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Canadian Phone Company Selling Porn

kdawson posted more than 7 years ago | from the couldn't-make-it-up dept.

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westcoaster004 writes "Telus, Canada's second-largest telecommunications carrier has started selling pornography to its cellular subscribers. The service allows subscribers with mobile browsers to purchase both photographic and video adult-oriented content from Telus, at an average of CD$4 per download. Telus decided to introduce the service after noticing that there existed a certain 'segment of the population that is interested in that content' from review of the mobile Web browsing habits of their subscribers 'on an aggregate level.' They are the first telecommunications company in Canada to offer such content. A Telus spokesman said: 'We're fairly certain that if our competitors in Canada haven't launched it, they will soon. Same in the US.'"

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Interesting (5, Funny)

JoshJ (1009085) | more than 7 years ago | (#17795756)

How big is Canada's bloc of religious wackos who think anything sexual is so horrible it needs to be banned? I'm hoping it's significantly smaller than it is in the US so that this excellent example of free speech will hold up as something for America to follow.

Interesting Paranoia (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17795814)

*rolls eyes*

And upon what basis will these "wackos" succeed? In case you didn't notice this is one party selling porn to another adult party. Which is still legal in the states.

Re:Interesting Paranoia (2, Insightful)

creimer (824291) | more than 7 years ago | (#17796062)

Simple. If you're viewing pornographic material in a public area and people call the cops, you can be busted for indecent exposure. Do it within distance of a school, get busted as a child molester. Remember, not all "wackos" are fundamentalist fruitcakes. Some are concerned citizen who don't want their neighborhoods turned into a red light district.

Re:Interesting Paranoia (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17796348)

Because CERTAINLY it is not only religious wackos who think viewing pornographic material within distance of a school constitutes child molestation.

Re:Interesting (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17795870)

Unfortunately it was big enough to elect Harper. Just like your RRR wackjobs elected Bush for a second time.

Re:Interesting (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17796320)

Though they just got that because Harper muzzled himself (and his nutbar candidates) sufficiently to convince more moderate conservatives (who would previously vote for the centrist "devil you know" Liberal party) to vote for him to punish the Liberals for the sponsorship scandal. You may recall that during the last election, he announced his promise to reopen the gay marriage debate right at the start of the campaign, without much media presence, so people would forget about his homophobic, "the earth is only 6000 thousand years old" base (you know, like Stockwell Day), while being distracted with tax cuts and a "tough on crime" agenda.

Of course, he's now apparently pissed off that religious base by pretending to move more to the centre. On the other hand, it's not like they've got anyone else to vote for (except, perhaps, the new "Albertan Bloc").

Re:Interesting (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17796364)

Tell me, is it hard to be a fallacious cocksmoker? You make it look so easy.

Re:Interesting (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17795876)

I think we are a little bit less spook about seeing boobies on TV during prime time. Not that there are a lot of boobies on TV after all most of the feeds are from the states. Also it is legal in Ontario for women to go topless in public. Not that they would want to, but the law say they can.

As a matter of fact I remember one of the TV stations said they have no problems with showing nudity on TV. The French stations sometimes shows soft p0rn around midnights.

There are lots of p0rn on the internet. They charge $4 for just dl'ing p0rn without unknown quality in a tiny screen is just silly. Now if you tell me that there is some interactions (say chat lines/requests), may be there is a market.

Re:Interesting (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17796106)

Porn is for pigs. This is a reason the Islam nuts want to kill the western people. Civilsation is in reverse and you sound cutting edge.

Re:Interesting (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17796176)

Defy radical Islamism by continuing to watch porn, North America. Or else the terrorists will have won.

Re:Interesting (5, Interesting)

king-manic (409855) | more than 7 years ago | (#17796110)

How big is Canada's bloc of religious wackos who think anything sexual is so horrible it needs to be banned? I'm hoping it's significantly smaller than it is in the US so that this excellent example of free speech will hold up as something for America to follow.

