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Weekend Reading: LTE to launch in Manitoba, the wallet versus smartphone battle and a live chat about TV viewing habits
Looks like it’s going to be a beautiful sunny weekend across most of Canada folks! We’re celebrating by bringing our LTE Max network to Manitoba this weekend, hosting a live chat about TV viewing on Redboard and trading our wallets for smartphones – all in this week’s edition of Weekend Reading.
Manitoba welcomes launch of Rogers LTE network
Manitoba was definitely one of the most eager provinces awaiting the Rogers LTE Max network. So we were thrilled to announce that as of this weekend our LTE Max network would be hitting the cities of Winnipeg, Brandon, Victoria Beach and Grand Beach.
The LTE expansion doesn’t stop there – we will continue to expand our offerings in the province through a network sharing agreement with MTS, enabling us to deploy LTE to more than 90 per cent of Manitoba’s population over the next five years, including Selkirk, Steinbach and Ste. Anne this summer!
What do you value more – your wallet or smartphone?
Though 60 per cent of people still value their wallet, a whopping 40 per cent preferred their smartphone in a recent Ipsos study covered by IT Business. As IT Business points out, though 20 per cent more are still dependent on their wallet, it’s actually a small percentage considering how new mobile payments are to the marketplace.
Just over a year ago, Rogers introduced mobile payments to Canada in partnership with CIBC. In November we expanded to create the mobile app with suretap technology. With mobile payments on the rise, it’s no surprise to us that it’s such a close race between smartphones versus wallets. Our own Innovation Reports have revealed that 65 per cent of people surveyed said they would feel naked without their smartphone and internet access. Combining your wallet and smartphone seems like the perfect fit!
Do you have a preference? Personally I’m all for carrying my slim iPhone over a bulky wallet when I run to Starbucks! The more retailers adopt this, the less I’ll be bringing my wallet for sure!
Love TV and movies? We want to hear from you!
Canadians love their marathons. TV and movie marathons, that is. More than 80 per cent of Canadians watched three or more TV episodes or two movies back-to-back this year, according to the latest Rogers Innovation Report, released Monday. The longest viewing sessions top out at more than five hours on a weekday and seven hours on a weekend. To learn more about Canadians’ viewing habits, you can check out the full report on SlideShare and find out what kind of TV viewer you are by completing the interactive infographic here.
Do you love marathon watching full seasons of your favourite shows? Do you like to tweet every plot twist and turn? Join our live chat Tuesday at noon (EDT) on RedBoard and Twitter to discuss the findings from the latest Rogers Innovation Report and take part in a trivia contest for your chance to win a great prize.
Kelly is a regular RedBoard contributor.
Happy Victoria Day weekend everyone! We’ve got your cottage reading right here to help you catch up on all the latest tech news, including more LTE rollouts, the price of coffee with Tim Cook, app domination and Google updates. All coming up in this week’s edition of Weekend Reading.
There’s an app for everything
Apple and BlackBerry both released reports on their respective app stores this week, and the figures were pretty mind blowing. In the short time since BlackBerry 10 launched, 120,000 apps have already become available for the platform in the Blackberry World store. There were 70,000 apps available when the Z10 and Q10 launched, so another 50,000 were created in a mere four months. BlackBerry president and CEO Thorsten Heins shared his excitement and future plans with BlackBerry Live here.
Apple also hit a milestone this week, reaching the 50 billionth download mark! The App Store first opened in 2008 with only 500 apps. Now almost five years later, the store is seeing downloads at a rate of 800 apps per second! Apple commemorated the occasion by awarding the 50 billionth downloader a $10,000 App Store gift card. Read more from the official press release from Apple here. I’m personally responsible for hundreds of those downloads myself! What are some of your faves? Let’s compare top picks in the comments below!
Rogers LTE rolls out in more markets this week!
Fantastic news announced today that we couldn’t wait to share with our RedBoard readers – our LTE Max network has launched in a number of new markets, including Brooks, Cochrane and Canmore, Alta. and Sault Ste. Marie and Muskoka, Ont. We also expanded our LTE network to Saint-Georges, Que.; Sydney, N.S.; Bathurst, N.B and expanded our coverage in the Moncton, N.B. area.
