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Back to School: How to choose a smartphone that’s best in class – and a contest!

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I was fortunate enough to sit down with @WinstonSih, well-known digital correspondent, who helped me create our latest back to school post below. Check it out:

Back to school for many means heading back to the hallways with a new flashy phone.  With a growing number of available smartphone features, and new devices coming out every month, students have a wide variety of choices. Everyone’s back to school device and data needs are different. Maybe you’re off to university and looking for a phone to keep you social or you’re a parent purchasing an entry level phone for your child.

To make the process easy for you, I thought I’d share the three steps to ensure you are ready to head back to class with a smartphone in hand:

1)      Pick a device that suits your needs
It’s important to ask yourself: what will I use my smartphone for? This question is key in determining the features you want out of your device. For example:

  • If you’re looking to use your smartphone to watch sports, stream classroom lectures or read e-books, check out a device with a large HD screen. I suggest the LG G Flex that has a 6 inch curved HD Display or the Samsung GALAXY S5 with a 5.1 inch HD screen. Both can reach super fast speeds on Rogers LTE network so you can stream to your heart’s content with virtually no buffering or lag.
  • Students getting their first cellphones, or those that don’t need all the bells and whistles, should look for a simpler device. Two options I recommend include the Moto G LTE and the Nokia Lumia 635. Both phones offer impressive performance, but come at an affordable price.
  • A student who is always on the go from class, to the library, to the gym, and so forth needs a phone that can keep up. These active academics should look to the LG G3. With alightweight and anti-scratch body, the LG G3 is ideal for students on the move and comes with a long lasting removable battery that complements a busy schedule.

2)      Get your data
Having enough data is important to ensure you can use your device but given a tight student or family budget, data shouldn’t go to waste. Get a plan that maximizes the value of your data by sharing it across devices. With Rogers ShareEverything plans, for example, data pools range in size from 500 MB to 15 GB monthly, with the opportunity to add up 10 devices on a plan. Data sharing is ideal for students; the more devices you add, like your tablet, a roommate’s smartphone, or your parents’ devices, the lower the cost per device. Share Everything plans are also loaded with unlimited Canada-wide calling and messaging, call display and voicemail for each plan member.

3)      App it up
Once you’ve got your device, it’s time to personalize it even more. Apps are an excellent way to get even more out of your new phone. Here are my top three apps you should check out to help you when you’re back in class:

Evernote

  • An app best for keeping notes and projects organized across all devices
  • Clip web articles, include handwritten notes, and snap photos to keep notes, projects and research with you all the time

SuperCard Flashcards

  • An easy way to study, the app provides multiple ways to create image or text flash cards
  • Provides three quiz types to help you prepare for upcoming mid-terms or exams

Google Drive

  • A simple way to have all your projects and notes within reach from any smartphone, tablet or computer
  • Awesome for syncing files, documents and presentations

Win two Nokia Lumia 635 before September 3rd:

To ensure, you’re back to school ready, we’re giving away two Nokia Lumia 635 devices to one lucky winner. We’re giving you two so you can use them on a ShareEverything plan; you can share data and features with your new roommate, a sibling, or your child. To enter, in 30 words or less, tell us in the space below how the Nokia Lumia 635 will be used when you/your child heads back to school.

CONTEST RULES

Back to School Contest
ROGERS Communications Partnership

The Back to School Contest (the “Contest”) is presented and administrated by Rogers Communications Partnership (herein referred as “Rogers” or “Contest Sponsor”).

1. ELIGIBILITY – The Contest is open to residents of Canada who are over the age of majority in their province or territory of residence but excluding residents of Quebec (individually “entrant” and altogether “entrants”).

Employees of Contest Sponsor, its parent and affiliated companies, representatives, dealers and agents, contest suppliers and judges, and those with whom they are domiciled are not eligible to enter. Entrants under the age of majority must, prior to participating in the Contest, obtain the consent of their parent(s) or legal guardian, who will be considered the Contest entrant.

2. CONTEST PERIOD – The Contest starts on August 28, 2014 and continues until 12:00PM on September 3, 2014. All times are Eastern Daylight Saving Times.

3. HOW TO ENTER- No purchase necessary.

To enter, tell us in a 30-word or less essay in the comment box following this blog post, how the Nokia Lumia 635 will be used when you/your child heads back to school.

By submitting an essay in the Contest, entrant irrevocably grants Rogers, its agents, licensees, and assigns the unconditional and perpetual right and permission to store, copy, transmit, post, broadcast, and display, in whole or in part, the essay on any and all media now known or hereinafter invented, without additional review, compensation, or approval whatsoever. Entrant warrants to Rogers and its affiliates that the essay submitted does not contravene or infringe on anyone else’s copyright or other intellectual property.