I live in the middle of the largest bloc of "wackos", work for the company in question. The wackos are mostly harmless and get pummelled into submission by the minorities and liberal press. Our "conservative wackos" would problably pass as "democrats" in the states.

free speech? kiss it goodbye. (0, Troll)

twitter (104583) | more than 7 years ago | (#17796144)

I'm hoping ... that this excellent example of free speech will hold up as something for America to follow.

Ma Bell porn? I get this 1911 picture of black plastic, black chords and state sponsored domination. That's kinky but not to my taste.

This violates all sorts of common carrier rules. It's clearly a case of offering a service unrelated to communications. In the US, the carriers are guilty of suppressing their competitors in other services and threatening network neutrality.

  1. DSL [slashdot.org]
  2. DSL [slashdot.org]
  3. DSL [slashdot.org]
  4. Now fiber [slashdot.org]

Do you really want your telco as a media outlet?

If you get your wish, be prepared for your ability to publish to rocket back to the 12th century, but worse. They will be charging you for access both ways and applying extra surcharges where it would benefit their publishing business. They will own the press and you will be a "consumer". Your ability to publish will be limited to handbills no one will bother to read because only lunatics would be denied permission to publish electronically.

Re:free speech? kiss it goodbye. (3, Informative)

Arivia (783328) | more than 7 years ago | (#17796198)

I applaud you for having no idea how the Canadian telecommunications field works. From a Canadian perspective, the idea of porn is a minor issue, and the media issue is a non-issue. It's a completely different game up here, bucko.

Re:Interesting (4, Insightful)

Dorceon (928997) | more than 7 years ago | (#17796280)

In Canada, violence is harmful and sex not so much! It's backwards land!

Re:Interesting (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17796290)

You are obviously not aware of Abbotsford, BC.

Canadian attitude (1)

baomike (143457) | more than 7 years ago | (#17796324)

I have noticed a (for lack of a better phrase) less prudish attitude in Canada than in the US.
It's just something that is on TV (where I notice it) and so what?

I hope the phone companies don't try it here in the US. It will provoke a backlash that I don't want to endure, and will provide every politician a ready made campaign issue. A perfect issue for your local and not so local demagogue.

Blame Canada jokes (4, Funny)

RelliK (4466) | more than 7 years ago | (#17795758)

in 3...2...1...

Re:Blame Canada jokes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17796050)

Don't like close-up moose and beaver? And I don't mean the beaver you're thinking of... well, guess who you can blame?

wait, I got one (3, Funny)

RelliK (4466) | more than 7 years ago | (#17796242)

Canada. The land of the beaver [roots.com] .

That's it... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17795760)

I'm moving to Canada.

Heil Maple Leaf!

Unfortunate phrasing in TFA (4, Funny)

patio11 (857072) | more than 7 years ago | (#17795764)

"They can keep it in their pocket."

Re:Unfortunate phrasing in TFA (5, Funny)

chris_mahan (256577) | more than 7 years ago | (#17795770)

I think it was more tongue-in-cheek.

\me ducks.

Selling porn? (3, Interesting)

GMontag (42283) | more than 7 years ago | (#17795774)

I still can not figure out why anybody buys porn when so much of it is still free, as in beer as it were.

Guessing it might be harder to get free on one's phone as I have not tried to get it at all on mine, but still.

Re:Selling porn? (1)

irc.goatse.cx troll (593289) | more than 7 years ago | (#17795884)

Paying for quality, I guess. Not that I'd pay, but most of what I get is torrents of questionable legality.
It also depends on what you want. If you had a really specific fetish and there was a site for it, I could see paying for it rather than having to settle for whats mainstream.

Not to mention the crowd that just doesnt know any better.

Re:Selling porn? (1)

lachlan76 (770870) | more than 7 years ago | (#17795988)

If you had a really specific fetish and there was a site for it, I could see paying for it rather than having to settle for whats mainstream

That's true. Plenty of videos of nurses on the trackers, most of which have a senior nurse come in. But how often easy is it to find a video of Senior Administrative Nurses?

