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Stay connected all night on the new Motorola RAZR HD LTE exclusively from Rogers

Motorola RAZR LTE from RogersI’m definitely a self-proclaimed night owl. For that reason, you can always find my device charger in my purse because running low on battery is not an option.  Our friends at Motorola understand this need for a play-all-night phone with their launch of the new Motorola RAZR HD LTE, coming exclusively to Rogers.

Delivering all day performance on a single charge, the Motorola RAZR HD LTE comes with 2530 mAh battery giving it more power to talk and browse without having to constantly charge my phone. The new RAZR also keeps its diamond-cut design with Gorilla Glass display and Kevlar fiber coating to stand up from the occasional bump and scratch, which is perfect for the clumsy night owl like me. On my way home from a party, I’m always catching up on my favourite movies and shows by downloading or streaming HD content with the ultra-fast Rogers LTE network and the new RAZR’s 4.7” high-definition display is just the right size.

Another cool feature is that the RAZR HD LTE can automatically trigger specific actions based on things like the time of day, location, battery levels with Smart Actions. For example, I can set a rule based on my office location to set my phone ringer to vibrate while I’m at work or auto close applications that are draining battery once I reach a low level battery.

The Motorola RAZR HD LTE is the latest addition to our lineup of LTE devices which is the largest selection of LTE devices in Canada. Recent additions include the Sony Xperia ion and Samsung Galaxy S III.

Rogers LTE network available in select Canadian cities. Visit for details.

Earlier this year, we released a series of videos featuring the original Motorola RAZR. We shot the device - with its heavy-duty Kevlar fiber coating and tough Corning Gorilla Glass – out of an air cannon through things like popcorn, paint, canvas and a cake. In honour of the launch of the new Motorola RAZR HD LTE we thought you might like to revisit that video series here.

What’s your favourite feature of the new Motorola RAZR HD LTE?

Katie is a regular contributor to RedBoard

The information in this post is current at the date of posting and is subject to change without notice.

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Top 5 TV Makeover finalists: who will win the Rogers NextBox/Samsung prize pack?

Our TV Makeover contest has now ended and you blew us away with your awesome entries! We had everything from wood covered floor models to dated tube TVs and your creative descriptions had us smiling since we announced the contest last month.

Earlier today, a panel of three judges reviewed all the entries and narrowed down the entries to five finalists. We based our decision on three main criteria: creative image, best description in 100 words and overall originality.

Later today, we’ll be doing a draw of these five finalists for the grand prize winner who will receive a total Rogers NextBox 2.0 facelift valued at over $5,000 which includes:

  • A super narrow 55” Samsung™ LED Smart TV with HD and 3D technology
  • A Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE tablet
  • A Rogers NextBox HD PVR & HD Terminal
  • Platinum NextBox 2.0 package for 6 months

In random order, here are our top five TV Makeover finalists:

Peter from TorontoMy dad worked very hard to buy a tv for us kids(6 kids)and i want to win this tv for him,love u dad. 

Peter - TV Makeover entry









Linda from Kitchener: these entries may be old,but you can see by the lonely cable,I don’t even have one. Can I win? Plz.

Linda - TV Makeover contest








Susan from OrilliaThe timing of the contest couldn’t be better, because unfortunately this is my current setup!

Susan - TV Makeover contest











Howard from Richmond HillI need a TV makeover because my TV is so old I can not watch any DVDs nor play any video games on it

Howard - TV Makeover










Mike from OttawaIt’s bad enough I live in my parents basement, but bringing my imaginary dates home to this?! HELP!!










It was really tough to select only 5 so we wanted to give honourable mentions to the following entries as well:

We’ll be updating this post to announce the grand prize winner soon. Stay tuned!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the TV Makeover contest!

UPDATE (May 17, 2012, 9:08 a.m): And the winner is…Howard from Richmond Hill! Congratulations Howard! You are the winner of the Rogers NextBox/Samsung TV Makeover. We’ll be in touch to coordinate the details of delivering your prize. A big thank you to everyone who participated!








