Rogers introduces new wireless plans

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Nov 072012
 

With 65% of its customers now using smartphones, Rogers today unveiled new wireless plans. The new choices have been significantly simplified over the previous plan structure and are much simpler to follow. The new plans range in price from CA$55 to CA$95 per month.

We are introducing new plans that better reflect how our customers are using their devices in 2012 and into the future. We’ve redesigned and simplified our price plans with you in mind and are introducing Unlimited Talk and Text with new options for Wireless Internet. Most customers can now get more wireless internet and unlimited calling for only a couple dollars more than they are paying today.

November 2012 Rogers smartphone plans

The new plans take effect today. Existing Rogers customers can update to one of these new options at any time at no cost to migrate.

Read more: Rogers RedBoard

Rogers provides ETAs for Samsung Galaxy S III and Note Jelly Bean upgrades

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Nov 062012
 

Rogers CommunicationsSamsung Canada has already promised that the Samsung Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note will be upgraded to Android 4.1 before the holidays. Rogers is now providing a better estimate as to when the updates will roll out through its Community Forums. The current schedule is as follows:

  • Samsung Galaxy S III (SGH-I747M) – Late November
  • Samsung Galaxy Note (SGH-I717R) – Late December
  • Samsung Galaxy S II LTE (SGH-I727R) – Late December

As usual with upgrade schedules, Rogers warns that “release dates are subject to change.”

Read more: Rogers Wireless

Samsung Galaxy Note II launches in Canada today

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Oct 302012
 

Samsung Galaxy Note IISamsung Canada today launched the Galaxy Note II with multiple Canadian carriers. Finding it though in a store may be a bit of an adventure challenge as Samsung warned that it will be scarce for a few weeks:

Today Samsung marks the official release of the GALAXY Note II, our latest premium Smartphone and the Next Big Thing in mobile communication devices. We are working hard to get inventory to all of our carrier and retail partners, however in-store availability will be scarce until we get our full supply to stores over the next two weeks. Thank you for your patience and love for the GALAXY Note II.

A number of Canadian carriers will offer the Samsung Galaxy Note II. These are Bell, Mobilicity, Rogers, SaskTel, TELUS, Videotron, and WIND Mobile. So far, it looks like you can only order online from Bell and Rogers. TELUS went as far as removing its coming October 30th notice and replacing it with a “coming soon” one.

Pricing starts at CA$199.95 with a three-year contract. Bell also offers it with no contract for CA$729.95 while Rogers also sells it for CA$649.99 month-to-month.

Did you manage to snag one today?

Read more: Samsung Canada [via Facebook]

Nokia Lumia 920 and Nokia Lumia 820 begin shipping

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Oct 302012
 

Nokia Lumia 920Nokia yesterday confirmed that both the Nokia Lumia 920 and the Nokia Lumia 820 have begun shipping. Both will be available in France and the UK this week but the honour of first carrier to offer the Lumia 920 looks to be going to Rogers. The Canadian carrier yesterday announced that it would begin selling the Lumia 920 today in “select stores,” starting at CA$99.99 with a three-year contract.

“After seeing the enthusiastic response to the incredible innovation in the Nokia Lumia 920 and Nokia Lumia 820, we’re eager for people to start experiencing the phones for themselves,” said Jo Harlow, executive vice president, Nokia Smart Devices. “We are focusing our efforts on working with partners who recognize the value of that innovation, and who are committed to helping Lumia and the Windows Phone platform break through in key markets around the world.”

Nokia’s new Lumia devices will launch in the U.S. in November although specific dates are still not available. AT&T will launch the Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 820. Verizon will offer the Nokia Lumia 822 while T-Mobile will offer the Lumia 810.

Pricing and exact availability will be announced by individual carriers.

Update: Rogers has also confirmed that it shipped “a limited supply of Nokia Lumia 920 smartphones in black” to some customers who reserved one through its Rogers Reservation System.

Read more: Nokia and Rogers RedBoard

Nokia Lumia 920 goes on sale from Rogers on October 30th

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Oct 292012
 

Rogers today announced that it will start selling the Nokia Lumia 920 starting tomorrow (October 30th). It will initially be available in “select stores” with availability to be widened in the days that follow.

Rogers will offer the Nokia Lumia 920 for CA$99.99 with a three-year contract and CA$549.99 with a month-to-month plan.

Windows Phone 8 Samsung ATIV S coming to multiple Canadian carriers

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Oct 262012
 

Samsung ATIV SSamsung Canada today announced the carrier lineup for its upcoming Samsung ATIV S smartphone powered by Windows Phone 8. When it launches in November, it will be carried by Bell, Rogers, Telus and Sasktel.

