Posts Tagged ‘Long Term Evolution’

Rogers first to bring Windows Phone 8 to Canada with the Nokia Lumia 920

Nokia Lumia 920 from RogersRecently, we announced that Rogers joined forces with Microsoft as the preferred wireless partner for Windows 8. At Rogers, we’re proud to bring you the newest technology first. Today, we’re thrilled to ship the first Nokia Lumia 920 smartphones to customers across the country and to further expand the largest selection of LTE devices available from a Canadian carrier. With the Nokia Lumia 920 and the launch of Windows 8 last week, you’ll now have a complete cross-platform Windows experience powered by our super fast LTE network.

Let’s take a closer look at the Nokia Lumia 920.

This device takes smartphone photography to a whole new level. With PureView technology, this device is capable of taking in five times more light than competing smartphones without using a flash. That means you can capture clear, bright pictures and video indoors and at night. And forget about blurry pictures. PureView technology compensates for hand movement.  It’s the perfect phone to capture your favourite band’s performance in a dark venue.

You can also view your photos and videos on its’ PureMotion HD+ bright display which is perfect for Nokia Maps mapping experience complete with Nokia Drive, Nokia Transport and now Nokia City Lens, an augmented reality experience. The Nokia Lumia 920 also has built-in wireless charging making it easier to boost your battery without plugging it in. Just place your device on one of Nokia’s wireless chargers.

We were able to ship a limited supply of Nokia Lumia 920 smartphones in black to some customers who reserved a device using the Rogers Reservation System today. These customers will be the first in Canada to have a Windows Phone 8 smartphone. We’ll be shipping more devices in the coming weeks. Stay tuned to RedBoard and @RogersBuzz for updates.

What is your favourite feature of the new Nokia Lumia 920?

Katie is a regular contributor to RedBoard

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LTE speed just keeps on comin’! Rogers rolls out 18 new markets

Rogers LTE now in 18 new marketsWhew! Our engineers and technicians must be exhausted! They’ve just completed the rollout of an impressive 18 new Canadian markets and now, our LTE network reaches nearly 60% of all Canadians. Rogers was the first carrier to introduce LTE in Canada and in many of these markets, we will be the only LTE provider.

18 new markets, from West to East:

Here’s where you can now access Rogers LTE across the country:

  • British Columbia: Victoria, Abbotsford, Kelowna
  • Alberta: Edmonton
  • Saskatchewan: Saskatoon and Regina
  • Ontario: St. Catharines/Niagara, Oshawa/Pickering/Ajax, Windsor, Sudbury, Kingston, Oakville, Burlington, Hamilton, London, Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge and Barrie
  • Quebec: Quebec, Sherbrooke and Trois-Rivières

LTE is also already available in Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal and surrounding cities, Calgary Vancouver and surrounding cities, as well as on the East coast in St. John’s and Moncton.

What does LTE mean for you as a Rogers customer?

  • Faster speeds! But don’t take it from us. Check out results from our LTE speed test contest and, while you’re at it, take a peek at how Rogers stacks up against the competition in a test by readers of the iPhoneinCanada blog, where the fastest speed was recorded by a user on the Rogers network in Brampton Ontario.
  • Even better access to data: since we first launched our Ottawa LTE network in July of last year, we’ve seen an 80% increase in data usage, and we expect wireless Internet usage on our network to grow six-fold by the end of 2016.
  • Increased mobility: according to Cisco, by 2015 more smartphones will be connected to the Internet than home computers. And the traffic generated from these on-the-go devices will exceed traffic from wired devices.
  • The largest selection of LTE devices of any Canadian carrier: among others, we’ll soon be carrying a unique version of the LG Optimus G that operates on the 2600 MHz spectrum, making it Canada’s fastest smartphone. The LG Optimus G will kick things into high gear with maximum theoretical LTE download speeds of up to 100 Mbps. On Rogers LTE customers will experience typical experienced speeds ranging from 12 Mpbs to up to 40 Mbps.**

Check out our LTE coverage map here and be on the lookout as we continue to expand our LTE coverage, adding additional markets this year and in 2013.

