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Rogers LTE network powers blazing-fast Category 4 devices

category-4-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?

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Weekend Reading: LTE to launch in Manitoba, the wallet versus smartphone battle and a live chat about TV viewing habits

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!

For more on our LTE offerings and the latest lineup of LTE-enabled devices, visit RedBoard or www.rogers.com/LTE.

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. 

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Weekend Reading: Your iPhone case personality, more Rogers LTE Max expansions and socially savvy parenting

Weekend Reading: Your iPhone case personality, more Rogers LTE Max expansions and socially savvy parentingWe’ve got a great mix of articles that stood out to us this week, including what your iPhone case says about you, more Rogers LTE Max updates and  how to be as socially savvy as your kids. Basically we’ve got you covered for light, exciting and educational reading all in one post! So kick back and catch up with this week’s edition of Weekend Reading.

What your iPhone case reveals about you

We thought we’d get things off to a lighter start this week by highlighting a graphic from Mashable on What Your iPhone Case Says About You. Are you a nerd? A diva? Perhaps a klutz? Check out their fun graphic of examples and see how accurate it is for you.

The description of the minimalist definitely fits my personality to a tee – but every now and then a girl needs some sparkle too, which lands me in the Diva category! How about you – are you toting a Rick Moranis heavy duty case or resorting to socks for phone protection? 

More Rogers LTE Max expansions

Just last week we were pleased to announce our agreement with Videotron to bring LTE to even more residents in Quebec and Ottawa. This week we’re happy to let our customers know even MORE LTE Max expansions are underway for cities in Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and British Columbia!

The news was shared on some of our favourite tech sites including CrackBerry, Brief Mobile and iPhone in Canada. Catch up on the latest developments and let us know if you’ve experienced the new LTE Max network yet.

Are you as socially savvy as your children?

Most parents nowadays have a fairly good understanding of the online world. In fact, one of our recent Rogers Innovation reports highlighted how the generation gap was decreasing, with 40 per cent of Canadians ages 18 to 24 using technology as a means to stay in touch with their parents.

But how confident are you that you really know what your kids are up to online? A new report from All Facebook revealed many parents are still in the dark when it comes to their children’s online activity, with a whopping 80 per cent of parents admitting they have no idea how to monitor their kids’ online behaviour. This may be why 85 per cent of kids aged 10 to 12 already have Facebook profiles even though the minimum age requirement is 13.

Have you had the chat with your kids about online safety? If not, check out our handy Tech Essentials section on online safety and get informed on passwords, social networks and more. As great as technology is for online exploring and connections, it’s important to educate yourself and your family on how to do it responsibly.

Kelly is a regular RedBoard contributor. 

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Weekend Reading: Smartphones, lifestyle apps and Videotron and Rogers expand LTE network

Weekend Reading: Smartphones, lifestyle apps and Videotron and Rogers expand LTE networkHow much time do you spend on your smartphone daily? What are your favourite types of apps to use? And if you live in Quebec or Ottawa, we’ve got great news for you! All that and more in this week’s Weekend Reading!

Android vs. iPhone: Which users spend the most time on their devices?

According to a new study from CNET this week, iPhone users are logging the most minutes on their handsets.

iPhone users spend an average of 75 minutes a day on their devices, with 22 per cent of that time spent talking. Android users, however, only spend 49 minutes on their devices, with nearly a third of that time (28 per cent) spent talking.

What surprised me most in this article though were the two least-used features – GPS and device cameras. Having zero sense of direction, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve pulled out my smartphone to get me on track! And I find having a camera on your device makes it so much easier to capture moments, because we tend to always have our smartphones on us. It sounds like I’m not in the majority though – does the same hold true for you? Do you rarely use your GPS or smartphone camera?

Lifestyle apps becoming more popular

Did you know it’s already possible to control your washing machines, refrigerators or lights right from an app on your smartphone?

Lifestyle apps go beyond household electronics though. Take for instance Rogers Smart Home Monitoring service and app, which allow you to monitor, protect and control various parts of your home, including adjusting your thermostat on the go. There are also numerous car apps that can now lock and unlock doors, start your engine remotely and even gauge your battery life.

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) predicts these kinds of apps will be in most households by 2022.

So what’s next for these apps? Making them business friendly. Midsize Insider recently looked at how businesses can use these apps to streamline their business by using them for conference calls and collaboration between employees, customers and partners. This article has some great tips and food for thought if you’re looking to improve your own business processes.

