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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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Are you itching to get your hands on the most-anticipated new smartphone? Rogers has the largest selection of LTE-enabled devices designed to run on Canada’s fastest wireless internet. This means super-fast mobile browsing and downloading, uninterrupted music and video streaming and the bragging rights that come with having the latest and greatest device.
Here are four ways Rogers can help you get your hands on the season’s most talked about smartphone:
1. Check the Rogers Reservation System: For the first time, our reservation system is open to both new and existing customers. Log in to see what devices are coming next, reserve your device, and we’ll let you know when your new smartphone is ready to pick up at a Rogers store near you. New phones are being added to the reservation system frequently, and you can keep an eye on @RogersBuzz for the latest additions.
2. Rogers Trade-Up Program: Bring your current phone to a local Rogers store or visit www.rogers.com/tradeupquote on your mobile device to find out what your device is worth. We’ll honour the quote for 30 days so you can lock in the value as you wait for the new smartphone to become available.
3. Hardware Upgrade Program: Upgrade by paying your remaining FLEXtab balance or the early upgrade fee. With Rogers Smartphone Freedom Advantage, you never need to wait to get the device you want.
4. Hand Me Down: Give your device to someone you know and they’ll receive 10 per cent off their monthly plan. Or sign up for a Share Everything plan to share data across up to 10 devices and save up to $20 per month when adding their line to the plan. The more you share, the more you save!
So, tell us: What device are you coveting these days?
For tech fans, there’s a lot to be excited about this fall! Every week more details are unveiled about the latest gadgets and there are plenty of hot devices to consider when choosing your next smartphone.
Once you’ve narrowed down your options, you can reserve the device of your choice on our Rogers Reservation System to ensure you’ll get the model you want. This easy-to-use system is a great option for those who want to get their hands on the latest device but don’t necessarily need it on the first day it’s available. And starting this week for the first time, new customers looking for their most coveted device on a Rogers plan can reserve a device with the Rogers Reservation System. We will be adding the latest, hottest devices regularly to the system so please continue to check back!
Here’s how it works:
- If you’re an existing wireless customer:
- Log in to your MyRogers account at www.rogers.com/reserve and select the device of your choice and store where you’d like to pick it up.
- To reserve a device, a $40 reservation fee will be charged to your Rogers account and credited back to you once the device has shipped or you cancel your reservation.
- If you’re a new wireless customer:
- Starting this week, you can create a new MyRogers account at www.rogers.com/reserve with your email and contact information. From there, select the device of your choice and the store where you’d like to pick it up.
- To reserve a device, a $40 reservation fee will be charged to your credit card that will be credited back to you once the device has shipped or you cancel your reservation.
- Upon pickup, new customers will be required to activate a new line.
- When your device is ready to ship, you’ll receive an email with a link to track your shipment until it arrives at the store of your choice. Once the device is in stock, it could take up to four days to ship to your store.
- A store rep will call you when your device is ready to be picked up. We recommend you wait to hear from a rep before you head to the store.
- To learn more, check out our online FAQ or track the status of your reservation at www.rogers.com/reserve.
Ready to reserve? Stay tuned for more reservation details on the latest handsets as they’re unveiled this fall.
UPDATE, Sept. 17, 2013, 12:20 p.m.: Today, we’re excited to open up reservations to new and existing customers for three of the fall’s hottest devices including the LG G2, the Nokia Lumia 1020 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.
Looking for the trifecta of power, design and display – the super-fast LG G2 is packed with a 13-MP anti-shake OIS Camera, 2.3 GHz quad-core processor and is capable of theoretical LTE speeds up to 150 mbps. If you reserve a LG G2 on the Rogers Reservation System before Sept. 27, you’ll receive a free Quick Window Cover valued at $49.99. Visit www.rogers.com/android for terms and conditions.
