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Reserve your Samsung Galaxy S5 now with Rogers

Samsung Galaxy S5This just in: Samsung announced its latest Android device, the brand-new Samsung GALAXY S5, today at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

Don’t wait to get yours!  New and existing Rogers customers can reserve theirs now on the Rogers Reservation System.

Reserving a device on the Rogers Reservation System means you don’t need to call around to stores looking for stock. You know where you are in line, and can choose which Rogers store will receive your device. Plus, you’ll always know where your device is: You get an email notification when it ships, and the store will call you when it arrives.

Here’s what Samsung announced about the device today: The Samsung GALAXY S5 is a LTE Category 4 Standard device, and includes a Finger Scanner for a secure, biometric screen locking feature as well as enhanced S Health 3.0 to help you stay fit. The personal fitness tracker includes a pedometer, diet and exercise records and a new built-in heart rate monitor.

The Samsung GALAXY S5 also has a 16MP camera with the world’s fastest autofocus speed of 0.3 seconds. Canadian specs will be revealed soon. Click here for more information on the S5.

Rogers customers who purchase the Samsung GALAXY S5 will also have the choice to subscribe to the Rogers Next Program, which allows customers to upgrade their device every 12 months with no early upgrade or connection fees. Conditions apply; visit here for full details.

We’ll have more details to share regarding exclusive offers, pricing and release date soon. Stay tuned to @RogersBuzz on Twitter and RedBoard for the latest.

What feature from the Samsung GALAXY S5 excites you?

Update: March 18, 2014: Today, Samsung officially announced Canadian specs for the Samsung Galaxy S5, hitting Rogers this April. Being a Rogers customer has its advantages with this launch:

  • Light up your Samsung Galaxy S5, with its quad-core processor, on Rogers LTE, Canada’s fastest LTE network, and you can expect smooth HD video streaming and blazing fast downloads with virtually no buffering or lags;
  • Be gone the days of carrying a bulky wallet! All Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphones from Rogers will come with the suretap wallet, an app that lets you securely store your credit and debit card information and make payments using your smartphone;
  • Rogers will carry Samsung’s full line-up of next-generation Gear wearables – Gear Fit, Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo – starting on April 11. Only with Rogers will you have access to the Gear 2 Neo, which comes with a standalone music player for your favourite tunes on the go. These wearables extend the smartphone to your wrist with real-time notifications, and help keep fitness goals on track with a built in pedometer and a heart rate sensor.

A few weeks ago, we let new and existing customers reserve their spot in line for the device and today, we’re announcing exclusive offers for the first 10,000 who purchase through the Rogers Reservation System:

  • A $50 credit on a virtual Rogers Prepaid MasterCard in their suretap wallet, ready to spend however they want;
  • Customers already enrolled in the Rogers First Rewards loyalty program when they reserve will receive 2,000 bonus points with their purchase of the Samsung Galaxy S5.  Instantly redeem these points for a discount in-store or save to redeem for Rogers products and services, including bonus wireless data, roaming travel packs and more.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 will be available on April 11 at Rogers for $249.99 on select two-year plans. The Samsung Gear 2 Neo, only available with Rogers, will be available for $219.99; the Gear Fit for $219.99; and the Gear 2 for $329.99.

For updates on more exclusive offers coming soon, check back here or visit For complete offer details and Samsung Galaxy S5 specs, head over to

Reserve your S5 today using the online Rogers Reservation System. The exclusive offers for the first 10,000 to reserve end April 10 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

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Rogers is tops in speed tests has recognized Rogers need for speed, ranking us the fastest overall in their Canada’s Fastest Internet Service Provider review. They also named Rogers Canada’s fastest wireless network on a national average.

For wired internet, Rogers had an average 27.2 Mbps download speed. On the wireless side, the Rogers LTE network delivered the highest speeds in six Canadian markets including Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City, Ottawa, London and the Niagara region. Features Editor Eric Griffith led the “Fastest ISP” project while Lead Mobile Analyst Sascha Segan ran the “Fastest Mobile Networks” search. We had a chance to ask them about the tests, fast networks and the growth of the industry.

