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It’s summertime! Hello to backyard BBQs, beach days, parties with friends and families and spontaneous trips. Summer is a time to be carefree, to be on-the-go and carry nothing but a towel, sunscreen and a smartphone.
In early April, we announced the launch of our mobile payments app, the suretap wallet. It’s an easy, convenient way to make payments with your smartphone. While I’ve used suretap here and there, I’m taking the opportunity to use it more throughout the summer since it’s easy and convenient. Here are some of the ways I’ll be using my suretap wallet:
- Cooling off: Whether I’m making a quick iced tea run in the middle of a workday, or on an evening ice cream walk, thanks to the suretap wallet all I need to take with me is my smartphone and I can make those simple payments with the tap of my device.
- Beach day prep: Sunscreen, towel, snacks, music and a good read are all beach essentials. I rely on Indigo for this summer’s latest books, and with the suretap wallet, I can add an Indigo gift card to my wallet from the Card Store, and top the card up with funds to make contactless payments.
- Party planning: Hosting a backyard BBQ? If you need to stock up on food and drinks, the suretap wallet can be used at all LCBOs and the majority of chain grocery stores.
- Sending thanks: You may find your social schedule gets a little busier in the summer. Dinner parties, backyard soirees and weekends visiting friends at the cottage leave little time for planning thank you gifts. The suretap wallet lets me send digital gift cards to friends and family from places like Earl’s, Milestone’s and even local spas.
- Gas’ing up: Heading up to the cottage for a weekend away always starts with a stop at the gas station. The suretap wallet is accepted at most major gas stations across Canada, like Shell and Petro Canada, so you can make those quick payments at the pump.
Also, as an added bonus, receive a $20 credit when you download the suretap wallet and add the Rogers Prepaid MasterCard by July 31.
How will you use your suretap wallet this summer?
Pew Research released a report this week that said nearly one-in-10 Americans get their news through Twitter. Of those who get their news on Twitter, the report notes that “the vast majority, 85%, get news (of any kind) at least sometimes on mobile devices.”
This week’s report found Twitter users who get their news via the microblogging site tend to be younger and more educated than those who get their news via Facebook. Last week, Pew issued a report on how many Americans get their news via Facebook.
Flying with your tablet just got better
Last week, the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA), announced the electronic devices, such as tablets, e-readers and phones no longer need to be turned off, or switched into flight modeduring takeoff and landing. Canadian airlines are not subject to the new rules, as they are governed by Transport Canada, not the FAA.
“It is our opinion that a change in regulation will be welcomed by travellers and airlines alike,” WestJet spokeswoman Brie Ogle told the Toronto Star earlier this week.
An important question comes from the change in regulations. Does this mean Airplane Mode on electronics (that turns off all cellular signals) will have to be renamed?
A year ago, we launched the first SIM-based mobile payment system in Canada. This week, we announced the next step to that: The suretap wallet.
The suretap wallet allows Rogers customers to make payments using their smartphone. The wallet will include a Rogers Prepaid MasterCard, and also has gift card functionality.
Additional cards will become available for download soon, including payment cards from various banks and payment networks and loyalty cards.
Twitter chat with Kathy Buckworth
Every kid has their favourite show. For me growing up it was My Pet Monster. I loved that show, and even had a doll from the show that I cuddled with for years after it ended. I can’t wait to share some of my favourite kids’ shows from when I was growing up with my kids.
We want to hear about your favourite kids shows, and how you and your kids watch TV. Have you shared with them your favourite show from when you were young? Join us for a Twitter chat with parenting expert Kathy Buckworth where she’ll share family TV viewing tips. Follow @RogersBuzz on Nov. 14 from 1-2 p.m. EST to share your tips with us and have a chance to win a new iPad Air.
Email goes mobile
Forty-eight per cent of emails are now opened on smartphones and tablets, according to new research from Litmus. This is a one percentage point gain from September, 2013, and an increase of 10 percentage points since last September.
When it comes to devices, the majority of mobile email opens comes from the iPhone and iPad (nearly 8-%), followed by Android (20%), with BlackBerry and Windows making up less than 1% of mobile opens.
Where do you open your email?