Michelle is a regular contributor to RedBoard

**As device selection evolves, speed capabilities will continue to rise on the Rogers LTE network as customers will be able to benefit from maximum theoretical network speeds of up to 150 Mbps. See www.rogers.com/coverage for full details on Rogers LTE network coverage.

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

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Tablet 101 with Rogers

Last week, Rogers hosted 15 bloggers to talk about how a tablet, such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE could help make their hectic lives a little easier. They chatted about everything from sharing their calendars to whether technology, such as tablets, belongs in the household. Using Storify, a social curating tool, we captured the best of what they had to say. Check it out:

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Canada’s fastest smartphone coming exclusively to Rogers

LG Optimus G LTE from RogersWant to get your hands on Canada’s fastest smartphone? Today, with LG, we announced our unique 2600 MHz enabled version of the upcoming LG Optimus G, a premium Android LTE-enabled smartphone, which will be exclusively available from Rogers this November.

The LG Optimus G is an Android 4.0 smartphone is the first LTE device featuring a Snapdragon™ S4 quad-core processor in Canada. With this new processor, you can expect an enhanced gaming experience with more visuals per second, smoother play and support for HD resolution displays. Additionally, customers will find it easier to multi-task and use multiple applications and features simultaneously. For example – it’s easy to continue a movie while you check and read text messages.

The LG Optimus G also has a beautiful 4.7-inch True HD IPS display for an unparalleled viewing experience. With 320ppi high pixel density, you get sharper and crisper images using less power. And, this device has a stronger touchpad so it can withstand impact damage even if you drop it or it falls off a table.

With all these awesome features, you’ll never want to put this thing down so it’s great that it also comes loaded with a 2,100 mAh high-density battery to keep this device powered up all night long. It also has an 8MP camera with HD video capture to give you the best shot every time.

 Operating at the fastest available speed in Canada

The LG Optimus G takes speed to the next level by offering maximum theoretical LTE download speeds of up to 100 Mbps and will be the first smartphone to support connectivity on the 2600 MHz spectrum*. The advantage of 2600 MHz spectrum over other LTE bands is that it is able to deliver higher speeds over the same distance allowing to do more with you mobile device at faster speeds than ever before for live streaming HD sports, downloading large files and streaming YouTube video clips and movies. Customers can begin to preorder the LG Optimus G mid October at www.rogers.com.

Rogers was first in Canada to introduce LTE devices a year ago, and today we have the largest selection of LTE devices in the country. We’re also the first Canadian carrier to offer theoretical maximum network speeds of up to 150 Mbps (typical speeds range up to 40 Mpbs). Rogers LTE network is available in select Canadian cities. Visit www.rogers.com/coverage for details.

What’s your favourite feature of the new LG Optimus G?

Katie is a regular contributor to RedBoard

Within Rogers LTE network footprint. Based on tests comparing data throughput speeds and on geographic coverage area comparison (in square kilometers) to Bell and Telus’ LTE networks.  See www.rogers.com/coverage for full details on Rogers LTE network coverage

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

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Rogers LTE launching in more cities October 1

Rogers LTE launching in more citiesOh the difference LTE makes. Many of you have already told us how LTE has transformed your digital lives. And with some of the most exciting and hottest devices of the year coming to Rogers soon, we wanted to let you know we’ll be bringing Rogers LTE to even more cities by October 1.

LTE continues to roll out across Canada

We’re continuing to expand our LTE network at a fast pace, with a plan to cover approximately 60 per cent of the population by the end of the year. By October 1, 2012, we will launch in Kingston, Edmonton, Quebec City, Oakville, Burlington, London, Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge and Barrie. Even more cities will launch in 2012 and throughout 2013. We’ll continue to keep you updated here on RedBoard. For a list of current, available Rogers LTE cities, check out our full coverage map here.

Why do we love LTE?