What factors do you consider when ranking networks?

Eric: It’s helpful for both readers and providers to know how ISPs stack up against their competition. We factor the average upload and download speed into an index number (based on 20 per cent upload and 80 per cent download) to get a quantifiable measurement for all the providers.

Sascha: We measure speed and reliability. We upload and download data, surf to web pages and keep an eye on how often the connections drop or stall.

What were your findings?

Eric: After eight months of testing using our speedtest site, we found that in Canada, Rogers had the highest download speed by far. That pushed its index rating to 22.2–well above the rest of the major, national ISPs.

Sascha: Urban Canada has very fast networks, on average faster than American networks. The three major Canadian carriers have been very aggressive at rolling out LTE and advanced technologies like Category 4 LTE.

Why do network speeds matter to consumers?

Eric: The Internet is getting more and more bandwidth intensive—just look at the traffic attributed to Youtube  and other media streaming sites. The more speed a customer can eke out, the happier they’ll be.

Sascha: People get frustrated when it takes too long to get their information. And more and more people are using mobile networks for media streaming, and for uploading photos and videos. Those demand consistent, fast connections to operate properly.

What advantage does the customer get by being on the fastest network?

Eric: No delays—nothing annoys more than waiting. People expect video on the Internet to be as instant as the text they read or the shows on their TV. Only with a high-bandwidth pipe is that possible.

Sascha: The goal is seamlessness. With the fastest network, you don’t have to worry about when and whether your app will download or your movie will play. It just does.

How do you take advantage of the new network speeds available?

Eric: The best way to take advantage of the fastest network speeds: use it. You’ve got a pipe to the single greatest repository of information ever created by mankind. Use it often and constantly.

Sascha: You need a phone which supports a fast network. Right now, for instance, Rogers has three levels of LTE phones available. iPhones have LTE, but they don’t support the 2600Mhz band which supplements speeds in big cities. The sweet spot right now is with phones like the Samsung Galaxy S4, which have that faster 2600Mhz band. And we’re starting to see even faster phones like the LG G2, which support Category 4 for even faster speeds.

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Rogers and Fido wireless voice and SMS service restored

Rogers and Fido wireless voice and SMS services were fully restored last night.  The service interruption which began earlier last evening affected all wireless voice service across the country along with some SMS service.

Nadir Mohamed, President and CEO of Rogers Communications said, “I recognize this service interruption was unacceptable for our customers. We worked as quickly as possible to restore service and it was gradually restored over the course of the evening. I sincerely apologize to all of our customers for this significant inconvenience and appreciate their understanding and patience.”

We’re continuing to investigate the root cause of the issue to help ensure it doesn’t happen again. To thank our customers for their patience, Rogers and Fido will proactively credit all of its postpaid wireless customers for one day of service.

Update, Oct. 10, 12:50 P.M.: 

Update, Oct. 10, 8:00 P.M.:

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Tech on the street: How do you travel with your smartphone?

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 on their mobile device. For more, visit

How do you use your smartphone when you’re on holiday?

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BlackBerry Q10 smartphone available today from Rogers

BlackBerry Q10 black and whiteThe BlackBerry Q10 smartphone, with its physical QWERTY keyboard and touchscreen powered by the BlackBerry 10 platform, is available today from Rogers retail locations, starting at $199 with select three year plans.

Rogers is the first Canadian carrier to bring its customers the BlackBerry Q10 device with support for the blazing fast 2600 MHz LTE spectrum band.

In honour of the new smartphone, we caught up with Trevor from Herrle’s Market, a family owned and operated farm near Waterloo, Ont., to learn how his BlackBerry on the Rogers network helps him grow beautifully red and plump strawberries.

When did you start using BlackBerry devices on the farm?

Personally, I have been the “AgNerd” of the family.  My first BlackBerry device was the 6210.  Back then, being able to see the weather in the field was a luxury.  Being able to respond to an email on a tractor was almost unheard of.

How has BlackBerry 10 changed things on the farm?

