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Text messages, emails and love, oh my

Valentine's Day 2012Confession: I love my phone. I take it everywhere. I feel anxious when it’s not around. I even sleep with it nearby. If you’re like me, you too have probably fallen in love with your smartphone over the past couple years. This love of technology got us thinking.  Does our passion for gadgets and social media hurt human interaction or improve it? With Valentine’s Day around the corner, we decided to find out just how much technology affects relationships.

Technology keeping it exciting

According to a recent survey, 25% of Canadian technology users say the use of technology to stay connected with their significant other keeps their relationship exciting! And, it’s not just women who feel this way. Of that 25%, it was evenly split among men and women. Of those surveyed that think technology helps spice up the relationship, people from Quebec were the highest with 31% agreeing with this statement.

Time well wasted

How much time do you spend talking to your significant other each day? According to our research of Canadian technology users, the average young adult (18-24) spends 2.5 hours using technology to communicate to their boyfriend or girlfriend each day!

Dating and dumping

We all know technology can be used to connect people, but what about when it comes time to break it off? Overall, the phone remains the most popular method to hook up or break up. 48% of those surveyed have been asked out over the phone and 18% admitted to being dumped.

While 31% of 18-24 year olds surveyed said they have been asked out via a social networking site like Facebook, the favourite Gen Y approach is definitely the phone. More than half (60%) of 25-34 year olds surveyed have been asked out over the phone.

And what about text message? Can you really communicate your feelings in just a few characters? Apparently, you can. 27% of 18-24 year olds think it is totally fine to ask someone out on a first date through a text message. In fact, 40% say they’ve actually been asked out in a text message before. Only 12% have been dumped.

Of all Canadian technology users surveyed, the ladies are more open to being asked out via text than men. 14% of women versus 9% of men feel texting is a perfectly fine way to ask someone out on a first date. So guys, if you’re on the fence about sending that text to that special someone, I say go for it! It just might work out for you.

What do you think? Is technology hurting or helping romantic encounters?

Hungry for more stats? Check out the Rogers Innovation Report where we looked at technology predictions for 2012.

Miranda is a regular contributor to RedBoard

Information about our research: From January 13th to January 23rd 2012, an online survey was conducted among 1,403 randomly selected adult Canadians that own a smartphone or tablet and use texting, social networking, video calling, email, instant messaging, or BBM. All were Angus Reid Forum panelists. The margin of error—which measures sampling variability—is +/- 2.6%, 19 times out of 20. The results have been statistically weighted according to region and gender. Discrepancies in or between totals are due to rounding.

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2010 year in review: Our favourite posts

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What a year it’s been for us here on RedBoard.

Launched in March, we’ve published more than 100 posts, seen thousands of comments, served up hundreds of thousands of pageviews and even launched a companion blog – RedBoard Biz.

Looking back, if there is one thing we’ve learned, it’s that you’re passionate about the products and services we offer. We’re happy to have been able to share our stories as well as listen to what you have to say about how we can work better together. That’s the beauty of this medium – the two-way dialogue it facilitates and the creation of a real-time record of what’s important to you.

Indeed, we’ve heard you loud and clear.

In part one of our series looking back at our favourite RedBoard moments, we asked each of our contributors to pick their favourite post of the year, as well as why they’ve chosen each. Tomorrow, we’ll post our favourite videos.

  1. Highlights & video from Rogers TabLife TO (Rob Manne): If you couldn’t make it to our conference here at Rogers HQ in Toronto, you can experience every minute thanks to the wonders of Internet video.
  2. Let’s talk: Rogers unwraps RedBoard blog (Keith McArthur): The post that started it all, detailing what this site would be all about and getting your thoughts on what you want to discuss on RedBoard.
  3. Txting in a time of crisis: Answering the call for help (Miranda MacDonald): Rogers customers regularly open their wallets to help those in need by donating to important causes via their mobile phone. This post gave an overview of mobile giving as well as provided an update our Haitian relief efforts.
  4. Rogers Super Sports Pak: Every NFL snap in HD plus hockey, basketball and more (Richard Bloom): Is there anything better than watching the big game on a big screen with buddies? Heading into the 2010 NFL season, we launched some sweet new sports programming, including my personal fave: NFL RedZone.
  5. Rogers turns 50 today and we’re celebrating with a contest! (Stacey Fowler): How did we celebrate the 50th anniversary of our founder Ted Rogers’ purchase of a fledgling FM radio station and transforming into the company we know today? By getting your thoughts on how technology has changed your life for the better – and giving away a Wi-Fi + 3G 32GB iPad.

Richard Bloom is a regular contributor to RedBoard.

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Santa, stockings & SMS: Mobile giving this holiday season

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Giving to the needy is an important part of many Canadians’ holiday season.

We’re a giving nation, after all, with Statistics Canada reporting that nearly a quarter of us claimed a charitable donation on our tax returns last year. In one of our very first blog posts, we talked about how Rogers and Fido customers donated more than $385,000 to Haiti relief efforts through text messages. Since then, mobile giving campaigns facilitated through organizations like The Mobile Giving Foundation have successfully raised millions for various charities and relief efforts.

