Want to get your hands on one of the newest smartphones even faster? Coming soon, Rogers Next subscribers will get the latest smartphones for $0 down every year, with no early upgrade or connection fees.
The $0 down offer applies to smartphones worth up to $250 based on subsidized two-year term pricing. Over 95 per cent of phones we offer are priced below $250. However, if the two-year term price exceeds $250, you simply pay the difference in the hardware price. As an example, if you wanted to upgrade to a device that costs $329.99 on a two-year term today, you would pay an additional $79.99 at the time of upgrade with Rogers Next.
Who’s this program for?
Do you want hassle-free smartphone upgrades without the lump sum payments against your FLEXtab balance and hardware price? Rogers Next helps ensure you get the most out of the latest and greatest technology by giving you access to the coolest new smartphones every year for $0 down without any early upgrade or connection fees.
How does Rogers Next work?
- When you upgrade to a new device or join Rogers as a new customer, you have the option to subscribe to the Rogers Next program for a monthly fee of $24.99. Or choose the $29.99 option which includes Rogers Device Protection Premium. This service, which helps protect you from device damage (and loss and theft in some provinces), retails for up to $11.99 per month;
- After 12 months, you trade in your current device in good working order for a new smartphone of your choice that has a subsidized price of up to $250;
- You pay $0 down for the new device on select new two-year plans, and your remaining FLEXtab balance and connection fees are waived;
- You then have the option to continue your enrolment in Rogers Next to get another new device in 12 months.
How does this compare to a two-year term plan?
Let’s break it down for you. This chart compares a Rogers Next subscriber upgrading after 12 months of enrolment versus a customer choosing to upgrade early (after one year of a two-year term).
Both are upgrading to one of the latest devices valued at $250 based on a two-year term subsidy.
Keep in mind, Rogers Next subscribers must trade in their device at the time of their upgrade. If you upgrade early on a two year-term without Rogers Next you get to keep your device. You can then choose to trade it in using Rogers Trade-Up, hand it down to a family member or friend – it’s up to you.
What if I’m not ready to upgrade after 12 months?
You can choose to upgrade any time after 12 consecutive months of subscribing to Rogers Next as long as you continue to participate in the program. We encourage you to upgrade at time of eligibility to get the most value out of the program.
Can I choose any phone I want for my new device?
Rogers Next subscribers can choose any smartphone worth up to $250 based on two-year term subsidized pricing. The vast majority of our phones are under $250 when activated on a two-year term. This includes some of our most popular devices such as the iPhone 5s 16GB and Samsung Galaxy S4. If the two-year term subsidized price for your chosen device exceeds $250, you can simply pay the difference in the hardware price. As an example, if you wanted to upgrade to an iPhone 5s 32GB today, you would pay an additional $79.99.
Are there any fees when I upgrade?
There are no additional fees when you upgrade to a smartphone up to $250 based on two-year term pricing after 12 months of consecutive enrolment in Rogers Next. Rogers will waive any early upgrade and connection fees.
When is the program going to be available to Rogers wireless customers?
We’re just putting the finishing touches on Rogers Next. Follow @RogersBuzz on Twitter and visit RedBoard for program updates and availability.
UPDATE March 4, 2014, 9:45 a.m.: Rogers Next is now available for new and existing customers. For full details, visit rogers.com/next.
This week, we’re celebrating our sweethearts with a Samsung contest, questioning whether tablets are headed for a boom or bust and finding ways to spread the love on social media. Read all about it in the latest Weekend Reading.
Spread the love
Chocolate, flowers and a heart-shaped card are so passé. In this world gone mad on social media, will your love really believe you’re true without at least a status update? Mashable suggests it’s time to think outside the box, offering nine ways to say ‘I love you’ on the Internet. Whether you coordinate profile photos, send off a flurry of RTs or create a Tumblr-worthy GIF, you can leverage social media to make the day special for your sweetheart.
How will you share the love this weekend?
A little over three years ago, the tech-savvy swarmed for tablets. Sales soared, competitors spurred improvements and app developers rushed to embrace the larger screens. Today, the devices are still popular, but sales are slowing. A guest article on Re/Code suggests our love affair with the tablet is over. Writer Zal Bilimoria says that people expected too much from the device – can it possibly be a constant companion while also replacing your laptop and your phone? Zal says no. In fact, he says, tablets have been hurt by the improvement in smartphones and their apps. With faster handsets, people don’t need a device to bridge their desk and pocket.
But, don’t count the tablet out just yet! Over on Gigaom, writer Kevin C. Tofel counters Zal’s post, offering up his four reasons the tablet market is far from dead. It’s worth reading both their arguments in full, but, for the sake of brevity, Kevin says that we can’t yet pass judgement on the tablet because a) we’re still early in the product life-cycle, b) mobile broadband improvements will put more tablets online c) the app market is still growing and d) phablets and tablets overlap. Essentially, Kevin says that tablets are evolving, and will grow to meet our needs, including, potentially even handling our phone calls one day.
