The other day I received a letter from Telus with regards to upgrading my 3G hardware to a 4G/LTE equivalent panel (totally understandable as 3G is being phased out across the industry). I have a 3G Home Security panel which would need to be upgraded to 4G/LTE so I called the Customer Support number provided. However, instead of focusing on booking an appointment to have the hardware replaced, the customer representative insisted on me changing my current monthly plan. To make matters worse, she wouldn't confirm if the new plan would keep an essential part of my current plan: up to 4 visits per year by a Security team, in case I'm not home or I don't answer the phone to cancel the alarm (at no additional cost to me). She actually seemed genuinely confused by the contents of my letter which states hardware upgrade to 4G/LTE network. She told me the purpose of this process is to change customers to a new Smart Home plan in addition to a hardware upgrade. When I asked to be sent a copy of the new contract so I can read it over and think about it, she told me this new plan offer is available today only and that she can't send me anything in writing. She said I'll receive a summary of the changes after I sign up to the new plan.
To clear the air of misunderstanding, it would be great if a Telus representative could clarify the following:
1. Can customers keep the existing Home Security monthly plans and do only a hardware swap?
2. If yes, can the customer support staff be trained accordingly?
It appears that Telus' phaseout of 3G will not be completed until 2025. This is a change from the earlier date of December 2022.
Here's a link to an earlier, similar, conversation on these forums: Telus security: 3G phaseout in 2022 "Act Now"
The contrived sense of urgency ("offer valid today only") and the refusal to provide a copy of, or even a link to, the contract that you are being asked to agree to ... are red flags to me.
I have not received a letter from Telus security, as yet. My contract with them has expired and I have been frankly curious as to what will be offered going forward and at what price. If your experience is any indication of what mine will be then my conversation with the agent will be brief.