Indeed, thanks to mobile technologies, making a charitable donation has never been easier.

Connected Rogers Magazine has put together an article highlighting the ways to donate via your cell phone to hundreds of charities that have teamed up with the Mobile Giving Foundation including:

As the article notes: “Donating this way is one of the safer ways to give money. Your wireless carrier simply adds $5 or $10 – depending on the charity’s code – onto your month-end phone bill. No credit card information is exchanged; the Mobile Giving Foundation collects the cash from the carrier monthly and then hands it over to the charity.”

You can learn more about how to get a tax receipt for your donation here.

Also, if you follow Connected Rogers Magazine on Twitter (@connectedmag), Rogers will donate $1 to the United Way for each new follower by January 1, 2011.

On behalf of us here at RedBoard, happy holidays. And, please do remember to give.

Miranda MacDonald is a regular contributor to RedBoard

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You down with QMD? Vivaz Pro now available from Rogers

Sony Ericsson Vivaz ProSony Ericsson’s Vivaz Pro is one of the newest devices to join Rogers, loaded with the ability to play 720p HD videos, a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and touch-screen navigation.

The Vivaz Pro is what is called a Quick Messaging Device, or QMD for short – perfect if you put text messaging above all other features. Sure there are other things you can do with the phone, but SMS sits atop the list.

If you’ve never heard of QMD before now, here’s a primer:

What is a QMD?

A QMD is an “in-between” line of cellphones. Most have a full QWERTY keyboard for fast, easy messaging, some have touch screens and offer data services such as messaging, email and web access.

First launched in early 2009, the LG Neon was one of the original QMD devices along with the Samsung Gravity and Samsung Propel. Since then, the popularity of QMDs has grown rapidly in Canada and Rogers carries many of them, including the Samsung Corby Pro, LG Xenon and Nokia Surge.

Do QMDs require a data plan?

While QMDs offer some of the great functionality of a smartphone, they do not require a data plan. However, if you don’t have a data on your QMD, it doesn’t mean you can’t access the Internet. There’s always the option of a Rogers Mobile Internet Pass for short-term, occasional mobile internet access.

Who would use a QMD?

QMDs are perfect for people who use messaging as their primary device feature -  from newbies to SMS fanatics. The devices are designed to allow people to send text, picture, video and instant messages with ease.

Check out the video below from Sony Ericsson on the new Vivaz Pro.

Are you a fan of QMDs? What do you think of the new Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro?

Miranda MacDonald is a regular contributor to RedBoard.

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Grandma: check. Introducing Essential Connect for seniors

Doro PhoneEasy 410gsmThere’s lots of buzz about smartphones, apps and next-generation mobile experiences – but we know you may have people on your holiday-shopping list with unique needs when it comes to keeping in touch with family and friends.

So get ready to check Grandma off your gift list. The Essential Connect Package for seniors is the first package that includes a new easy-to-use device called the Doro PhoneEasy and an equally-easy plan to stay connected.

As the name implies, the Doro PhoneEasy 410gsm, available exclusively from Rogers, is an easy-to-use phone with large buttons and characters for uncomplicated dialing and messaging. It has a large keypad with separated keys, an easy-to-read colour display and extra-loud handset volume functionality which is hearing aid compatible. It also features a vibrating ringer, Bluetooth wireless technology and a programmable Emergency Alert button.

New plans to get connected
Our Essential Connect Package provides a series of voice-only plans ranging in price from $15 to $25 per month designed specifically for the Doro PhoneEasy, which include between 100 to 200 voice minutes. You can pick up the Doro PhoneEasy for $24.99 with a two year term.

Other voice and text plans also work on the device so if Grandma becomes an avid texter, she can easily upgrade her plan.

Do you know anyone who would like the Essential Connect Package? What do you think of this new device and plan package?

Miranda MacDonald is regular contributor to RedBoard

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Wireless AMBER Alerts program launches

wireless amber alerts logoAs of today, Canada’s wireless carriers are joining forces to assist in the crucial AMBER Alert public program, allowing customers to receive free AMBER Alerts notifications on their cell phones via text message.

With 23-million cell-phone customers across Canada, that’s a powerful way to quickly spread a message to help in the safe return of a missing child.

How it works:

You will receive a text message whenever an AMBER Alert is issued in your region. You will also receive a message when that same AMBER Alert is cancelled or if there is additional information related to the alert.

How to participate:

You need to opt-in via your computer or mobile phone to receive the AMBER Alerts. Here’s how:

  • From your computer, go to www.WirelessAMBER.ca, enter your 10-digit mobile number (including area code) and click Submit. You will then receive a text message on your mobile phone with a four-letter validation PIN code. Enter the code on the website and click Submit. On the subscription page, you can modify your settings to select the provinces from which you would like to receive alerts.
  • From your mobile device, text keyword “AMBER” to 26237. You will receive a link to a mobile site where you can confirm and modify your settings.