Limit of one (1) entry per person. Any attempt or suspected attempt to enter more than once per person, any use of robotic, automatic, programmed or any entry methods not authorized by these rules, shall be deemed as tampering and will void all of your entries. All entries that are incomplete, illegible, damaged, contain erroneous contact information or do not conform to or satisfy any condition of the rules may be disqualified by the Contest Sponsor.

4. PRIZE(S) – Entrants are eligible to win one (1) of two (2) Nokia Lumia 635 smartphones, having an approximate value of $199.99.

Contest Sponsor is not responsible should the value of the prize quoted in these rules differ from the actual value of the prize at the time of the draw and the awarding of the said prize. No financial compensation will be made if actual value is lower than the value of the prize quoted in these rules.
Device is locked for use on the Rogers network and does not include activation, airtime or data plan, which are the responsibility of the winner. Winner must comply with Rogers Terms of Service and the user guide for the product and/or services when the device is activated and used on the Rogers network. Any costs or expenses incurred by winner in claiming or using the prize not specifically described as part of the prize, including but not limiting to unlocking the device, are the sole responsibility of the winner.

5. DRAW – A random draw by a representative of the Contest Sponsor or the independent judging agency from all entries received will be made immediately after the closing of the Contest at approximately 12:05PM on September 3, 2014 at the Rogers office at 333 Bloor St E. Selected entrants will be contacted by email at the email address indicated on his/her entry

6. CONFIRMATION OF WINNER – If a selected entrant cannot be reached within five (5) business days following the first attempt of contact, incorrectly answers the skill-testing question, declines the prize, or fails to return a Release of Liability as specified below, Contest Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to select another entrant or to cancel the prize.

7. ACCEPTANCE OF PRIZE- Prizes must be accepted as awarded and are not transferable, redeemable, refundable or exchangeable for cash and not replaceable if lost/stolen. Contest Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize, in whole or in part, with a prize of at least equal value in the event of the unavailability, for whatever reason, of the advertised prize.

8. RULINGS – Rulings by Contest Sponsor are final and without appeal in all matters related to the promotion, the administration of the Contest and the awarding of the prizes.

9. ODDS OF WINNING – Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries. Contest Sponsor takes no responsibility for lost, stolen, delayed, damaged, misdirected, late or destroyed entries, or for typographical or other production errors. Contest Sponsor is not responsible for any errors or omissions in printing or advertising this Contest. All entries become the property of the Contest Sponsor.

10. CONSENT TO PUBLICITY – By entering this Contest and/or accepting a prize, entrants consent to the use of their entry, name, city of residence and/or voice, statements, any photographs or other likenesses for publicity, advertising or informational purposes carried out by the Contest Sponsor and/or its advertising agencies in any medium or format without further notice or compensation.

11. LEGISLATION – The Contest is subject to all applicable federal, provincial and municipal laws and regulations.

12. COMMUNICATIONS – No communications will be entered into except with selected entrants.

13. PRIVACY – Rogers is collecting personal data about entrants for the purpose of administering this Contest. No further informational or marketing communications will be received by entrants unless entrants provide Rogers with explicit permission to do so. Please see Rogers’ Privacy Policy at www.rogers.com for information on its policy towards maintaining the privacy and security of user information.
14. RELEASE OF LIABILITY – By entering this Contest, entrants release and hold harmless the Contest Sponsor, its advertising and promotional agencies and the contest judge(s), their affiliates and respective directors, officers, owners, partners, employees, agents, dealers, representatives, successors and assigns (collectively the “Releasees”) from any liability in connection with this Contest or, if declared a winner, the prize.

15. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY – Releasees do not assume any responsibility and each entrant releases Releasees from any and all claims, actions, damages, loss, injury, costs, demands and liabilities of whatever nature or kind arising in connection with the Contest and/or prizes including, without limitation, the administration of the Contest, the selection and confirmation of Winner, and the awarding and use of the prize.

Contest Sponsor assumes no responsibility for failure of the internet or the website during the promotional period, for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer on-line systems, servers, access providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any email or traffic congestion on the internet or at any website, or any combination thereof including any injury or damage to an entrant’s or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from playing or downloading any material in the promotion. Contest Sponsor reserves the right to cancel or suspend this Contest should a virus, bug or other cause beyond their reasonable control corrupt the security or proper administration of the Contest. Any attempt to deliberately damage any web site or to undermine the legitimate operation of this promotion may be a violation of criminal and civil laws. Should such an attempt be made, Contest Sponsor reserves the right to seek remedies and damages to the fullest extent permitted by law, including criminal prosecution.

©2014 Rogers Communications

 

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Weekend Reading: Back to school tech, LG G3 reviews and #weddingsocialstats

Weekend readingIt’s Friday so check out the Weekend Reading below, as we explore tech in the classroom, share further thoughts on the LG G3 and learn how weddings are hashtag friendly.

