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Posts Tagged ‘LTE’
Rogers was the first to launch LTE in Canada over two years ago. Since then we have continued to bring innovation to Canadian consumers and have deployed LTE to more than 24 million people in over 120 cities (and counting).
We’ve made significant investments to deliver Canada’s fastest LTE network – now up to two times faster than our largest competitors on a national average. (Our lawyers want us to point out that this is based on tests comparing average download speeds across Canada within Rogers LTE coverage areas. An LTE device and SIM card are required to access top speeds, which may vary based on factors such as device, topography and environmental conditions.)
This fall, we took to the streets to test our network speeds across Canada and had a little fun along the way. But we want you to experience it for yourself, which is why you’ll soon see our street teams in action at a Cineplex theatre or Rogers store location near you.
What does it take to be the fastest LTE network? And what does that really mean for you? Check out our infographic to see how we’re working to improve your wireless experience.
For more information about the Rogers LTE network or to find a Blown Away Speed Challenge near you, visit rogers.com/LTE.
In time for the long weekend, we’re sharing our gratitude for technology, looking at apps in the grocery aisle and announcing the latest LTE expansion. Plus we’re happy to share that we’ll be offering the BlackBerry Z30. Read all about it in this week’s edition of the Weekend Reading.
This week on RedBoard, we learned how technology helps us bridge the distance when loved ones don’t live nearby. And, honestly, there’s nothing like a holiday to make my family in Nova Scotia feel really, really far away. While phone calls, texts and Facebook photos aren’t a substitute for our annual tradition of making a bunch of apple pies, they do certainly go a long way in making us still feel like we’re part of each others’ lives. It’s also a great way to let them know that I’m thinking of them and miss them all year long. What technology helps you stay in touch with your family?
LTE lights up
Our blazing-fast LTE network continued to grow this week, as we added 15 new markets in Ontario, B.C., Alberta, P.E.I. and New Brunswick. Rogers is also the first carrier to bring LTE coverage to three markets in my home province of Nova Scotia, so residents of Antigonish, Fox Harbour and New Glasgow can now satisfy their need for speed.
We’re happy to announce Rogers will be adding the new BlackBerry Z30 to our roster of BlackBerry smartphones, which includes the Z10, Q10 and Q5. The BlackBerry Z30, which will be available later this month, has a five-inch touch-screen, faster processing speeds and longer battery life than previous models.
With multiple holiday dinners this weekend, I’ll definitely be among the droves pacing the grocery aisles, stocking up on pumpkin and searching for the perfect vegetarian main. Instead of hemming and hawing over what to buy, about three in 10 Internet users say they would like to use a mobile app to help them decide on supermarket purchases. The July 2013 survey from Ipsos Canada found interest in such an app increased even more amongst those aged 18 to 34, with 43 per cent saying they’d give it a try. Would you use an app to assist you with your meal planning and purchases?
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.
This spring and summer, we’ve been busy rolling out our LTE network to new markets in Atlantic Canada, Alberta, Ontario, British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Quebec and Manitoba. While every launch has been really exciting for us, we wondered what LTE means to you – so we hit the streets to find out how Canadians define LTE.
LTE stands for Long Term Evolution. And Rogers LTE is Canada’s fastest wireless internet – which means you get blazing fast wireless internet on your devices, allowing you to seamlessly stream music and video and download large files quickly. For more on our LTE offerings and the latest lineup of LTE-enabled devices, visit www.rogers.com/LTE.
How will you take advantage of LTE’s top speeds?
I’m constantly multitasking, whether it’s brushing my teeth while watching Breakfast Television or talking to my mother while cleaning the apartment. Multitasking just got easier, with the new Moto X smartphone introduced today by Motorola. The Moto X is designed to be more responsive, more alert and provide the best of Google’s mobile services. Expanding our large selection of LTE-enabled Android smartphones, the Moto X will be exclusively available from Rogers this month.
