELUS does not guarantee timely, secure, error-free or uninterrupted service or that you will always receive your messages or data. To the extent permitted by law, legal warranties and conditions (implied or statutory) do not apply to the service.
What is covered by the manufacturer’s warranty on the device that I bought from TELUS?
29. The manufacturer’s warranty is included in the package that came with your device. The terms vary by manufacturer. Please review the terms of the manufacturer’s warranty to understand the protection it provides and the actions that may void your warranty.
What limitations apply to any claim made against TELUS?
30. TELUS is not responsible for:
- Libel, slander, defamation or the infringement of copyright arising from material or messages transmitted from your property or premises or recorded by your equipment or TELUS’ equipment;
- Damages arising out of your act, default, neglect or omission in the use or operation of equipment provided by TELUS;
- Damages arising out of the transmission of material or messages over TELUS networks on your behalf, which is in any way unlawful; or
- Any act, omission or negligence of other companies or telecommunications systems in relation to the provision of the service to you, when the facilities of such other companies or telecommunications systems are used to establish connections to or from facilities and equipment controlled by you.
To the fullest extent permitted by law, TELUS will not be liable to you or to any other person for any damages or expenses (including loss of profits, loss of earnings, loss of business opportunities, loss of data, economic loss or other similar loss, or punitive damages) arising out of or in connection with the use or failure of the service, whether caused by negligence or otherwise, and whether claimed in contract, tort or otherwise.
These limitations of liability extend to the benefit of third party providers of audio or audiovisual programming services delivered to your device through the service. In the case of the provision of emergency services on a mandatory basis, our liability to you, except in cases where negligence on the part of TELUS results in physical injury, death or damage to your property or premises, is limited to the greater of twenty dollars and three times the amount you would otherwise be entitled to receive as a refund for the provision of defective service under your Agreement.
None of the limitations of liability stated above apply in cases of deliberate fault, gross negligence or anti-competitive conduct on the part of TELUS or in cases of breach of contract where the breach results from our gross negligence.
How does TELUS protect my privacy?
All information that TELUS keeps with respect to you and your service, other than your name and address, is confidential. Unless you provide your express consent or unless disclosure is required under the law, your information may not be disclosed by TELUS to anyone, other than:
- You or a person who, in the reasonable judgement of TELUS, is seeking the information as your agent;
- Another telecommunications company, but only if the information is used to establish or to efficiently provide telecommunications service, if the disclosure is made on a confidential basis, and if the information is used solely for that purpose;
- An affiliate involved in supplying you with telecommunications and/or broadcasting services, provided the information is required for that purpose and disclosure is made on a confidential basis with the information used only for that purpose;
- A directory or listing service company for the purpose of listing your name, address and phone number if you consent and if that company agrees to use the information only for that purpose;
- An agent used by TELUS to evaluate your credit or collect outstanding balances owed to TELUS by you, if the agent requires the information and agrees to use the information only for that purpose;
- A public authority or its agent if TELUS reasonably believes that there is imminent danger to life or property that could be avoided or minimized by disclosure of the information;
- A law enforcement agency if TELUS reasonably believes that you or anyone using your device is engaged in fraudulent or unlawful activities against TELUS.
- Written consent;
- Oral confirmation verified by an independent third party;
- Electronic confirmation through the use of a toll-free number;
- Electronic confirmation via the Internet;
- Oral consent, where an audio recording of the consent is retained by TELUS; or
- Consent through other methods, as long as an objective documented record of your consent is created by you or by an independent third party.
By “express consent”, we mean:
You may inspect any TELUS records related to the provision of your service, provided that you pay TELUS' related extraordinary costs. You may request that your name and address not be included on any list provided to any other person or used by TELUS.
Subject to the above, you agree that TELUS may collect, use and disclose personal information about you for the purposes identified in the TELUS Privacy Commitment. You can view this commitment at telusmobility.com/privacy. You also authorize TELUS to obtain information about your credit history from credit reporting agencies and credit grantors (including other TELUS companies) from time to time, and consent to the disclosure of your credit history with TELUS to them at any time. You acknowledge that while roaming outside Canada the storage, treatment and transfer of your personal information and data may be subject to regulation different from the regulation in Canada. You agree to provide us with your current email address (and to inform us if that email address changes) so we can provide you with tools and services to manage your TELUS account, communicate with you about account-related items on a timely basis, provide news and offers from TELUS companies and its partners, and seek your views on TELUS’ products and services. If you have any questions or concerns about TELUS’ privacy practices, you may call 1-800-567-0000 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Why does TELUS collect my personal information?
32. We collect your information to:
- Establish and maintain a commercial relationship with you and provide ongoing service;
- Understand your needs and preferences;
- Develop, enhance, market or provide products and services;
- Manage and develop our business and operations;
- Meet legal and regulatory requirements.
Ending your services with TELUS
Is my service automatically cancelled when my service period with TELUS ends?
33. No. Your service will continue on a month to month basis, until you notify TELUS that you wish to cancel service or renew your Agreement. The terms and conditions of your Agreement, including all rates and charges, will apply to your month-to-month service. Promotional features, offered free or at a reduced rate during your service period, will not be automatically renewed with month-to-month service.
Can I cancel my service at any time?
34. Yes. To cancel your service, contact TELUS with the date you want the cancellation to be effective. Cancellation fees may apply.
Can I take my number to another provider?
35. Yes, you have the right to take or "port" your number to another Canadian telecommunications company.
Can TELUS cancel my service before the end of my contract term?
36. TELUS will only suspend or cancel your service if you have not complied with the terms of this Agreement or any other service agreement you have with us to an important, serious or repetitive degree, for example by not paying a past due account of more than $50 or any account that is past due for more than two months. TELUS may immediately suspend or cancel service if the action is necessary to protect the network from harm or if we have a reasonable suspicion that fraud is occurring or likely to occur. While your service is suspended, you remain responsible for all regularly recurring charges. You will also be charged a reconnection fee as specified on your bill to reconnect a suspended service.
What charges am I responsible for when my service ends with TELUS?
37. If you cancel your service or if TELUS cancels it for reasons justified under the Service Terms, you remain responsible for any applicable cancellation charges and for all amounts chargeable to your account up to the time the service is cancelled. Any recurring charges that were billed at the beginning of your billing cycle or any credit balance under five dollars will not be refunded when your service is cancelled.
For business customers
What do I need to do to make a claim?
38. If you are a business customer, any claim, other than the collection of amounts owing to TELUS, relating to (i) your Agreement; (ii) use of the device or the service; (iii) sales materials or advertising relating to the device or the service; or (iv) relationships with third parties arising through use of the service, must be referred to private and confidential arbitration before a single arbitrator chosen by the parties. The expense of arbitration will be shared equally.
Notice to arbitrate a claim should be sent to TELUS, 200 Consilium Place, Suite 1600, Scarborough, Ontario, M1H 3J3, Attention: General Counsel. The arbitration will be conducted in accordance with the current rules relating to commercial arbitration in the province in which you reside. Additionally, you waive any right you may have to start or participate in any class action against TELUS and you agree to opt out of any class proceeding against TELUS.