We’ve been talking about mobile payments for quite a while, and about a year ago we facilitated the first SIM-based mobile payment on an NFC-enabled smartphone in Canada. Today, we’re taking it to the next level, announcing that in the coming weeks our new suretap wallet will be available to the public.
The suretap wallet from Rogers will let customers make payments using their smartphone – just like paying with a credit card, minus the bulky physical wallet. The suretap wallet will include a Rogers Prepaid MasterCard so it’s easier to make mobile payments using the money you already have. We’ve also added gift card functionality to the suretap wallet and can confirm that in the near future, additional cards will become available for download, including payment cards from multiple banks and payment networks and loyalty cards.
How does it work?
You pay with a tap of your smartphone using a contactless payment terminal, or in the case of gift cards, by presenting a serial number or QR code. Whether you’re using a payment card or gift card, all the payment information you need will be available in your suretap wallet.
For payment card transactions, the suretap wallet leverages the secure SIM card inside an NFC-enabled smartphone, allowing customers to make mobile payments at tens of thousands of retailers across Canada. It’s as easy and secure as using a regular contactless credit card where you simply tap and go to make a purchase.
When will it launch?
The suretap wallet is set to launch in the coming weeks. If you’re as excited about the launch as we are, make sure you visit the “what do I need?” section of our Rogers suretap page to order your suretap SIM card, or you can visit a Rogers retail store. Get in quick so you can be among the first try to the suretap wallet.
Our vision for the suretap wallet is to allow you to store all your favourite cards – credit cards, gift cards, loyalty cards, transit passes – securely on your smartphone. With the launch of our suretap wallet, we’re one step closer to a truly seamless payment system.
For more information on Rogers suretap, visit: www.rogers.com/suretap. Also check-in closer to launch date to read more about our suretap wallet.
Digital, digital, digital! It’s the word of the week for sure with news headlines focused on digital behaviour between generations, what happens in a digital minute and how much floor space you can save with a digital lifestyle. Plus, we fill you in on some updates to our suretap mobile payments solution. All in this week’s edition of Weekend Reading.
Suretap expands to Android and BlackBerry 10
Last year, we were excited to announce our partnership with CIBC to bring mobile payments to Canada. Since then, we have partnered with suretap to essentially turn your smartphone into a digital wallet. This week, we expanded suretap’s services to work on even more devices, including the Samsung Galaxy S3 and Note II for Android, plus the new Blackberry Z10.
Check out what’s being said online in some great posts this week from Tech Vibes, NFC News, IT Nerd, The Cellular Guru, Mobile Syrup and IT Business. Have you made a purchase with suretap yet? What developments are you looking forward to in 2013?
Digital habits differ between millennials, Gen Xers and boomers
Last week, we told you what millennials (ages 18 to 34) value at work, and the week before that we learned they value their smartphones over their vehicles. This week, eMarketer dug a little deeper to learn how they’re spending their time online.
While watching digital videos ranks highest amongst Gen Xers, millennials consume more social media than the other generations, with more than half of them Tweeting. Don’t count out the baby boomers though – almost 60 million were regular internet users in 2012, but they’re spending more time with video than social media.
These insights into millennials certainly ring true personally! Social media by far uses most of my time every month. Does the same hold true for you? Or are you into other smartphone features entirely?
A digital minute
By the time you finish reading this section, 277,000 people will have logged into Facebook, 204 million emails will have been sent and six new Wikipedia articles will have been published.
It’s absolutely staggering to see consumption by the minute and realize just how much is happening on the internet in a mere minute, let alone a day, month or year! Can you imagine what it will be like two years from now? ReadWriteWeb breaks it down in their infographic featuring how much internet data we go through in a minute, plus where we’re headed by 2015.
Are you surprised by any of these figures? Can you believe more than 320 Twitter accounts were just created?!
Smartphones free up your floor space
Living in a condo approximately 500 square feet by myself, space has been a constant sore point in an otherwise lovely dwelling. So when I saw Mashable’s headline Your Phone Can Replace 62 Cubic Feet of Furniture, I knew it was a must-read!
One of the main conveniences of mobile devices has become the cloud, and its ability to store tangible items virtually. But how many people stop to think of the space they could be saving in their home as a result? By transferring music and books to online libraries you can eliminate furniture such as bookcases, shelving and CD racks. Mashable actually demonstrates the space you could save by transferring storage in a fun graphic.