With these new cities launched, we’re still right on track to deliver with our commitment to launch our LTE network in 44 new markets this spring. With the LTE network expansion to cottage country, who’s going to take advantage in Muskoka this long weekend?
Google Play for Education
This week was huge for Google. Among their many announcements came news of an Android app being launched to aid in children’s education. Already piloted in select schools, the app enables teachers to search for educational apps for their subjects and grade levels. Teachers can then add the selected apps to Nexus tablets – all the students need is a Google account to access it.
Be sure to visit the official Google blog to keep up on all their latest developments on Google Play for Education and so much more.
Treat Tim Cook to a cup of Joe … for $610,000
Yes, you read that correctly, there are no typos where the numbers of zeros are concerned. In an auction on CharityBuzz, a bidder paid $610,000 for a 30 to 60 minute coffee break with the Apple CEO. Although it was a hefty price tag for a java jolt, proceeds will be going towards the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights.
So what do you think they will talk about over their coffee? I’d love to be a fly on the wall for that conversation!
Kelly is a regular RedBoard contributor.
Weekend Reading: Smartphone user dating habits, coding for kids and LTE in seven new markets this week
Ever wonder what your smartphone reveals about dating frequency? Or what apps are available to teach your kids about coding? We cover these plus unveil more exciting LTE news – all in this week’s edition of Weekend Reading.
Who has more first dates? iPhone, Android, Blackberry or Windows users?
Of 5,000 people surveyed in the U.S., 49 per cent of single iPhone users went on at least one date in 2012. In a close second was Windows with 46 per cent, then Android at 44 per cent and Blackberry at 42 per cent.
So what does this say about smartphone owners and their dating styles? Check out the full article and survey on Mashable here. Has your smartphone affected your dating life? If so, how?
Coding apps for kids
When I was in school, elective courses included things like music and art. While these are still considered optional, much of today’s curriculum is changing to reflect the needs of our current economy. Coding may not be a widely offered course yet, but you can give your kid a head start on learning one of the most in-demand skills for today’s job market.
This week, Read Write Web highlighted some great apps to teach your kids coding for programming. The six apps are designed for a variety of ages, starting as young as 5 years old. As Read Write Web points out, if you start them off young enough, you could end up raising the next Mark Zuckerberg!
Rogers LTE lights up in seven new markets this week
On Monday, Rogers was proud to announce that only four months into 2013, we have launched LTE in an additional seven markets. As part of our commitment to roll out LTE in 44 new markets this spring, Monday’s new markets include:
- Airdrie, Alberta
- Langley, B.C
- Keswick, Ont.
- Hamilton, including Grimsby, Ont.
- Orillia, Ont.
- Stratford, Ont.
- Ottawa, including Kanata, Nepean, Gloucester, Stittsville and Cumberland, Ont.
Kelly is a regular RedBoard contributor.
Digital, digital, digital! It’s the word of the week for sure with news headlines focused on digital behaviour between generations, what happens in a digital minute and how much floor space you can save with a digital lifestyle. Plus, we fill you in on some updates to our suretap mobile payments solution. All in this week’s edition of Weekend Reading.
Suretap expands to Android and BlackBerry 10
Last year, we were excited to announce our partnership with CIBC to bring mobile payments to Canada. Since then, we have partnered with suretap to essentially turn your smartphone into a digital wallet. This week, we expanded suretap’s services to work on even more devices, including the Samsung Galaxy S3 and Note II for Android, plus the new Blackberry Z10.
Check out what’s being said online in some great posts this week from Tech Vibes, NFC News, IT Nerd, The Cellular Guru, Mobile Syrup and IT Business. Have you made a purchase with suretap yet? What developments are you looking forward to in 2013?
Digital habits differ between millennials, Gen Xers and boomers
Last week, we told you what millennials (ages 18 to 34) value at work, and the week before that we learned they value their smartphones over their vehicles. This week, eMarketer dug a little deeper to learn how they’re spending their time online.