Samsung ATIV S is a new smartphone for both work and entertainment, offering a premium Windows 8 experience in a phone. ATIV S brings a stunning hairline design and high performance with a range of content-sharing and productivity options. Its impressive 1.5GHz dual-core processor and LTE connectivity enable great browsing performance and high responsiveness even for the most demanding gaming or work applications. Users can enjoy the brand new Windows Phone 8 experience on the ATIV S’s stunning 4.8″ HD Super AMOLED™ display.

Specific availability and pricing details have not been announced yet.

Read more: Samsung Canada

Nokia Lumia 920 coming to Rogers on November 12th?

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Oct 252012
 

Nokia Lumia 920While Rogers has yet to announce exactly when it will launch the Nokia Lumia 920 (“early November” is the current ETA), one of its retail stores looks to have let the cat out of the bad. According to a tweet by @rogersmapleview, a store in Burlington, Nokia’s Windows Phone 8 flagship smartphone will be out on November 12th:

The Nokia Lumia 920 will be launching November 12! nokia.com/ca-en/products… @nokiacanada

The dates line up with rumoured launch dates for the Nokia Lumia 822 and Windows Phone 8X at Verizon.

Read more: @rogersmapleview [via Twitter]

Rogers announces Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 device lineup

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Oct 192012
 

Rogers CommunicationsRogers today announced its Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 device lineup for the upcoming launch of Microsoft’s new operating systems. Rogers had already announced some of these devices but others are new.

Across all Windows 8 devices, you’ll now have a complete cross-platform experience making it easier to switch between devices to easily access your best friend’s phone number from your tablet, grab your photos from last night’s party from your PC or quickly email your late assignment from your smartphone. Windows Phone 8 also includes great features such as multi-core processing, improved display resolutions, NFC, microSD storage expansion, and lenses for getting creative with your pictures.

Rogers will offer the following devices:

  • Nokia Lumia 920: Offered exclusively from Rogers in black
  • Samsung ATIV S
  • Windows Phone 8X by HTC: Available either as a Blue 16GB or exclusively as a Black 8GB model
  • Samsung ATIV Smart PC: Available exclusively to Rogers customers

Rogers also announced a suite of exclusive applications for the Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 platforms. These include:

  • Rogers My Account on Windows 8 tablets: To manage your wireless account
  • Rogers Anyplace TV Live for Windows Phone 8 and Rogers Anyplace TV (on demand) for Windows 8 Tablets: Featuring live games, news and channels such as Citytv, CBC, Teletoon, and Family Channel
  • Rogers One Number for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 Tablet

Rogers did not specify specific availability and pricing details but expect these details shortly as Windows 8 launches on October 26th and Windows Phone 8 on October 29th.

Rogers also announced it will be “the preferred Canadian wireless partner for the launch of Windows 8” thanks to its alliance with Microsoft.

Read more: Rogers

James Bond’s Sony Xperia T coming to Canada in November

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Oct 172012
 

Sony Xperia TSony Mobile Communications today announced that the Sony Xperia T will launch in Canada in November with a number of Canadian carriers. Featured in James Bond’s latest adventure, Skyfall, it will come preloaded with exclusive Bond content including behind the scenes footage, clips, wallpapers, ring tones, and more.

“Entertainment is in our DNA and the Xperia T is the latest example,” said Peter Farmer, Vice President of Marketing for North America, Sony Mobile Communications. “Offering stylish design, easy connectivity and access to premium entertainment anywhere, anytime, the Bond phone will soon be available to Canadians.”

Sony Xperia T (LT30p) specifications:

  • Processor: 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8260A
  • Operating system: Google Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Cellular connectivity: HSPA+ / EDGE / GPRS
  • Other connectivity: A-GPS, 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 & 5 GHz) Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 3.1, DLNA, NFC
  • Display: 4.55-inch HD (1280×720) Reality Display
  • Input: Capacitive touchscreen
  • Memory: 1GB
  • Storage: 16GB and microSD cards up to 32GB
  • Rear-facing camera: 13MP with 1080p video capture
  • Front-facing camera: with 720p video capture
  • Battery: 1,850mAh
  • Dimensions / weight: 129.4 x 67.3 x 9.35 millimeters / 139 grams

The Sony Xperia T is coming to Canada this November in both LTE and HSPA + variants (depending on carrier). It will be carried by Bell, Mobilicity, MTS, Rogers and Vidéotron. Pricing was not announced.

Read more: Sony Mobile Communications

Rogers Nokia Lumia 920 exclusivity only good for a month?

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Oct 122012
 

Nokia Lumia 920Earlier this month, Rogers announced that it would be the exclusive Canadian carrier for the Nokia Lumia 920. But it may not be all bad news for customers hoping to see the Lumia 920 on other Canadian carriers. A WMPowerUser reader was reportedly told by a Rogers representative that the carrier’s exclusivity period could be as short as one month. Should this be the case, carriers such as Bell and TELUS could offer the Lumia 920 shortly after that.

Another scenario is also possible. Nokia could offer Canadian carriers a number of variants based on the Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 much as it will do south of the border. For example, T-Mobile will carry the Nokia Lumia 810 and Verizon is rumoured to have both the Lumia 822 and Lumia 922.