If you haven’t experienced Rogers LTE yet, here’s some of our top reasons why we love LTE speeds:

  • Stay connected with your family: Whether you’re away for business or out of town for the weekend, you can enjoy face time or video calling with your family at speeds you didn’t think were possible on a wireless device.
  • Work on the road: With an LTE Rocket stick, hub or hotspot, you can work on the road with ease. Send and receive large documents or conference call your colleague. With superfast LTE speeds, you won’t even realize you’ve left the office.
  • Entertain the kids: Use your device to stream videos and music in real time on those long road trips. Your kids will love you and you’ll enjoy a peaceful, quiet car ride for a change.

Get the highest speeds available

Rogers was the first to launch LTE in Canada and was the first to offer maximum network theoretical download speeds of up to 100 Mbps, available to the most Canadians, with typical experienced speeds ranging from 12 to 40 Mbps using an eligible device*. This means downloading apps, streaming video and music, storing files in the cloud, enjoying faster gaming experiences with virtually no delays or buffering, and even hosting wireless video conferences, can all be done on your smartphone, at speeds similar to what you would experience on your computer.

Not only that, we have the largest selection of LTE devices in the country and we continue to add devices to our LTE lineup all the time.

Keep checking back with us to see the latest of what Rogers has to offer on LTE!

Michelle is a regular contributor to RedBoard

Within Rogers LTE network footprint. Based on tests comparing data throughput speeds and on geographic coverage area comparison (in square kilometers) to Bell and Telus’ LTE networks.  See www.rogers.com/coverage for full details on Rogers LTE network coverage

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

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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 www.rogers.com/coverage 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

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Rogers first to launch LTE in Moncton today

Hey, Moncton, are you ready for speeds faster than a University of Moncton student can scarf down a plate of poutine during frosh week? Rogers LTE network is now live in Moncton, making Rogers the first carrier to offer the fastest wireless network technology in New Brunswick. Rogers has invested $20M in its wireless network in New Brunswick and with today’s news, further expands Rogers LTE network in Atlantic Canada, adding to cities including Halifax and St. John’s.

Monctonians can now experience the power of LTE technology. Whether it’s families using faster connections to stay in touch through video calling, students downloading large files or businesses travelers experiencing faster speeds on the go, our customers tell us LTE is improving their lives. Starting today, Moncton customers will have access to the Rogers LTE network with theoretical download speeds of up to 75 Mbps, with typical download speeds ranging from 12 Mbps to 25 Mbps. * These speeds are significantly faster than those Canadians experience on any other 4G HSPA+ wireless network.

Moncton is the latest city in Rogers’ continued LTE network expansion. Rogers will add a number of new cities from coast to coast to its LTE network with the plan to cover approximately 60 percent of the population by the end of the year.  Upcoming LTE launch cities  include Trois Rivières, Sherbrooke, Quebec City, Kingston, Ajax, Pickering, Oshawa, Oakville, Burlington, Hamilton, St. Catharines, Niagara, Windsor, Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo, Guelph, London, Barrie, Sudbury, Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Kelowna, Whistler, Abbotsford and Victoria. More cities will be launched in 2013.

Rogers offers the largest selection of LTE devices in Canada. Recent additions to the LTE devices include Sony’s first LTE smartphone – the Sony Xperia Ion - and Canada’s first LTE Rocket hub, a Rogers exclusive, that connect up to 15 devices simultaneously.

Welcome to team LTE, Moncton!

 

* Within Rogers LTE network footprint. Based on tests comparing data throughput speeds and on geographic coverage area comparison (in square kilometers) to Bell and Telus’ LTE networks.  See www.rogers.com/coverage for full details on Rogers LTE network coverage.

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

Heather is a first time contributor to the Rogers blog. Welcome on .. (Red)Board … Heather!