While watching digital videos ranks highest amongst Gen Xers, millennials consume more social media than the other generations, with more than half of them Tweeting. Don’t count out the baby boomers though – almost 60 million were regular internet users in 2012, but they’re spending more time with video than social media.
These insights into millennials certainly ring true personally! Social media by far uses most of my time every month. Does the same hold true for you? Or are you into other smartphone features entirely?
A digital minute
By the time you finish reading this section, 277,000 people will have logged into Facebook, 204 million emails will have been sent and six new Wikipedia articles will have been published.
It’s absolutely staggering to see consumption by the minute and realize just how much is happening on the internet in a mere minute, let alone a day, month or year! Can you imagine what it will be like two years from now? ReadWriteWeb breaks it down in their infographic featuring how much internet data we go through in a minute, plus where we’re headed by 2015.
Are you surprised by any of these figures? Can you believe more than 320 Twitter accounts were just created?!
Smartphones free up your floor space
Living in a condo approximately 500 square feet by myself, space has been a constant sore point in an otherwise lovely dwelling. So when I saw Mashable’s headline Your Phone Can Replace 62 Cubic Feet of Furniture, I knew it was a must-read!
One of the main conveniences of mobile devices has become the cloud, and its ability to store tangible items virtually. But how many people stop to think of the space they could be saving in their home as a result? By transferring music and books to online libraries you can eliminate furniture such as bookcases, shelving and CD racks. Mashable actually demonstrates the space you could save by transferring storage in a fun graphic.
Is this the way of the future? How will this affect home decor? Guess I know how I’ll be spending my weekend – transferring everything online!
Kelly is a regular RedBoard contributor.
From New York to Toronto – we’ve got your biggest stories this week including more on “millennials”, news on the Samsung Galaxy S4 and a look at mobile shopping habits – can you guess who’s leading the pack with online purchases? Find out in this week’s edition of Weekend Reading.
What “Millennials” really want from work
In last week’s Weekend Reading we told you about “millennials,” those in the 18-34 demographic who value their smartphones over their cars. This week, millennials are in the media again, this time for their work values.
According to Business 2 Community, the average millennial checks their device 34 times a day, which says a lot about this age group and how they are re-defining what is valued in the workplace. For instance, 45% of those surveyed said they would take lower paying jobs in exchange for more mobility, BYOD (bring your own device) options, and social media privileges.
Being a “millennial” myself I can relate to lot of what’s being said in the article. Smartphones are personal and unique, and I absolutely value being able to use the device(s) I’m most comfortable with at work. That said though, I’m not sure if I’d be willing to sacrifice my wallet for my phone, as would half of those surveyed by Cisco.
Check out the full article for more on what motivates this generation and how to work with their tech needs. How often do you check your device during the day? Or would you take a lower paying job in exchange for more mobility?
Samsung Galaxy S4
After much suspense, the new Samsung Galaxy S4 was “unpacked” last night in NYC.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 will include features like Smart Pause, an eye-tracking technology that automatically pauses a video when you look away from the screen, and Sound & Shot, which adds sound to the pictures you capture.
Moms lead the mobile shopping revolution
Mobile commerce is slated to become one of the biggest online trends for 2013. Not only are people doing most of their browsing online, but they’re becoming less hesitant to makes purchases online as well– especially moms.
According to a new study from eMarketer, 70 per cent of moms surveyed reported using their smartphone or tablet to shop, while one-third said the devices accounted for almost half their shopping time if not more! Retail apps play the largest role in purchasing decisions, though advice and ratings from fellow moms still ranks highest when it comes to deciding to buy.
Have your shopping habits changed with technological advancements? What are you looking forward to with future developments?
Kelly is a regular Redboard contributor.