What do you think? Are tablets headed for a boom or a bust?
We had an overwhelming response to this week’s Valentine’s Day poetry contest. Who knew so many RedBoard readers were poets, too? More than 700 poems were submitted, many of them very creative and fun to read. If you need some inspiration while filling out a card for your Valentine today, you might want to give our readers’ poems a glance to help you out. We’re still confirming the winner of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3s, but here’s one of our favourite submissions from Todd Greencorn:
Roses are red
Leaves grow on a tree
This Valentine’s day I will ask
Will you Marry me.
Let us know if she says yes, Todd!
Happy Valentine’s Day!
From the drama of Lena Dunham’s Girls to the zombie hijinks of The Walking Dead, you can watch all your favourites – new and old – from your desktop with our newly refreshed Rogers Anyplace TV website. Even better news? You can start watching right now – Rogers Anyplace TV gives you access to all the great shows you already enjoy with your digital TV subscription.
Here’s how to start watching:
First, you need to register:
- Go to RogersAnyplaceTV.com
- Click “Register” in the top right corner
- Sign in with your My Rogers account
- OR complete the necessary fields and verify you’re a Rogers customer by doing one of the following:
- Enter your postal code if you’re currently using Rogers internet
- Send a verification code to your Rogers wireless phone
- Enter your Rogers account number
Then you can start watching!
If you have a specific show in mind:
- Type the show name in the search bar on the type right of your screen
- As you type more letters, your results will narrow down to a match
- Click your desired title from the drop down menu
To browse what’s available:
- Click the “On Demand” button on the top navigation bar
- Click “TV Shows” in the sub-navigation bar
- Click the “A-Z” button to sort the shows in alphabetical order and find your show
Or, to see what’s on your favourite channels:
- Click the “On Demand” button on the top navigation bar
- Click “Channels” in the sub-navigation bar
- Click the “A-Z” button to sort the channels in alphabetical order
- Click on your desired channel and find your show
What TV shows will you be watching this winter?
My single girlfriends use their smartphones for online dating, browsing Facebook for eligible bachelors and sending Snapchats of their gym crush to their BFFs. They’re even among the fifty-two per cent of Canadians who check their phones while on a date, according to the Rogers Innovation Report.
On the other hand, my paired-up friends use their smartphones to keep the spark alive in long distance relationships, Instagram “so-cute-they-make-you-cringe pictures” and send instant messages to one another throughout the day.
Couples and BFFs may share a home, a meal, even the same name. So why not share mobile data, too? Rogers Share Everything plans allow you to share a bucket of data with your friends and loved ones, across up to 10 devices – from flip phones to smartphones and tablets. As well, unlimited Canada-wide talk and text is included on each Share Everything plan. Sharing helps you maximize your data usage and get the most out of your plan.
To celebrate sharing, we’re giving away two Samsung Galaxy Note 3’s – one for you and one for your Valentine.
For your chance to win, share a “roses are red” poem you’d write to your Valentine (real or imaginary) in the comments. Contest closes on Thursday, Feb. 13 at 4 p.m. EDT. We’ll draw a random winner from all qualified entrants. For complete contest rules, click here.
Tip: This type of poem usually consists of four lines. The first line should be “Roses are red” and the last word of the second line should rhyme with the last word of the fourth line. Here’s an example:
Roses are red
Violets are blue
We like poems
And so do you.
Update: Feb. 13, 4:30 p.m.: Thanks everyone for your entries. We’re confirming a winner and will update this post when the winner is confirmed!
Update Feb. 14, 4:15 p.m.: Congratulations to our winner, Scott Kennedy Ground of Toronto! Enjoy your two new devices!
Connected Rogers teaches you how to transform your tablet into a remote control.
Use the built-in IR blaster to run digital devices including your home-theatre equipment. And if you’re a Rogers Digital TV customer, you can also use your Note 8.0 to view the Interactive Program Guide. Here’s how to get started:
1. Open up the Smart Remote app and follow the simple setup process.
2. Tell Smart Remote the make and model of your various theatre components, and it’ll make the connections.
3. Then, take control of all your gear with the onscreen buttons. That’s it. Sit back and enjoy.
Check out more great tech tips at Connected Rogers.
I’ve used a tablet for mapping, photo-sharing, emailing, social networking and to catch the latest TV shows – but never as a remote! What innovative uses have you found for your tablet?
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Do you, like Mindy Kaling, worry that everyone is hanging out without you? According to new research, that fear may be the motivation to check your cellphone alerts up to 100 times a day. Plus, smartphone shipments hit a major milestone, Twitter updates its app to include photo sharing and we teach you how to use carrier billing. Learn all about it in this week’s edition of the weekend reading.