Here are three Moto X features that will help make your life easier:
- You can control the Moto X with only your voice. No kidding. With Touchless Control, start by saying “OK Google Now.” Then, you can get directions, set an alarm or even ask it if you need to bring an umbrella with you and it will give you up-to-the-minute weather for your location. Did I mention you can do this without touching it at all? Awesome.
- Love taking pictures? Another great feature I would definitely use is the quick capture camera. Twist your wrist twice to open the camera application and take great action shots from the Toronto Blue Jays game. You can also touch the screen anywhere to get the shot you need.
- Minimize your “must check phone” cravings with Moto X’s Active Notifications feature, which showcases useful info as it comes in – right on the screen (even while it’s asleep!). No more staring at a blinking light that doesn’t actually tell you anything.
What about the blazing fast LTE speeds?
The Moto X is built to run on Rogers 2600 MHz LTE spectrum, the fastest wireless internet band available in Canada. Capable of delivering higher speeds than other LTE bands, customers with the Moto X will be able to download large files quickly or stream music with no buffering. Rogers has more LTE network deployed in the 2600 MHz spectrum band than any other carrier.
How do I get one?
Moto X will be available in black or white exclusively to Rogers Wireless customers this August for $189.99 on select two-year plans. Existing Rogers wireless customers can reserve theirs now on the Rogers Reservation System and new customers can sign up for updates on availability at www.rogers.com/motox.
What do you think of the new Moto X? What would you ask Google Now?
UPDATE Aug. 23, 2013, 1:30 p.m.: You can now get your Moto X for $189.99 on select two-year agreements at your local Rogers retail location. Visit Rogers.com/MotoX for more details on the device.
More responsive touchscreens, more intuitive apps and faster data connections are all working together to make tablets even more important to our work and play. In 2010, Rogers hosted TabLife to explore how tablets were changing our lives. We thought it was time to revisit the technology. We checked in with Neil Shuart, Director, Wireless Internet at Rogers, to see what’s next for the tablet space.
“We have heard of companies using tablets as menus, as in-room control panels, in vehicles and in the hands of complete field sales teams. New and custom applications are constantly being developed,” says Neil. “At Rogers for example you can use our Rogers One Number application on your tablet to make calls and text messages from your tablet using your Rogers wireless number. You can also watch TV on your tablet using Rogers Anyplace TV or program your PVR with the Rogers Anyplace TV Home Edition app and you can adjust your home security system with the Rogers Smart Home Monitoring application. There are literally countless examples of how consumers and business are integrating these products into their lives. “
Neil says there have been two surprising changes in tablets since 2010. “When the first devices came out, literally hundreds of companies were set to develop and launch a tablet,” he says. “This is not the case any longer, however, the companies that continue to play in the tablet space are making devices that are faster and more powerful yet simple to use. They have set a very high bar and the products are very impressive because of it.”
The other surprise is the creative ways individuals and businesses are using tablets. “I love hearing about a new end-user experience, whether it be as a remote control, a second computer monitor, a restaurant menu, a TV in the car for the kids … people are thinking of new uses every day and it continues to grow. “
Downtime, work-time and everything in between
In 2010, Neil says his tablet was primarily for email, games and other small apps, and quick web searches. “Today, however, things are much different – the devices these days are faster and more capable. They are enabled for LTE speeds, they have multiple cameras and there are more apps than ever,” he says. Now, his tablet is also picked up for video streaming, more apps and more work-related activities, including accessing cloud storage for documents and using Rogers One Number for conference calls. “The functionality in my mind continues to grow and I hope others have experienced the same.”
People are increasingly taking their tablets beyond home and office, says Neil. “As networks become faster and carrier offerings become more pervasive this trend is one we expect to continue. The days of using your tablet to check a website or a sports score ONLY are behind a good number of us already.”
Where have you used your tablet outside the home or office?
Starting today, the iPad and iPad mini will be available at Rogers retail locations. For more, visit www.rogers.com/web/content/ipad.
Jennifer is a regular contributor to RedBoard.
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.