Miranda is a regular contributor to RedBoard

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Rogers’ “TV makeover contest:” Win a NextBox/Samsung Prize Pack!

Rogers and Samsung TV Makeover contestIs your TV covered in a solid wood casing? Is it so large, it requires two strong adults to lift it? Do you use words like “classic” or “vintage” to refer to it? If you answered ‘yes‘ to any of these questions, we can help.

While you might say your old TV has a certain “charm,” we know that for true TV lovers, an awesome setup is necessary for a truly exceptional TV viewing experience. That’s why we’re having a TV makeover contest. The prize? A total Rogers NextBox 2.0 facelift valued at over $5,000. Here’s what the future of television looks like:

  • A super narrow 55” Samsung LED Smart TV with HD and 3D technology
  • A Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE tablet
  • A Rogers NextBox HD PVR & HD Terminal
  • Platinum NextBox 2.0 package for 6 months

How to enter:

Just go here and submit a picture of your current TV setup and tell us why you’re in need of an upgrade in 100 characters or less. We’ll be selecting the top 5 entries and doing a random draw for the winner on May 10. You must be a Rogers cable customer in Ontario to enter the contest.

What is NextBox 2.0?

It’s a suite of new features for Rogers cable customers in Ontario that delivers a TV-without-borders experience, any time, in any room of your home. It includes Whole Home PVR, so you can watch your recorded shows from any TV in your home. NextBox 2.0 also features Rogers Live TV which allows you to stream 22 live TV channels on your iPad or Samsung Galaxy 10.1 tablet using your home Wi-Fi connection. For more details, check out our recent blog post here.

Do you need a TV makeover? Submit your entry here!

UPDATE (May 10, 2012, 12:52 p.m.): The TV Makeover contest is now over. A huge thanks to everyone who entered and shared your TV pictures with us. There were some great entries. We’ll be publishing a new blog post announcing the top 5 finalists later today. The grand prize winner will be announced soon. Stay tuned!

Miranda is a regular contributor to RedBoard

Contest closes at 12:00 noon ET on May 10, 2012. Open to residents of Ontario who are 18 years or older, excluding residents of Quebec. To enter, upload a picture in either JPEG, TIFF, PNG or BMP format and tell us why you deserve to have your home entertainment system upgraded.  Prize: Participants are eligible to win one (1) 55” Samsung LED Smart TV, one (1) Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9”, one (1) Rogers NextBox™ HD PVR and HD Terminal and a Platinum NextBox™ 2.0 package including six (6) months of  digital service to a maximum of $200. Total approximately valued at $5,000.00. One entry/person. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries. Mathematical skill-testing question to be correctly answered to win. No Purchase Necessary. Full rules here

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Get ready…. Rogers expands LTE lineup with the Samsung Galaxy Note

Samsung Note from Rogers

Shield your eyes…. The bright, crisp, huge 5.3-inch HD Super AMOLED touchscreen display on the Samsung Galaxy Note will be here soon. It’s coming to Rogers in February. The Galaxy Note is packed with features, an all-in-one LTE tablet and smartphone hybrid. Running on Android OS 2.3, the Note is made of tough Gorilla Glass, has an “S Pen” stylus pen to take notes, and a 1.5GHz dual-core processor. With the eight megapixel camera you can record 1080p HD videos, and since it runs on the LTE network you can upload your videos to YouTube in seconds.

The Samsung Galaxy Note joins Canada’s first LTE smartphones like the exclusive HTC Jetstream LTE tablet, the first LTE tablet in Canada, the Rogers LTE Rocket stick (Sierra Wireless AirCard 313U) and the LTE Rocket mobile hotspot (Sierra Wireless AirCard 754S). This device allows you to create a mobile hotspot for up to 5 Wi-Fi devices.

Rogers was the first wireless carrier in Canada to launch an LTE network. This year, we will expand our LTE network to more than 25 additional cities in Canada to cover more than 50 per cent of the population. The Rogers LTE network offers mobile speeds similar to broadband connections and delivers unparalleled connectivity and increased usage capacity to provide an unrivalled mobile experience. Rogers LTE network is now live in Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and many surrounding communities.

