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Want 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?
- 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;
- 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;
- You pay $0 down for the new device on select new two-year plans, and your remaining FLEXtab balance and connection fees are waived;
- 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.
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.
Do you, like Mindy Kaling, worry that everyone is hanging out without you? According to new research, that fear may be the motivation to check your cellphone alerts up to 100 times a day. Plus, smartphone shipments hit a major milestone, Twitter updates its app to include photo sharing and we teach you how to use carrier billing. Learn all about it in this week’s edition of the weekend reading.
FOMO on screen
Fear of missing out (FOMO) means we’re checking our phones nearly 100 times a day, according to research from Mobile Posse and Phoenix Marketing International. The October research found that U.S. smartphone users spend more time (26 per cent of the total) checking alerts on their home and lock screens than with any other mobile activity. More than half of those surveyed said the notifications were the first thing they checked when they picked up their phone – fuelling the researcher’s belief that this was due to their alternative phrase for FOMO, which they called “Fear of missing something” (FOMS). Thirty per cent of smartphone users also looked at their phone immediately after getting an alert – and on average they were signed up for notifications from at least eight categories, including missed calls, text, email, social, news, weather, games and more.
How often do you check your phone’s alerts?
We’re always sharing stats that mobile use is on the rise in Canada, but last year smartphone shipments hit a new record: for the first time one billion smartphones were shipped in a single year. According to IDC, that’s an increase of 38.4 per cent from the 725.3 million devices shipped in 2012. “Only two years ago, we had half a billion units, so it’s a testament to how popular smartphones are and how competitive the market is right now,” Ramon T. Llamas, of IDC, told Mashable. He does expect growth to slow down eventually, predicting that a plateau is likely in the next five or six years.
Did you purchase a new cellphone in 2013? Which model?
Apps made easy
The average smartphone or tablet in Canada is loaded with 25 apps – but I suspect RedBoard readers are carrying even more games, productivity and educational tools in the palm of their hand! To help Android-toting Rogers customers keep up with the latest downloads, all in one convenient bill, we recently started offering carrier billing at the Google Play store. That means instead of charging your app downloads to your credit card bill, you can add them to your monthly Rogers statement, making it easier to track your wireless spending. Check out the step-by-step how to here.
How many apps have you downloaded to your devices?
Tweak your tweets
Twitter continues to roll out new updates to its mobile apps, and the latest change adds a photo editor. Now, users of the microblogging platform on Android can crop and rotate the images that accompany their tweets. Plus, Twitter now prompts you to @mention the friends in the photo. According to Engadget, the changes will soon roll out for iOS users too.
Do you share photos on Twitter? Will you edit your shots before hitting send?
The recent Rogers Innovation Report found that Canadians had quite the ‘app-etite’ in 2013; their smartphones and tablets included a buffet of twenty-five apps on average. Not surprisingly, Facebook was the most popular app overall, appearing on 74 per cent of Canadian smartphones.
I consider myself a bit of a techie so I have almost 90 apps on my phone and use about a third of them regularly. I’m a fan of keeping things simple, so I have my Google Play purchases billed to my monthly Rogers statement. This way, I see all of my wireless costs in one place.
If you’re an Android user, you too can skip the credit card and charge your Google Play purchases directly to your Rogers account. The purchase will show up on your monthly statement as “Google Play.”
To take advantage of Google Play carrier billing, simply choose “carrier billing” when making a purchase.
If you’ve already linked a credit card to your Google Wallet, you’ll need to remove it before you can see the option for carrier billing:
- Visit wallet.google.com
- Log in
- Go to “Payment Methods” and select the credit card
- Tap “Remove” and tap again to confirm
Next time you’re making a Google Play purchase, select carrier billing and voila, you’re all set!
So tell us: How many apps do you have on your smartphone or tablet?
A decade ago, I would have never imagined I’d be tracking my runs, taking photos and communicating with friends almost exclusively by smartphone. But yet, here we are! A majority of Canadians are now part of a Device Generation or “Generation D” – we’re using our smartphones and apps for just about everything. To usher in the New Year, the Rogers Innovation Report asked Canadians how they thought technology would change in the future.