Rogers and Videotron build-out expanded LTE network

This week Rogers was happy to announce an agreement with Videotron to bring LTE to even more residents in Quebec and Ottawa.

The network and spectrum sharing agreement will help bring the blazing fast speeds of the LTE network to both businesses and consumers, and provide better mobile coverage in rural Quebec.

We also continue to roll out our LTE network to even more areas as part of our commitment to expand in 44 new markets this spring, so stay tuned.

Kelly is a regular RedBoard contributor. 

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Weekend Reading: App milestones, LTE rollouts, Google Play and coffee with Tim Cook

Weekend Reading: App milestones, LTE rollouts, Google Play and coffee with Tim CookHappy Victoria Day weekend everyone! We’ve got your cottage reading right here to help you catch up on all the latest tech news, including more LTE rollouts, the price of coffee with Tim Cook, app domination and Google updates. All coming up in this week’s edition of Weekend Reading.

There’s an app for everything

Apple and BlackBerry both released reports on their respective app stores this week, and the figures were pretty mind blowing. In the short time since BlackBerry 10 launched, 120,000 apps have already become available for the platform in the Blackberry World store. There were 70,000 apps available when the Z10 and Q10 launched, so another 50,000 were created in a mere four months. BlackBerry president and CEO Thorsten Heins shared his excitement and future plans with BlackBerry Live here.

Apple also hit a milestone this week, reaching the 50 billionth download mark! The App Store first opened in 2008 with only 500 apps. Now almost five years later, the store is seeing downloads at a rate of 800 apps per second! Apple commemorated the occasion by awarding the 50 billionth downloader a $10,000 App Store gift card. Read more from the official press release from Apple here. I’m personally responsible for hundreds of those downloads myself! What are some of your faves? Let’s compare top picks in the comments below!

Rogers LTE rolls out in more markets this week!

Fantastic news announced today that we couldn’t wait to share with our RedBoard readers – our LTE Max network has launched in a number of new markets, including Brooks, Cochrane and Canmore, Alta. and Sault Ste. Marie and Muskoka, Ont. We also expanded our LTE network to Saint-Georges, Que.; Sydney, N.S.; Bathurst, N.B and expanded our coverage in the Moncton, N.B. area.

With these new cities launched, we’re still right on track to deliver with our commitment to launch our LTE network in 44 new markets this spring. With the LTE network expansion to cottage country, who’s going to take advantage in Muskoka this long weekend?

Google Play for Education

This week was huge for Google. Among their many announcements came news of an Android app being launched to aid in children’s education. Already piloted in select schools, the app enables teachers to search for educational apps for their subjects and grade levels. Teachers can then add the selected apps to Nexus tablets – all the students need is a Google account to access it.

Be sure to visit the official Google blog to keep up on all their latest developments on Google Play for Education and so much more.

Treat Tim Cook to a cup of Joe … for $610,000

Yes, you read that correctly, there are no typos where the numbers of zeros are concerned. In an auction on CharityBuzz, a bidder paid $610,000 for a 30 to 60 minute coffee break with the Apple CEO. Although it was a hefty price tag for a java jolt, proceeds will be going towards the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights. 

So what do you think they will talk about over their coffee? I’d love to be a fly on the wall for that conversation!

Kelly is a regular RedBoard contributor.

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Weekend Reading: Smartphone user dating habits, coding for kids and LTE in seven new markets this week

Ever wonder what your smartphone reveals about dating frequency? Or what apps are available to teach your kids about coding? We cover these plus unveil more exciting LTE news – all in this week’s edition of Weekend Reading.

Who has more first dates? iPhone, Android, Blackberry or Windows users?

If you’re single and wondering which device will score you better odds of a first date, Mashable has the answer in a survey uncovered by Match.com this week.

Of 5,000 people surveyed in the U.S., 49 per cent of single iPhone users went on at least one date in 2012. In a close second was Windows with 46 per cent, then Android at 44 per cent and Blackberry at 42 per cent.

So what does this say about smartphone owners and their dating styles? Check out the full article and survey on Mashable here. Has your smartphone affected your dating life? If so, how?