Customers can reserve the Samsung Galaxy Note by using the Rogers Reservation System and searching under “Special Orders.” You can find more information about Rogers LTE at

What feature of the Samsung Galaxy Note are you most excited about?

UPDATE (February 14, 2012, 12:26 p.m): Happy Valentine’s Day! The Samsung Galaxy Note is now officially available from Rogers. For more information, go here.

Katie is a regular contributor to RedBoard

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year

Have yourself a merry Rogers christmasWith less than 3 days to go until the big day, I’m getting more and more into the holiday spirit. I got all my holiday shopping done early this year thanks to Connected Magazine’s “Holiday Gift Guide,” which included a U.S.S. enterprise Lego kit for my dad (big Trekkie!), and the POP phone for my sister.

Personally, I’m looking forward to relaxing and hosting a few gatherings with close friends and family now that shopping’s out of the way. In the spirit of sharing, here are some ways I’m bringing holiday cheer into my home this season.

  • Rogers On Demand’s Holiday Channel: Here you’ll find the best this holiday season has to offer, including kid’s favourite’s, editor’s picks, and of course classic movies and TV specials for the whole family to enjoy. For more ideas, check out Andrew’s “HoHoHo It’s the Holiday Channel” Redboard post.
  • The Fireplace Channel: Those of us not lucky enough to have a fireplace thrive on this channel this time of year. Now I know, it’s not the real thing – but you still get the warm glow and crackle from the fire. Tune in on channels 204 for SD and 574 for HD.
  • Galaxie Channels on Rogers On Demand: This is another great one to have going in the background if you already have a fireplace. Right now on Galaxie we’ve got 9 holiday stations to suit everyone’s needs! Listen online and through select tablets and smartphones – free for all Rogers digital customers!
  • RogersurMusic: If you’re conflicted between the Fireplace Channel or Galaxie holiday music channels, fear not – you can have both! I like to entertain with the Fireplace channel going on my TV, and my special holiday mix playing in the background. urMusic has TONS of holiday tracks to download this season – everything from The Muppets to Bing Crosby!

As I type this post in front of the Fireplace Channel with eggnog in hand, and Nat King Cole’s “Merry Christmas to You” in the background, I’d like to wish all our readers a happy holiday on behalf of Rogers!

Kelly is a regular contributor to RedBoard

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It’s back! And thinner than ever…the Motorola RAZR

Motorola Razor 2011 from Rogers

Whether you owned the hot pink or the silver one, the original Motorola RAZR was the thinnest and hottest mobile fashion accessory of the 2000s.

Just this afternoon, Motorola announced their newest, most impossibly thin device called the Motorola RAZR, which is coming exclusively to Rogers in time for the holidays!

With diamond-cut aluminum accents, the Motorola RAZR can display your photos in amazing quality on its 4.3” Super AMOLED advanced display.

As tough as nails

With its heavy-duty Kevlar fiber coating and tough Corning Gorilla Glass screen with splash-guard coating, you can drop it, scratch it, and toss it in your bag without any fear of damage.  Perfect for someone like me – I don’t know how many times a week I drop my phone!

Pics and files at your fingertips

Another really cool feature is that the RAZR can stream your music, pictures and files directly from your home or work computer – anytime, from anywhere!  So say you’ve just come back from that amazing European vacation and you’ve downloaded your pics from your camera onto your computer at home, but forgot to add them to your phone.  Have no fear!  With MotoCast, a free app from Motorola that’s already built in to the RAZR, you can stream content from your PC directly to your phone, wherever you happen to be.  Those vacation pics are now never left at home.

Be your own Spielberg

With the new RAZR, you can also watch movies on a screen that sports a wider range of colours than most LCD HD TVs. While on that European vacation, when you want to capture video of the Eiffel Tower, use the front-facing video camera and 8MP rear-facing camera with cinematic-quality 1080p HD video capture to create your own movies—and turn your life into art without breaking a sweat.

