Archive for November, 2011

Cha-ching: score savings with RDeals

RDeals.caThere is nothing more rewarding than scoring a deal – especially when it’s with your favourite brand or retailer. Many of us here pride ourselves on getting that incredible deal – which is why we are so excited for the official launch of RDeals.ca, a new daily deals site that offers local and national finds for up to 90 per cent off the original price. Everything from food and fashion to vacations and technology, RDeals will bring quality deals to your inbox.

To get in the spirit of giving, RDeals launched nationally today with a great offer of three great gifts. For $32, you can give two magazine subscriptions from a list of eight Canadian publications including Today’s Parent, Flare and Chatelaine as well as a $25 Chapters Indigo gift card.

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Neil McPhelan, co-founder of Toronto menswear store GreenShag, displays a selection of cufflinks to be featured on RDeals.ca this week

The deals don’t stop there. Over the next month, Torontonians will have access to some amazing offers including:

  • GreenShag: Toronto’s hippest menswear store offers a 65 per cent discount on a wide selection of hip and truly Canadian cufflinks
  • The Gourmet Gift Basket Store: Send a little sweetness to your friends and family with a large 17-inch chocolate-filled gift basket at 50 per cent off
  • Sundari Photography: Show off your picture-perfect brood in a family portrait session with sought-after Toronto photographer. For $65, receive a 1-hour photo shoot and 75 digital prints

To get all of you in Toronto in the mood for savings, we’re going to be doing something special on Twitter today. We can’t share details yet, but be sure to follow RDeals on Twitter at @RDealsToronto

How does it work?

Just head over to www.rdeals.ca and have a look at our deals. To receive deals daily via email, just fill in your name, email address and postal code to opt in to receive the deals. Every time there’s a new deal, you’ll receive an email with details. To purchase, just click on the “Buy Now” button and follow the instructions to complete your purchase.

How is RDeals different from daily discount sites?

RDeals is all about bringing you quality deals from your favourite brands and retailers. For example, our national deal we launched with today includes a gift card from Chapters Indigo. We are also going beyond email to bring great deals to you through widgets on Rogers digital media properties like FLARE.com or Chatelaine.com.

What about deals outside Toronto?

While we have great national deals for everyone, local deals as of today are only available from Toronto-based retailers. However, we have plans to expand to many more markets in the next year.

To register for RDeals, or for more information about participating as a merchant, visit www.rdeals.ca. To keep up with all the news and updates from RDeals, you can also follow RDeals on Twitter or on the Facebook page.

What deal would you like to see from RDeals?

Allison is a regular contributor to RedBoard

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Got a sec? Here’s 3 quick TV and wireless tips from Connected Rogers Magazine

Tips on Rogers Products and servicesYou’re busy. We get it. So our friends at Connected Magazine are always putting together what they call “10 second tips:” quick and easy tips to help you get the most out of your Rogers TV and wireless experience. Here are 3 quick ones:

Create a Rogers on Demand Online Playlist

Want to set up a movie marathon? Why not add 15 minute musical interludes to the mix so you can take bathroom or snack breaks? Just set up a Rogers on Demand Online Playlist so you can play TV shows, video clips, music videos and movies without having to return to the main menu. Here’s how:

  1. Register for Rogers on Demand Online. It’s free at http://rogersondemand.com
  2. Sign in and find the shows, movies or clips you like. Click on the + symbol under the item to add it to your playlist
  3. Click My Playlist when you’re done. To watch your items, just click on one and your playlist will start.
  4. After your video is done, you can continue to select other videos from your playlist which will be located down the right side of your screen

Check your monthly wireless usage

Are you going to go over your monthly data? How many minutes do you have left? Here’s three ways to find out:

  1. Go to rogers.com and log into your My Rogers account (or create an account for free). In the wireless section, click Load Wireless Usage and presto! There’s your usage for the month
  2. Download the free My Account app from your device’s app store. Open it and select Check Wireless Usage. Done.
  3. You can also find out your usage on your phone. Select Internet from the main menu or just text HOME to 4836 and select the My Account link from your home page. Click More under My Account.

Create a Rogers on Demand PIN Code

New release movies or sporting events on Rogers on Demand can incur rental charges. To rent anything, you must enter your own code. You probably already know that the default code is set to 0000 but if you want to change your PIN, here’s how:

  1. Press settings twice on your Rogers remote
  2. Scroll down the list and select Purchase: PIN, Press OK.
  3. Scroll through and select Enable to activate your PIN code. Follow the prompts and when complete, press Exit.

Did you find these tips helpful? You can download and print this How-To here which includes the above 3 tips and more. You can also find more handy how-to’s here.

Miranda is a regular contributor to RedBoard

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Feast your eyes on Connected Rogers Magazine, now available on your iPad

Connected Rogers MagazineIf you’re like us here at Rogers, you’re probably starting to notice the number of publications you’re reading on your smartphone or tablet is growing by the day. If you’re a fan of iPad apps for your favourite magazines, then you’re going to like this. Connected Rogers magazine is making the move from the printed page to the iPad with the Connected Rogers magazine app.