Re:Selling porn? (1)

GMontag (42283) | more than 7 years ago | (#17796022)

Thank goodness I like lesbian bondage porn! It is incredibly easy to find free. Now if I could only find the free beer as in porn . . .

Re:Selling porn? (1)

neoform (551705) | more than 7 years ago | (#17796030)

You wouldn't be able to get it for free if some people didn't pay for it.

Also, this new cell phone deal is pretty sweet, not I can download porn on the bus!

I can see it now (1)

riff420 (810435) | more than 7 years ago | (#17795780)

One day they add interactive features to these mobile-pr0n clips, and no sooner will Jack Thompson feel the need to protect me from myself.

Re:I can see it now (1)

anagama (611277) | more than 7 years ago | (#17796250)

Like activating the vibe ring?

understatement (4, Funny)

scenestar (828656) | more than 7 years ago | (#17795782)

Telus decided to introduce the service after noticing that there existed a certain 'segment of the population that is interested in that content'

You mean 98.7 percent of the entire adult population.

Re:understatement (1)

rucs_hack (784150) | more than 7 years ago | (#17796354)

At least they didn't say they paid for a survey...

Rip-off (4, Funny)

Whiney Mac Fanboy (963289) | more than 7 years ago | (#17795790)

mobile browsers to purchase both photographic and video adult-oriented content from Telus, at an average of CD$4 per download.

Goddamn! $4 for images & videos... I guess Canadian Telcos are as fond of screwing their customers as the US's.

Well... (5, Funny)

Frosty Piss (770223) | more than 7 years ago | (#17795836)

I guess Canadian Telcos are as fond of screwing their customers...

It is porn...

Re:Rip-off (1)

hjf (703092) | more than 7 years ago | (#17795840)

$4 Canadian is like, what? a dime?

Re:Rip-off (1)

Virak (897071) | more than 7 years ago | (#17795904)

You'd need a few more zeroes for that.

$4 CAD = about -$0.02 USD and a punch in the face.

Re:Rip-off (5, Funny)

nmb3000 (741169) | more than 7 years ago | (#17796046)

$4 Canadian is like, what? a dime?

Ah, poor Canada. For those confused about America's northern neighbor here are some comparisons:

America: A country with four seasons: spring, summer, fall, winter.
Canada: A country with two seasons: cold and not-as-cold (but still pretty cold).

America: Has the most powerful military machine on the planet.
Canada: Has two jeeps and one helicopter, currently waiting on parts.

America: Finds it difficult to apologize, especially to China.
Canada: Apologizes as a form of introduction.

And the one that reminded me of all this:

American: Wouldn't bend over to pick up a Canadian quarter.
Canadian: Wouldn't do it either.

I kid, I kid. (source [birchlake.us] )

Re:Rip-off (1)

B3ryllium (571199) | more than 7 years ago | (#17796306)

As a Telus Mobility customer, and formerly a Telus DSL customer, I can say that they are possibly MORE fond of customer rapeage than US providers.

In fact, while they provide smartPhone services, they don't even offer a plan with unlimited data! Crazy.

Reach out and touch... (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17795792)

...yourself.

That noise you hear (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17795896)

the "Fap Fap Fap" noise you hear isn't the slashdot audience applauding your (humorous) comment!

TELUS already offers Adult content on TELUS TV. (1)

rei_slashdot (558039) | more than 7 years ago | (#17795798)

TELUS already offers Adult content on TELUS TV.

Pornophone (1)

Dude163299 (906461) | more than 7 years ago | (#17795804)

Yup, thats what they call it. Any questions?

Re:Pornophone (1)

twitter (104583) | more than 7 years ago | (#17796168)

Any questions?

Does it come with a vibrator?

Such a dirty word... (4, Funny)

Frosty Piss (770223) | more than 7 years ago | (#17795812)

"Pornography" is such a dirty word... Let's call it what it is, erotica.

