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Weekend Reading: Rogers Next, the LG G Flex and Facebook news

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This week, all eyes were on Facebook’s latest acquisition, WhatsApp, and how Canadians are using the social network. Plus, we announced an early upgrade program called Rogers Next and are thrilled to reveal we’re bringing Canadians the curvy LG G Flex. Learn more in this week’s edition of the Weekend Reading.

Facebook on the move
Facebook made headlines on Wednesday when it announced a $16 billion U.S. deal to purchase mobile messaging service WhatsApp. Before the purchase  announcement, Facebook released some stats on how Canadians are using the social network.

Canadians are glued to Facebook on mobile, , according to numbers released by the social network. In fact, 15 million Canucks a month scroll through their Newsfeeds via our phones or tablets. In the six-month period from August 2013 to Feb. 2014, the number of mobile users increased by 15 per cent (up from 13 million).

Daily mobile usage is also on the rise, jumping from 9.4 million to 10 million Canadians in the same period.

How do you check your Facebook Newsfeed?

Upgrade your device sooner
Earlier this week, we announced a new way for customers to upgrade their smartphone even faster. Rogers Next, a new subscription program for Rogers customers, will allow customers to upgrade their device after 12 months for $0 on select 2-yr plans.

Customers who enroll in Rogers Next will pay a monthly fee of $24.99 (or $29.99 if you want to include Rogers Device Protection Premium with your Rogers Next subscription). After 12 months, you’re eligible to trade in your current device in good working condition and upgrade to a smartphone of your choice for $0 (up to $250 based on subsidized 2-yr term pricing), with no upgrade or connection fees (If the device costs more than $250 on a subsidized two-year term, then you just pay the difference). You can then choose to continue your enrollment in the Rogers Next program and upgrade again after 12 months.

This is a hassle-free way for Rogers customers to be able to upgrade to the latest and greatest smartphones every year.

We’ll have more information to share about Rogers Next closer to launch, so stay tuned!

What new phone are you waiting for?

Rogers to carry the world’s first curved smartphone

The LG G Flex debuted last fall, and first launched in South Korea, while North Americans got their first glimpse of the curved smartphone at CES this past January.

Now Rogers customers will be able to get their hands on the world’s first curved smartphone, the LG G Flex, when we launch the device later this spring.

A Rogers exclusive, the device will launch running Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2., and comes in Titan Silver, with a 13 MB camera, plus a 2.1 MB front-facing camera.

Want to be one of the first to receive this phone? New and existing customers can reserve the LG G Flex now on the Rogers Reservation System.

What do you think of a curved phone? 

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Get a new smartphone every year for $0 with Rogers Next

Rogers NextWant to get your hands on one of the newest smartphones even faster? Coming soon, Rogers Next subscribers will get the latest smartphones for $0 down every year, with no early upgrade or connection fees.

The $0 down offer applies to smartphones worth up to $250 based on subsidized two-year term pricing. Over 95 per cent of phones we offer are priced below $250. However, if the two-year term price exceeds $250, you simply pay the difference in the hardware price. As an example, if you wanted to upgrade to a device that costs $329.99 on a two-year term today, you would pay an additional $79.99 at the time of upgrade with Rogers Next.

Who’s this program for?

Do you want hassle-free smartphone upgrades without the lump sum payments against your FLEXtab balance and hardware price? Rogers Next helps ensure you get the most out of the latest and greatest technology by giving you access to the coolest new smartphones every year for $0 down without any early upgrade or connection fees.

How does Rogers Next work?

  1. When you upgrade to a new device or join Rogers as a new customer, you have the option to subscribe to the Rogers Next program for a monthly fee of $24.99. Or choose the $29.99 option which includes Rogers Device Protection Premium. This service, which helps protect you from device damage (and loss and theft in some provinces), retails for up to $11.99 per month;
  2. After 12 months, you trade in your current device in good working order for a new smartphone of your choice that has a subsidized price of up to $250;
  3. You pay $0 down for the new device on select new two-year plans, and your remaining FLEXtab balance and connection fees are waived;
  4. You then have the option to continue your enrolment in Rogers Next to get another new device in 12 months.

How does this compare to a two-year term plan?

Let’s break it down for you. This chart compares a Rogers Next subscriber upgrading after 12 months of enrolment versus a customer choosing to upgrade early (after one year of a two-year term).

Both are upgrading to one of the latest devices valued at $250 based on a two-year term subsidy.

Rogers Next

Keep in mind, Rogers Next subscribers must trade in their device at the time of their upgrade. If you upgrade early on a two year-term without Rogers Next you get to keep your device. You can then choose to trade it in using Rogers Trade-Up, hand it down to a family member or friend – it’s up to you.

What if I’m not ready to upgrade after 12 months?

You can choose to upgrade any time after 12 consecutive months of subscribing to Rogers Next as long as you continue to participate in the program. We encourage you to upgrade at time of eligibility to get the most value out of the program.

Can I choose any phone I want for my new device?

Rogers Next subscribers can choose any smartphone worth up to $250 based on two-year term subsidized pricing. The vast majority of our phones are under $250 when activated on a two-year term. This includes some of our most popular devices such as the iPhone 5s 16GB and Samsung Galaxy S4. If the two-year term subsidized price for your chosen device exceeds $250, you can simply pay the difference in the hardware price. As an example, if you wanted to upgrade to an iPhone 5s 32GB today, you would pay an additional $79.99.

Are there any fees when I upgrade?

There are no additional fees when you upgrade to a smartphone up to $250 based on two-year term pricing after 12 months of consecutive enrolment in Rogers Next. Rogers will waive any early upgrade and connection fees.

When is the program going to be available to Rogers wireless customers?

We’re just putting the finishing touches on Rogers Next. Follow @RogersBuzz on Twitter and visit RedBoard for program updates and availability.

UPDATE March 4, 2014, 9:45 a.m.: Rogers Next is now available for new and existing customers. For full details, visit rogers.com/next.

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