If you love taking photos on your smartphone, the Nokia Lumia 1020 is perfect device for you! With a 41 megapixel camera sensor, the Nokia Lumia 1020 lets you shoot in super high resolution, which means you can zoom in close to your shot after you’ve taken it. If you reserve the device on the Rogers Reservation System before Oct. 3, you’ll receive a free Camera Grip Case valued at $74.99. The case comes with a rechargeable battery and attaches to any standard camera tripod. Visit www.rogers.com/windows8 for terms and conditions.
We’re all about staying connected in this week’s edition of the Weekend Reading. In addition to launching our Connected for Success initiative and checking out the latest stats on mobile internet access, we’re also reaching out to customers to hear their great ideas. Plus, we take a look at some awesome Android phones.
When it comes to surfing, more and more people are taking it on the road. Web traffic via smartphones has increased by more than 6 per cent since 2012, rising from 11.1 per cent to 17.4 per cent worldwide. The chart from Statista breaks it down by continent, showing that in North America, 15.2 per cent of us are using our smartphones to get online, up from 9.4 per cent a year ago. South America saw the biggest gains in mobile internet use, more than doubling from 3.2 per cent to 6. 8 per cent.
While I expected North Americans to be leading the mobile charge — when was the last time you were in line at a coffee shop and didn’t see everyone on their device? — Asia and Africa actually earn that title. In Asia, 26.6 per cent of web traffic comes from mobile devices, while in Africa, that number is 23.7.
I’m forever double checking facts, movie times and locations on the go – and have been known to haul out the smartphone to settle an argument at the dinner table. Do you surf on your smartphone?
Connected families and bright ideas
This week, Rogers celebrated two exciting launches: the official start of our Connected for Success initiative and our brand new ROGERS Idea Box platform.
Connected for Success is a new affordable broadband internet program geared toward getting more families and youth online. As we announced earlier this summer, the program will provide qualifying families with broadband internet for $9.99 per month with a usage allowance up to 30 GB, plus access to a $150 computer loaded with software. On Thursday, we launched the program at the Cooper Mills Toronto Community Housing residence in Toronto. To celebrate, we hosted an event and chatted with educator Neil Price, who shared with RedBoard what Connected for Success could mean for students.
Rogers Idea Box is a place where you can contribute to improving the customer experience by posting new ideas and voting on ideas from other customers. It’s easy to join – sign in and post your great idea. Then share it with friends and family and encourage them to vote on your idea with the “like” button. The most popular ideas, based on votes, will be reviewed by our team and used to help us improve. Start sharing your ideas on Service and Support, Rogers Stores, Rogers.com and the MyAccount App now!
It’s been a good year for Android. Not only have we seen some super cool devices come out for the operating system, but the Google Play store also reached the one million available apps milestone. This week, Mashable shared a slideshow of their top five Android phones – four of which are available at Rogers. The roundup praises the touchless controls of the Moto X, the awesome camera on the HTC One, the super-fast LG G2 and the Samsung Galaxy S4’s improved sensors. The Nexus 4 rounds out the list, getting props for its super battery life. For more on the latest devices, check out Rogers.com/Android.
What phones are you looking forward to this year?
From the Moto X and LG G2 to the Samsung Mega, there are many new devices to look forward to as the summer comes to an end. If you’re hankering for an upgrade, your old phone can help! A survey from Lookout found that many people have at least one or two old devices collecting dust at home. Instead, recycle your device or trade it in for a credit towards an upgrade with the new Rogers Trade-Up program.
How do I get started?
To find out the value of your phone or tablet, bring it to your local participating Rogers store or search directly on your smartphone by visiting www.rogers.com/tradeupquote. What’s great about getting a Rogers Trade-Up quote is that we’ll honour it for 30 days, so you can lock-in a great buy-back price for your old device before a newer model is unveiled or hits the stores. Additionally, to get full trade-in value, your device must be able to power up and have a working touchscreen with no cracks.
How can I use the trade-in credit?
If you’re a new Rogers customer, this trade-in credit will be used towards the purchase a new device or accessories. If you’re an existing Rogers wireless customer, you’ll receive this credit on the second or third bill after your upgrade. Based on today’s value, your old Samsung Galaxy Note could earn you a credit of up to $80 towards your upgrade.