Did you have the original RAZR?  What do you think of the new Motorola RAZR?

Annemarie is a regular contributor to RedBoard 

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Yee-ha! Nokia X7 now available exclusively from Rogers

How does the new Nokia X7 stand up to a weekend in Canadian Rockies? As it turns out, pretty well. Recently, Nokia held the #NokiaUnfenced event where 10 Canadian bloggers were sent to Canmore, Alberta to test out the new Nokia X7, now available exclusively from Rogers. The group navigated the Kananaskis Valley, climbed trees, rode horses and put the phone to the test throughout the weekend checking out the GPS and Ovi Maps functionality, the camera and the phone’s overall durability.

The Nokia X7 is great for gaming and viewing HD videos with its massive 4” AMOLED touchscreen. It has a high-end 8MP camera, can record HD video and fully customizable home screens where you can easily add and remove shortcuts. It also has free GPS navigation with Ovi so it’s great for finding your way around whether you’re walking, driving or navigating your way around rural Alberta.

You can check out some of the blogger’s experiences here and here and for a more in depth look at some of the features and functionality, check out this video with Nokia’s Chad Saliba:

What do you think of the Nokia X7?

Miranda MacDonald is a regular contributor to RedBoard

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RedBoard video: LG Optimus Pad now available from Rogers

The LG Optimus Pad is has now joined Rogers lineup of tablets. This unique 8.9 inch tablet is Canada’s first tablet on the Android 3.0 Honeycomb platform that offers both Wi-Fi and connectivity across the Rogers wireless network at download speeds up to 14.4 Mbps. It’s also the world’s first tablet with 5 megapixel  cameras for 3D video capture. Recently, I sat down with Rogers’ Neil Shuart to take a closer look at some of the device’s unique features and functionality. Take a look or you can read the full transcript of the video here:

Paired with a Rogers Data Share plan, this device is perfect for the HD, 3D enthusiast with a super fast dual-core processor and the tablet-optimized Android 3.0 operating system, full web-browsing with Flash and HTML 5 support, 3D video capture, true 720p HD display, plus HDMI cable included for viewing on larger displays—all in a sleek design enabled for connectivity where and when you need it.

The LG Optimus Pad will be available exclusively from Rogers for $449.99 with a three-year data plan, $649.99 with a month-to-month contract or for $699.99 as a standalone purchase.

What do you think of the LG Optimus Pad?

Miranda MacDonald is a regular contributor to RedBoard

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Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY and Xperia arc coming to Rogers this Spring

We’re excited to announce that the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY and Xperia arc will be coming to Rogers this Spring. We know there’s been a lot of buzz about these devices since CES in January, and we wanted to let you know that Rogers is proud to be the exclusive Canadian carrier.

Rogers was the first carrier to bring Android-powered devices to Canada in 2009 and we’re excited to be adding these two innovative devices to our leading lineup of Android smartphones.

Xperia PLAY

Canadians will be among the first in the world to experience the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY, the world’s first PlayStation certified smartphone, complete with slide-out gamepad. Xperia PLAY combines a PlayStation-quality gaming experience with the very latest Android platform version 2.3, super fast graphics and dedicated game controls.

Check out this commercial for the Xperia PLAY which aired for the first time during the Super Bowl:

Xperia arc

The Xperia arc has a super sleek design (measuring only 8.7mm at its thinnest part) and is built with Sony technology on Android version 2.3. The device also has an extra wide 4.2” multi-touch Reality Display with Mobile Bravia Engine and an 8.1 MP camera with HD video recording capability. You can check out more detailed specs on the device on Sony Ericsson’s website here.

We wanted to share this news with you as soon as we could, but that also means we can’t share specific details on pricing and availability yet. We’ll be sure to update you here on RedBoard when more details are available.

In the meantime, you can get updates from Sony Ericsson’s Facebook page, Twitter account or from the Sony Ericsson Product Blog.

