In what has been a tragically difficult year for BlackBerry, the cell phone maker deserves a reprieve and Canada’s Rogers Wireless is just the company to provide one. After reports last week declared that Rogers would not be carrying the BlackBerry Z30, Rogers customers seem to have made themselves heard. The company released a statement on Wednesday to inform the public that it will now be carrying the Z30 “[in] response to customers’ feedback and excitement about the device.” Of the many words one might choose to describe BlackBerry’s current situation, “excitement” might not make the list, but the Canadian BlackBerry fans are apparently the exception to the rule. Rogers full statement follows below. More →
It’s been an ugly year for BlackBerry so far and now it seems that the company can’t even count on one of its home country’s wireless companies to lend it a hand. CBC News reports that Rogers Wireless, the largest mobile carrier in Canada, will not sell the Z30 phablet that BlackBerry announced last month. Thankfully for BlackBerry it seems that Telus and Bell, Canada’s other two big wireless carriers, will still be carrying the company’s newest device. In related news, CrackBerry reports that BlackBerry has priced the Z30 at $700 off-contract in North America, which is actually $50 more expensive than the starting prices for the iPhone 5s and the Galaxy S4. In other words, BlackBerry will need a lot of carriers willing to sell the phone at subsidized rates if it hopes to sell many of them in Canada and the United States. More →
LG and Rogers on Tuesday announced the release of LG’s Optimus Pad in Canada. Available for $449.99 CAD with a three-year data contract, $649.99 CAD on a month-to-month data plan or $699.99 CAD free and clear, the Optimus Pad features an 8.9-inch display, Android 3.0 Honeycomb, NVIDIA’s dual-core Tegra 2 processor and three cameras — one on the front for video chat and dual cameras on the back for 3D video recording. BGR reviewed the LG Optimus Pad last month, rebranded as the T-Mobile G-Slate, and we were very impressed with the hardware. We thought Google’s first version of Honeycomb left a lot to be desired though, and the overall design seemed a bit dated and juvenile. Android fans north of the border waiting to get their hands on a tablet should definitely spend some time with the device, however. Hit the break for the full press release.
We just received an internal Rogers document highlighting the carrier’s upcoming handsets and promotions. The document covers Q4 2010 through the beginning of February, and there are definitely a few choice revelations to be found.
Devices on the way to Rogers include the BlackBerry 9780, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Samsung Focus and the Dell Streak. There’s also tons of info on the new Data Sharing option that allows users to share a data allowance between multiple devices such as Rocketsticks or tablets.
Other interesting tidbits:
•The BlackBerry Bold 9780 is listed at $149.99 on contract.
•The Nokia N8 is listed at $79.99 on contract.
•The Samsung Focus is listed at $199.99 on contract.
•The Dell Streak is listed at $149.99 on contract.
•Oddly, the Vivaz Pro is eligible for the $10 unlimited data plan typically not available for smartphones.
•Internal rumors at Rogers suggest that the Galaxy Tab may launch at $299.99 with a 2-year agreement and $199.99 with a 3-year contract. This info is not confirmed in the roadmap we received.
Hit the jump for a slew of images, including four summary slides at the end that lay out all the pricing and details you can handle. Our source did mention, however, that not all pricing has been finalized. More →
Last week, rumors of the Palm Pre 2’s eventual arrival in Canada surfaced as a result of tidbits extracted from the source code on Palm’s Canadian website. Today, those rumors gain a healthy dose of credibility thanks to a series of leaked images. The aforementioned images show a Rogers info sheet for the Pre 2 as well as the device itself, which is powered on and connected to the Rogers network. Of course nothing is confirmed for the time being, as Rogers has yet to announce the smartphone. More →
Rogers has just announced that they have, “launched a new online property – Rogers Community Forums – designed to help customers find answers to technical questions, ask and reply to questions as well as discuss Rogers products and services.” The official press release goes on:
Discussion categories follow our current product lines and there are numerous forums under each category where you can talk about things like accessories, the Android OS,Rogers apps, PVRs and more. We also have a forum where you can provide us with feedback and discuss with other members what you’d like to see in the community.