Re:Such a dirty word... (4, Funny)

creimer (824291) | more than 7 years ago | (#17796102)

I think a lot of American politicians would have trouble spelling that word. That's why they call it smut. Only four letters and it rhymes with Smurf (i.e., the cartoon show with one girl and so many guys).

Re:Such a dirty word... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17796148)

Mod parent informative! Prior to this point in my life. I was not aware that the words 'smut' and 'smurf' rhymed.

Re:Such a dirty word... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17796126)

It's still a sin wathever you call it, you know?

Re:Such a dirty word... (1)

Joebert (946227) | more than 7 years ago | (#17796224)

No, erotica is when she makes you use candles & whipcream & stuff.
I don't plan on doing anything more than spanking my monkey on the back of the city bus with this stuff, let's keep it short & sweet, it's porn.

Coming soon to U.S.? Ha! (2, Insightful)

phillymjs (234426) | more than 7 years ago | (#17795822)

'We're fairly certain that if our competitors in Canada haven't launched it, they will soon. Same in the US.'

Yeah, right, buddy. Maybe the population as a whole is a little more liberal up there in America Junior, but if AT&T, Verizon or any other U.S. cell provider even floats that idea in a meeting, the Bible-thumpers will start up the boycotts and letter-writing campaigns and raise all kinds of hell to make sure it never comes to fruition.

~Philly

Re:Coming soon to U.S.? Ha! (1)

creimer (824291) | more than 7 years ago | (#17796146)

Nothing will happen until porn appears on the iPhone and the "Think Different" posters will have Albert Einstein wearing a G-string.

Re:Coming soon to U.S.? Ha! (1)

johncadengo (940343) | more than 7 years ago | (#17796298)

You don't need to be a Bible thumper to not want porn all over your cell phones and potentially purchasable by your children, who already go wild enough with ring tones, picture mail, and text messages to run up your bill. Imagine a 13 year old who got a hold of a phone with porn where ever and whenever they wanted. They already go over their prepaid minutes enough.

The safeguards in place to keep bill prices low aren't enough as it is (phone companies have cheated enough parents of their money when their children are irresponsible with overage charges).

What really is wrong with porn? (1)

bogaboga (793279) | more than 7 years ago | (#17795828)

I hope I will get a meaningful answer from the Slashdot crowd over here. Porn to me, replicates what happens in real life...in the real world. What's wrong with letting those who want to have it, have it?


Some will mention morals...my question will be: Morals according to who? Why should one want all of us to live according to "their morals?"

Re:What really is wrong with porn? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17795890)

Porn to me, replicates what happens in real life...in the real world.

Dude, if that were true, every guy on Earth would aspire to be a plumber or pizza delivery boy.

Re:What really is wrong with porn? (2, Insightful)

hasbeard (982620) | more than 7 years ago | (#17795954)

Well, except for the fact that it demeans women (and men for that matter), cheapens and turns a God-given gift into a commodity, reduces human beings from being to people to be loved and honored to being objects and tools for one's one self-gratification-- not much I guess.

Re:What really is wrong with porn? (2, Funny)

king-manic (409855) | more than 7 years ago | (#17795984)

Well, except for the fact that it demeans women (and men for that matter), cheapens and turns a God-given gift into a commodity, reduces human beings from being to people to be loved and honored to being objects and tools for one's one self-gratification-- not much I guess.

Are you talking about pornography or labor. I get confused about the difference....

Re:What really is wrong with porn? (1)

JebusIsLord (566856) | more than 7 years ago | (#17796034)

I expect the grandparent is the sort of person who gets sex and demeaning physical labour mixed up quite often.

