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Weekend reading: Far-flung travel, great gear and a little personality

Weekend readingBonjour Paris! Or maybe Hola España? I’m daydreaming about globetrotting this week after the launch of Rogers new international travel packs. Plus, I’m checking my heart rate in preparation for a spring marathon with the new Samsung Gear 2 Neo. Finally, new research shares just what your Facebook profile says about you.  

Share the globe

I’m a firm believer in the “pics or it didn’t happen” internet philosophy. So, whether I’m enjoying a perfect meal in Iceland or sliding down a Nicaraguan volcano with my Go Pro, I’m determined to get a brag-worthy shot and post it to Instagram ASAP. This week, Rogers launched travel options perfectly suited to my wanderlust: new international travel packs that keep you connected with voice, data and text as well as a daily data-only rate for $9.99. With both options, you’ll receive free text alerts that let you know when you’re nearing the end of your available data, or you can do a spot check by texting “USAGE” to 3330 for free to see how many daily data rates you’ve used or if you’ve been charged overage costs on your travel pack. For more info, check out

My next stop is south of the border for a little time in the desert (where I’ll be relying on the $7.99 data-only rate). Where will you get your next passport stamp?

Wild for wearables

Not to brag, but I’m currently on a 40-day streak of hitting my activity goal with my current fitness wearable. OK, yes, I’m totally bragging. But I’ve been trying out wearable tech for the past year-and-a-half, and find something strangely addictive about the up-to-the-minute tracking of my steps, calories burned, sleep and so much more.

So I jumped at the chance to test out the new Samsung Gear 2 Neo – available exclusively from Rogers. With a heart rate monitor and exercise tracking that includes integration with Samsung’s S Health 3.0 app, the ability to check my latest smartphone notifications on my wrist was just the icing on the cake. For more on the history of wearables, check out this cool infographic on betakit.

Of course, as gadget-obsessed as I am, I still track my mileage old school: by mapping out the distance online, then plugging it into my desktop calendar. What technology helps you keep tabs on your exercise efforts?

Social personality

Apparently, your Facebook archive is more than just a trove of questionable haircut photos. A recent study from researchers at Old Dominion University, and reported by The Economic Times, says your social media profile is more telling than a personality test. The study looked at 146 students and compared their personality test results to their social profiles and their performance at work and school. They found the personality traits from the students’ profiles could predict how they would fare in the workplace.

According to the authors, the social networks may be a better predictor than a one-time test because they contain records of behaviour over years. More data means a more complete picture of who you really are.

What does your Facebook profile say about you?

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Rogers March Break checklist: limit your roaming costs

Roaming tips from Rogers for March BreakWhether you’re hitting the beach or slopes outside of Canada this March break, you can stay connected with family and friends and keep it affordable by taking a few easy steps.

Once you leave Canada, you’re roaming off the Rogers network. When you “roam”, you’re accessing services through a foreign cellular network and can incur incremental charges for your usage (talking, texting, emailing, web browsing etc).

Here are a few tips from Connected Magazine, on how you can save on roaming this March Break:

1. Make sure your data roaming is on–Most devices have the data roaming set to off. If you plan on checking email or using other data services such as web browsing, BBM, MMS, Visual Voicemail & Apps while you are away, turn data roaming on. Also, remember to turn off Apps that you’re not using to help conserve data.

2. Learn more and purchase –Text TRAVEL to 7626 to view and purchase affordable and easy to use roaming options or visit

For Data:

3. Get a Roaming Data Pass – Sharing a picture, web browsing or checking email requires data. Passes start at $5 and include the following customer friendly features that help ensure a worry free roaming experience:

  • Free near real-time text alerts that let you monitor your data usage.
  • Data service cut-offs upon data-pass expiration, so you never have to worry about “overage” fees.

For Voice & Text:

4. Get a Combo Travel Pack–Need Voice and Text while you’re down in the Caribbean? The Zone 3 Combo Travel Pack is good for one month from the date of purchase and if you use up the Pack, you’ll continue to enjoy discounted rates (per minute, sent text) for your usage until the month is over.

5. Save juice by:

  • Disabling Bluetooth and Wi-Fi (turn on Wi-Fi when looking for a hotspot).
  • Turning your screen’s brightness down.
  • Closing apps that run in the background.

For more useful tips on how to save on roaming this March Break and to download a handy travel checklist, visit Connected Magazine.

Michelle is a new 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

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, 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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Rogers & Roaming: Working To Make It Easier

BlackBerry Bold White roamingWith the arrival of warmer weather, you may be starting to make your Spring or Summer travel plans. If you’re like us, you’ll probably be packing a smartphone or other mobile device to keep connected with friends, family and yes, even work.

Historically this has been hard to do affordably, regardless of your carrier. You may have resorted to switching data off, or using only Wi-Fi or pay phones to keep costs down. But as part of Rogers’ efforts to make it easier for you to do business with us, we’re working with our roaming partners to bring down roaming fees and we’re also designing new offers and options to better fit your needs while roaming. Here’s a rundown of some of the new ideas we’ve introduced to make roaming more affordable.

New One Rate Plans

A few weeks ago, Rogers unveiled One Rate data roaming plans. These new plans offer frequent travellers to the U.S. the ability to draw from the same data bucket in both Canada and the U.S. For about $10 more a month than equivalent domestic plans, frequent U.S. business and leisure travellers can get cost certainty and big savings. It’s not available for all our plans, but you can find more details at

Travel Packs
Less frequent travellers should go with a travel pack, which provides significant savings over standard text messaging, voice and data roaming rates. You can add U.S. or international packs by contacting Customer Care or through the My Rogers section on Go to for travel pack info.

Some of you (particularly our iPhone customers) have told us you don’t want to switch plans to get better roaming rates. The best option for you is the U.S Data Roaming Option. A $10  recurring monthly fee allows you to roam in the States at the rate of $1/MB, the equivalent of roughly 50 text e-mails. Data usage can also vary by device – see the travel tips section of the link above for more useful info. You can also check out the data calculator at

We’re excited to provide One Rate’s pioneering low rates and convenience, along with the widest range of roaming options available to Canadians. But we recognize there’s more work to do.

Our goal is to make wireless roaming easier and more cost effective for all our customers. Here are a few things we’ve done to make that happen:

  • Since last year, our customers receive an SMS once they’re roaming in a foreign country and get directed to some of the packs above to save money.
  • Our site has a travel tips section to educate customers about roaming
  • Clearer representation on your monthly invoice to better manage and understand your roaming usage

Looking ahead, we are working with partners around the world to find other ways to bring savings to our customers. So stay tuned – and bon voyage!

Rob Manne is a regular contributor to RedBoard.

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