Talking tech for back to school

 Nine days until most students pack their school bags and lunches, tie up their laces and head back to class. Leading up to the first day, many students are searching for their back to school tech that will help them both in and outside of the classroom. This week for example, we discussed how technology, access to the internet and use of a laptop, smartphone and tablet is enhancing our educational experiences. To further share how technology is being used by students, we also spoke with two of our Rogers social insiders, who shared how cable, internet, and mobile devices kept them afloat during their university years.

What folks are saying about the LG G3

The LG G3 continues to make positive impressions across the tech community. We discussed our favourite LG G3 features in a post earlier this month, but if you want to dive into the specs and capabilities a little more you can go two ways. Either check out this LG G3 video review on Youtube by Karl Conrad or read IT Nerd’s in-depth review here. Or if you’re really in the LG G3 mood, do both!

Tell us – do you have any LG G3 reviews to share?

Brides say ‘I do’ to social media

Summer is a busy time for weddings, so I thought we’d share some social stats around the social networking bride. A Mashable and Knot.com survey revealed brides take to online to share their news; within hours of saying yes, 28 per cent of brides-to-be update their social media statues, while 24 per cent share the news the next day. 70 per cent of brides were already making plans on Pinterest, while 89 per cent use wedding planning apps to assist with making lists, counting down days, browsing gowns and more.

Hashtags are also becoming part of the new age wedding culture, with more than half of couples (55 per cent) using a wedding hashtag. Guests are encouraged to share their photos on social; with 68 per cent of brides wanting them posted in real-time.

Have you, or someone you know used social media or mobile apps to help plan a wedding? Share your experience below.

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Back to School: Tech in university times

photo 2As we discussed in our last back to school post, technology continues to play a growing role in the classroom. We’ve learned, for example, that fifty-five per cent of students report using online services to help them write their papers; eighty per cent use social networks to help them study.

We wanted to truly understand the students of this generation, so we quizzed our Rogers social insiders to get their take on how tech influenced their day-to-day university student life. Meet, Cato Pastoll, who studied at the Richard Ivey School of Business and just launched Lending Loop, an online marketplace for Canadians to lend money to growing local businesses took on the challenge. And Rosalyn Gambhir (on the left) who studied Computer Engineering at Queen’s University in Kingston,  who shares her for love everything local, pretty, and techy in her blog.

What were the top ways you used your smartphone or tablet when you were away at school?

CP: There are so many examples. From tethering while away from home to do school projects, to watching my favourite sports teams on-the-go, and using the school’s mobile app to check my schedule, grades and any other school information. I also used it to connect with classmates and Google Docs helped us work collaboratively. As I was working part-time, my smartphone was also a great tool to keep on top of work emails and my ever-growing schedule.

RG: Being away for university, I used my smartphone to communicate with my friends back home but I also used it to plan study groups or coffee catch-up sessions. My reliable plan, with unlimited texting was key.

We know accessing the Internet is super important for students. How did you stay connected when at home, away from campus?

CP: I don’t think anyone could survive at university without an Internet connection. I shared mine with a roommate, we had a student package which gave us a lot of bandwidth, and allowed us to easily split the cost.  With Internet right in our home, we never had trouble doing our research, finalizing project stats…in addition of course to gaming and movie watching in our downtime.

RG: Being in university, the first year I resided in dorms while the last three years I choose to live in a house with five other girls. Internet was our saviour to the outside world as it allowed us to stay connected with our friends and parents back home, in addition to letting us be on top of our school work. It was convenient to have one service provider and split the bill every month – this turned out to be the most cost effective.

Cable is also an essential must-have for students. Did you and your roommates or friends have any TV show/movie/sport watching rituals?

CP: I watch Game of Thrones whenever it’s on. I’m also a really big soccer fan so I’d be up at 7:30AM every Saturday morning to watch all the games of the Premiere League. I needed to catch big sports events like the superbowl and playoffs – these games cannot be missed.

RG: In a house with five girls, cable was a must! We were big fans of TV shows - Doctor Who, Criminal Minds, The Bachelorette, The Bachelor, Pretty Little Liars, Vampire Diaries, and One Tree Hill –  we never missed one. Sometimes we went through TV marathons on lazy days and watched Veronica Mars, Dawson’s Creek, Felicity, One Tree Hill, Gilmore Girls​ and more. We made a point to share evenings together on Sundays, it was our girls bonding time!

Sometimes, your smartphone or your internet connection can be a life-saver. Have an example?

CP: I arrived at campus one day to hand in a paper that was due within 30 minutes! I realized that I had left it at home and was never going to make the deadline. Luckily, I keep all my files in my OneDrive so they are always stored in the cloud. Within minutes, I was able to download the file to my smartphone from OneDrive, correct any last minute mistakes using my mobile office application and then email it to the school printer. Without my smartphone I would have surely gotten an F.

RG: As a student, I sometimes procrastinated, particularly when there was fun and games for distraction. Although school work should have come first, handing in an assignment at 11:58PM, when it was due at midnight, did happen from time to time. With no time to spare, the internet and a fast reliable connection was my life saver, especially during crunch time.

To ensure you’re heading back to school with a new device in hand, Rogers is offering new and current customers up to $100 off the hottest smartphones when activated on 2-year Share Everything plans. Share Everything plans lets students share wireless data between up to 10 wireless devices, like roommates and family members, to maximize data usage and bring down costs,

Students headed back to university or college, can also learn about our budget-friendly internet and cable bundles to share with your roommates here.

Tell us, do you have any tech tips for university or college students?

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Back to School: How technology helps in the classroom

shutterstock_124814620Back to school is not what it used to be. Laptops have replaced three-ring binders; many back-breaking textbooks are now available as e-books; notes are written on digital screens; and schedules are tracked using smartphones. For this generation, the end of summer means it’s time to check out the latest tech to get the most of your school year, whether you’re heading back to elementary school or off to university.

A recent report by Price Waterhouse Coopers showed Canadians are ready for a digital education, one that incorporates tablets, laptops, smartphones and more. Over eighty per cent of us believe technology is a means to better prepare students for the future; with over three quarters of us seeing it as a tool to make education more engaging.

Access to the internet and use of a laptop, smartphone and tablet is already enhancing educational experiences, in and out of the classroom:

To ensure you’re heading back to school with the latest tech, Rogers is offering new and current customers up to $100 off the hottest smartphones when activated on 2-year Share Everything plans. Share Everything plans lets students share wireless data between up to 10 wireless devices, like roommates and family members, to maximize data usage and bring down costs.

Or if you’re off to college or university, learn about our budget-friendly internet and cable bundles to share with your roommates here.

Stay tuned for more back to school articles to help you gear up for the year!

How do you plan on using technology in the classroom?

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Everyone’s talking about the new LG G3

lgg3picTo quote Mobile Syrup, “The LG G3 is real, and it’s impressive.” Now available at Rogers, the LG G3 is a slick, user-friendly and innovative device, which continues to receive applause from tech influencers and consumers, alike. Noted as “LG’s best phone yet” by Engadget, here are the top reasons we think the LG G3 is making waves and why you should check it out:

 User-friendly design
The device, available with Rogers in metallic black, is ideal for those on the go. Designed with a high quality anti-scratch metallic body, the LG G3 is lightweight for ultimate portability and even has a rear-key that lets you easily use the device with one hand.

 Record breaking display
The LG G3 boasts a 5.5-inch Quad HD touchscreen display with a leading resolution of 2560×1440. This means its display produces images that are 400 per cent sharper than traditional high definition smartphone displays! Say hello to incredible clarity and vibrant colours that will bring your mobile videos and pictures to life.

 Innovative camera
When taking a picture you don’t need to worry if your hand is steady. The 13 megapixel camera on the LG G3 has an Optical Image Stabilizer that reduces any blurring or shaking as you snap away. You will no longer miss out on capturing life’s little (and big) moments – like when birthday boy blows out his candles -since the LG G3 Laser Auto Focus takes sharp and clear pictures, even in the dark.

A very smart, Smart Keyboard
The LG Smart Keyboard lets you text, type an email, post on Facebook, and more with ease, speed and accuracy. The keyboard caters to you as you can compress and expand the keys depending on your typing preference.  The LG G3 also predicts the words you’re about to type after learning your habits, even suggesting symbols or emojis to complement your sentence.

It keeps going and going and going….
With a removable battery that delivers longer usage time, the LG G3 can keep up with your busy lifestyle. The 3000 mAh battery gives you up to 21 hours of talk time so you won’t run out of juice.

Super speedy
Activate your LG G3 on the Rogers LTE network to take advantage of super-fast speeds so you can surf, share, stream with virtually no buffering or delays. With this speed you’ll have the ultimate video experience to catch sports highlights, your favourite TV show and more right from your LG G3 display.

The LG G3 is now available in stores and on Rogers.com for $179.99 on select two year Share Everything plans. For more information check out Rogers.com.

Tell us. What LG G3 feature has you talking?

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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 social.rogers.com. For complete offer details and Samsung Galaxy S5 specs, head over to rogers.com/Samsung.

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 PCMag.com speed tests

PCMagPCMag.com 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.

PCMag.com 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.:

https://twitter.com/RogersBuzz/status/388452803959463936

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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 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?

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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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