Turns out, Canadians expect the smartphone of the future to have some major upgrades, including widespread touchscreen adoption, retina scanners (according to 53 per cent of those surveyed), built-in projectors (25 per cent), augmented reality (46 per cent) and 3D screens (33 per cent). A whopping 71 per cent expect smartphone batteries that could last for weeks without charging, while 62 per cent believe their devices will offer more personalized voice commands and 42 per cent anticipate flexible screens. And 64 per cent think their smartphone cameras will continue to improve, eventually offering better quality photos than digital cameras.
The devices themselves aren’t the only thing Canadians expect to change – there are also major evolutions expected in what we can do with our portable tech.
Our tech experiences are expected to become more personal, with 73 per cent predicting apps will become completely customized to meet individual needs. Thirty-nine per cent even believe technology will replace our face-to-face interactions with others.
More than three-quarters of Canadians expect mobile apps will control their homes, including their appliances, within five years. That means everything from vacuuming to drawing a bath and doing the laundry! These new apps, according to 59 per cent of respondents, will also be able to recommend a recipe, create a grocery list and arrange food delivery to your door.
And, of course, the device of the future isn’t just for work and chores: 25 per cent think mobile apps will allow them to communicate with the family pet. Apps could also help you avoid a fashion faux pas, with 39 per cent hoping their devices will choose an outfit from their wardrobe and even make shopping easier. Four in 10 Canadians even foresee a mobile app helping them detect knock-off or fake products by simply snapping a photo.
What do you hope to see from the smartphone of the future?
Every year, we ask Canadians about their relationship with technology. We want to know how, when and why Canadians are using their devices, and what innovations they’re dreaming about. Here are five things we learned that surprised us:
- Thirteen per cent of Canadians would be willing to give up their pet in exchange for access to wireless internet anywhere, any time.
- One-quarter of Canadian device owners used Twitter or Facebook to communicate with someone in the same room.
- Half of Canadians expect within the next five years they will be able to alter the outcome of a show in real-time by voting on various plot twists.
- Twenty-five per cent trust that mobile apps will be able to read their mood and better predict what they want or need by 2019.
- One-quarter of Canadians believe that mobile apps will make it possible to communicate with household pets.
This is just a selection of what Canadians are predicting for the future and how they used technology this past year. Check out the full report on Slideshare, click here for the full infographic or view our “Generation D is Here ” video here.
What findings surprised you?
My love of the fresh start that Jan. 1 brings is on par with my enjoyment of raising a glass of bubbly at midnight on New Year’s Eve. The new year always feels so full of promise: new opportunities and healthier habits abound. But of course, in my job, my list of resolutions is not about running marathons and creating more closet space for my boyfriend (though I’ll be doing that too!), it’s also about creating better tech habits. So, here are my top five tech resolutions for 2014:
- I’ll stop stealing other people’s juice. Walking around asking if I can get a charge makes me feel just a tad bit creepy – but a gal needs to keep that smartphone battery running. This year, I’ll finally spring for a battery boosting case to get me through conferences and epic shopping adventures alike.
- I’ll become an awesome navigator. I tend to call shotgun on roadtrips, and with good seating comes great responsibility. But I also have a terrible sense of direction, so it’s time to start putting my cell’s GPS to good use, take advantage of our U.S. roaming rate, and let my maps app find the nearest coffee rather than circling random neighbourhoods hoping for the best.
- I’ll be gentler with my devices. While I don’t work in the field, I’m probably still a good candidate for a rugged device like the Cat B15. In addition to dropping a couple of phones in the bathtub, smashing a few screens on concrete and regularly splattering my cell with cookie batter, my devices also go through all the regular wear and tear of the nomophobe. In 2014, I’ll try to keep my handset carefully protected with a case and safely tucked away in my purse, rather than balanced atop my coffee cup when winding my way between meetings.
- I’ll watch all those saved videos. I record shows and save them, promising myself that I will, eventually, catch up on all those programs. I’m going to have a few solid snowy night marathons then start fresh with new series! Check out the new TV Recommendation App for NextBox 3.0 for suggestions on what to watch now.
- I’ll de-clutter my coffee table. It’s currently buried under stacks and stacks of magazines I keep meaning to read, clip and recycle. I’m going to take it digital in the new year with Next Issue Canada. The all-you-can-read digital magazine service is available on iPad, Android and Win8 devices, and gives you access to more than 100 of the world’s top magazine titles, starting at $9.99 a month for monthly issues plus digital back issues. My coffee table, and my long-suffering, clutter-phobic boyfriend, will both breathe a sigh of relief.