What do you think of Sony Ericsson’s latest devices? Which one are you most excited about?

UPDATE (February 15, 2011, 12:36 pm): You can now sign up at to be the first to know when we have updates on the Xperia arc and Xperia PLAY. We’ll email you as soon as we have more information to share.

UPDATE (April 1, 2011, 12:56 pm): Pricing has been announced and preorder sites are now open. Both the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc and Xperia PLAY will be available for $99.99 with a three year voice and data package. Starting today, both new and existing customers can preorder either device through the preorder page found at

Miranda MacDonald is a regular contributor to RedBoard

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Rogers High-Speed Internet customers not impacted by CRTC decision

Over the past couple of weeks, there’s been a lot of talk about Usage Based Billing and a recent CRTC decision involving Bell Canada.

You – our Rogers High Speed Internet customer – want to know how you will be affected by this decision. The short answer: you won’t. Your rates and the amount of Internet bandwidth you’re provided each month remain unchanged. And we offer a number of plans that provide the vast majority of our customers with more than enough bandwidth to suit their needs.

The CRTC decision relates to a very specific question about the economics of how larger Internet Service Providers (ISPs) sell bandwidth to smaller providers. More on that later.

I’m writing here because there is considerable confusion around the issue. Our customers are asking us questions about Usage Based Billing in forums, blogs and Twitter. In these online discussions, a very specific CRTC ruling about wholesale billing rates has led to a broader philosophical debate about how customers should be charged for Internet services.

Some people say you should pay the same no matter what you use – that casual Internet users should pay as much as those who download movies and music around the clock. (According to one study the top one per cent of Internet connections is responsible for more than 20 per cent of Internet traffic.)

Others say it’s more fair for customers to pay for the amount of bandwidth they actually use. We agree with this approach. It’s in line with the way other services are billed including heat, electricity and water. We use a similar model in selling long distance minutes because we think a customer who doesn’t make long distance calls shouldn’t have to pay extra to subsidize the heavy business user who spends hours on long distance calls each day.

Rogers invests approximately $2-billion each year on capital investments. This includes a significant investment in our broadband networks to accommodate Internet traffic that is growing at 40 per cent each year. In order to maintain fast reliable service and prepare for ever increasing demands for bandwidth, we are continually laying new fibre and rolling out new innovations such as DOCSIS 3.0.

That’s why we think it’s more fair to charge customers for the amount of Internet bandwidth they actually use.

For years, we’ve offered a variety of Internet tiers to meet the needs of all our customers. For a casual customer, our Ultra-Lite plan offers 2 GB of Internet bandwidth each month. That’s enough to send and receive approximately 50,000 e-mails, download 100 songs from iTunes (5MB each) and upload/download 500 photographs (2 MB each).

On the opposite end of the spectrum, our premium tier provides you so much bandwidth (175 GB) that you could watch streaming video on YouTube every day from 7 a.m. in the morning until midnight without reaching your cap. Customers who go over on this highest tier pay just 50 cents more for each additional GB.

And while business customers pay a little more, their bandwidth entitlements are higher – allowing them to drive innovation without having to worry about overage charges.

Not only are customers using far more bandwidth than they did a few short years ago, they’re expecting faster speeds. And we’re delivering. Here’s one example. In 2006, customers on our premium Extreme Plus tier paid $99.95 per month for top download speeds of 18 Mbps. Today, they get top download speeds of 25 Mbps for just $69.99. We offer tools on to help pick the plan that’s right for you. And you can check your usage by logging into the MyRogers section of the site.

Now back to the CRTC decision, which related to the question of how larger ISPs sell their services to smaller ones. The CRTC said ISPs can bill according to the same usage based billing principles they use to charge their own customers but with a 15 per cent discount.

The CRTC decision continues to generate debate with Industry Minister Tony Clement saying he’s going to look into the decision. What’s important for us is that regardless of what happens, we want our Rogers High Speed Internet customers to know they will not be impacted by this decision.

Keith McArthur is Senior Director of Social Media at Rogers

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