Rogers reinstates 24-month hardware upgrade program

By on October 29, 2010 at 11:49 AM.

Rogers reinstates 24-month hardware upgrade program

Following up on a story we broke last week: it looks like Rogers Wireless has reverted back to a 24-month term for their customer hardware upgrade program. The program — which previously allowed customers to upgrade handsets, with full subsidies, after fulfilling 24-months of a 36-month contract — was adjusted last week, requiring customers to fulfill a 30-month term before getting the discounted pricing. Now, according to a second company communication, it looks like Rogers will be reinstating the 24-month hardware upgrade term. A memo to employees reads:

Last week, we communicated some changes about our Hardware Upgrade Policy (HUP) eligibility. To ensure our current promotions are clear and consistent, Data to Data HUP eligibility will be revised to 24-months as of October 28. This current promotion aligns Voice to Voice, Voice to Data and Data to Data eligibility all to 24-months.

Important Note about Hardware Upgrades
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To remain competitive and increase customer loyalty, we regularly offer customers promotional options to upgrade their hardware before the expiry of their current commitments. However, it is important to remember that our HUP program is a promotion and not a plan feature. These promotions are subject to change and as a result, should not be promised to customers at the point of sale.

Back to business as usual in Canada. Anyone feeling relieved?

Thanks, solidsnake3467!

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Rogers to offer customers early equipment upgrade… after 30 months

By on October 20, 2010 at 2:57 PM.

Rogers to offer customers early equipment upgrade… after 30 months

You think signing a 2-year cellular contract is bad? Think about our poor brethren up north! Canadian carriers frequently require a 3-year contract in order for customers to obtain the most aggressive handset discounts; which means you are stuck with your phone of choice for an entire 36-months. Pretty rough. According to a memo obtained by BGR, the company will allow its customers to upgrade to a new device after only 30 months of service when inking a new 3-year deal — previously, the carrier allowed such an upgrade after only 24-months. What do you think Canadian friends? Sound-off.

Thanks, solidsnake3467!

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Limera1n now available for Mac and PC

By on October 14, 2010 at 4:24 PM.

Limera1n now available for Mac and PC

Geohot’s iOS 4.x jailbreaking utility limera1n has been available for Windows since 10/10/10 and now, thanks to some handy coding, it is available for the Mac as well. The one-click jailbreak utility can be downloaded free of charge from limera1n.com; geohot does ask for voluntary donations to keep the project alive. If you give it a whirl let us know how it goes. Happy jailbreaking! More →

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Sprint to offer 'certified pre-owned' devices

By on October 11, 2010 at 10:29 PM.

Sprint to offer 'certified pre-owned' devices

If you’re one of those people always looking for a bargain, whenever available, Sprint has a new offering that may entice you. Today, the nation’s third largest carrier officially launched a new “certified pre-owned” handset program that targets the aforementioned personality type. As the press release explains: “Sprint Certified Pre-owned devices offer customers exceptional, feature-rich refurbished devices at lower prices. Customers who purchase a pre-owned device from Sprint not only get one of today’s devices at a great value, but also simultaneously help Sprint to achieve its aggressive reuse and recycling goals by giving these pre-owned devices a ‘second life.'” Some of the devices being touted in the announcement are the BlackBerry Tour — priced at $80 — as well as the Samsung Reclaim and Sanyo 2700 — both priced at $50. All CPO devices are “thoroughly inspected, tested and, if necessary, remanufactured according to original equipment manufacturer new unit specifications” and come with the same 30-day return policy as new devices. A similar pre-owned program is also being offered by CDMA rival Verizon Wireless. More →

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Verizon Wireless launches phone trade-in service

By on September 30, 2010 at 7:42 AM.

Verizon Wireless launches phone trade-in service

If you’ve ever used a service like gazelle.com, you’ll be familiar with the new service Verizon Wireless is offering. The company has launched a trade-in program that will allow you to exchange your used (or abused) phone for a VZW gift card. Here’s how the service works: you go to http://www.trade-in.vzw.com and input the type of device you have (it does not have to be a Verizon device), you answer several questions about the devices condition (does it make calls, does the screen work, is the screen cracked), you then get an appraisal of what your device is worth and an option to have a pre-paid box shipped to you. You won’t get much in terms of compensation — a 32 GB black iPhone 4 will net you $212 — but the funds can be used towards your next Verizon Wireless device; there is also an option to donate the phone to charity. If you’re looking to pull the rip-cord on your current wireless provider, and want to jump to Big Red, it isn’t a bad option to have. Although, you probably would still make out a little better at gazelle.com. More →

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Apple terminating free case program September 30

By on September 10, 2010 at 3:12 PM.

Apple terminating free case program September 30

This afternoon, on Apple’s official iPhone 4 Case Program website, the company released the following statement:

We now know that the iPhone 4 antenna attenuation issue is even smaller than we originally thought. A small percentage of iPhone 4 users need a case, and we want to continue providing them a Bumper case for free. For everyone else, we are discontinuing the free case program on all iPhone 4s sold after September 30, 2010. We are also returning to our normal returns policy for all iPhone 4s sold after September 30. Users experiencing antenna issues should call AppleCare to request a free Bumper case.

There has been no official word on whether or not the Cupertino company has made any internal adjustments to the iPhone 4’s antenna design.  More →

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MythBusters renew contract, no myth safe for next seven years

By on July 30, 2010 at 3:34 PM.

MythBusters renew contract, no myth safe for next seven years

Myths be warned! At Comic Con last Saturday, MythBusters stars Jamie Hyneman, Adam Savage, Grant Imahara, Tory Bellici and Kari Byron took the stage to promote their show’s upcoming season. The gang also announced that they have renewed their contract for a full seven years with the Discovery Network. Appeasing the Comic Con crowd, Adam Savage clamored that they were willing to take on more superhero myths. Anyone out there a fan of the ‘Busters? Any favorite myths?

[Via Reddit] More →

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