Shaw Communications Inc.

Shaw Communications Inc.

January 11, 2006 08:30 ET

Shaw Communications Inc.: Hello Vancouver-You Have a New Choice for Your Home Phone

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 11, 2006) -

Shaw Digital Phone now available in Vancouver, with aggressive rollout strategy for Lower Mainland

Building on its popularity and customer appeal throughout Western Canada, Shaw Communications (TSX:SJR.NV.B) (NYSE:SJR) today delivered its new Digital Phone service to Vancouver, providing local residents with a reliable, fully featured choice for home phone service.

New and existing Shaw customers can receive unlimited North American calling, a bundle of the six most popular calling features such as Voicemail and Call Display, very competitive international calling rates, and 24/7/365 local technical support for $55.00 per month.

"Customers want a good price and features for their home phone service, but not at the expense of quality, reliability or service support. Shaw Digital Phone is now here to meet that need, with around the clock local support by our experienced team," said Jim Shaw, CEO of Shaw Communications Inc. "Our business is built on providing an exceptional customer experience, and our results and customer feedback to date have shown that Digital Phone delivers on the experience and is providing phenomenal value to our customers."

Shaw Digital Phone is immediately available across the City of Vancouver and will be available in Burnaby, Richmond and the North Shore April 2006. Additional communities within the Greater Vancouver area will be added the following months.

With the launch of Vancouver, Shaw also introduced its new international calling direct dial plan - Shaw International Direct. With exclusive rates of just 3 cents per minute to China and Hong Kong, 3 cents per minute to Western Europe and 14 cents per minute to India, Shaw has further strengthened the value proposition of the service. Full details of all the country rates in this affordable new feature are available at SHAW.CA.

Shaw Digital Phone also includes professional installation, enhanced-911 service, directory and operator services, and 24/7/365 customer support, all at no additional cost. The service works with existing telephones in a customer's home, so no additional equipment is required.

Shaw Digital Phone is a primary line telephone service that uses Shaw's managed broadband network, not the public Internet, allowing Shaw to offer a consistent level of quality and reliability to its phone customers.

The introduction of Shaw Digital Phone in Vancouver marks the fifth market launch for the company. Within one year of unveiling the service, Shaw Digital Phone is now available in all Shaw major markets across Western Canada and is available to 1.7 million homes passed by the company's broadband network.

Shaw Communications Inc. is a diversified Canadian communications company whose core business is providing broadband cable television, High-Speed Internet, Digital Phone, telecommunications services (through Big Pipe Inc.) and satellite direct-to-home services (through Star Choice Communications Inc.) to approximately 3.0 million customers. Shaw is traded on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges and is included in the S&P/TSX 60 index (Symbol: TSX - SJR.NV.B, NYSE - SJR).

Attention photo editors: Photo to be posted on wire by 1:00 pm PDT following the Vancouver press conference.

Contact Information

  • Shaw Communications Inc.
    Jim Shaw
    (403) 750-4500