Coding apps for kids

When I was in school, elective courses included things like music and art. While these are still considered optional, much of today’s curriculum is changing to reflect the needs of our current economy. Coding may not be a widely offered course yet, but you can give your kid a head start on learning one of the most in-demand skills for today’s job market.

This week, Read Write Web highlighted some great apps to teach your kids coding for programming. The six apps are designed for a variety of ages, starting as young as 5 years old. As Read Write Web points out, if you start them off young enough, you could end up raising the next Mark Zuckerberg!

Rogers LTE lights up in seven new markets this week

On Monday, Rogers was proud to announce that only four months into 2013, we have launched LTE in an additional seven markets. As part of our commitment to roll out LTE in 44 new markets this spring, Monday’s new markets include:

  • Airdrie, Alberta
  • Langley, B.C
  • Keswick, Ont.
  • Hamilton, including Grimsby, Ont.
  • Orillia, Ont.
  • Stratford, Ont.
  • Ottawa, including Kanata, Nepean, Gloucester, Stittsville and Cumberland, Ont.

Bonus: both the upcoming Blackberry Q10 and Samsung Galaxy S4 are compatible on the LTE network! Learn more about the LTE network and what devices are currently on the market here.

For more details on our latest LTE expansion, check out some great coverage from our friends at The Cellular Guru, iPhone in Canada, Android Central, Android in Canada, IT Nerd, and Brief Mobile.

Kelly is a regular RedBoard contributor.

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Weekend Reading: Social Media manners, Android’s reign, the internet’s physical space & reviewing the Nokia Lumia 920

How do you feel about smartphones at the dinner table? Android or iOS? In this week’s edition of Weekend Reading we debate these hot topics while learning about the internet’s physical space and the Nokia Lumia 920!

To tweet or not to tweet during meals?

We thought it might be fun to kick off this week’s edition of Weekend Reading with a little debate spurred by an interesting article in the Washington Post. Entitled “In defense of the bathroom smartphone user,” the author takes a different approach to what we usually associate with bathroom use and handheld devices. The focus instead is placed on manners, and using the washroom as a scapegoat to check your phone during dinner, which should come as no surprise since 4% would give up interacting with people in real life first! So we want to know: is it more acceptable to use your phone at the table because of our need to stay connected? OR should we just put away our smartphones during the meal and focus on our company like the good old days? Read the full article and let us know what you think. Where do you stand on smartphones at the dinner table?

How long will Android stay on top?

As 2012 winds down, analysts are already making their predictions for 2013 – but some are looking as far ahead as 2016 when it comes to forecasting the most popular mobile platform. Several tech blogs reported this week on findings from the IDC (International Data Corporation) suggesting that Android would remain the most popular platform for the next 4 years.

Digital Trends noted that Android had an advantage by partnering with companies such as Samsung, LG and Sony for their devices, while iPhone Headlines focused on current market share percentages that revealed Android has 68.3% while iOS only has 18.8%. Android Headlines was excited to share the IDC’s future percentage predictions, but BGR was quick to note that the Windows Phone stands to gain the most market share.

Do you agree with the IDC’s findings? What’s your favourite platform?

Estimating how much space the internet takes up

Gizmodo had a thought-provoking post this week on the concept of the internet as a physical entity among us. How did they measure this? We’ll give you a hint – it involves hard drives and some math. Head over to the full article for the surprising answer here!

Jany Jang’s take on the Nokia Lumia 920

Recently one of our Rogers Social Insiders took part in Pure Imagination, a Microsoft event and 24-hour Hackathon, coinciding with the recent release of Windows 8. One of the perks was getting to demo the brand new Windows device on the Rogers LTE network. We sat down and spoke with Jany about her favourite features of the Nokia Lumia 920 and new Windows 8 platform, what it was like to build an app, and what went down at the Pure Imagination event. Read our blog post with Jany here. What have been your favourite features of the Nokia Lumia 920?

Kelly is a regular contributor for RedBoard

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Weekend Reading: Remembering Steve Jobs, print magazine video ads & Rogers LTE

The Thanksgiving weekend is upon us. Whether you’re travelling, spending time with family, eating turkey, or all of the above, you’ll probably find yourself with some down time this weekend. While you’re recovering from your turkey induced coma, sit back, relax, and enjoy this week’s edition of Weekend Reading.