Hello, Manitoba: Rogers brings blazing fast LTE network to Winnipeg, Brandon, Victoria Beach and Grand Beach
We know our customers in Manitoba have been looking forward to this news. Starting June 17, customers in Winnipeg, Brandon, Victoria Beach and Grand Beach will be able to access the blazing fast speeds of the LTE Max network. And we will continue to expand our offerings in the province. Rogers, through a network sharing agreement with MTS, will deploy LTE to more than 90 per cent of Manitoba’s population over the next five years.
Rogers will roll out LTE to additional markets in Manitoba this summer, including Selkirk, Steinbach and Ste. Anne
Rogers LTE Max is a premium wireless network that enables theoretical device speeds of up to 150 Mbps – the fastest available speeds for Canadian smartphone users.
The LTE Max network allows customers to do more on their smartphones, even faster. Armed with the latest LTE-enabled device, such as the new BlackBerry Q10 and the Samsung Galaxy S4, you can quickly download large files, live stream HD programming, stream YouTube clips and music or enjoy the latest game from the app store.
We know our customers are hungry for fast data connections. Since Rogers launched Canada’s first LTE network in July 2011, the company has seen an 80 per cent increase in wireless internet usage year over year.
Jennifer is a regular contributor to RedBoard.
Marathon season is in full swing and runners are eating up the pavement across the country. While even the pros say all you need to run is a good pair of sneakers, a little bit of a technology boost never hurts in the race to the finish line.
And at Rogers, we’re all about speed. Rogers LTE Max is a premium wireless network that enables theoretical network speeds of up to 150 Mbps – the fastest available speeds for Canadians. It is mainly composed of dual frequency 2100 and 2600 MHz spectrum bands, which allow users to access faster, and more reliable speeds. Today, we’re rolling out our LTE Max spectrum to La Baie, Que.; Victoriaville, Que.; Saint John, N.B.; Parksville, B.C.; and expanding our offerings in Halifax, N.S.; Trois-Rivieres, Que.; Quebec City, Que. and Victoria, Que., all part of our expansion to 44 new markets this spring.
These blazing fast speeds deliver steady music streaming for your cardio soundtrack and quickly sync your workout data to your favourite online tracker. Whether you’re training for 42 kilometres or a run around the block, these free apps can help you reach your fitness goals.
For the explorer: MapMyRun
The MapMyRun, available free on iOS, Android and BlackBerry, uses your smartphone’s GPS to record the details of your latest sweat session, including the duration, distance, pace, speed, calorie burn and your route. All the details can be synced with mapmyrun.com for in-browser access. The site also boasts a solid mapping tool, where users can browse saved routes from other runners and measure out their own trails.
For the cardio fiend: Runtastic
Runtastic, available free on iOS, Android, BlackBerry and Windows phones, also uses GPS to map your cardio workouts, including walking, running, jogging or cycling. It tracks your time, distance, speed, calories and more, and maintains a log of your training history. The app also syncs with a browser version. Athletes can also get “voice coach” feedback while they’re on the move.
For the competitor: Strava
Runners with a competitive edge can look into Strava, available free on iOS and Android. The GPS-based app encourages users to compete with friends, challenge personal bests and participate in app-wide challenges, such as logging a certain number of kilometres in a set time period. The app also tracks your distance and offers an “explore” feature to suggest running routes.
For the number cruncher: Nike+ Running
The Nike + Running app, free for iOS and Android, tracks routes, distance, pace, time and calorie burn. The website interface also includes route tracking and calculates the distance climbed and NikeFuel, a movement-based points system that lets users earn badges. The app also has a motivation feature, where athletes can share their runs on their social networks and hear cheers, in real time, for likes and comments as they are received.
For the healthy eater: MyFitnessPal
Logging all those kilometres requires serious fuel. Calorie-tracking app MyFitnessPal, available free on iOS, Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone 7, helps users maintain a food diary and log their workouts. The app boasts a database of more than 2,650,000 food and restaurant items, and syncs with an in-browser version so you can keep tabs from all your devices.
What apps help you reach your health and fitness goals?
For more on Canada’s fastest wireless internet, visit Rogers.com/LTE.