Beyond coordinating activities using calendar invites and BBM, I also take pictures, track weather patterns, and engage with the community using Twitter from my BlackBerry on a regular basis (yes, even from my tractor – but not while driving it, of course!). I have leveraged social media in particular as a method to connect urban consumers to the farm, gathering feedback on new product ideas and reaching out to them in a variety of ways.

Read the full interview on RedBoardBiz.

The BlackBerry Q10 smartphone is now available at Rogers retail locations across Canada, starting at $199.99 with select three year plans.

Elise is a regular contributor to RedBoard.


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Make the HTC One part of your summer music festival survival kit

HTC OneThe Lumineers, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs entertained the sunglass-wearing crowds at Coachella last weekend, kicking off the summer music festival season. And music lovers can look forward to a solid four months of events, including NXNE in Toronto in June and Osheaga in Montreal in August, not to mention the Manitoba Electronic Music Exhibition (MEME), B.C.’s Live at Squamish, Nova Scotia’s Evolve, Prince Edward Island’s Cavendish Beach Music Festival, Saskatchewan’s Craven County Jamboree, the Ottawa Bluesfest 2013 and the Calgary and Edmonton folk festivals.

Here are our tips for packing your summer music festival survival kit:

A great phone

A great smartphone with the right data plan is essential. How else will you find your friends, map your route, snap some photos and share them on Instagram, post updates on Facebook and Twitter and listen to tunes on the go?

The HTC One, available today for $149.99 with select three year plans, boasts some impressive audio quality. “HTC BoomSound” and dual front stereo speakers powered by Beats Audio amplifiers play your favourite albums loud and clear. You can even use the HTC One as a mini boombox to share your summer soundtrack.

The HTC One also has an ultrapixel camera and a feature called “HTC Zoe,” which automatically creates 30-second videos from your photos, so you can share the backstage photos instantly with all of your networks.

And, to keep track of your friends’ festival experiences, the HTC One offers real-time social media streaming updates on your home screen with “HTC Blink-Feed,” all powered by the blazing fast speeds of the Rogers LTE network.

The HTC One has already received rave reviews, with MobileSyrup calling it “currently the best smartphone on the market” and the CellularGuru describing it as “Superb. Gorgeous. Stunning.”


This should be a no-brainer, but it’s so easy to forget. Stash some sunscreen in your bag, slather it on 20 minutes before heading outside and don’t forget to reapply.

Water bottle

Baking in the hot sun while dancing to your favourite band can lead to some serious dehydration. Stay at the top of your game with a refillable bottle of H20.

Heavy duty footwear

Yes, summer is sandal season. But by about the fifth time your newly pedicured toes get tromped on, you’re going to be wishing you brought some solid sneakers or boots.


Canadian weather can change on a dime. While umbrellas are generally no-nos in crowds, a poncho or waterproof jacket and hat, along with a change of clothes packed in a waterproof bag, can transform your weekend from soggy to stellar.

Something toasty

You can’t rely on your fellow concert-goers to keep you warm. Whether you’d rather pull on a hoodie or sport your blanket like a cape, make sure you pack a few layers to help generate heat.

Something tasty

Long lineups can make it impossible to grab a meal between sets, so be sure to stash a few granola bars and pieces of fruit in your backpack to keep you fueled until the act has taken its final bow.

How does your smartphone power your summer plans?

Jennifer is a regular RedBoard contributor.

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Roaming questions? Our Rogers expert has the answers: “Tech Essentials: Ask an Expert” event March 7th

When you have a question, isn’t it great to be able to turn to an expert? We think so. That’s why we’re launching Tech Essentials: Ask an Expert events through our community forum. Spring break’s fast approaching, so we’ve decided to kick off this forum chat series tomorrow with roaming.

What: Tech Essentials: Ask an Expert roaming online forum chat event
When: Thursday March 7th, 1pm to 3pm (ET)
Where: the Rogers Community Forums
Who: Donavan Beth, Director Roaming & Long distance

Tech Essentials is a new program that provides Canadians with a deeper understanding of how to safely and properly use today’s technology. The Tech Essentials website does a great job of answering some of our customers’ most frequently asked questions about roaming, but at tomorrow’s Tech Essentials: Ask an Expert event you’ll be able to chat directly with our guest expert, Donavan Beth, Director Roaming & Long distance at Rogers about the specific questions you’d like answered.