Remembering Steve Jobs

In light of the anniversary of Steve Job’s death, many blogs and online publications wrote article commemorating his life. Wired had an interesting perspective saying that even if you’re not talking about Jobs directly, he’s still in our conversations – every time we talk about things like mobile, apps and  hardware design, we’re talking about Steve Jobs. Check out the whole post here.

Connected Magazine also wrote a great piece made up entirely of memorable Steve Jobs’ quotes. For some inspirational reading, you can check out the full post here.

There’s a smartphone in my magazine!

Entertainment Weekly magazine had a 2.3 inch LCD screen inside its pages that ran live video and tweets. Crazy, right? What’s more, the issue only cost $3.95. This post in Read Write Web has all the details about the print magazine video ad, including a video where author Adam Popescu dissects the magazine to show how it was done.  Apparently this is not the first time a video ad has been inserted within a print magazine. Marie Claire magazine in the UK was the first to pull this off. This older post from Mashable has all the details.

Rogers LTE: more network, more phones

Earlier this week, we announced that we’ve completed the rollout of LTE in 18 new Canadian markets. That means that Rogers LTE now reaches nearly 60% of all Canadians! To see a list of all new cities added, check out recent RedBoard post.

Also this week, we announced that we’ll be adding yet another LTE phone to our lineup: The Nokia Lumia 920. This smartphone, coming exclusively to Rogers this November, features Windows 8 and is preloaded with familiar apps such as Windows Live Messenger, Microsoft Office and Internet Explorer. Check out this post from Digital Home or this one from Mobile Syrup for a few more details about the device.

On behalf of everyone at Rogers, we wish you and your family a safe and happy Thanksgiving weekend!

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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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Weekend Reading: Mobile purchases, LTE speed results, and working at Rogers

What’s new in the tech world this week? We fill you in on mobile purchasing developments, LTE speeds tests for the new iPhone 5, and what’s great about working for Rogers – all in our latest edition of Weekend Reading.

Men more adventurous with mobile purchases

According to a new survey from uSamp in the latest issue of eMarketer, it would appear that men are more adventurous when it comes to mobile purchases. While women are reported to be more hesitant (except with health and beauty products), men’s top purchases include digital content, consumer electronics and entertainment tickets. The gap decreases when it comes to utilizing mobile barcodes, though men still take the lead with 91% having tried them versus 85% of women.

So in what cases are women making more mobile purchases? Find out more about mobile buying’s battle of the sexes in eMarketer’s full article here.

Tablets, smartphones push bank change

Continuing with a look at the trend of mobile purchases, the Times Colonist published an article today on the future of mobile banking. In it they talk with executives from both ING and BMO to learn what capabilities are in most demand, and what they’re doing to achieve this for the public.

Earlier this year, Rogers announced an agreement with CIBC to launch Canada’s first mobile payment solution. And just last week, Nadir Mohammed also spoke about our upcoming endeavours with mobile payments at the Canadian Club.

Read more in the Globe & Mail and the Vancouver Sun, who also covered the story from The Canadian Press, and let us know your thoughts – what feature would you be most excited about?

LTE speedtests with iPhone in Canada
Any Rogers customer knows how important LTE is to us and how invested we are in developing our network, so its really rewarding to see it paying off for our customers. This month we announced the launch of LTE in even more cities by October 1st, and back in February we launched an LTE speed contest where we asked people to submit screen caps of speeds over 25Mbps. The average download speed we saw?  45.24Mbps! Now our friends at iPhone in Canada are requesting to see iPhone 5 customers LTE speeds, and we’re happy to say Rogers is in the lead – not only with number of entries, but the current top speed! Share your results with iPhone in Canada and/or leave a comment below on your LTE experience.

Top Employment Recognition for Rogers

We’ve all been there – whether you’re in school or have just graduated, it can be daunting not only finding a job, but a good company to work for as well.

This week HR reporter took time to acknowledge the companies making the best efforts at attracting and retaining young employers, and we’re pleased to share that Rogers made the list for the second year in a row. The list “recognizes employers that offer the best benefits for younger workers, such as tuition assistance, co-op or work-study programs, mentorships, training or bonuses for those who complete certain courses or professional designations.” This is not the first time Rogers has been recognized either – we’ve been lucky to have been consistently voted as one of Canada’s Top Employers for Young People and Greater Toronto’s Top Employers as well.

Check out some of our current openings and read more on what working at Rogers is all about!

Kelly is a regular contributor for RedBoard

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