Whether it’s bank statements or utility bills, paperless billing is becoming increasingly common. At Rogers, we believe that paperless billing is the way to go for a bunch of reasons. For one, it reduces paper, which saves trees and the environment. You may have seen a bill message related to online billing with your latest Rogers invoice. Let’s have a look at what’s changing:
$2 Paper Invoice Fee
We implemented a paper invoice fee back in August 2011 for new wireless customers or existing wireless customers who made certain changes to their account. We recently reached out to any of our existing wireless customers who haven’t made one of those changes to their account and asked them to make a choice: (i) enroll in online billing for free, or (ii) continue with paper invoices for a monthly fee. Should you decide to continue with paper invoices, you’ll be charged a $2 per month paper invoice fee (plus applicable taxes) starting on your first invoice on or after April 9, 2013.
How do I enroll in online billing?
To switch to online billing, just set up and login to your My Rogers account and select “Enroll in Paperless billing.” For more information, go to www.rogers.com/onlinebilling
Is Online Billing Mandatory?
You always have a choice to enroll in online billing or continue with paper bills. Go to www.rogers.com/contactus to speak with a customer service representative or reach out to us on Twitter via @RogersHelps to discuss your options.
How do I know if online billing is the right option for me?
Only you know if you can do without your paper invoice. Know that by switching to online billing, not only will you be doing your bit for the environment, you’ll also be able to take advantage of other benefits, like:
- Anytime, anywhere online access, 24/7
- Up to 18 months of billing history in one convenient location
- Detailed billing and easily downloadable for further analysis
Why are you making this change?
As a company, we care about the environment and our goal is to reduce as much paper waste as possible. Encouraging customers to make the choice to go paperless is part of our ongoing effort to be more environmentally conscious. In fact, Rogers saved more than 992,000kgs of paper by issuing online versus paper bills in 2012. We’ve also reduced our own internal paper usage by 19 per cent in 2011.
We’ve also made significant enhancements to our online customer portal, and now offer additional tools and resources to help you better manage your bill and accounts online. Remember, you can always download and print your bill through the online portal.
If you’ve already made the switch, do you encourage your friends to go paperless?
Brooke is a new contributor to the Redboard blog. Welcome Brooke!
Last year we told you that the Canadian Radio- television and Telecommunications Commission (CTRC) was looking for comments on the idea of a national wireless consumer code and encouraged you to make your views known.
We believe that having a single set of standards across the country is important because it would provide equal protection for consumers from coast to coast no matter where they live.
Now the CRTC has taken the comments they received and made them the basis for a draft code that they’ve posted on-line to encourage further discussion.
We think the CRTC’s draft code is a great start and hope it will generate comments and suggestions from Canadians across the country.
When the CRTC released its draft code they highlighted four key areas to be included in the code: easy to understand wireless services and fees; reasonable unlocking policies; ability to set a cap on certain fees; and online tools to monitor usage and any additional fees.
We agree that these are important areas. In fact, we’ve already incorporated many of those key ideas at Rogers:
- So you know what your monthly bill will be, our ads include all-in pricing, and we provide you with easy to understand cancellation fees.
- You can choose a term commitment or no term. If you choose a term, we give you the option to leave at any time. With our Flextab program, you pay a low price for a smartphone and we spot you the rest. You can upgrade anytime just by paying off your device subsidy.
- You can change your price plan, up or down, at any time during your term, with no fees and with no requirement to extend your term.
- As of March 2013 you can unlock your subsidized phone after 90 days of service, as long as your accounts are in good standing.
- You can easily track your usage. For example- when you travel outside the country you’re sent a text that outlines roaming rates and gives you the option to buy a package. We also send you texts to let you know how much data you’ve used and when your package has expired. You can go to myrogers anytime to track your data, voice or text usage.
- And we’ve just announced that we will offer an easy, worry-free pay-per-use rate for roaming in the U.S. At $7.99 for access to 50 MBs of data over a 24-hour period, you’ll be able to do everything you do at home – surf, tweet, send photos and check maps – without worrying about extra charges.
Join the online discussion now. The CRTC is accepting comments until 5 p.m. (PST) on February 15, 2013.
We look forward to providing our views at the CRTC’s hearings that start February 11. What do you think?
Patricia is a first-time contributor. Welcome to RedBoard, Patricia!