Weekend Reading: Speedy internet, soaring downloads and time to connect

Weekend Reading: LTE to launch in Manitoba, the wallet versus smartphone battle and a live chat about TV viewing habitsDid you ever stop to think just how many minutes you spend answering messages each day? According to a new survey, the average person spends nearly a full day each week connecting online! Plus, we learned that app downloads are expected to double by 2017 and an independent study confirmed that Rogers is consistently delivering high internet speeds to our customers. All in this week’s edition of the weekend reading!

Staying connected

I shudder to think of the number of hours each week I spend keeping up with email, social networks and text messages. I’m pretty sure I’m more connected than the average person, and a recent eMarketer survey found the average American spends a full 23 hours per week online and texting. That’s almost an entire day! Which means I’m probably approaching at least 40 hours a week. Minimum.

The survey focused on American web users who used at least two platforms to connect with others. For example, it found that 87 per cent of people were logging on to Facebook and email weekly, while 30 per cent tuned in to YouTube and Twitter. And these people weren’t just logging in – they were actively engaging. Email topped out at almost eight hours a week, while Facebook used an average of almost seven hours a week. That’s a lot of status updates.

How much time do you spend online connecting with friends and family each week? Which platforms top your list?

Downloads soar

Apps help us track our runs, prepare our meals, stay organized and connect with friends. They’ve become so integrated in our lives that no one was that surprised when Apple’s App Store hit its 50 billionth download back in May. New research in a report called Future App Stores: Discovery, Monetisation & Ecosystem Analysis 2013 – 2018 predicts global app downloads are just going to continue to soar, doubling from the 80 billion expected in 2013 to 160 billion by 2017. According to MediaBistro, this growth is fuelled by consumers in developing markets upgrading to smartphones. Games are expected to continue their domination of the download charts, at an estimated 40 per cent share. That said, the report predicts that by 2017 only 5 per cent of apps will be paid to download, a drop from 6.1 per cent this year.

I easily download one new app a month – I love trying out the latest chart toppers! My current obsession is the upgraded Instagram with video.

What new apps are topping your downloads?

Speed seekers

This week, Rogers was all about speed.  We rolled out our blazing fast LTE network in six new regions, including Truro, N.S., Fort Saskatchewan, Alta., Chilliwack, B.C., Joliette, Que. Lennoxville, Que., and Spruce Grove/Stony Plain, Alta. We also expanded our coverage in the Greater Montreal Area.

While we’re hitting high speeds on our smartphones – with the addition of 44 new LTE markets this spring – we want to make sure our customers are getting fast internet, too. This week, an independent study from SamKnows found  that Rogers Hi-Speed Internet customers regularly get speeds as fast or faster than advertised – helping you stream music and video quickly, even at peak times. If you do find your internet connection is feeling a little bit laggy, check out these trouble shooting tips.

Hitting the road

Summer is full of things I love: friends, family, ice cream, road trips and all the latest gadgets. Last week, we focussed on two of my favourite things, bringing you travel apps to help with your summer trips and a Google+ Hangout on Air highlighting some of the great new functions of the Samsung Galaxy S4. This week, we’re making it even better:  Rogers customers can get a week of free roaming internet with up to 350 MB to use on their next trip to the U.S.  when they buy any Samsung smartphone with select two or three-year plans. That’s a lot of photos, tweets and maps! For more details, click here.

Where will your summer holidays take you this year?

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  1. 44 new markets in spring? You know spring is done right?

  2. Bhupinder D says: July 8th, 2013 a 10:50am

    I knew I was forgetting something! This weekend something was bugging me and I just realized I didn’t read Weekend Reading!

    I think we are all too connected these days!

    The new app I am enjoying these days is BBM Channels. Although, it is still in beta, I am having fun with it. If I were to describe it, take Twitter, Facebook and Instagram put them all in one app …and you have BBM Channels!

    Great post RogersJennifer!

  3. As much as I crap on Rogers for the many dumb things they do with the wireless stuff, I will say that my home connection is always at least as fast as advertised. It’s reliability has also been very good over the past couple of years. If I could moan about one thing, it’s time they increased the upstream connection speed.

  4. I’m looking for a new ISP in Edmonton, Alberta, but I noticed Rogers doesn’t provide Internet services for Edmonton. Do you guys have any plans to expand into Edmonton?

    • Rogers_Chris says: July 10th, 2013 a 8:32pm

      We can’t comment on network expansion that hasn’t been announced, Vince. Glad you’re interested in our services out west, though!