The AMBER Alert program, in which law enforcement and media work together to quickly notify the public about abducted children, is in effect in every province and territory. This latest initiative is a joint partnership between the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Ontario Provincial Police and AMBER Alert agencies across the country.

For more information on the program, visit www.WirelessAMBER.ca

Richard Bloom is a regular contributor to RedBoard.

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BNJR Mom I <3 Paris! Rogers introduces new U.S. and International Text Messaging Travel Packs

sms-travel-packsYou’ve got your ticket, itinerary and passport all ready for your summer vacation.

And, if you plan to bring your smartphone along for the ride we’ve got some news that will help make keeping in touch less costly: our new U.S and International Text Messaging Travel Packs, featuring a greater number of included text messages with a rate as low as $0.10 per sent message in the U.S. and $0.20 per sent for International. And best of all, received text messages are free!

What is it?
U.S. and International Text Messaging Travel Packs are a one-time purchase of text messages at a discounted rate for use while outside of Canada.

Travel Packs are valid for one month from the date of purchase. And, if you run out of the included text messages, you can keep on sending messages at the reduced rate provided by your Travel Pack until that month is up.

The U.S. Text Messaging Travel Pack text messages may be used all over the U.S., including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The International Text Messaging Travel Pack may be used for international text messaging excluding the U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Cuba.

What are the new rates?
Text messaging Travel Packs range in price from $12.50-$50 and can save you up to 87 per cent off Rogers regular text messaging rate outside of Canada, depending on which Travel Pack you choose.

To find the one that’s right for you, check out www.rogers.com/travelwithyourphone

How to Get It?
You can add a travel pack right from your phone:

  • Text “SAVE” to 7626. A link will be sent to your phone to allow you to activate the pack.
  • Or, select the Internet icon from your phone’s main menu to get to the Rogers Mobile Internet site, www.rogers.mobi. From there, click the My Account link, select Browse New Services, then click Travel Packs.

Also, if you frequently travel to the U.S, you may want to check out Rogers recently announced One Rate data roaming plans. For about $10 more a month than equivalent domestic plans, you can use the same data allotment in both Canada and the U.S. to check email or use your phone’s mobile internet.

Where will your summer vacation take you this year? Have you ever used a Rogers Text Messaging Travel Pack?

Miranda MacDonald is a regular contributor to RedBoard.

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Extreme Text Messaging: Copy and forward and block, oh my!

extreme text messagingI use my smartphone to text more than I use it to make phone calls. I text my friends to coordinate plans and I’ve even exchanged a few text messages with my mom.

New research released today conducted for Rogers by Harris/Decima finds that 65 per cent of text messaging users want to do more with their text messaging services.

Indeed, texting is a super fast and easy way to communicate, but it’s also been a pretty basic service. Until now.

Starting immediately, Rogers customers can take text messaging to the next level with our new Extreme Text Messaging service, a first in North America.

Extreme Text Messaging lets you block unwanted texts, set up an auto-reply message and easily send a text to a distribution list, to name but a few cool new features.

Best of all, Extreme Text Messaging is available at no additional cost for any Rogers postpaid or prepaid wireless customer — whether you are using text messaging on a pay-per-use basis, part of your plan or as an add-on.

Features and benefits:

  • Text Blocker: Have an ex you’d rather not hear from? Getting spam messages? You can now add any phone number to a blocker list and stop receiving messages from that number.   The owner of the number won’t even know they’ve been blocked
  • Text Auto Reply: If you’re away on vacation or not checking messages, you can set up this feature to send an auto-reply message to anyone who sends you a text
  • Distribution lists: Quickly message your family or a group of friends all at once without having to add each recipient to the message one by one.
  • Text Copy: Want to send a copy of any text message you receive to your computer so you can see your text messages while you email? Need a written backup of your text messages? Have a copy of your text messages automatically sent to an email address or another wireless phone number.
  • Text Forward: No more carrying around a personal and work phone on the weekend. Have all your text messages automatically forwarded to another phone number, just like call forwarding.
  • Personal Signature: Add some fun to your text messages by creating a personal signature or message that will automatically be included at the end of any text you send.

Standard text messaging rates apply for each person on a distribution list and for any copy, forward, or auto-reply text message sent. For additional details, please go to www.rogers.com/extremetext.

How to manage Extreme Text Messaging:
Visit the My Account section of Rogers Mobile Internet Portal at www.rogers.mobi and click on Extreme Text Messaging under Manage My Services. Or, text “XTREME” to 4716 to be sent a URL to access the setup page for all features.  iPhone and Android customers will need to browse to www.rogers.com/m/extremetext to access the set-up page.

Text messaging plans:
Rogers has a variety of text messaging plans and options to help you get the most out of your text messaging. Click here for more information about our text messaging add-on options.

Do you use text messaging regularly? If so, how many text messages do you send a month? And, what do you think of the new functionality?

Miranda MacDonald is a regular contributor to RedBoard.

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