TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Sept. 12, 2016) - We all know that anxious feeling of not being connected; frightened we'll miss a groundbreaking Facebook post, scared an important Snapchat will expire or terrified we'll miss the opportunity to catch a rare Pokémon. The horror! Luckily for Torontonians, TELUS has joined forces with Toronto's Co-op Cabs to offer free Wi-Fi with their next ride (insert sigh of relief here). Wi-Fi-enabled Co-op Cabs will hit the streets of the 6ix starting September 12, with all vehicles offering free Wi-Fi by the end of the year. This is the first program of its kind in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
"AT TELUS, we're committed to keeping our customers connected anytime, anywhere, and now we're giving all of Toronto a taste of it too," said Simone Lumsden, Vice-President, Brand and Customer Experience Marketing at TELUS. "We're partnering with Co-op Cabs to keep all Torontonians connected on Ontario's largest mobile network, no matter which carrier, to show how our service sets us apart."
The program follows TELUS' 2015 partnership with Yellow Cab taxis in Vancouver, offering free Wi-Fi to passengers in that city and surrounding areas. The partnership, which is ongoing, was the first of its kind in Canada and has been a hit with data-hungry Vancouverites.
"Our drivers see firsthand how important staying connected is to our customers while on route. Co-op Cabs is delighted to work with TELUS to bring connectivity to our fleet and all passengers, regardless of which carrier they're with," said Abdulkadir Mohamoud, CEO and General Manager of Co-op Cabs and Crown Taxi. "We hope Torontonians take advantage and enjoy this new service."
Want to be the first to take a Wi-Fi cab for a spin? Keep your eyes peeled for vehicles with the TELUS logo. Accessing Wi-Fi is simple: as soon as you enter the cab, you will be greeted by a splash page on your mobile Internet browser where you'll enter your email address to join the TELUS Wi-Fi network, and once onboard, you'll be free to get back to your connected life…for free.
TELUS (TSX:T)(NYSE:TU) is Canada's fastest-growing national telecommunications company, with $12.6 billion of annual revenue and 12.5 million subscriber connections, including 8.4 million wireless subscribers, 1.6 million high-speed Internet subscribers, 1.4 million residential network access lines and 1.0 million TELUS TV customers. TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services, including wireless, data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, television, entertainment and video, and is Canada's largest healthcare IT provider.
In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members and retirees have contributed $440 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered more than 6.8 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Created in 2005 by President and CEO Darren Entwistle, TELUS' 11 Canadian community boards and 4 International boards have led the Company's support of grassroots charities and have contributed more than $54 million in support of over 4,900 local charitable projects, enriching the lives of more than 2 million children and youth, annually. TELUS was honoured to be named the most outstanding philanthropic corporation globally for 2010 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, becoming the first Canadian company to receive this prestigious international recognition.
For more information about TELUS, please visit telus.com.
About Co-op Cabs
In the true spirit of a co-operative, Co-op Cabs was founded by a group of independent taxicab owners. They are the drivers, the owners and the shareholders - they are a Co-operative. As a Co-operative, it has always been important to Co-op Cabs to give back to the community. Co-op Cabs/Crown Taxi participates in many community initiatives and charities as well as contributing to their customer's philanthropic initiatives as well as supporting our community through local programs for youth and the homeless. Co-op Cabs' easily identifiable red and yellow vehicles have been roaming the streets of Toronto since 1957 making Co-op Cabs/Crown Taxi the oldest taxi brokerage in Toronto, providing service to over 10,000 passengers each day and employing more long-term drivers than any other cab company in Toronto. Co-op Cabs has a steadfast commitment to providing the highest standard of taxi service to our customers. They are dedicated to providing safe, reliable and professional transportation for those in the Greater Toronto Area. Co-op/Crown offers flexibility to book across multiple platforms. Cabs can be booked through traditional voice booking at 416-504-CO-OP (2667), online booking at www.co-opcabs.com or through the Co-op Cabs/Crown Taxi App available in the App Store and Play Store for iOS and Android.