Will my personal data be protected and removed from my device?
Some Rogers locations will be able to transfer your data to your new device. However, it is recommended that you back up any pictures or videos before you make the swap. Performing a factory reset before you trade will make sure all of your data will be wiped from the device. The store will also perform this task again to confirm all of your data is removed.
For more information, visit www.rogers.com/tradeup.
What new smartphone has you considering making a trade?
This week, we’re bringing you news about smartphone sales as well as the skinny on one of the new devices coming to Rogers: the LG G2. Plus, there are cool new studies about tablets and that photo pose everyone loves to hate, the selfie! Learn all about it in this week’s edition of the weekend reading.
I can’t wait to get my hands on the latest smartphones, so I was pretty excited when Rogers announced the LG G2 will soon be available on our blazing fast LTE network.
The LG G2 “handles like a speed demon,” according to CNET, has a 5.2-inch HD screen and has moved its volume rocker and sleep/power buttons to the back of the device – right below its 13 megapixel camera! Other cool features include “Slide Aside,” which pulls up the most recently used apps and “Knock On” which lets you wake up the G2 with a double tap.
What new phone features excite you?
For the very first time, smartphone sales have topped feature phones, that is, devices with limited or no internet access. PC Mag reported that smartphones made up 51. 8 per cent of mobile phone sales in the second quarter. Based on data from Gartner, Samsung led the charge, partly thanks to the Galaxy S4, and Android topped OS sales, with 79 per cent of smartphones sold. Apple’s iOS represented 14.2 per cent of sales, while Windows Phones made up 3.3 per cent and BlackBerry accounted for 2.7 per cent.
With all the great new devices hitting the market, I’m not surprised people are changing their mobile habits – internet, video and music on the go are practically taken for granted these days! I recycled my last feature phone in 2010 – when did you make the switch to a smartphone?
Tonnes of tablets
We’ve been seeing lots of stats lately about just how pervasive tablets have become – and new data suggests the gadget has definitely hit the mainstream. In fact, one in eight people are expected to have a tablet in hand by 2017. The Forrester research also predicts that 60 per cent of North American online consumers will own tablets by then, as will 42 per cent of Europeans. The Global Business And Consumer Tablet Forecast Update, 2013 to 2017, also predicts that a significant chunk of those purchases will be for business purposes, with an estimated 18 per cent of the 381 million units sold by 2017 destined for workplace use. These futuristic applications include doctors and nurses using tablets to show patients x-ray results and track symptoms and vital signs. Over on RedBoardBiz, we’ve been talking with businesses about the innovative ways they’re already using tablets – check it out and tell us how you see tablets changing your business.
So many selfies
While the mobile self portrait used to be the domain of teens and duckface, selfies are finding new popularity among the senior set. According to the Telegraph, nearly a third of those over 65 in the U.K. have now posed for such a shot. Of course, it’s still popular with other age groups: 75 per cent 18 to 24 year olds and more than half, 51 per cent, of all adults reported having posed for at least one selfie. But, while the photos may be prevalent, the language could be slipping: less than a third of respondents to the HTC-commissioned survey could define “selfie”
The study also estimates that Brits create more than 35 million selfies a month! I’m definitely guilty of flipping on the front-facing camera to capture all sorts of key, and not-so-key, moments, from race finish lines and vacation destinations to showing off a new haircut or colour. Have you posed for a selfie?
We’ve been a little travel-crazy this summer, talking about everything from the best apps to get you through your vacation to how to manage your data when you’re on the road. So, we figured, why stop now? We hit the streets to find out how travellers are using their smartphones this summer.
With our new worry-free U.S. internet roaming rate you can get up to 50 MB of data per 24 hour period for $7.99 – that’s a lot of mapping, social networking and sharing! There’s no sign-up required, so you can get started the second you cross the border. Existing customers in Quebec and Newfoundland may need to opt in, one time only, by visiting www.rogers.com/m/dus on their mobile device. For more, visit http://www.rogers.com/travel.
How do you use your smartphone when you’re on holiday?