Is this the way of the future? How will this affect home decor? Guess I know how I’ll be spending my weekend – transferring everything online!
Kelly is a regular RedBoard contributor.
Happy weekend everyone! It’s been an icy cold week with no signs of warming up unfortunately – so there’s no better time to grab some cocoa and bunker down with this week’s headlines in our latest edition of Weekend Reading!
When I think of tablets, I think of the convenience it provides while on the go with a larger screen than a smartphone. However, Mobile Commerce Daily posed a different perspective this week -
“Tablet devices are now known as “couch devices” because consumers are reaching for them while they are sitting at home.” Read the article for yourself and you’ll see its true!
Many of us use them in place of our laptops as a companion device to our televisions – and televisions host commercials. Commercials with fancy fashions, new products, and limited time offers. All of these factors come into play as reasons why online shopping from a tablet has increased by more than 300 percent in the last year alone! You can read more on their convenience and popularity in the entire article here.
I’m pretty sure I’ll have my tablet alongside my cocoa this weekend when I’m curled up inside because it’s minus 30 outside! How many of you are reading this edition of Weekend Reading on your tablet right now?
Are you reading tablet publications?
Keeping with the tablet theme, according to Tech Vibes, tablet publications are faring better in Canada than other parts of the world. In fact, publication apps account for 15% of all apps in iPad’s top 200 grossing apps! In the same category, they are also the second highest grossing apps next to games.
So who are the top publishers Canadians are reading? Do we prefer magazines to newspapers to newsstands? Find out in Tech Vibes infographic with more telling stats here.
2013 – The year of mobile?
That’s what The Mobilists are predicting in their post this week on 2013 Mobile Trends and Predictions, with a wish list that includes converting big data to actionable data, the rise of mobile payments, an increase in mobile shopping, and BYOD (bring your own device) to name a few.
But what do they think about mobile advertising, QR codes, or augmented reality? Check out their thorough article and share your thoughts on their lists in the comments below.
Personally I’m most excited to see developments in mobile use in everyday scenarios – from remote control access to household functions, to deeper control within our cars and even watches (as seen in Tech Zone 360 from this year’s CES.) I’m also eager for mobile payments to advance and become a regular form of payment now with our CIBC agreement for mobile wallets and suretap technology. 2013 is shaping up to be an innovative year already!
Kelly is a regular contributor for RedBoard.
Do you have any to add?
- Speed: We put a lot of emphasis on the ever-increasing speed of our networks this year. Have you tried the wild-and-crazy Rogers Speed Experience yet? Santa did! From our LTE network, to increasing our internet speeds to our full range of devices, speed was definitely on everyone’s lips in 2012.
- Innovation: We’ve always been an innovative company. Our Rogers Innovation Reports highlight our commitment to innovation through a series of surveys highlighting mobile and Internet usage by Canadians. Did you check out our latest? It highlights 2012 trends and your tech predictions for the years ahead. If all your holiday sugar and eggnog has made you data hungry, you can check out all our Rogers Innovation Reports on Slideshare.
- LTE: Innovation and speed came together for us in a big way in 2012 as we built upon our success as the first Canadian wireless company to launch an LTE network, in Ottawa, in 2011, followed by Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. 2012 brought the opening of additional markets from coast to coast, including cities like Victoria, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Regina, Kingston, Quebec City, Moncton and St. John’s.
- Rogers One Number: February blues? Not at Rogers! It was the month we launched Rogers One Number. “RON” as the service is known to its friends, lets you talk, text and send picture messages, and video chat with other Rogers One Number users, all from your computer using your existing phone number. By using Rogers One Number, all calls to Canadian numbers, video chats with other Rogers One Number users and outgoing wireless text messages are free. Did you catch our contest winners’ Rogers One Number chat with Canada’s very own Hedley?
- Mobile Payments and Rogers suretap: We teamed up with CIBC to bring mobile payment to Rogers customers earlier this year. Canadian athlete extraordinaire Simon Whitfield was on hand to make Rogers’ first mobile payment. To learn more about how mobile payments and Rogers suretap work, check out our Rogers suretap video on YouTube.