UPDATE (December 9, 2012, 9:10 a.m.): Rogers now expects to launch LTE in Winnipeg next year. Rogers offers the largest and growing selection of the most popular LTE smartphones, tablets and mobile Internet devices. LTE-enabled, devices work on the Rogers 4G HSPA+ network in Manitoba today and will be ready when we launch LTE in Manitoba. In addition, as Rogers customers travel across Canada their Rogers device will automatically benefit from LTE coverage in the many markets where LTE has already launched. The Rogers LTE network is available in select Canadian cities; visit rogers.com/lte for coverage details.

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Open up the fast lane: 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook now available at Rogers

4G LTE BlackBerry Playbook from RogersEvery trip home I make to visit my parents, the first thing I grab is my tablet for the train ride. With access to the LTE network, my tablet keeps me entertained and connected to stream live Toronto Blue Jays games, upload images on the trip and quickly edit work documents as needed. For those constantly on the move like myself, the more convenient and practical 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook is now available at Rogers locations.

Keeping its compact 7” size, the 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook runs on the new 2.0 OS with a 1.5” GHz dual-core processor, making it more efficient to multitask between listening to music and browsing the web. Staying on-top of messages is easier with a unified inbox and a contacts app that incorporates LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter updates. BlackBerry smartphone users can also use the new BlackBerry Bridge features that let the smartphone act as a keyboard and mouse with BBM accessible right on the PlayBook.

The 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook comes in a 32GB model for $349.99 with select three-year agreements. For a limited time, we’ll waive activation fee and the device can be activated on a no-term Shared Data Device plan for just $2/month for the first 10 months (regularly $12/month).

The PlayBook joins the largest lineup of LTE devices at the fastest speeds* along with Canada’s first LTE rocket hub, Sony Xperia ion and many more. By the end of 2012, Rogers will be launching LTE in 28 more cities to cover 60 per cent of the Canadian population from Moncton, NB to Victoria, BC.

Are you excited for the new 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook?

Katie is a regular contributor to RedBoard

*Within Rogers LTE network footprint. Based on tests comparing data throughput speeds and on geographic coverage area comparison (in square kilometers) to Bell and Telus’ LTE networks.  See www.rogers.com/coverage for full details on Rogers LTE network coverage.

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

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Weekend Reading: smartphone domination

Is there anything we can’t do on smartphones these days? Remember when cell phones were strictly used as a means to make calls or be reached on the go? Fast forward to 2012 and think about all they’re capable of: web, mobile payments, video calls, GPS, apps and more. It’s really no surprise that Network World released an article this month on smartphones phasing out some of our other technology.

In it, a recent study conducted by European telecom O2 found that of their respondents, 54% of alarm clocks and 46% of watches were the devices most frequently pushed aside by smartphones. 28% had even started to abandon laptop computers in favor of their handhelds. For more stats and predictions, check out the full article here.

Staying on top of this trend, this week we added another great smartphone to our lineup: the Sony Xperia ion, available exclusively from Rogers! This LTE enabled smartphone comes with unrestricted access to the Sony Entertainment Network, making it an entertainment junkie’s dream.

It also comes pre-loaded with Sony Video Unlimited  and Sony Music Unlimited, for a monthly fee that allows users access to the latest movies, TV shows and music tracks right from your phone! You can order yours online today or you can check out more details on our RedBoard post from earlier this week here. Also, take a look at this review from Canadian Reviewer for a good overview of the phone features.

As a bonus, get to know your new Sony Xperia ion better by getting set up with our picks for best Android tips from Connected Magazine:

  1. How-To: Assign Contacts to Groups with Android - Assign contacts to a group so you can send a single message or email to a whole group at once.
  2. How-To: Shoot like a Pro - Take better photographs with these pro photography tips.
  3. How-To: Add A Widget on your Android Device - Widgets are like mini-apps that sit on your home screen. In essence, they are shortcuts to a main app.
  4. How To: Set Facial Recognition - Learn how to set up Facial Recognition to unlock your Android 4.0 device.
  5. How To: Android Hotspot - What to share your Android data with your iPad? You can set-up a safe, portable and secure hotspot.

What did we miss? Let us know your smartphone must-dos by posting a comment below.

Kelly is a regular contributor to RedBoard

 

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