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Two Pieces Of News From Rogers [UPDATED]

Posted in Commentary with tags , , on September 15, 2014 by itnerd

Rogers e-mailed me today to pass along two pieces of news. The first piece of news is that new and existing Rogers customers can now reserve the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus using the online Rogers Reservation System. While supplies last, customers who reserve will receive a free Logiix Bluetooth Speaker when they pick up their device in-store ($49.99 value). For more information, visit rogers.com/iphone. The second piece of news is that Rogers customers can now purchase the Samsung GALAXY S5 Active for $279.99 with a 2-year FLEXtab agreement on select plans. Details will be live on rogers.com soon and I will update this post with a link.

UPDATE: Here’s the link for S5 Active.

Rogers Has Additional Details On Their Plans For The iPhone 6/6 Plus

Posted in Commentary with tags , on September 10, 2014 by itnerd

I just got this note from Rogers regarding their plans for the iPhone 6/6 Plus:

We wanted to let you know that new and existing Rogers customers can now pre-register to be among the first to know when iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are available to reserve on the online Rogers Reservation System. 

They simply complete the form at rogers.com/newdevices and we keep them in the loop.

Both devices will be available to reserve starting September 12 and available for purchase starting September 19.

My wife got her iPhone 5 using a similar method a couple of years ago and it works well. Rogers customers (and those who want to get their iPhone from Rogers) should check it out.

 

Rogers And Bell Announce Their Plans For The iPhone 6/6 Plus

Posted in Commentary with tags , , on September 9, 2014 by itnerd

Via Twitter, both Rogers and Bell have announced what their plans will be for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. First up is Bell:

https://twitter.com/Bell/status/509428032449568769

Next up: Rogers:

https://twitter.com/RogersBuzz/status/509437993556254721

https://twitter.com/RogersBuzz/status/509438137781604352

So now all three of the “big three” have put their plans forward. Though Telus will actually let you pre-register to allow you to get your hands on one. Thus one could say that Telus is one up on everyone else.

Rogers Announces NHL GameCentre LIVE

Posted in Commentary with tags on September 3, 2014 by itnerd

Rogers today announced the launch of Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE.

NHL GameCentre LIVE

You can take a look at the press release or their RedBoard post, but I will hit the highlights for you:

  • Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE is an upgraded online destination for streaming live NHL action; accessed through NHL GameCentre LIVE mobile app and NHL.com
  • Rogers customers on eligible Rogers data wireless, and internet can register to enjoy a freeview of Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE until December 31, 2014
  • Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE will be available on computers, smartphones, tablets, with more devices and screens coming soon

Fans can expect on the new Rogers GameCentre LIVE:

  • More than 1,000 games; that’s 50% more games than last season
  • All national games – Scotiabank Wednesday Night Hockey, HNIC on Saturday, and Hometown Hockey on Sundays
  • All Playoff games, including the Stanley Cup Final
  • NHL All-Star Game, Bridgestone Winter Classic, Stadium Series
  • Regional in-market games for Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Montreal, and Leafs on an authenticated basis.  And of course, Rogers GameCentre LIVE will continue to offer out-of-market games.
  • Regional out-of-market games in French for the Montreal Canadians (60 games) and Ottawa Senators (54 games)
  • Beginning January 2015, more than 100 games in French in Quebec, on an authenticated basis

I can see this appealing to those who are out and about and find out that a really great game is on, or those who want a second screen to watch a second game. One thing to note is that you can watch games over WiFi or LTE, though the latter is going to cost you.

Clearly Rogers is all in when it comes to Hockey.

Review: Rogers Home Phone

Posted in Products with tags on September 2, 2014 by itnerd

When my wife and I made the move to Rogers, we moved our home phone service to them. Now I have reviewed Rogers Home Phone back in 2010. But now that I had it full time, I figured that I should update the review.

The first thing that I need to update is the hardware that Rogers installs in your home. When I test drove it a few years ago, you got a very big and bulky box. These days, this is what you get.

IMG_0407

You get this device as part of the deal. It’s thin and light and looks stylish.

IMG_0408

At the back of this device you get 2 phone jacks on the left, USB and Ethernet ports for an unknown purpose as well as a connector for your Rogers cable line.

IMG_0409 This is a access cover that houses the backup battery that powers your home phone in the event of a power failure. It is replaceable. More on this battery in a bit.

Installation was easy and only took minutes. The Rogers tech that came out ran a separate cable line to the box and I connected my phone. He then did some work on his laptop and we had home phone. When I did some test calls, I found the call quality to be slightly better than what I was used to. For example, with my previous phone service I had difficulty hearing people who were calling us to be buzzed into our condo. With Rogers Home Phone, I found I had a much easier time hearing them. Bottom line, call quality is not an issue.