Free to download, the magazine iPad app has a ton of helpful how-tos and articles on the newest Rogers smartphones, tablets and internet products. It also has great entertainment features and celebrity interviews with actors from movies or shows featured on Rogers on Demand each month.

The app is designed perfectly for an iPad and includes additional content like photo galleries and embedded videos. You can also easily share Connected Rogers magazine articles on Facebook and Twitter.

Not familiar with Connected Rogers Magazine?

It’s published six times a year and it’s free to Rogers customers in print, online and now on your iPad. The content is focused on ways to help you stay connected through technology and entertainment.

If you’re interested in receiving the print magazine, just sign up for your free subscription at http://connectedmagazine.ca/subscribe

Miranda is a regular contributor to RedBoard

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Stumped for holiday gift ideas? We’ve got you covered

BlackBerry 9790 from Rogers

Just announced by RIM today, the much buzzed about BlackBerry Bold 9790 is coming to Rogers- just in time for the holiday gift-giving season!  The combination of the high resolution touch display and improved keyboard makes it a much-desired device to be unwrapped this season.

Even though we have all year to seek out the perfect presents, somehow the holidays always creep up on us, leaving no time to spare. If you’re like me, this time is usually characterized by a handful of rushed, last minute dashes to the store, with scribbled lists in hand.

If a BlackBerry is on someone’s wish list this year, we can help. Here are the details of the newest BlackBerry smartphone:

  • The BlackBerry Bold 9790 runs on the latest BlackBerry 7 operating system making it powerful, yet compact (perfect stocking stuffer size!). The BlackBerry 7 OS is the fastest, most powerful browser for a BlackBerry to date, which means 40% faster loading than the earlier version
  • It also has a 1 GHz processor. This means faster access to apps, web browsing, games and more.
  • The Liquid Graphics Processing Technology displays crisper graphics so that holiday treat on your screen will appear even more scrumptious.

Blend in your BlackBerry with the snowy scenery

If you’re looking for a lighter finish, good news, the BlackBerry Curve 9360 and the BlackBerry Bold 9900 will be available from Rogers in pure white.

Packed with social apps, the fun and stylish BlackBerry Curve 9360 keeps you connected with your crew. The pre-loaded social apps and latest messaging and social networking tools make it even simpler to stay social. Whether it’s planning that last minute winter escape or sharing your shopping deals, everyone’s in the loop.

The 5.0MP camera and 720p HD video recording capability on the BlackBerry Bold 9900 means an impromptu marshmallow roasting session or impressive event on the slopes can be recorded and shared instantaneously. Finding endless moments to record on your device? The 8GB on-board memory will help in that department.

Looking for a gift free of charge?

Owning a BlackBerry just got better. Until December 31, 2011, RIM is offering tons of premium apps worth a total value of more than $100. You’ll find them free of charge on BlackBerry App World.

Another great gift idea

Interested in a tablet this season? Check out the details of our new gift with purchase offer here.

What’s your take on these BlackBerry smartphones? Any of them on your wish list?

UPDATE (November 24, 2011, 1:58 pm): The BlackBerry Bold 9900 and the BlackBerry Curve 9360 are now officially available in white. Head over to Rogers.com to check out what these two smartphones look like in this stylish white finish.

UPDATE (December 1, 2011, 8:13 pm): Great news! The BlackBerry Bold 9790 is now available. Check it out Rogers.com here.

Kaili is a regular contributor to RedBoard

 

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11-11-11: How will you remember?

Each year, Canadians join together to celebrate Veterans’ Week starting on November 4  and ending on Remembrance Day on November 11.

While many people wear a poppy or attend a Remembrance Day ceremony, this year, Canadian Veterans’ Affairs is asking people to go a step further and take the Remembrance Day Challenge.

It’s simple. Just share the videos and images available on their site through your own social sites or create a virtual scrapbook or mashup. We’re doing our part to share content here, on Twitter, Facebook and Google+. You can find all kinds of information and content to share on the Canadian Veterans’ Agency YouTube channel, Twitter account or Facebook page. You can also add a poppy to your Facebook or Twitter profile photo here.

On behalf of proud Canadians everywhere, thank you to those brave men and women who gave their lives to keep Canada strong and free.

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Miranda is a regular contributor to RedBoard

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Get your family a tablet on us

Gift with purchase from RogersWhether you’re a seasoned technology fan or just learning, you’ve probably noticed tablets growing in popularity. This holiday, why not get your family a tablet on us? Starting today, we’ll be giving away a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 as part of a new gift with purchase offer.

Here’s how you get it

  • Get a Tablet when you activate 2 new lines on a voice and data Family Plan on a 3 year term; OR
  • Get a Tablet for $149.99 when you add 1 new line on a voice and data Family Plan on a 3 year term; OR
  • Get a Tablet when you subscribe to TV + Internet on a 2 year term (minimum Digital Basic TV + Lite Internet).

