[Telus] Telus Optik TV & Internet
Telus' new network is looking very appealing - it seems they have some excellent incentives (both with contract and contract-free) to switch to their internet/phone/TV services. From what I understand, a 3-year contract to internet will get you a 'free' laptop (there are some conditions) and to TV will get you a free PVR. However looking at it from a non-contract point of view, they are offering very competitive services for all these services.
Leave telephone out of the equation, because they are basically identical. $20.95 for Shaw bundled vs. $21 for Telus.
I will first talk about Internet, because it's quite simple. Telus' new Internet service called "Optik" which needs to be bundled with Optik TV is rated at 5 to 15 MBps download, and is (after promotion) $37/month, and also $15/month for the first three months (for new customers, without contract). Compare this to Shaw's $42/month 15 Mbit high speed Xtreme, and assuming you get closer to the 15 MBps download with Optik as opposed to the 5 MBps, it's OK.
I also like the TV lineup better. For $23/month after promotion and $13/month for months 2-6 (free for 1st month) on promotion, you get the Essentials which includes all the primetime HD and SD channels, and you can add SD packs for $7 (which are necessary to add the corresponding HD packs), but you get to pick exactly what you get. Anybody got Optik yet?