Archive for September, 2011

Rogers Reservation System: the latest devices without the lineups

Rogers Reservation SystemYou’ve seen it before: overnight camp-outs, lines miles long, people anxiously awaiting the availability of the next big device. For those of you who just don’t have time to wait in line, but still want to get your hands on the latest gear, you can reserve a device online through the new Rogers Reservation System.

Here’s how:

The Rogers Reservation System helps existing postpaid Rogers wireless customers secure a place “in line” for select devices without having to visit a store or call us.

All you have to do is go to Rogers.com and sign up for a MyRogers account. Next, login to your account, click the “Device Reservation” button and follow the instructions to select your device. We will email you regularly with updates on your place in line and you can check your status in real time through your MyRogers account. When your device is ready, we’ll ship it to the store of your choice and let you know when it’s arrived.

You can often reserve a device before it goes on sale to the general public. In some cases, devices may be available through the reservation system days after they are announced by the manufacturer.

A $40 (+ taxes) refundable reservation fee will be applied to hold the device. It will be credited back to your account when the device ships from our warehouse to the store. You can cancel your reservation at any time and your $40 fee will be credited back to your account.

We’ve recently enhanced our hardware upgrade program to give you more flexibility to upgrade to the latest devices any time. Our early upgrade promotion allows you the added freedom to upgrade your device as early as six months into your existing contract term.

This early upgrade offer applies to our entire lineup and replaces special device specific hardware upgrade offers we’ve had in the past. Even if you’re not eligible for an upgrade, you can still reserve devices through the Rogers Reservation System.

That’s it. Just a few simple steps and no lineups or waiting on hold.

Which Rogers’ device are you upgrading to next?

Heather Agnew is a regular contributor to RedBoard

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Rogers LTE network now live in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver

The wait is over! From east to the west, your new wireless experience is here.

Major markets in Canada’s three largest provinces now have access to the world’s fastest wireless network technology. Rogers launched its LTE network today in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver, joining Ottawa where Rogers launched Canada’s first LTE network back in July.

Now, more than 5.5 million Canadians have access to LTE with Rogers– more than any other wireless company in Canada.

Rogers has already started to introduce its first line up of great LTE devices. If you’re in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver or Ottawa, you can now purchase the Rogers LTE Rocketstick, which plugs into your laptop and gives you speeds similar to what you get at home through your broadband connection.

On October 18, we kick off what will be the widest selection of devices with a Rogers exclusive HTC Jetstream LTE tablet, the fastest tablet in Canada. This Android 3.1 tablet boasts LTE + Wi-Fi  connectivity, a 10” high resolution touchscreen, 32 GB capacity, and dual-core 1.5GHz processor. Add the HTC Scribe digital pen accessory and you can even sketch, highlight, take notes, or sign documents on your tablet. Rogers customers can reserve this tablet, the Samsung Galaxy S II LTE smartphone, or the LTE Rocketmobile hotspot (Sierra Wireless AirCard 754S) online today at www.rogers.com/lte.

Using these devices on Rogers LTE network will make it easier for you to download apps, stream HD videos, download your favourite tunes in mere seconds or even play on-line video games with virtually no delay or buffering.

To celebrate the expansion of Canada’s first LTE network, we’ve also introduced a special, limited time offer that provides LTE customers a chance to purchase one of Rogers largest ever data buckets – 10GB for $52.93 per month on a 3 year plan.

LTE promises to revolutionize your wireless experience and we’re happy to be the first to bring this new technology to Canadians.

With tablets, smartphones, sticks and hotspots coming in the next few weeks, which LTE device are you most excited about?

UPDATE (January 20, 2012, 4:23 pm): If you want to read a customer review of Rogers LTE network, check out this post from Howard Forums.

Sara Holland is a regular contributor to RedBoard

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RedBoard en Français: Introducing FilRouge

FilRouge - Rogers official French blogBonjour bilingual readers! We have good news for you! We’ve just launched, FilRouge, Rogers official French blog.

Like RedBoard, FilRouge will be a place to discuss news and updates from Rogers and what it means to you…only in French. We’ll also talk about the latest technology, key issues affecting the communications industry and provide information to help you have a better experience with us.  What’s more, FilRouge will also be a place to talk about topics that interest the French community.

