Posts Tagged 'rogers'

Rogers 4g soon?

Freshly off a successful 3g launch last year and happy customers Rogers is focusing on the next gen speed of communication. The company has begun 4g testing of their LTE network in the Ottawa area. So does this mean Rogers 4g service is just around the corner? They are staying mum so far but one would expect if they are, there will be a big fuss over it.

Bell also let it be known that they have been testing their 4g network since early summer. They also let it slip that they expect service to be available in 2012. Either way both of these wireless carriers will be pushing to be first for bragging rights.

4g has had limited success in the US but faster is faster right? No need to start researching 4g phones just yet. It looks like 4g launch is still a long ways away.

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Mobile News July 9, 2010

Toronto Transit Commission is trying to help you stay in the loop with recent technology announcements. Heading underground? No need to end that phone call. The TTC is working on it. There is renewed interest in integrating a cellular network into the transit system. Keep working away on your crackberry or continue to buy music from iTunes no matter how far you are underground. It’s good news for cellphone service providers because more airtime in use likely mean more data plans and more revenue. Perhaps Rogers will stop jacking up my cable bill because they will be making more money from me on my cellphone plan.

Another medium on the rise is text messaging. The TTC also announced a new service to offer customers more information for their particular route. Select routes will have numbers that you can text in order to find out how long the wait will be. GPS units are installed in some vehicles so expect it to expand depending on demand. Standard text messaging costs apply.

The latest Samsung phone has become available on both Rogers and Bell at the same time. The Samsung Wave boasts a Bada operating system, 1Ghz processor, Super AMOLED display, and more. So what network should you go with? Rogers: $100 with a 3 year contract ($475 no contract) Bell: $30 with a 3 year contract ($300 no contract). Hmm, math is hard. Both require data plans so expect to be spending over $50 a month.

iPads landing in Canada

Apple’s set to strengthen their grip on Canadians with the release of the iPad on May 28th. For just a few dollars (or a kidney) you can own this magical device that even grandma can use. Touchscreen (no usb), WiFi (no memory expansion), access to thousands of apps (only thru iTunes), 10 hours of battery life (battery not replaceable), and the envy of everyone else at the coffee shop (jerk).

Another bit of news is that Rogers Wireless has released pricing info for the 3G version as well.

$15 gets you 250MB
$35 for 5GB
or piggyback off of your existing cell phone plan for $20

Just you get an idea of what pricing for the actual iPad 3G looks like … $779 for the 32GB version. $549 for the 16GB non 3G version. Ah, the price of becoming a member of the Scientology Apple brotherhood.

(link)

If you’re still on the fence perhaps some expert reviews may help you decide.
iPad Review

Tethering for Rogers customers

No wired connection, or wifi, or 3g subscription usually means no Internet right? Well not if you’re a Rogers Wireless customer with a data plan. A data plan with at least 1GB that is. Looks like Rogers has decided to extend it’s tethering program and make it a permanent fixture of data plans going forward. So no extra charges if you decide to use your smartphone as a wireless modem. Unless you are roaming in the U.S. then you’re shit out of luck. Hit up a Starbucks or McDonald’s I hear they have free wifi.

“The move is likely a reaction to the launch last fall of HSPA+ networks at Bell and Telus.” (link)

Canadian Mobile News

With eBay the only source to score a Nexus One Google superphone Canadians were kind of left out of the loop. However there is hope. Wind Mobile supposedly is in talks to bring the phone to Canada. Woot! This would be a significant coup for the fresh wireless company. But keep in mind you have to buy the phone which is currently priced around $500 US, so expect to pay at least as much if you want experience the Google superphone in Canada.

Android 1.5 got ya down? Tired of harassing Rogers and HTC to provide an OS update? Well there is some good news in store for HTC users in Canada. HTC will be providing some updates for the Magic and Dream. The Magic will get the full 2.1 update, while the Dream will get some updates but remain at 1.5. I guess something is better than nothing. The Magic now appears slightly more appealing.

However we’re all waiting on the Sony Xperia X10 aren’t we?

Should You Lock In for another 3 years?

With the wireless industry in Canada to become more competitive in the new year existing carriers are trying desperately to keep their customers. Offering shiny phones for a brand new 3 year commitment. So should you do it? I guess it really comes down to whether you’re happy with your service provider. In some rural areas you don’t really have a choice with the service provider you have but some of the major city centers will have customers jumping ship for greener pastures. Here’s what to expect:

Rogers – phones for $1, initially requires a data plan but can be canceled later, 3 year commitment. Rogers services bundle discounts 15% CSRs are bending over backwards to get you to sign up for another 3 years, no need to threaten to cancel either.

Bell – talk and data plans from $40/month, new deal with the Source to distribute their phones. I believe they also offer a bundled service discounts. No really good phone deals. I’m guessing they are betting on the Olympics to boost their customer base along with touting their high speed wireless network.

Telus – smartphones for $0, $50 for 3 year contracts requires data plan. Great marketing as usual. Have you seen the hippo commercial? Now available at Black’s Camera locations.

Wind – building up steam with their cheap, no contract plans. The only downside is that you have to buy the phone up front. The company seems to be very responsive and listening to the community. Number portability not a problem. Some real promise with the way this company is defining itself.

Dave Wireless – other than no contracts not much has been revealed. New company Dave Wireless says it won’t compete on price.

Public Mobile – no contract (I see a recurring theme here) $40/month for UNLIMITED talk and text. It looks like they are aiming for the entry level market to try to scoop customers away from Koodo and Fido. Phone offering doesn’t look great at the moment.

It looks like pricing should should get a bit cheaper for all but premium services (data) will still end up costing you $50+ a month. I’m still wondering who’s cell towers the new service providers will be running off of. You can be sure that which ever salesperson you speak to they will be extra nice in an effort to get your business. I think one of the barriers to switching for existing customers is the “bundling” aspect. Many already enjoy the “bundle discounts” from having multiple services with one company. Definitely a smart move by those companies who implemented it.

Competition is still good. Hopefully this will be a good time for you to negotiate a better plan with your carrier or even cut ties and move on. Now, what shiny phone should I pick?

Mobile wars

Looks like momentum is shifting in the Canadian wireless market. The roll out of the HSPA network for the olympics, then the iPhone came to Bell and Telus, and now victory in court. I’ve always found the so called “intangible” claims to be silly. The most reliable network? Really? How exactly is that measured? You might as well say that you have more cell towers so you don’t get dropped calls. And soon Rogers won’t be able to claim that they are the fastest either. So whats left for Rogers? Jack up cable bills to cover the loss in wireless revenue.

This is nothing like the At&T vs Verizon slapfest. However the momentum shift is very similar. Users have been complaining about AT&T and their iPhones for a long time. However the divide between service levels in Canada isn’t quite the same as it is in the U.S.

West is dominated by Telus. East is Rogers. Bell is sprinkled across the country. Major cities are pretty much covered by all of them. If you’re out in the county, you might find service lacking.


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