What are your tech resolutions for the new year?
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This week, Pinterest helps a man make his girlfriend’s wedding dreams come true, Rogers invests in Alberta and the Nokia Lumia 1020 launches. Plus, we introduce Rogers Alerts, a new personalized offer service via SMS. Learn all about it in this week’s edition of the Weekend Reading.
Pin it: I do!
As my friends and I enter the later stages of being twenty-somethings, our Pinterest feeds are starting to get jammed with mason jar favours, robin egg’s blue colour schemes and baby’s breath bouquets. One Dallas man decided to take his girlfriend’s “My Dream Wedding” board and make it a reality – with a proposal and a wedding on the same day! Spoiler alert: She said yes. Ryan Leak pulled from Amanda Roman’s 224 pins to surprise her in Miami, and the whole endeavor is documented in a 30-minute YouTube video.
Meanwhile, for all those brides prepping for a spring shindig, Google is promoting its services to help keep organized for the big day, including creating your wedding website, tracking budgets and sharing photos. Check it out at google.com/weddings.
What online tools help you with event planning?
I’ve already signed up to discover what deals are nearby – have you?Who doesn’t love a good deal? With the newly-launched Rogers Alerts, Rogers wireless customers can opt-in to get location-based mobile offers from retailers via text message. The free service uses geofencing to send a message when you’re near a store with a special offer available. And, when you sign up, you can customize your preferences to make sure you’re only getting the deals you care about. Participating retailers include Sears Canada, Future Shop, Pizza Hut Canada, A&W, Second Cup and Rogers Wireless.
Let’s go Oilers!
Just in time for the first puck drop, Rogers announced a major investment in Alberta. Not only will Rogers invest over $700 in the province over the next four years to upgrade and expand the wireless network and invest in the community, we’ll also be the official communications sponsor of the Edmonton Oilers. Albertans can look forward to increased LTE coverage, new stores, new business solutions, a Rogers-powered Oilers app and more!
What team are you rooting for this NHL season?
Lights, camera … Lumia
I stopped carrying a camera years ago, choosing to have my smartphone do double-duty instead. With the new Nokia Lumia 1020, there’s even less incentive to carry a second gadget: this Windows Phone 8 device has a 41MP camera! Mobilesyrup calls it “one of the best, if not the best, cameras embedded within a smartphone.” It’s available in both black and yellow. For more, visit Rogers.com.
Do you still carry a camera?
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.
Do singles have different smartphone habits than those of us who are coupled up? What does your dog do when you’re not at home? And what’s all this buzz about the new Apple operating system? Read all about it in this week’s edition of the weekend reading.
Apple owners started upgrading to iOS 7 this week, getting their first chance to swipe through the brighter screens and spy some major changes. MobileSyrup reports that “the biggest improvements to the experience are in the subtle, mundane maneuvers people repeat hundreds of times per day.” Upgrades include an expanded notification bar, background updates and a Control Centre where users can turn on WiFi settings and open the camera. The Guardian, meanwhile, walks us through some of the big questions – like what happened to Spotlight and how you search in Safari. Of course, not everyone loves the changes – check out this child’s reaction on the Huffington Post.
What are your thoughts on the new iOS?
Protect your pooch
Three quarters of pet owners want updates on their furry friends when they’re away from home, according to Rogers research. Stacey O’Handley’s family uses their Rogers Smart Home Monitoring system to help keep an eye on their dogs and cat – and thanks to the system, her husband was able to spot their five-year-old lab Oscar with a steak knife and rush home to keep their beloved pet safe. Read more about their story here. This fall, Rogers Smart Home Monitoring is expanding to 28 additional cities and towns in New Brunswick and Newfoundland.
Would you like to receive updates on your pets when you’re away?
Smartphones and the single gal (or guy)
More than half of single smartphone users between 21 and 42 would call themselves practically “addicted” to their device, according to new research from eMarketer. The survey from online dating websites found that the single gal is slightly more connected: 48 per cent checked their mobile device first thing in the morning, compared to two out of five men. Singles also send text messages daily, with 47 per cent calling it a constant activity. Plus, three quarters surf the web on mobile throughout the day, and roughly the same percentage check social sites a few times daily.
I may not be single – but I definitely fall within the same uber connected category as those surveyed. Do you think singles are more attached to their phones than those who are coupled up?
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