Looking for inspiration?
How about asking Donavan for tips to help you maximize your data usage while travelling? Or about the ways we’ve simplified our roaming offerings? If you’re getting ready to roam with your Rogers phone, Donavan’s the perfect person to chat with to make sure you’re armed with all the knowledge you need to for a smooth travelling experience.

Donavan’s looking forward to share his insight and knowledge on these and other roaming-related topics with you, so come check out our first Tech Essentials: Ask an Expert event tomorrow.

About our roaming expert:
Donavan Beth is a 13-year veteran of the telecom and high-tech industries.  Since 2007, he’s worked at Rogers Communication in the Roaming and Long Distance department, where he manages Rogers and Fido retail pricing and travels the world to negotiate roaming wholesale contracts with wireless operators and partners.

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Your Rogers bill: Let’s go paperless together

Whether it’s bank statements or utility bills, paperless billing is becoming increasingly common. At Rogers, we believe that paperless billing is the way to go for a bunch of reasons. For one, it reduces paper, which saves trees and the environment.  You may have seen a bill message related to online billing with your latest Rogers invoice. Let’s have a look at what’s changing:


$2 Paper Invoice Fee

We implemented a paper invoice fee back in August 2011 for new wireless customers or existing wireless customers who made certain changes to their account. We recently reached out to any of our existing wireless customers who haven’t made one of those changes to their account and asked them to make a choice: (i) enroll in online billing for free, or (ii) continue with paper invoices for a monthly fee. Should you decide to continue with paper invoices, you’ll be charged a $2 per month paper invoice fee (plus applicable taxes) starting on your first invoice on or after April 9, 2013.

How do I enroll in online billing?

To switch to online billing, just set up and login to your My Rogers account and select “Enroll in Paperless billing.” For more information, go to

Is Online Billing Mandatory?

You always have a choice to enroll in online billing or continue with paper bills. Go to  to speak with a customer service representative or reach out to us on Twitter via @RogersHelps to discuss your options.

How do I know if online billing is the right option for me?

Only you know if you can do without your paper invoice. Know that by switching to online billing, not only will you be doing your bit for the environment, you’ll also be able to take advantage of other benefits, like:

  • Anytime, anywhere online access, 24/7
  • Up to 18 months of billing history in one convenient location
  • Detailed billing and easily downloadable for further analysis

Why are you making this change?

As a company, we care about the environment and our goal is to reduce as much paper waste as possible. Encouraging customers to make the choice to go paperless is part of our ongoing effort to be more environmentally conscious. In fact, Rogers saved more than 992,000kgs of paper by issuing online versus paper bills in 2012. We’ve also reduced our own internal paper usage by 19 per cent in 2011.

We’ve also made significant enhancements to our online customer portal, and now offer additional tools and resources to help you better manage your bill and accounts online. Remember, you can always download and print your bill through the online portal.

If you’ve already made the switch, do you encourage your friends to go paperless? 

Brooke is a new contributor to the Redboard blog. Welcome Brooke!

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Meet Harp Dhonsi – One of the first people in Canada to own a BlackBerry Z10

From splash to flash, Harp Dhonsi’s history with BlackBerry has given him a number of firsts.

It started in 2005 when Harp accidentally dropped the BlackBerry 7700 in a lake while on a camping trip. Despite the accident, his work gave him another BlackBerry, this time a 7500. After he left that company, the Whitby, Ont., resident continued to buy his own BlackBerrys.

“I have since avoided keeping them in my pockets when I’m near large bodies of water,” Harp admits.

Amidst a flurry of media activity, Harp was one of the first Rogers customers to reserve his BlackBerry Z10 on the Rogers Reservation System in December. He was also part of our event at Rogers headquarters on Feb. 5, when he became one of the first people in Canada to receive his Z10.