Rogers will launch the Nokia Lumia 920 sometime in November. It has yet to announce specific availability and pricing details.

Read more: WMPowerUser

Motorola RAZR HD LTE now available at Rogers

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Oct 092012
 

Motorola RAZR HD LTEMotorola today announced that the Motorola RAZR HD LTE, billed as “the all-day phone,” is available at Rogers as of today.

Take in up to seven hours of the greatest YouTube HD shows or listen to 20 hours of your favorite streaming music. Surf the web at LTE speeds for six hours or chat it up for 16 hours’ worth of talk time. And don’t stop there. Use SMARTACTIONS to extend your battery and get even more hours of fun. Bottom line: stop searching for the charger and start enjoying life.

Rogers is offering the Motorola RAZR HD LTE for CA$99 with a three-year contract or CA$599 with no contract. It is not yet on the Rogers website; we’ll update this story when it does.

Nokia Lumia 920 coming exclusively to Rogers

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Oct 052012
 

Nokia Lumia 920Nokia and Rogers today announced that Rogers will be the exclusive Canadian carrier for the Windows Phone 8-powered Nokia Lumia 920 when it is released next month. Given that Rogers is already the exclusive carrier for the Nokia Lumia 900, the announcement is not a big surprise.

“Rogers is proud to bring the new Nokia Lumia 920 to our customers looking for the best unified experience and to further extend our leadership as the carrier with the largest LTE superphone selection in Canada,” said John Boynton, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Rogers Communications. “With seamless access to entertainment, sports and business content, the Nokia Lumia 920 offers customers a world leading internet experience powered by the Rogers LTE network.”

There is no word on how many colours Rogers will offer.

Specific availability and pricing details will be announced closer to the launch date (sometime in November).

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Rogers extends LTE coverage to 18 more markets

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Oct 012012
 

Rogers CommunicationsRight on schedule, Rogers has flipped the switch on its LTE network (and that of flanker brand Fido) in 18 additional Canadian markets. With this announcement, Rogers has met its goal of offering LTE to 60% of the Canadian population.

“We’re proud to bring LTE first to many more Canadians and we’re hearing great feedback from consumers who love the speed and the quality that LTE delivers,” said John Boynton, Rogers Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer.

Rogers is the first carrier to offer LTE in Saskatoon and Regina in Saskatchewan, St. Catherines/Niagara, Oshawa/Pickering/Ajax, Windsor, and Sudbury in Ontario, as well as Sherbrooke and Trois-Rivières in Quebec. Coverage has also been extended to Victoria, Abbotsford, Kelowna, Kingston, Edmonton, Quebec City, Oakville/Burlington/Hamilton, London/Kitchener/Waterloo, Cambridge and Barrie.

Further LTE network expansion is planned for both the remainder of this year and into 2013.

Read more: Rogers

Samsung Galaxy Note II coming to multiple Canadian carriers

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Sep 242012
 

Samsung Galaxy Note IIWhen Samsung Canada confirmed that the Galaxy Note II would be launched in Canada later this year, it did not provide any details as to who would off it. That changed today with a quick tweet revealing that a number of carriers are onboard to carry Samsung’s latest phablet.

“Samsung continues to innovate the GALAXY Note product family with the Samsung GALAXY Note II, which enables users to create content and share like never before,” said Paul Brannen, Vice President, Enterprise Business Solutions at Samsung Canada. “We are thrilled to work with our carrier partners to deliver a device that allows Canadians to maximize their productivity in the workplace and on-the-go.”

Carriers that will carry the Samsung Galaxy Note II are:

Still missing is specific availability and pricing details.

Read more: Samsung Canada and Samsung Canada [via Twitter]

Apple iPhone 5 goes on sale

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Sep 212012
 

Today is the day that the Apple iPhone 5 goes on sale. Hopefully you pre-ordered it or are already in a line-up (or even already have it) as Apple looks to have another record seller on its hands. It received 2 million pre-orders in the first 24 hours alone and online orders now show availability in three to four weeks.

In Canada, the iPhone 5 is available directly from Apple. The 16GB model sells for CA$699.00, the 32GB for CA$799.00, and the 64GB for CA$899.00. It will be tied to a carrier upon purchase.

Carrier pricing starts at CA$179 (or a few pennies more) for the 16GB model with a three-year contract. The 32GB model sells for CA$279 and the 64GB one for CA$379, again with three-year contracts. Bell, Fido, Koodo, Rogers, TELUS and Virgin Mobile are all selling it as of today.

It will also be available from a number of retailers such as Best Buy.

MTS and SaskTel will both launch the iPhone 5 on October 28th.

In the US, it sells for US$199 for the 16GB model, US$299 for the 32GB model and US$399 for the new 64GB model with a two-year contract through AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon.