With back to school season around the corner, you may be thinking about buying a new cell phone for a member of your family. Or, perhaps you want to give a special going-away present to the student in your life as they head off to college or university.
We’re now making it easier than ever to stay connected and get great value through a variety of unlimited and shared features, such as unlimited messaging, unlimited talk evenings and weekends, unlimited social networking, and more.
We are family…
Rogers is offering new Unlimited Family Plans that offer more options to share voice and data – and may help quell fears that your teenager’s insatiable texting habit or your spouse’s long phone conversations will take a huge bite out of your plan.
While Rogers has had Family Plans for some time, what’s new is that you can add a line to a Family Plan for just $15 a month (voice only) or $25 a month (voice and data) plus Government Regulatory Recovery Fee and share all the unlimited features of your plan, such as unlimited national calling between family members and unlimited evenings and weekends (starting at 9 pm).
And, if you sign up for a voice-and-data plan on select devices, you also get unlimited social networking to a selection of popular social media sites.
If you already have a device, you can add the plan but don’t worry if you don’t have a device just yet. With any new line added, you’ll also be able to get a $0 device or smartphone from an expanded list of our coolest devices like the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini , Acer Liquid E or the BlackBerry Curve 8520.
For more information on Unlimited Family Plans including a full list of plans and unlimited options, click here.
New teachers, new friends, new shoes…new cell phone plan
Also available is our Unlimited Student Plan that offers a long list of unlimited features that matter most to students including unlimited evenings and weekends, unlimited messaging and unlimited social networking to popular sites.
On top of great plans we’ve got a great back-to-school lineup of exclusive BlackBerry and Social View devices including the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 and X10 Mini, Acer Liquid E and the recently announced Motorola Flipout.
Another Rogers exclusive: all BlackBerry student plans on devices that support WiFi or UMA come with unlimited WiFi calling. Calls made from a WiFi access point do not count towards your monthly bucket of minutes – perfect for students on WiFi enabled campuses. UPDATE (October 14, 2010, 11:44 AM): BlackBerry 9300 and 9700 customers: you can now upgrade to a new OS that supports WiFi calling, which can be used on the BlackBerry student plan – more details here: http://bit.ly/cgwRSV. And remember you can always go to http://www.blackberry.com/update for the latest OS updates.
For more information on Unlimited Student Plans, check out http://www.rogers.com/unlimitedstudentplan.
Are you heading back to school this year? What do you think of the new plans? What unlimited features would you use most in your family?
Update (August 11, 2010, 1:10 PM): There have been a lot of questions about our new plans, and the now-updated pages on Rogers.com will better explain how some of these new plans work.
For new family share plans, visit www.rogers.com/family and then click on “Connect Your Family” in the top right corner. From there you’ll see a step by step process that lets you build the features that fit your needs.
For new student plans, visit www.rogers.com/unlimitedstudentplan and then click on “Get Started.” You’ll get to a tool that will take you through the components of our new student plans.
The most questions have come in about our new family share plans. Here’s an example that should illustrate how it works:
Two parents each have a BlackBerry on the $100/month (plus Government Regulatory Recovery Fee) Family Share plan with the unlimited messaging feature. They have two teenagers who don’t have phones but would mostly text and use BBM, plus make the occasional call home and to friends.
They add each teenager for $25/month (plus Government Regulatory Recovery Fee) each, getting two BlackBerry 8520 smartphones for $0 on a three-year term. Now all four family members get access to unlimited messaging, unlimited family calling, and unlimited evenings and weekends. On top of that, they can all share the additional 400 daytime minutes in the plan. On the data side, they share 1 GB, which enables the family to send and receive a lot of e-mails and visit the Internet.
So – for four people using four smartphones (two of them new), that comes to $150/month, plus Government Regulatory Recovery fees. This is the lowest possible entry point for a family with all these benefits.
There are also other options. Instead of the unlimited messaging option, they could choose My5, which lets each person choose their own My5 for unlimited talk, extreme text, picture and video messaging. They can also choose unlimited calling to anybody on the Rogers/Fido/Rogers Home phone network or choose to double their weekday minutes making the shared minutes 800.
They could move up to the next plan to add more minutes, plus an additional $15/month (plus Government Regulatory Recovery Fee) allows the family to double the data for all four people to 2 GB.
If you have further questions, we’ll try to answer as many as we can below.
Miranda MacDonald is a regular contributor to RedBoard.