See www.rogers.com/tabletoffer for full offer details and terms and conditions.

What’s so great about the Samsung Galaxy 10.1?

This WiFi + 4G 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, and it’s valued at $679.99.

The tablet will be your family’s new entertainment centre as it comes preloaded with access to our best entertainment applications like Rogers On Demand, urMusic, Sportsnet and MacLean’s content.

So say you’re looking to get your teens their first cell phones or maybe you’ve been wanting to hook up your TV and Internet to the Rogers network.  Now’s the time to do it.  You will receive a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 on us (with eligible plans above). Tis the season for giving, after all.

Do you have a tablet?  If so, what do you use it for most?

Annemarie is a regular contributor to RedBoard

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RedBoard video: A closer look at the new Motorola RAZR

A few weeks ago we told you that the new Motorola RAZR would be joining Rogers lineup before the holidays. With everyone knee-deep in Halloween candy and only one week into November, we’re excited to tell you that today, the new Android-powered Motorola RAZR is available exclusively from Rogers.

As part of our RedBoard video series, I met with Darren Seefreid of Motorola to talk  about some of the unique features  of this device including the new design, the ultra durable construction and his favourite feature, the MotoCast app. Check it out:

You can pick up the Motorola RAZR in stores now for $149.99 on select 3-year term. Also, if you reserve or order your Motorola RAZR from http://www.rogers.com/razr  by November 15, you’ll be entered into a draw for a chance to win 1 of 10 Motorola XOOM tablets. You can find all the details here.

Will you be getting the Motorola RAZR? Leave us a comment below. And, if you have suggestions for future RedBoard videos, send me a tweet at @RogersMiranda.

Miranda is a regular contributor to RedBoard

Contest closes November 15, 2011. Open to  residents of Canada having reached the age of majority, excluding residents of Quebec.  Order or reserve the Motorola RAZR from www.rogers.com/RAZR to be automatically entered. Prizes: 10 Motorola XOOM Wifi tablets approximately ($499.99 ea.). One entry per person. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries.  Correct answer to mathematical skill-testing question required to be a winner. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Click here for full contest rules .

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Protect yourself and your PC from fraud

Rogers and fraud preventionYou probably spend quite a bit of time on your personal computer, but how well are you protecting it and your personal information?

There are a number of risks out there like  viruses, “malware” (malicious software), hackers, scammers, and more. These risks increase each year.

Recently, some Rogers customers have been targeted by telephone calls from fraudsters posing as technical support agents from reputable technology companies such as Microsoft, Yahoo! or Norton. During these fraudulent calls, customers are told that Rogers has detected a virus on their PC and are asked to provide the caller with remote access to their PC in order to remove the virus and install preventative anti-virus software.

Rogers support agents only ask for remote access to your computer when you have called in for technical support.  If you receive an offer of unsolicited technical support, be aware that the request may be fraudulent.

Here’s how to recognize fraudulent activity:

  • Unsolicited offers of technical support – Rogers does not share customer information with any third parties such as Microsoft, Yahoo or Norton related to potential virus infections or performance issues on your computer. You should refuse any unsolicited offers of technical support, even if the caller claims to be from a reputable company
  • Being asked for confidential information  – Customers contacted by a Rogers agent will never be asked to provide:
    • Confidential information like login names and passwords
    • Credit card information and/or immediate payment for tech support services

By keeping these tips in mind, you can keep yourself and your PC safe.

If you believe you’ve been targeted by fraudulent activity, please contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-800-495-8501 or http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/.

Heather is a regular contributor to RedBoard

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Choose the TV YOU want: Rogers trials new flexible TV package

Rogers TVYou asked us for more choices and told us you want to build your own TV packages and pay for the channels you like to watch.  So today, we’re launching the trial of a new TV offering that is designed to do just that.

From now until the end of March 2012, Rogers customers in London, Ontario will be the first to try the Rogers Digital Starter Pack, a pilot program designed to give you the flexibility to customize your TV package, while enjoying all the benefits of a digital cable service with features like Rogers On Demand.

Here’s how it works:

The Digital Starter pack comes with a set of core TV channels, which includes channels that we as a cable company must carry.  You get 86 standard channels for $20.29/month.

You can order the Digital Starter Pack and then choose any additional 15, 20 or 30 channels from a list of more than 100 options, starting at $26.38/month.

These prices include all monthly fees such as the Local Programming Improvement Fund fee, which the government requires us to charge. Prices do not include applicable taxes.

This is one way we’re moving toward giving you the most flexible TV choices.  And, while it’s only available right now to our customers in London, Ontario, we want to hear from you.  Would you sign up for the Digital Starter Pack and Mix Pack options if it was available in your area?

UPDATE: (December 5, 2011, 5:02 pm): We know some of you have been looking online for details about the Digital Starter Pack and the channels that  are part of the offer.  Click here for the full package details. Remember, this trial is only currently available to customers in London, Ontario.

Carly is a regular contributor to RedBoard

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