Re:What really is wrong with porn? (4, Interesting)

Virak (897071) | more than 7 years ago | (#17796032)

Well, except for the fact that it demeans women (and men for that matter),
This argument has always confused me. If people are willing to be in porn, even if it 'demeans' them, then why shouldn't they be allowed to? They're adults, and they're only 'harming' themselves, if it could even be called that. It just doesn't make sense, unless you mean that it demeans *everyone*, in which case it makes even *less* sense in other ways.

cheapens and turns a God-given gift into a commodity,
If you can find significant evidence of a loving god, of the kind whose gifts would be worthy respecting, then maybe you'd have a point.

reduces human beings from being to people to be loved and honored to being objects and tools for one's one self-gratification
See above. If you mean human beings that are in porn, it's their choice, and if you mean all humans, I'd like to see you explain how that works.

Re:What really is wrong with porn? (5, Interesting)

hasbeard (982620) | more than 7 years ago | (#17796116)

Actually, I didn't say they shouldn't be allowed to. The OP asked a question, and I answered it. He asked what is wrong with pornography and I replied with the statements you have quoted about people demeaning themselves. I didn't make any statements about what people should be allowed or not allowed to do. The fact that people make a choice to participate in a given behavior doesn't lessen the harm it does to them.

Re:What really is wrong with porn? (2)

Virak (897071) | more than 7 years ago | (#17796200)

Okay, then I'm still confused as to how exactly it demeans them.

And don't bring religion or morals into this without proof that your choice of such is correct.

Re:What really is wrong with porn? (1)

anagama (611277) | more than 7 years ago | (#17796300)

When GP says "porn is demeaning", it only means that it is demeaning in GP's eyes. Of course, wearing clothes from Sears would demean a person in certain other people's eyes. Simply put, GP is prejudiced against people who have sex on film. Fact is, porn is demeaning only in the sense that certain people with a "holier-than-though" hangup look down on people who are in it.

As a side note, porn could be actually demeaning if someone was forced to perform, but that is really a completely different issue than consensual porn and has nothing to do with sex. In a similar vein, it would be demeaning to be forced to pick up trash in an orange jumpsuit as a community service sentence. In either case, the exertion of control over another is the issue. Which brings us to certain instances in which exertion of control would not be demeaning, e.g., consensual BDSM, but now I'm getting into too many tangents.

Re:What really is wrong with porn? (1)

king-manic (409855) | more than 7 years ago | (#17796212)

Actually, I didn't say they shouldn't be allowed to. The OP asked a question, and I answered it. He asked what is wrong with pornography and I replied with the statements you have quoted about people demeaning themselves. I didn't make any statements about what people should be allowed or not allowed to do. The fact that people make a choice to participate in a given behavior doesn't lessen the harm it does to them.

I used to work on the support side of the adult industry. Working as a tech, webmaster and video editor. Let me say that the individuals that end up in porn aren't "hurt" by porn. They are by no means perfect people. They all have some issue or other and often aren't exactly the definition of "together" They are often strippers. They are often in this profession because they like to party and find this the easiest ways to get the money to continue to do so. Some are truly exploited. These girls have a BF that encourages them to get into stripping and the rest of it. Others are strong women who do it because they have no other skills and happen to look nice. For some it's something extra to make rent. They are generally messed up people to start with, so a little filmed action doesn't make it better or worse.

Re:What really is wrong with porn? (1)

Torvaun (1040898) | more than 7 years ago | (#17796292)

If you can find significant evidence of a loving god, of the kind whose gifts would be worthy respecting, then maybe you'd have a point.
Even as an atheist, I'd say women probably count. That, and vicious plagues on my enemies. I could get behind a god that did more of that.

Nothing, because... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17795960)

Nothing. (3, Insightful)

Virak (897071) | more than 7 years ago | (#17795964)

And most people bring up 'morals' because most people are idiots and are incapable of seeing the world from someone else's view, and also incapable of seeing the inherent subjectivity of morality.

Re:What really is wrong with porn? (1)

RuBLed (995686) | more than 7 years ago | (#17795982)

"Porn to me, replicates what happens in real life...in the real world."