So if you want to engage with us in French, we’d love to hear from you. Just head over to filrouge.rogers.com. You may also want to connect with us through our French Facebook page or you can find us on Twitter: @BuzzRogers for news, updates, promotions and information, and @RogersVousAide, for questions and support.

Do you speak French? What topics would you like us to write about on FilRouge?

Miranda MacDonald is a regular contributor to RedBoard

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Let’s go to the movies: Rogers On Demand Online celebrates film festivals

Rogers on Demand Online Festival FlicksOver the years, I’ve been lucky enough to attend a few big movie premiers. Back in 1994, I was in the same room with Robert Englund, the horror legend you may know better as Freddie Krueger, for the debut of Wes Craven’s New Nightmare, which was pretty cool for a horror fan like me.

While there’s nothing quite like the glitz and glamour of a big time movie premiere, there’s also a lot to be said about watching movies in the comfort of your own home. Not only is Rogers On Demand Online a great place to catch up on any of your favourite tv shows you may have missed, it’s also your one stop destination for movie streaming on the web with the Rogers On Demand Rentals Store. Along with new titles on the day they’re released (typically Tuesday if you’re looking for them), we also have special themes that we run to tie in with everything from holidays to movie stars to special events.

In the case of September, we’re featuring some critically acclaimed festival flicks that we know you’ll want to check out.

Some consider Apocalypse Now to be one of the greatest war films of all time, while others simply site it as one of greatest films, period. Starring Martin Sheen, Marlon Brandon, Robert Duvall and Dennis Hopper (along with a blink and you’ll miss it appearance by Harrison Ford), the film debuted at Cannes back in 1979 and received a huge reaction. Some twenty years later, director Francis Ford Coppola added footage that was originally edited out for various reasons and created Apocalypse Now Redux, making a great movie even better. If you’ve never seen either version, get comfortable and check it out now.

Bill Murray is often regarded as simply a comedic actor, but the man is incredibly versatile. For proof, look no further than Lost In Translation, co-starring a then 18-year old Scarlett Johansson as a woman who meets an aging movie star when both wind up in Tokyo. When Lost In Translation debuted at the Telluride Film Festival back in 2003, it immediately created a buzz, thanks to the poignant performances from Murray and Johansson and the subtle direction of Sophia Coppola (daughter of Francis). Made for just $4 million, Lost In Translation wound up grossing nearly $120 million worldwide, an amazing accomplishment for a small but gorgeous film.

Another solid and interesting rental on Rogers On Demand Online is Blindness, which was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2008. The film, about a sudden epidemic of blindness that effects society, features a knockout cast, including Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Danny Glover and beloved Canadian actor Maury Chaykin. The film is fairly dark, but it’s also an intriguing concept anchored by a strong script by Canadian Don McKellar (who adapted Blindness from the book of the same name).

If none of the above appeal to you, there are a lot more festival flicks for you to peruse on Rogers On Demand Online, or choose from our huge selection of New Releases for some of the biggest Hollywood hits from the last few months.  Next time, I’ll let you know all about the free films we have on the site as well.

What one film can you watch over and over without ever getting bored?

Andrew Burns is a regular contributor to RedBoard

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RedBoard video: Hands on with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1”

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1” has now joined Rogers lineup of mobile Internet and Android devices.  This tablet has an amazing 10.1” display, 16 GB memory, 1 GHz dual-core processor, front and rear cameras and GPS support making it powerful, portable and convenient.

It’s also Wi-Fi plus 4G Internet access enabled, perfect for people who want to stay connected no matter where they are. With download speeds up to 21 Mbps on the Rogers wireless network, and roaming capabilities in more than 190 countries worldwide, this device can also act as a mobile hotspot.

Recently, I caught up with Rogers Neil Shuart to take a closer look at some of the device’s unique features and functionality. Take a look:

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1” is available from Rogers for $349.99 with a three-year plan, $679.99 with a month-to-month contract or as a standalone purchase.

Let us know what you think of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1”.

Miranda MacDonald is a regular contributor to RedBoard

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