Now Rogers Home Phone has some unique features:

  • TV Call Display: When someone calls in, you see a pop up at the bottom of the screen with the number and name. You can then use your Rogers remote control to send the caller to voice mail, clear the pop up, or choose options.
  • Home And Away Voice Mail is a feature that has three options:
    • Voicemail to Text enables your home phone voicemail to be sent to your mobile device as a MMS. Receive MMS messages and listen to the audio file or read the transcribed text.
    • You can manage voice mail in a similar manner as Apple’s Visual Voicemail. You can also receive your voicemail messages on your mobile device as MMS.
    • You can have up to 5 mailboxes
    • You can see prompts that you have voice mail on your TV.
  • You can get call logs as well as see if you have voice mail on your TV.
  • Home And Away Online Manager: You can forward your calls, change your ring settings and manage your phone privacy settings from any computer with Internet access.

That’s on top of a number of features that you can choose from. You also get a variety of long distance plans to choose from whether you need to call in North America or someplace else on Earth.

Are there any downsides to Rogers Home Phone? There’s one that you have to take into account. Unlike Bell Home Phone service which has power coming through the phone line even in a blackout, Rogers Home Phone requires a battery backup to keep the phone going in the event of a blackout. You can expect the battery to last 5 hours and it is replaceable. For some people, that might be an issue. In my case, it was a factor. But I overcame that by using  an APC BackUPS 650 uninterruptible power supply as I have a number of them lying around. Given that the device that powers Rogers Home Phone draws 0.5 amps, I should be able to stretch another 45 minutes or more before things go dead.

Rogers Home Phone has a number of plans that start at $34.41 a month and depending on the plan you can choose the features and long distance plans that suit your needs. Though you might be able to do better if you bundle your services. Thus it pays to spend some time with a Rogers call centre representative to see what kind of deal that you can work out. If you compare what Rogers offers with what Bell offers, Rogers is cheaper and you have more features to choose from. If you can get Rogers Home Phone in your area, it is worth looking at for your Home Phone needs.

Rogers Has Three Of Their Hottest Phones For Under $100

Posted in Commentary with tags on August 27, 2014 by itnerd

There’s a little less than a week until classroom doors open and the hottest phones at Rogers are now under $100 with a 2-year Share Everything plan (for new and existing customers):

Samsung Galaxy S5: $99.99 with a 2-year Share Everything Plan

LG G3: $79.99 with a 2-year Share Everything Plan

HTC One (M8): $99.99 with a 2-year Share Everything Plan

Share Everything plans let students share wireless data between up to 10 wireless devices. Roommates and family members can maximize their data usage while also bringing down costs. These powerful smartphones paired with the Rogers LTE network means students can upload reports, download projects, stream classes, and watch videos at top speeds.

Check out rogers.com/promotions for more information.

Rogers And Shaw Announce Netflix Killer

Posted in Commentary with tags , on August 26, 2014 by itnerd

A while ago, I wrote about a rumor that Rogers was working on a Netflix killer seeing as Netflix is causing people to “cut the cord” in the US and Rogers would like to not have to deal with that here. It now appears that the rumor is fact as Rogers has teamed up with Shaw (which I guess makes them frenemies seeing as they are competitors?) to announce shomi (pronounced show-me). This is a streaming service that’s aimed squarely at Netflix:

shomi was created for entertainment lovers by entertainment lovers. It features prior seasons of the most popular shows on TV today, iconic series from the past, cult-classic and fan-favourite films, as well as a library of family-friendly kids programming.  With exclusive past-season streaming rights to titles – such as Modern Family, Sons of Anarchy, Sleepy Hollow, Shameless, 2 Broke Girls, Vikings, New Girl, 24: Live Another Day, Chicago Fire, The Strain, and American Horror Story – along with first-window premieres, it’s more bang, less blah.  shomi combines a team of programming experts with algorithmic technology to help you pick what you actually want to watch – whether it’s finding hidden gems, rediscovering old favourites, or remembering why you fell in love with a title in the first place. 

At launch there will be:

  • 14,000 episodes and titles
  • 11,000 hours of TV shows
  • 1,200 movies
  • 340 TV series
  • 30% of content is Canadian, including TV shows and classic films

The service will be available initially on tablet, mobile, online, Xbox 360 and set top boxes. A beta will be available first to Rogers and Shaw Internet or TV customers, then  shomi will be available starting the first week of November at a suggested retail price of $8.99 per month. Which is right within the price range of Netfilx.

My  take? It’s hard to have a meaningful opinion based on a press release. Thus I will have to see the service in action before I say that this could be a threat to Netflix or not. But on paper, it does sound interesting.

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