Are you sure? IMHO, it's equivalent to saying that CSI / TV-Drama's replicates what happens in real life in the real world, but in a more exagerrated way.. And by exagerrated, you would know what I mean. O wait,.. this is slashdot.....

IMHO, I find these morals good in a sense that I would prefer living in area where such good morals are upheld than in one where it isn't. It brings a sense of protection for me, my family, etc...

Re:What really is wrong with porn? (3, Insightful)

king-manic (409855) | more than 7 years ago | (#17796044)

Are you sure? IMHO, it's equivalent to saying that CSI / TV-Drama's replicates what happens in real life in the real world, but in a more exagerrated way.. And by exagerrated, you would know what I mean. O wait,.. this is slashdot.....

IMHO, I find these morals good in a sense that I would prefer living in area where such good morals are upheld than in one where it isn't. It brings a sense of protection for me, my family, etc


I miss the point of the first sentence. CSI is to crime investigation as Porn is to sex. Both are fake replicas that stress quick umm.. resolution over the truth behind normal situations.

IMHO, areas of strict morality only hide the vices better. Strict morality does not generally make you a better person. For each giving and self sacraficing "moral" person there is a dozen hippocritical, hateful "moral" person. Ditto for the Immoral.

Re:What really is wrong with porn? (4, Insightful)

Beryllium Sphere(tm) (193358) | more than 7 years ago | (#17796080)

>Porn to me, replicates what happens in real life...in the real world.

How often have you seen someone in a porn film use a condom or say "I love you"?

Re:What really is wrong with porn? (1)

king-manic (409855) | more than 7 years ago | (#17796172)


How often have you seen someone in a porn film use a condom or say "I love you"?


About as often as a slashdoter has used a condom and heard "i love you"?

Re:What really is wrong with porn? (1)

tsa (15680) | more than 7 years ago | (#17796208)

Very good point. Why is porn so much more frowned on than (extreme) violence?

Re:What really is wrong with porn? (4, Funny)

grimJester (890090) | more than 7 years ago | (#17796260)

Porn to me, replicates what happens in real life..

Speak for yourself :(

Re:What really is wrong with porn? (1)

Enrique1218 (603187) | more than 7 years ago | (#17796282)

Try having sex with a real woman. It like mainstream movies and television in that it is a little different than real life. Everything from the seduction to foreplay to the act is different. Moreover, the balancing of porn and the woman in your life. As women age, they develop imperfections over time including porn stars. But the camera hides alot not to mention new young women are brought in everyday. You might find yourself unfairly comparing your woman to fantasy that porn provides. In addition, porn addiction can also provide problems with your relationship. Personally, I have given up porn for a woman.

yeah okay (1)

riff420 (810435) | more than 7 years ago | (#17795830)

cmon, what does canada know about porn? who wants to pay $4 ($.50 US) to see porn where everyone has a thick black moustache, french accent, and pale skin, eh?

Telus (5, Interesting)

MarkRose (820682) | more than 7 years ago | (#17795842)

Telus is actually a fairly progressive company. They even started using VOIP for long distance back in 2002 [nortel.com] . Home Internet service is quite reliable (they don't even shape bittorrent traffic, that I'm aware of), and they're often upgrading ADSL service at no extra charge (though I splurged for a 6.0/1.0 connection at $45/mn). They also stand up for their customers, refusing to give out customer details without a subpoena, etc. The Mobility division (cell phones, etc) is also quite competitive, though they do rape you with long distance charges on cellphones, but no one has the same coverage they do. Honestly, this latest move doesn't surprise me too much (though I was surprised when it first showed up on my cell's browsing homepage).

Re:Telus (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17796190)

Telus is anything but progressive.

They charge a $5 per month 'long distance admin fee' on your telephone service. It is just a money grab. If you opt out of their expensive long distance service, then your internet charges go up by...you guessed it...$5 per month.

My internet service will cost over $40 per month for the 1.5/.5 connection when my "price protection plan" ends. I'm locked into their crappy service and they said it will cost me $240 if I choose to bail out early.