If you’ve got a technical question, or just want to blow off some ISP/wireless carrier steam, head on over to the new site and let ‘er rip! More →
Chatr Wireless, Rogers venture into pre-paid all you can eat cell and text service, is set to go live tomorrow — July 28th — according to a report filed by Android Headlines. The blog writes that a SIM card will set you back between $5 and $10 (that’s Canadian of course), and the two plans available will be unlimited talk for $35 and unlimited talk and text for $45. Keep your eye on http://www.chatrwireless.com, which should go live sometime tonight. More →
Yesterday, we brought you the first shots of four Chatr-branded handsets that are arriving at retailers in Canada for an expected July 21st launch. A circulating memo that was leaked late on Friday suggests that this July 21st launch date has been scrapped. According to the memo, collateral and dummy phones shipments have been put on hold and stores with existing Chatr inventory have been told to keep the materials in storage until a new launch date is determined. Anyone north of the border disappointed by this potential delay? More →
Created to serve what Rogers calls a “niche” market that is not currently served by its flagship and value brands Rogers Wireless and Fido, chatr will offer no contract voice and text plans as well as unlimited talk and text plans. Data is not a part of chatr’s game plan. According to Rogers, the big draw of chatr is not only its great plans, but that for the first time it gives urbanites who simply want to make calls and send texts affordable service from a “network they can trust.”
A launch date has not been officially announced, however a new source of ours pegs July 21st as the new network’s go-live date. Any of our friends north of the border jazzed about chatr?
Did we nail it or what? Today Rogers announced the creation of chatr, the low-cost wireless brand we exclusively told you about last week. Created to serve what Rogers calls a “niche” market that is not currently served by its flagship and value brands Rogers Wireless and Fido, chatr will offer no contract voice and text plans as well as unlimited talk and text plans. Data is not a part of chatr’s game plan. According to Rogers, the big draw of chatr is not only its great plans, but that for the first time it gives urbanites who simply want to make calls and send texts affordable service from a “network they can trust.” We were pretty curious about the timing of this launch, what with WIND Mobile now being half a year old and Mobilicity having only been on the scene for six weeks, so we asked Rogers about it. Surprisingly, they were adamant that they could not care less what their competitors are doing or where it is they are operating. They were quick to point out that chatr has been one year in the making and that it actually designed to mimic business model that allowed MetroPCS to go from a small time carrier to the 5th largest in the United States. Sadly this was about as much extra information as we could squeeze out of Rogers. As much as they want to get chatr up and running today, they’ve still got a few more things to do behind the scenes before it launches by the end of summer. This means that they can’t get into specifics about when the network will launch. But as we have said before, thanks to our connects we know that Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Toronto, and Ottawa are a lock. Anyone planning to wait with baited breath?
Well hello there, mister Blurrycam. It seems that lately, Rogers is all about firsts. Yesterday, Rogers released the world’s first two Android handsets north of the border. Hell, even Joshua Jackson came out to celebrate. Next up for the carrier — Nokia’s first S60 5th Edition handset, the 5800 XpressMusic. According to promotional signage found in various The Source locations, the 5800 is well on its way to joining the Motorola ROKR E8 and the upcoming Sony Ericsson W705 to form a solid music phone lineup. No pricing yet unfortunately and as for release timing, we have word that not all Rogers employees have received training on the device so it could be a while. Apparently The Source got a little excited. So… If Pacey was on hand for the Magic and Dream launch, do you think Rogers will be able to break Joey out of whatever cage Tom Cruise is keeping her in for the 5800 launch?
Early this morning Rogers Communications Inc. posted its fourth quarter 2008 financial and operating results. We’re not at all interested in Rogers Cable and Media and we know all you want to know is its ARPU, churn and smartphone sales so if you please bear with us while we get this out of the way we’ll get straight to it: Rogers posted a loss of $138 million CDN ($109.25 million USD). While it was mostly the Media/Print division that dragged Rogers down (Cable had double-digit growth), Wireless didn’t do much for Rogers in the way of short-term favors as retention costs once again ate up a large amount of cash. Net additions totaled 199,000 with 158,000 of those being locked into lengthy contracts causing a modest 2% increase in ARPU for post-paid subscribers which stood at $74.71. A 36 percent increase in demand for wireless data (which is where Rogers unsurprisingly looks to for 18 percent of its overall network revenue) was attributed as the main factor for the increase. Easily home to the best smartphone line-up in North America, Rogers sold 400,000 units with 160,000 of those going to new subscribers – something which costs Rogers a lot of money in the short-term. At least Rogers can comfort themselves knowing that churn dropped to 1.12 percent. It could be worse, right Bell?
Today is a truly sad day in telecommunications. One of its longest serving CEOs, Edward Samuel “Ted” Rogers, has passed away at the age of 75. Long suffering from congestive heart failure, Rogers was admitted to the hospital in early November and eventually discharged to the care of his family with Alan Horn taking the role of interim CEO. Unfortunately, Rogers passed away early this morning in his Toronto home but thankfully he was surrounded by friends and family.
The official statement from Rogers is available after the break. More →