FOMO on screen
Fear of missing out (FOMO) means we’re checking our phones nearly 100 times a day, according to research from Mobile Posse and Phoenix Marketing International. The October research found that U.S. smartphone users spend more time (26 per cent of the total) checking alerts on their home and lock screens than with any other mobile activity. More than half of those surveyed said the notifications were the first thing they checked when they picked up their phone – fuelling the researcher’s belief that this was due to their alternative phrase for FOMO, which they called “Fear of missing something” (FOMS). Thirty per cent of smartphone users also looked at their phone immediately after getting an alert – and on average they were signed up for notifications from at least eight categories, including missed calls, text, email, social, news, weather, games and more.
How often do you check your phone’s alerts?
We’re always sharing stats that mobile use is on the rise in Canada, but last year smartphone shipments hit a new record: for the first time one billion smartphones were shipped in a single year. According to IDC, that’s an increase of 38.4 per cent from the 725.3 million devices shipped in 2012. “Only two years ago, we had half a billion units, so it’s a testament to how popular smartphones are and how competitive the market is right now,” Ramon T. Llamas, of IDC, told Mashable. He does expect growth to slow down eventually, predicting that a plateau is likely in the next five or six years.
Did you purchase a new cellphone in 2013? Which model?
Apps made easy
The average smartphone or tablet in Canada is loaded with 25 apps – but I suspect RedBoard readers are carrying even more games, productivity and educational tools in the palm of their hand! To help Android-toting Rogers customers keep up with the latest downloads, all in one convenient bill, we recently started offering carrier billing at the Google Play store. That means instead of charging your app downloads to your credit card bill, you can add them to your monthly Rogers statement, making it easier to track your wireless spending. Check out the step-by-step how to here.
How many apps have you downloaded to your devices?
Tweak your tweets
Twitter continues to roll out new updates to its mobile apps, and the latest change adds a photo editor. Now, users of the microblogging platform on Android can crop and rotate the images that accompany their tweets. Plus, Twitter now prompts you to @mention the friends in the photo. According to Engadget, the changes will soon roll out for iOS users too.
Do you share photos on Twitter? Will you edit your shots before hitting send?
Whether you’re on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet, there’s a chance that you could be a target for fraud. There’s no need to start sounding the alarm bells, but the truth is that your personal information can be very valuable to scam artists.
Recently, some customers may have received calls from a fraudster claiming to be a Rogers representative. The customers have been asked to “confirm” details such as name, address and date of birth.
This is typical of a scam called phishing where fraudsters pretending to be from a well-known company contact consumers and attempt to trick them into revealing their personal information. That information is then used to commit fraud, for example, such as opening new bank accounts in your name.
To help avoid these kinds of scams, watch out for these red flags to help you sniff out if something isn’t right:
- Rogers will not call and ask for account information – if we’re calling you, it means we already know who you are!
- At no point will a Rogers rep ask for confidential information such as login names, passwords, credit card information and/or immediate payment for tech support services
- Rogers does not share customer information with any third parties. You should refuse any unsolicited offers of technical support, even if the caller claims to be from a reputable company
There is one exception:
- Rogers may ask for your name, address, email address and other personal information when you purchase something either online or in store or if you call into our call centers
Feel like taking your safety to the next level? Rogers has an ID validation process to help protect your personal information. Simply call Rogers and request that a PIN be added to your account. Once it’s set up, you’ll be asked to provide your unique PIN for verification on all future contact.
If you believe you’ve been targeted by fraudulent activity, please contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-800-495-8501 or on their website. For more tips on staying safe online visit TechEssentials.rogers.com.
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The recent Rogers Innovation Report found that Canadians had quite the ‘app-etite’ in 2013; their smartphones and tablets included a buffet of twenty-five apps on average. Not surprisingly, Facebook was the most popular app overall, appearing on 74 per cent of Canadian smartphones.
I consider myself a bit of a techie so I have almost 90 apps on my phone and use about a third of them regularly. I’m a fan of keeping things simple, so I have my Google Play purchases billed to my monthly Rogers statement. This way, I see all of my wireless costs in one place.
If you’re an Android user, you too can skip the credit card and charge your Google Play purchases directly to your Rogers account. The purchase will show up on your monthly statement as “Google Play.”
To take advantage of Google Play carrier billing, simply choose “carrier billing” when making a purchase.
If you’ve already linked a credit card to your Google Wallet, you’ll need to remove it before you can see the option for carrier billing:
- Visit wallet.google.com
- Log in
- Go to “Payment Methods” and select the credit card
- Tap “Remove” and tap again to confirm
Next time you’re making a Google Play purchase, select carrier billing and voila, you’re all set!
So tell us: How many apps do you have on your smartphone or tablet?