Their webmail uses unencrypted web pages, so you can't use it from wireless hot-spots. Or pretty much anywhere you don't trust the intermediate ISP(s). It probably isn't safe to use anywhere but from home, so what's the point?

There are other issues as well so I wouldn't call them progressive in any sense of the word unless you call the ability to view porn on a 120 X 120 pixel screen progressive.

Re:Telus (3, Informative)

ceoyoyo (59147) | more than 7 years ago | (#17796230)

If only they didn't have to be frequently censured by the CRTC for abysmal customer service, commonly lie to their customers when they do have problems with their services, and have so many problems with their bureaucracy that it takes them a month to actually switch DSL service to a new account.

Re:Telus (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17796328)

Telus doesn't shape bittorrent, they outright DISABLE it. I have never been able to use standard bittorrent with my telus ADSL line.

What's wrong with porn on your phone? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17795856)

Do you want to sit next to a guy beating off on the bus, on a park bench, or anywhere in public, then possibly have a small child being exposed to it? Come on now, if you want porn, atleast look at it on the privacy of your work computer, your house, or some XXX peep show.

Canada will criminalize this much like how they criminalized "hate speech" online.

Honey I swear the cell phone company put it there (1)

Dude163299 (906461) | more than 7 years ago | (#17795880)

Honey I swear I did not put the porn on the phone I dont even like this stuff. The cell phone company framed me....

What will happen (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17795914)

when Canadians and others with porn on their mobilephones, beknownstly or unbekonwnstly illegal in the US arrive in the US and get deatained for it? It all sounds so salacious. what is an agent thinks the "performers" or "models" are not of age (even if there were) how'd you prove it quickly? I see lots of inconveneince. Leave your porn home....

Anyway, what kind of mentality do thse people have needing porn on their phones.. Can't they wait till they get back home (or office at worst).

Talk about people who can't contol their urges.

It gives a whole new meaning to (1)

Nybble's Byte (321886) | more than 7 years ago | (#17795938)

phone sex.

Sprint PCS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17795986)

The company I work for makes the application suite that both Telus and Sprint (and many other carriers throughout the world) use for mobile/cellular internet access. At Sprint we see much of the same thing; a good 95% of the web traffic is people surfing for porn. Looking at the logs is a bit interesting; especially the keywords people use on Google.

Perhaps the best, or maybe worst, but definitely the funniest part of all this is when customers call in saying such-and-such website doesn't display on their phone. Then my team gets the pleasure of troubleshooting why a porn site doesn't pull up correctly. We'll even work with the content provider when necessary to get it all fixed.

Oh great (5, Funny)

Stephen Tennant (936097) | more than 7 years ago | (#17795990)

As if driving and talking on the phone wasn't dangerous enough. How will I hold the steering wheel?

Re:Oh great (1)

grimJester (890090) | more than 7 years ago | (#17796270)

There's a reason it vibrates.

Com'on now (1)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 7 years ago | (#17796010)

Where the hell is open-source pr0n?

Re:Com'on now (1)

Virak (897071) | more than 7 years ago | (#17796072)

They came out with those a while ago, I think they're called 'girlfriends'. I can't seem to find any, though, so I suspect it might've just been a joke.

Re:Com'on now (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17796094)

Nobody wants to see Linus having sex with Reiser's dead wife.

porn can subsidise non-porn! (1)

romit_icarus (613431) | more than 7 years ago | (#17796090)

Porn is a high margin business, and as long as there are adequate safeguards and above the law, it's ethical.

The moralists may object, but when they see how common phone services like voice, data are cheaper because of the porn revenue stream, they should come on the telco's side.

Of course it will help if the telecom peddles the porn under a different brand name...

Re:porn can subsidise non-porn! (1)

revolu7ion (994315) | more than 7 years ago | (#17796118)

What's this all aboot, eh?