- Next is Now … More than Ever: this 2nd in our ongoing video series looks at statistics that speak to how much Canadians value the Internet, smart appliances, the development of the dual-screen experience with TVs and tablets, smartphone usage, digital wallets, and the impact the Internet is having on health, government, education, and shopping. Have you checked it out yet?
- Windows 8: How proud were we to be chosen by Microsoft as the preferred Canadian wireless partner for the launch of the highly anticipated Windows 8! We’re bringing the largest selection of Windows 8 devices to the Canadian market, releasing the Nokia 920 back in October. For all the latest details on our Windows 8 offering, visit rogers.com/windows8.
- iPhone 5: what would a Rogers year be without an iPhone launch? It sends our sales and marketing teams, our call centres and our clients into an excited frenzy every time. The iPhone 5 brought us a slimmer device with an improved camera and loads of other rich features. Which iPhone 5 feature is your favourite?
- BlackBerry 10: Not to be outdone, the upcoming BlackBerry 10 is causing quite a stir. So much so that we’re already taking orders for it! Head over to rogers.com to reserve yours today.
- Exclusive devices: Whether it’s the Windows Phone 8X by HTC (8 GB), Nokia Lumia 920, the Samsung ATIV Smart PC and ATIV S Smartphone or the LG Optimus G 2600, 2012 brought Rogers customers access to an exciting range of exclusive smartphones, tablets and apps. Which is your current fave?
- Rogers Smart Home Monitoring: Remember the Jetsons? How cool is it that the life George, Jane, Judy and Elroy lived is (almost) here? Ok so maybe we don’t all have our own personal Rosey-the-robot-maid, and we’re not heading off to work in flying cars, but George and Jane would definitely feel at home with Rogers Smart Home Monitoring. From controlling sensors, cameras, thermostats, lights and small appliances remotely through your computer or smartphone, Rogers gives you a taste of the world Hanna Barbara could only imagine when they created the Jetson universe 50 years ago.
- Rogers Anyplace TV: Sports on your tablet. What more could a die-hard fan want? Sure, from Vancouver to Toronto to Montreal and everywhere in between we’re mourning our hockey season, but being able to watch the Jays or Raptors or the NBA or Sportsnet on our tablets helps ease the pain. And if sports aren’t your thing, no worries: Rogers Anyplace TV has something for you too. Ring in the New Year with any one of our new releases. Men in Black 3 maybe? Or how about Resident Evil: Retribution? Paranorman? I know! Why not enjoy the perfect merge of sports and Hollywood with Clint Eastwood’s Trouble with the Curve? So many choices! Stop me now or I’ll be recommending movies into 2014!
Wow! What a year! So … have we forgotten anything? Which one of these great innovations changed your life in 2012? Drop by one of our newly revamped concept stores to tell us all about it! (I just had to slip a 13th in there … we’re on the cusp of 2013 after all!)
Happy new year everyone! All the best to you and yours: health and happiness for 2013, from our family to yours.
Michelle is a regular RedBoard contributor.
Mobile payments arrived in a big way this year and we are thrilled to be part of this new technology wave. To explain what we’re up to, we made this video that introduces you to mobile payments, NFC technology and Rogers’ suretap, and answers the important questions “Why now?” and “How do I get started?” So press “play” and let us walk you through how to make a mobile payment, conveniently and securely, from your Rogers smartphone:
Have you started to use mobile payments yet?
Allison is a regular contributor to RedBoard.
There has been a lot of discussion around mobile payments in Canada. Back in May we announced an agreement with CIBC to launch Canada’s first commercial mobile payment solution, allowing Canadians to pay with their CIBC credit card at the checkout counter using their Rogers “Near Field Communications” (NFC)-enabled smartphones. Two weeks ago, we achieved a milestone for mobile payments in Canada when we partnered up with CIBC and Simon Whitfield to make Canada’s first point-of-sale mobile credit card transaction using a secure SIM card inside an NFC-enabled smartphone – see our summary of the event here. And as of today, you can download the CIBC Mobile Payment App here.
