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Today, Sara Graham, editor of TheTravelPresse.com, shares some highlights from her recent travels. The soon-to-be Prague-based travel writer has also written for various print and online publications including The Huffington Post. Follow her on Twitter @thetravelpresse.
Usually when I travel, it means taking photos with my camera, and waiting to upload them to social media until I get back to my computer.
Life just got so much simpler (and the photos so much better) for this traveler. Here’s how:
- Take your shot easily in low-light or nighttime: For low-light landscape photos, and night scenes, I easily made the shot by tapping on the screen to select the focal point. Presto … what was dark became light!
- Getting the perfect shot with HTC Zoe. The HTC One mini comes with an exclusive feature called HTC Zoe, which allowed me to take three-second living pictures (think Harry Potter). Afterwards, I was able to pick stills out of each Zoe. Brilliant!
- Share instantly: Good photos should be seen in the moment. Thanks to my Rogers data pack, I was able to keep my Instagram, Twitter and Facebook accounts alive with images every day. And by selecting a roaming pack before I left, I was able to stay on budget.
- Stay on track: Prague is a cobbled maze of streets, so GPS and long battery life is practically a lifeline. The HTC One mini helped me find addresses and get to appointments on time. Heck, I was even early for once!
After using the HTC One mini on my trip, I don’t think I’ll be returning to lugging my laptop or camera around on my travels again.
How do you use your smartphone when you’re travelling?
‘Tis the season to be jolly … Sorry, is that too soon for you? I can’t help it. The winter holidays are my favourite time of the year. The crunch of snow under my feet, the decorations and lights everywhere and the carols all make me feel like a kid again.
So curl up with some warm apple cider and check out these five apps that will definitely get you in the holiday spirit.
1. A Charlie Brown Christmas ($4.99)
Everyone’s favourite Christmas special comes to life in this fun, interactive app. If you can’t wait for A Charlie Brown Christmas to air on TV every year, you’ll love this app. (It’s great to share with your kids, too!) You can even decorate your own Charlie Brown Christmas tree.
2. Mint.com (free)
While a budgeting app might not seem completely in the spirit of the season, Mint is a great way to track your spending. Most of the tracking is automatic, so you won’t need to manually enter the details of every purchase (which makes it so easy to use). Sticking to a budget means no unpleasant surprises come billing season in January.
3. How the Grinch Stole Christmas ($5.23)
Of course, the season’s other holiday classic is this Dr. Seuss tale. This interactive storybook app offers three modes: reading the book yourself, having the book read to you, or a mix of the two.
4. Any.do (free)
This is another app that’s not holiday specific, but definitely will save you from checking your list twice. Any.do is a to-do list app that syncs with your Gmail account and has a Chrome plugin so you can easily add tasks. Tasks can also be shared with others, so you can work together to get all the gifts from everyone’s lists this year.
5. The Nightmare before Christmas ($1.05)
Looking for a bit of a different spin on the holidays? This app allows you to give your device a fun Nightmare Before Christmas theme. You can customize icons, your wallpaper and dock faster than you can say Jack Skellington.
Rogers is the first Canadian provider to offer carrier billing for Google Play purchases. Instead of paying via credit card, Rogers customers can now sign up to have their Google Play purchases billed on their monthly Rogers statement. If you’ve already connected your credit card to your Google Play account, you’ll need to remove it in order to see the option for carrier billing.
Check out Google’s step-by-step instructions on paying for your Google Play purchases with carrier billing.
What apps help fuel your holiday spirit?
The CRTC’s Wireless Code comes into effect today. It applies to individual and small business customers who sign up for a new contract or renew their existing contract on or after Dec. 2, 2013. Rogers is in support of a national code, and we’re excited that Canadians now have a set of consistent standards across the country that provide equal protection to wireless customers no matter where they live.
We’ve put together this handy Q&A to help you understand what the Wireless Code means for you as a customer.
Who does the Wireless Code apply to?
The Code applies to individual and small business customers who have signed up for a new contract or renew their existing contract on or after Dec. 2, 2013.
What can I expect from the Code?
The Code sets specific requirements that all Canadian carriers must follow when it comes to key areas such as: easy to understand wireless services and fees, reasonable unlocking policies, a cap on certain fees, and the availability of online tools to monitor usage and any additional fees.
At Rogers, we have been proactive in addressing some of these areas even before the Code took effect:
- Rogers first introduced device unlocking in 2012. In March 2013, we revised our policy so that customers have the option to unlock their device sooner for a fee – as early as up to 90 days after activating the device on the Rogers network.
- We launched our new two-year term plans in August 2013, allowing our customers to upgrade to a new phone faster. Our new plans include unlimited Canada-Wide Talk and Text, and with Share Everything, you can share your plan with up to nine more devices.
- Rogers provides all customers with a welcome text message as soon as they start roaming. The message provides pay-per-use rates for voice, text messages and data use, as well as a link to purchase discounted roaming offers.
Additional changes covered by the Code:
- Roaming data overage charges for Travel Packs and roaming data pay-per-use charges will be capped at $100 per billing cycle.
