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Telus matches Rogers' iPhone price

Telus will start selling Apple's iPhone Nov. 5, at the same prices as rival Rogers, the same day its new cellphone network goes online.

Telus will start selling Apple's iPhone Nov. 5, at the same prices as rival Rogers, the same day its new cellphone network goes online.

The carrier will sell the iPhone 3G for $100, the 16-gigabyte iPhone 3G S for $200 and the 32-gigabyte iPhone 3G S for $300. All these prices require a three-year contract.

Telus announced the launch date and pricing Monday. The prices are the same as those of Rogers Wireless, although Telus hasn't released information on monthly rates.

Bell has also announced that it will also start selling the iPhone in November, but hasn't announced a date or pricing.

Rogers has had a de facto exclusive on the device since last summer, because it had the only compatible cellphone network. Rogers had been using the GSM and HSPA standard, while Bell and Telus were on the CDMA standard.

Bell and Telus announced last year they were building a $1 billion next-generation network to take advantage of hot devices such as the iPhone and Google's Android phones.

The new network will offer mobile internet speeds up to 21 megabits per second with more than 20,000 towns and cities covered, the company said.

Rogers has already begun rollout of a network that offers the same speeds. Currently, virtually no existing phones — including the iPhone 3G S — can handle these speeds, though new ones are expected to.

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