The future of fast is coming to Toronto on September 28

Samsung Galaxy S II LTE smartphone from RogersGood news, Toronto. In just a few short weeks, you will be among the fastest cities in the world when Rogers lights up LTE in the city. Starting on September 28, you will have access to the fastest mobile technology in the world, starting with the launch of Rogers LTE Rocket stick that you can plug into your laptop to access top speeds.

Later this year, Rogers will offer an LTE device that will be capable of maximum theoretical download speeds of up to 100 Mbps on the Rogers LTE network. Today, devices are capable of maximum theoretical download speeds of up to 75 Mbps and Ottawa LTE customers are experiencing typical download speeds ranging from 12 Mbps to 25 Mbps. This is significantly faster than the speeds Canadians experience on any other wireless network today. As device selection evolves, maximum theoretical download speeds on the Rogers network will increase to up to 150 Mbps.

Rogers has a great line of LTE devices coming this fall which includes: the Samsung Galaxy S II LTE smartphone; the LTE Rocket mobile hotspot (Sierra Wireless AirCard 754S); Rogers LTE Rocket stick (now available in Ottawa); an LTE tablet from a leading manufacturer; and the previously announced HTC smartphone. Stay tuned. We’ll let you know more details about devices as soon as we can.

But you don’t have to wait to sign-up for any of these great LTE devices. Starting today, Rogers customers in Toronto and Ottawa can register for their LTE wireless devices through the new Rogers Reservation System at

Buckle up, Toronto – the future of fast is here.

Sara Holland is a regular contributor to RedBoard

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  1. Is the S2 LTE device available only in those two cities? Samsung has said the are also capable of GSM and HSPA.

    • I’m wondering the same thing … Can I buy the S2 LTE phone to use in Victoria, and then in 6 months (or a year) when LTE rolls out in Victoria – then get the benefit of full LTE speed?

      • The stats of the LTE S2 show that is fully backwards compatible on the HSPA+/EDGE/GPRS networks so you will be able to use it anywhere Rogers has coverage. Just wont have LTE speeds when out of the LTE coverage areas.. it will function like any other cool smartphone outside of LTE coverage.

  2. Alex Sebenski says: August 30th, 2011 a 10:59am

    *cough* iPhone LTE

  3. I have a couple of questions about these new phones. I have been waiting for an S2 – if I decide to upgrade to one but do not live in an area where LTE is offered (or going to be offered soon – London, ON) do I have to pay for an LTE data plan? Or will I be able to ‘turn off’ the LTE on my phone and use a regular data plan?

    • I am curious about the same thing. My contract has been expired for a while now but I’ve been awaiting the arrival of the galaxy s II or the nexus prime as I have zero interest in anything 3D.

      When this phone does arrive and hopefully not just in Ottawa and Toronto will I have to subscribe to the LTE network? The pricing for LTE at least with regards to the data sticks are absolute crap. It is rumored that this phone supports LTE/CDMA and GSM so I’m sure it is possible as long as Rogers will allow it and if not I guess my waiting patiently will come to an end as I’ll jump ship to Bell.

      • Hopefully Rogers allows it or I might do the same – a $69 S2 at Bell from Best Buy right now is a pretty good deal! Especially when they will match my Rogers plan. However, I am sure that they will allow it to or there is no point in releasing it until LTE works Canada-wide.
        Just praying (but have a bad feeling about it!!) that Rogers doesn’t charge $200+ for this phone, considering the Infuse is still stuck at $150. That also might be the deal breaker!

  4. To use LTE, do we just need an LTE capable phone? or do we need to subscribe to a new (as in much higher cost) data plan? Its nice and all that you upgrade the speeds and get bragging rights with the other providers, but at the pricing levels and caps, its not really practical for people to actually use. I would love to stream HD video to my phone, but at $45-60 for a 2 hour video, its not practical.

  5. Yeah, will the Galaxy S2 LTE be available for purchase without an LTE plan and no-contract and across Canada? What will be the no-contract price of the Galaxy S2 LTE? More than the $600 of the regular Galaxy S2?

  6. Finally

  7. Will this be out before the Iphone 5? Also will you be able to use your current data plan with LTE, I have the 6gig.

  8. HA!!!! I knew they were going to get it…patience in a virtue and people need to just relax lol…Way to go Rogers!!!!

  9. Does this mean that the future of expensive is also coming to Toronto?

  10. Soo… what’s the news on Data plans.. with LTE you can burn through 6GB pretty quickly .. any new plans,etc?


  11. If it’s going to cost us 180$ and then a 45$/month data plan you can forget it.

  12. If I am not in an LTE area, would I still be able to purchase the Samsung Galaxy SII and use it in my rural area? I have been waiting for this day to come and now am still confused?!?! Any help would be appreciated!!

    • I second this question, can this phone be purchased and just used as a HSPA phone? Is it still capable of that?

  13. And witht the LTE plans being what they are, this device will essentially be stillborn. Another great Rogers moment.

  14. Is this launch going to cover GTA or strictly toronto? I’m in durham and want to know how far its going to stretch

  15. does toronto include the whole GTA as in Brampton? or just Toronto?

  16. im on the waitlist…i have a galaxy s2 now, its awesome!

  17. The LTE network is launching on Sept 28, but when is the SG2 launching?

  18. A lot of you are asking if the Samsung Galaxy S II can be used on both the HSPA+ and LTE networks. The answer is yes, however an LTE SIM card and an LTE plan will be required if you wish to use it on LTE. As the device can be used on both networks, anyone can take advantage of the reservation system and reserve a unit.

    • Thanks, Sara. Is there an estimated release date for the hardware?

    • Good news, now all we need is a launch date.

    • I think most people will choose to own latest technology, i.e. Galaxy LTE.
      But not switch to LTE service.
      1> LTE service not widely available.
      2> In really usage, speed doesn’t really matter.
      3> To wait service price settle down in future.

  19. whats the pricing for these LTE plans? and why do we need a “LTE” plan? when Rogers went from edge to 3g, pricing didn’t change, or from 3g to hspa to hspa+…what justifies the price increase? all those network upgrades didn’t affect data plans, which network to use was all dependent on the phone being used. For example a blackberry 8300 would use edge, a bold 9700 would use 3g. So this LTE SIM is backward compatible? what if your not using it in only a LTE PHONE?

  20. I have 6 gig data plan, can I just convert it to LTE?

    • We haven’t announced pricing yet, but we’ll let you know,

      • I don’t see why the price of a data plan should change because its LTE. Data is data regardless of what the method of distribution is. I have a 6GB data plan if its going to cost me another $20 for a so called LTE data plan then forget it.

      • I’m paying a lot for my 6gb data plan, and if I have to pay even more to use LTE, I will be EXTREMELY ANGRY. I’m sure others share this sentiment too. We are the ones that basically paid for you guys to be able to get LTE on the ground and in the air, and now you want us to fork over even MORE?! This is not ethically right Rogers!!!!!!! DON’T SCREW US OVER!

      • Another opportunity to gouge data prices. Business as usual.

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