- Domestic data overage charges will be capped at $50 per billing cycle.
- The 30-day cancellation notification period has been eliminated.
- Prepaid customers have a seven-day grace period, from the date their balance expires, to top up their balance and retain the unused amount.
Where can I find more information about the Code?
For more info about the code, check out the CRTC’s website here.
We’re always looking to improve the Rogers experience. With these changes, we’ll continue to work hard to deliver more value and to create a better experience for our customers.
Smartphone theft has become an increasingly worrisome issue for Canadians. So we’re excited to announce the next step to help fight the battle against smartphone theft. The wireless industry is launching a national blacklist of wireless devices that have been reported as lost or stolen. When a customer reports a lost or stolen phone, we will add the device’s International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number to the GSMA IMEI database or “blacklist.” We’ll use this stolen device blacklist to check that the wireless device has not been reported lost or stolen by participating Canadian and U.S. carriers. If it has, we won’t activate the phone on the Rogers network. The Canadian stolen device blacklist will also be available to participating carriers internationally through the GSMA IMEI database.
As part of this initiative, the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) has also launched a lookup tool on the www.protectyourdata.ca education portal. Consumers can simply enter the IMEI of a pre-owned wireless device to find out if it has been blacklisted on the GSMA IMEI database.
Here are some additional tips for protecting yourself and your device data against theft:
- Always be wary of your surroundings when carrying or using your phone. One moment of distraction is all that is required for a potential thief to steal your device.
- Protect your data by making sure your device is password protected.
- Keep track of your IMEI number by writing it down and storing it somewhere safe. You can access your number by typing *#06# in to your device or by looking behind the battery on the back of your device.
- Install an application that will enable you to remove/erase data from your device remotely in the event of loss or theft.
To read more about the GSMA IMEI Database, click here.
The modern smartphone is a workhorse, and goes way above and beyond simply making calls. We stream Toronto Maple Leafs games, send large files for work and keep a steady soundtrack pumping through music apps and streaming sites. And, of course, we want it all with no delays.
So what’s next? Today, we’re excited to welcome a new lineup of smartphones that let you do even more at faster speeds. First up, is the LG G2, Canada’s first Category 4 smartphone. The LG G2 is a powerful Android smartphone with a 5.2-inch HD screen, a quad-core processor and 13 megapixel camera. Other cool features include “Quick Remote” which remotely controls your home devices including TV, Home Theatre or air conditioner and “Slide Aside,” which pulls up the most recently used apps.
What’s Category 4 all about?
Category 4 is an industry term defined by 3gpp that means these smartphones can theoretically reach industry-first LTE maximum speeds of up to 150 Mbps. This means you can expect to take full advantage of our network with Category 4 devices on Rogers LTE – Canada’s fastest wireless internet.
What makes Category 4 smartphones even faster on the Rogers LTE network?
We’ve deployed a blazing-fast LTE network across Canada with speeds of up to 150Mbps and these devices make use of the true potential of the Rogers LTE network. Get ready for even faster downloading, smooth browsing and video streaming without buffering.
Look out for more Category 4 smartphones launching this fall including the Samsung Note 3 and the Sony Xperia Z1. To learn more about our LTE network, visit www.rogers.com/lte .
What category 4 smartphone are you most excited for?
Home or away, I’m always on my smartphone – mapping where to go, looking up restaurants and sharing with friends. Now, Rogers is offering customers LTE roaming in the U.S., allowing travellers to enjoy the same blazing fast speeds they’re used to at home on the Rogers network.
In partnership with AT&T Mobility, we’re excited to be the first Canadian carrier to offer LTE roaming for customers travelling in the U.S. Rogers customers can also enjoy LTE speeds while roaming in Switzerland, Hong Kong and South Korea.
We know our customers want to get the most out of their phones when they’re roaming – and to help, we:
- Offer fast LTE speeds with a worry-free $7.99 per day U.S. roaming internet rate
- Send you free data usage notifications when you text “usage” to 3330 while roaming in the U.S.
- Offer international roaming plans with prices as low as $1/MB and lowered our prices on default international data rates
- Send Data Pass customers text alerts when they reach 50 per cent, 80 per cent and 100 per cent of their data usage. To ensure you never spend more than you expect, we stop your data usage once you’ve hit the MBs included in your Data Pass.
Want to learn more about roaming? Read about how Rogers employees used the $7.99/day U.S. roaming internet rate to stay social in San Francisco and share their excitement at a Buffalo Bisons game or visit www.rogers.com/roaming.
We’ve been a little travel-crazy this summer, talking about everything from the best apps to get you through your vacation to how to manage your data when you’re on the road. So, we figured, why stop now? We hit the streets to find out how travellers are using their smartphones this summer.
With our new worry-free U.S. internet roaming rate you can get up to 50 MB of data per 24 hour period for $7.99 – that’s a lot of mapping, social networking and sharing! There’s no sign-up required, so you can get started the second you cross the border. Existing customers in Quebec and Newfoundland may need to opt in, one time only, by visiting www.rogers.com/m/dus on their mobile device. For more, visit http://www.rogers.com/travel.