At that event, we unveiled suretap, a new solution for our wireless customers that will let you turn your smartphone into a wallet. We have been working on this new technology for months and are beyond excited to introduce it. Here is some basic information you need to know to get started with mobile payments and suretap:
What is Rogers suretap?
suretap is a new solution from Rogers that allows you to store an existing credit card on the secure SIM Card in your NFC-enabled device to make mobile payments. Also, suretap- ready devices are certified by payment networks and Rogers as secure and ready for mobile payment solutions.
How does it work?
suretap uses Near Field Communications (NFC), a secure, short range wireless technology that enables devices to securely communicate at close distances (typically less than 10 cm). To make a purchase, you will simply present your supported device at a contactless point of sale terminal.
What devices does it work on?
As of today, the BlackBerry 9900 is suretap ready – the BlackBerry 9360 will be ready in the coming weeks and Android and Windows 8 devices will be ready in early 2013.
How do you get started?
You can get started with suretap in three easy steps:
Step 1: suretap- Ready Device
“suretap ready” means the device has been certified by payment networks and Rogers as secure, and able to transmit credit card information.
Step 2: NFC SIM Card
Rogers suretap allows you to securely download credit card details to your NFC SIM card for use in mobile payments using Near Field Communication (NFC) Technology.
NFC SIM cards can be purchased in Rogers retail stores or online at www.rogers.com/suretap
Step 3: suretap Supported App
Visit App World on your device to download your credit card company’s mobile payment app and register your existing credit card information.
Where can I use it?
Any terminal that accepts VISA PayWave or MasterCard PayPass will also support suretap Today, thousands of retailers are ready to accept mobile payments. A list of merchants that accept Visa payWave is available here and a list of merchants that accept MasterCard PayPass is available here.
To learn more about suretap and to order a secure SIM card, visit www.rogers.com/suretap.
Are you ready to start using your smartphone as a wallet?
Allison is a regular contributor to Redboard.
UPDATE: May 9, 2013, 2:45 p.m.: We’re happy to announce the CIBC Mobile Payment App is now available on suretap-ready Samsung Galaxy S III devices.
Weekend Reading: Internet by bicycle, coffee by mobile payment and device charging stations at Starbucks
This week’s hottest tech stories revolved around two things: internet and accessibility. Earlier this week, Starbucks announced it would be trialing charging stations at its tables to accommodate customers who already take advantage of free Wi-Fi. Then we came across an intriguing story of a startup company bringing the internet to less developed countries via bicycles. Finally, we rounded off the week with some updates on Rogers mobile wallet initiatives for all those getting a jump start on holiday shopping!
Bikes bring internet to Bangladesh
It’s easy to take things for granted in a country like Canada, where internet is not considered a luxury. In Bangladesh,only 5 million of the country’s 152 million residents have Internet access.
This week we stumbled across a cool Associated Press article highlighting a company literally bringing the internet via their bicycles to citizens of Bangladesh. D Net, one of the companies behind the program, recruits women known as “Info Ladies” and trains them for three months to use a computer, the internet, printers, and cameras so they can teach others. The program offers both free and paid services and helps create jobs for women.
Read more about The Info Ladies and learn how this simple project is introducing a whole world of technology to those less fortunate in the full article here.
Have your coffee, your Wi-Fi, and soon your charging station too
A report from Boston.com earlier this week said that Starbucks would launch a limited time in-store trial for wireless charging at 17 locations in the Boston area.
If people are already in the store setting down their devices while sipping their coffee and browsing the web, why not charge it at the same time?
Working with Duracell Powermat would supply the tech capability, but is there really a demand for this service? Let us know what you think in the comments below. Is this something you would like to see brought to Canada?
Rogers and CIBC bring mobile payments to Canadians today
It’s finally here! Today Pan American Games and Olympic medalist Simon Whitfield made Canada’s first ever SIM-based mobile transaction for a Tim Hortons coffee on his NFC-enabled Blackberry.
The SIM cards are available for order now, and the CIBC Mobile Payment app will be available November 16th. Catch up on all the online buzz that’s been coming in today from Mobile Syrup, Financial Post, iPhone in Canada, and The Cellular Guru to name a few. Engadget also kept its readers updated on rollout and availability, while Digital Home quoted recent stats in favour of mobile payments.
Kelly is a regular contributor for RedBoard