Moderation? (2, Interesting)

Vacardo (1048640) | more than 7 years ago | (#17796134)

With the lack of parental control over minors and their cell phones, what precautions will be taken to stop the under-age abusing this system?

Re:Moderation? (1)

koning_robot (1055136) | more than 7 years ago | (#17796312)

Ideally, none.

Desperate move (1)

roman_mir (125474) | more than 7 years ago | (#17796150)

This is a desperate move by Telus to try and retain some of the customers who are going to be leaving to Rogers / Bell Mobility / Whoever once March comes around and the government regulation mandating that the telcos allow customers switch from telco to telco while keeping their phone number comes into effect.

I have been with Telus for a long time and I'll tell you that their phone suck (they don't allow using phones with removable SIM cards, the coverage sucks (well for me it is always bad, I live in Toronto,) the prices are high, there is no reasonable way to use Telus while traveling in Europe.

All I can say to Telus is this: Good luck, and farewell. Once I can transfer my phone number, I am moving to another telco.

Good luck not getting ripped off (1)

Mr. Samuel (950418) | more than 7 years ago | (#17796228)

I agree. I've been with Telus Mobility for 2.5 years now, and the phones, the coverage, the retail-level service, and the billing system suck. I've talked to some nice customer services reps on the phone, though.

Unfortunately, something tells me that all of the cell operators are roughly as bad, even if for different reasons. The cell phone industry feels very anti-consumer and untrustworthy to me. Ever noticed how they basically lie to you about the price of your monthly plan? With Telus, you pay $x for the plan they chose, then they tack on $7-$8 as a "system access fee" or some other nonsense, and charge for 911 access as well! What the hell is with that? Why is that even legal?

Sadly, ever since I've got a cell phone, I've become inseparable from it. It's a cornerstone of my social life. It's like a drug.

Re:Good luck not getting ripped off (1)

ceoyoyo (59147) | more than 7 years ago | (#17796252)

The others are just as bad. Rogers seemed unable to send me a bill for the longest time, and then decided to charge me $4 for each one. At least I can use a standard GSM phone with them though, so I can always threaten to leave... to Fido, who they own now.

I was impressed with Bell -- they don't do the "system access fee" scam at least.

And they call it... (1)

ruiner13 (527499) | more than 7 years ago | (#17796182)

...Phone-a-bone. Smut Message System? Brings new meaning to reaching out and touching someone.

The beauty of the mainstreaming of porn (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17796238)

The beauty of the mainstreaming of porn is that it is a self-runner. More and more people realize that showing sex on camera is normal, and lose their inhibitions to take part. Put cell phone cameras into the mix and you have a real winner. I see an explosion of home-generated sex videos lately, on sites like youporn [youporn.com] and pornoamateurs.be [pornoamateurs.be] . Only question is: why would Telus customers pay for something that everybody else gets for free?

At Last! Scientific Proof! (1)

BillGatesLoveChild (1046184) | more than 7 years ago | (#17796316)

> mobile browsers to purchase both photographic and video adult-oriented
> content from Telus, at an average of CD$4 per download.

which only goes to prove, using a cellular phone really does make you stupid.

Best part? Their tag line: (1)

ArcSecond (534786) | more than 7 years ago | (#17796326)

"The future is friendly"

HELL YES, IT'S FRIENDLY!... Before they just squeezed our nuts. Now they are rubbing our thigh and whispering dirty things in our ear.

Funny, but I don't remember that being in the "futuristic" commercials envisioning how we would be using mobile technology. I am fairly certain I don't remember any money shots, at least.

That means... (1)

edgarhz (732153) | more than 7 years ago | (#17796344)

Mobile masturbation!

The Great White Something (1)

ShagratTheTitleless (828134) | more than 7 years ago | (#17796350)

I hear the big seller is that kinky English on Francophone pr0n. Slap that secessionist ass indeed.

So... (1)

Joel from Sydney (828208) | more than 7 years ago | (#17796362)

Anybody got a torrent link?
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