How do you use your smartphone when you’re on holiday?
While I work in social media (catch me @RogersSarahM) I’m also active on social networks — particularly Twitter — in my downtime. It’s rare to see me without my smartphone in hand.
I’m also a huge fan of the Toronto Blue Jays baseball team, so I was so excited about a summer road trip to the U.S. to see the Jays Triple-A farm team, the Buffalo Bisons I wasn’t sure if I could live without my phone.
Normally, I turn off my roaming internet when I cross the border. But this time, thanks to the new Rogers U.S. roaming internet rate, I didn’t have to. For $7.99, I got 50 MB of data for 24 hours. That was more than enough for me to tweet, Instagram and Vine my way through my 24 hours in Buffalo (not to mention use Google Maps when I got lost).
How it worked
My husband and I decided to walk across the Rainbow Bridge from Niagara Falls, Ont., to Niagara Falls, N.Y. Once we got through customs on the other side, I got a text message from Rogers telling me I was roaming and would be charged the $7.99 rate. There was nothing for me to subscribe to, and I didn’t need to call ahead, it just happened.* So easy!
One of the first things I did with my data was to check-in on FourSquare, naturally.
As we navigated our way to Buffalo, I looked up our hotel on Google Maps as well as where we would be eating dinner.
But the game was where I really made use of my data.
When I attend events, especially baseball games, my tweeting goes into overdrive. Thanks to the U.S. roaming rate, I was able to do the same at the Bisons game.
I sent out tweets, shared photos and even shot videos on Vine as I normally would do at a Toronto Blue Jays game. In total, I sent nearly 40 tweets, created four Vine videos, and posted seven photos to Instagram and on Facebook.
I knew I didn’t have to worry about my usage, because as part of the U.S. roaming internet rate, Rogers would send me a text message when I hit 90 per cent of my data (used 45 MB). Of course, I did all my social media activity without coming close to the 50MB — so there was no need for a text message alert! On top of that, I could check my usage at anytime by texting 3330, as my colleague Katie did when she was in San Francisco.
Before the U.S. roaming internet rate, I would have switched my phone into airplane mode before I crossed the border, but now I’m able to stay connected just like when I’m at home. Now I can travel and keep my fellow fans up to date on every pitch, catch and stadium hotdog!
* Existing customers in Quebec and Newfoundland may need to sign up, one time only, by visiting www.rogers.com/m/dus on their mobile device.
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It can be tough when a good friend moves out of town, but the upside is being able to visit them in their brand-new city. When my friend Katie moved to San Francisco a couple years ago, I was sad to see her leave but I was very excited to visit and explore her hometown for a week.
Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, The Castro, cable cars, the Full House at Alamo Square – I wanted to see it all and I wanted to share my experiences with my family and friends back home at the same time. Mainly so my mom wouldn’t worry, but also because I enjoy staying connected to friends wherever I am. I’ll admit it: I’m bad at putting the smartphone down, even when I’m on vacation.
This was my first chance to try our new U.S. roaming internet rate and to see just how much wireless internet access I’d need to keep everyone updated. It was really convenient because I didn’t have to purchase anything ahead of time; I just started surfing the web. The rate offers 50 MB of wireless internet per day for just $7.99, and I was surprised when I easily stayed within the limit. From sharing videos and photos on Instagram to checking maps, sending tweets and chatting on Facebook, I used my phone when I needed and when I wanted without breaking the bank– all in all, it felt very liberating.
Using my Samsung Galaxy S3, I was able to check my daily data usage in the ‘Settings’ application under ‘Data usage’ by moving the blocking chart to each date. In the photo example (left), you can see that on June 25, the day I took an epic bus trip around San Francisco with Katie, I only used 18.46 MB which included uploading a video to Instagram of Haight Ashbury – the neighbourhood I would have loved to be a part of back in the 60s. You could also take advantage of the real time usage tracking by texting ‘usage’ to 3330 to receive a text message telling you exactly how much data you have used that day.
When I wasn’t using my device, I restricted background applications under ‘Data usage’ by pressing the left button to pull up an additional command bar. This way, I made sure I knew exactly what data my device was using – even when it was sitting in my bag.
Overall, I had an amazing time with one of my best friends and I was able to share my experiences with all my friends and family throughout the trip. To learn more about how you can manage your wireless settings when travelling check out Tech Essentials and our full suite of roaming options.
Three years ago you told us you wanted to share internet plans across all your devices. And way back in 2010, we responded, becoming the first service provider in Canada to announce data sharing plans.
Today we have more than one million customers sharing data between devices and family members. With our family plans, customers get one convenient bill to manage, plus unlimited talk and text, and a large bucket of data to share with the whole family. Individual plans allow customers to share their voice, text and data across all of their devices, including phones, tablets and sticks.
While Rogers customers have been at the forefront of data sharing, we’re working to make it even easier for families to share data across their connected tablets and smart phones. Stay tuned to RedBoard for the details and for more news on data sharing later this year.