We caught up with Harp to see how he likes his new BlackBerry, what he thinks about the Z10 and why being a BlackBerry fan is sometimes like being a Toronto Maple Leafs fan.

Q: It’s been more than a week since receiving your Z10, what do you think about the device so far?

A: So far, I’m enjoying the device.  I like the new user interface, the responsiveness when navigating the phone and the general “freshness” of the operating system .

Q: You were one of the first Rogers customers to reserve the Z10, why were you so excited about BlackBerry 10?

A: For me, remaining with Blackberry is a lot like being a Toronto Maple Leafs fan.  Just because they aren’t doing well, doesn’t mean you jump ship and start being a fan of the Montreal Canadiens, even though times may be tough.  I guess I have been rooting for them to make a comeback since they are a Canadian company.

Q: What’s the one new feature that you like best?

A: Multitasking.  It’s handy and convenient to be able to swipe into the BlackBerry Hub to check any incoming messages, while the application I was in remains active.

Q: How has the transition over to BlackBerry 10 been for you? Was it easy to pick up?

A: For the most part it was pretty easy.  Since all of my previous devices had a physical keyboard, it did take a few days to get used to typing on the virtual keyboard.

Q: Tell us what it was like to be a part of the event at the Rogers event on launch day.

A: It was great, although I wasn’t expecting it to be such a big event and to be in the media like that!

Q:  What kind of people would you recommend the Z10 to? Why?

A: I guess everyone!  Current BlackBerry users who are looking to upgrade will enjoy the new operating system simply because the older platform had become quite stale.

Q: This is the first LTE powered BlackBerry. What impresses you most about the Rogers LTE network?

A: The speed while browsing or downloading apps or streaming video is very impressive.  It’s great that it’s available in the major geographical areas across Canada.

How are you enjoying your BlackBerry Z10?

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Getting the most out of your BlackBerry Z10

You’ve got your Z10 — now what?

Fear not! We’ve got a great list of resources on where you can get help if you need it, and learn tips and tricks to get the most out of your BlackBerry 10 experience.

Rogers know-how

Rogers was the first to sell BlackBerry products more than 10 years ago, which means our staff knows BlackBerry inside and out. Pop in to a store near you to talk to one of our in-store reps who have been trained on BlackBerry 10 with your questions. We also offer in-store learning sessions. Stay tuned for BlackBerry 10 dates.

Looking for some quick tips and tricks? You can find them here.

Rogers TechXpert for Wireless

Rogers TechXpert for wireless is an exclusive service for Rogers customers which offers extended wireless device support live online or by phone whenever you need it. Rogers customers who bought their Z10 on select 3-year plans get 1 month free of Rogers TechXpert for wireless service.

How-tos from Connected Rogers

From setting up your Z10 to using the browser on BlackBerry 10 to using BlackBerry10 Time Shift Mode to get the perfect shot, Connected Rogers has you covered on BlackBerry 10 with all kinds of how-tos.

Ask the Rogers Community

Did you know Rogers has community forums where Rogers customers can chat with other customers to get answers to common questions, problems and issues? On our BlackBerry specific forum, users have been discussing the type of media card needed for a Z10.

The BlackBerry blogger community

There are many BlackBerry blogs and communities on the web where you can find information on the new operating system, and also a community of BlackBerry fans, just like you! Over at, they’ve posted a number of how-tos since launch day last week. BlackBerry OS also has a 101 section that’s full of BlackBerry 10 information.

BlackBerry on the web, Twitter and YouTube

Of course, BlackBerry has a support tab on their website, where you can get all help with your new device. BlackBerry also has a wide variety of videos available on their YouTube channel with tips and tricks, and even BlackBerry’s commercial from this year’s Super Bowl.

On Twitter? You’ll want to follow @BlackBerryHelp. Not only do they answer customers’ questions via this account, they also regularly post great tips on how to get the most out of your BlackBerry 10. You can also visit BlackBerry’s blog, Inside BlackBerry.

And of course, you can always share your tips and tricks here. What’s the best thing you’ve learned on BlackBerry 10 so far? 

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Sarah is regular Redboard contributor.

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