Rogers is the biggest Canadian wireless service provider. They offer the BlackBerry Z10 as well as a bunch of other BlackBerry devices. Rogers owns Fido, which acts as their prepaid brand. In addition to the usual spread of wireline and internet services, Rogers also owns several media brands, such as Sportsnet. Alongside Bell, Rogers also has a partial stake in Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, which owns many Canadian sports teams. Rogers was founded in 1967 and was one of the first cable operators in Canada.
| 81 CommentsBlackBerry Z30 now available online from Rogers
If you're a Rogers customer and have been waiting ever so patiently for the BlackBerry Z30 to become available, have at it. Rogers is now offering up the Z30 online for just $179 on a 2-year term or $599 month-to-month. The devices are already shipping, but nothing else fancy to see here - the...
Jul 21, 2015
Several Canadian carriers have now officially released BlackBerry OS 10.3.2
Despite having been officially announced back on June 2nd, Canadian carriers have sort of lagged in officially rolling out the BlackBerry OS 10.3.2 update to customers but it looks as though the wait is finally over for the most part. As noted in the CrackBerry Forums multiple times now and via our tips line, several Canadian carriers including Bell, TELUS, Rogers, Wind and SaskTel have started pushing out the BlackBerry OS 10.3.2 update for available BlackBerry 10 smartphones.
Jun 24, 2015
Rogers now completely owns Mobilicity, acquires remaining Shaw spectrum
Canada's Rogers Communications has announced that it has completed a deal that will allow it to immediately boost speeds for customers in British Columbia, Alberta, and Southern Ontario. The company has just finished its acquisition of Shaw's AWS-1 spectrum, and now completely owns Mobilicity. The deal gives Rogers significant spectrum that is already compatible with their LTE devices.
Jun 16, 2015
Rogers aims to have its BlackBerry devices updated to 10.3.2 by end of July
Rogers has posted its OS Upgrade plans for the upcoming BlackBerry OS 10.3.2 release in its Community Forums. While they don't give exact dates, it gives a basic understanding of when users can begin to see the update landing on their devices.
May 07, 2015
BlackBerry announces availability of the BlackBerry Leap for Canada
As expected, thanks to a bit of an early outing, BlackBerry has now announced the availability of the BlackBerry Leap for Canada. The new BlackBerry Leap will be available from Bell Mobility, Rogers Wireless, SaskTel, TELUS, WIND Mobile, ShopBlackBerry, and select Tbooth wireless and WIRELESSWAVE locations starting on May 7th, 2015, for as low as $0.00 on contract.
May 06, 2015
Canadian carriers preparing for the launch of the BlackBerry Leap
While BlackBerry has been rapidly rolling the all-new BlackBerry Leap out to new areas, one country interestingly left off of the list, which thus far contains France, Germany, Malaysia, US, and UK is Canada. Since the BlackBerry Leap availability started being announced, Canada has taken a 'coming soon' position leaving many folks wondering what the hold up is. That said, it's starting to look as though it won't be that much longer at all for Canadians who want to get their hands on one for a number of reasons.
Apr 10, 2015
Rogers expands 'Roam Like Home' to include 35 European countries beginning April 15
On April 15 Rogers will expand on their popular 'Roam Like Home" program to include 35 countries across Europe. In the new countries, Rogers will allow customers to send emails, picture messages, make phone calls, and browse the internet for a flat $10 per day fee.
Apr 08, 2015
Rogers rolling out OS 10.3.1.2576 to BlackBerry Passport owners
Are you a Rogers customer who purchased their BlackBerry Passport from Rogers but haven't received 10.3.1 yet? If so, you might want to go ahead and check for software updates if you don't already have a notification showing. As reported by several folks in the CrackBerry Forums and Twitter and checked through Sachesi, Rogers has now officially released OS 10.3.1.2576 (Software version 10.3.1.1779) to BlackBerry Passport owners.
Feb 25, 2015
Rogers BlackBerry Z30 and Q5 OS 10.3.1 updates now available
While Rogers has already rolled out OS 10.3.1 to BlackBerry Q10 and Z10 owners, their estimated time of arrival for the update on other devices such as the Z30 and Q5 was up in the air for a bit there with some reports suggesting, at the time, 'early next week' with others suggesting March.
Feb 05, 2015
Rogers notes BlackBerry 10.3.1 updates coming this month
Although this one likely won't come as much of a surprise to anyone who has been paying attention, it might help ease some minds of those waiting. Rogers has now updated their upcoming OS release form that gets posted to their community forums and according to the list, all BlackBerry 10 devices they sell or have sold will be updated at some point in time this month.
Jan 13, 2015
Even the police feel over-charged by Rogers
If you think you're dishing out too much to service provider Rogers, you'd be in the same boat as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Newly discovered documents have revealed that as of August 1, Rogers had imposed a new set of fees on police divisions seeking data about their service subscribers. Though many of these requests were processed for free according to Rogers, some required a "minimal" charge to produce affidavits in court and track location when provided a warrant. The fees for affidavits have since been dropped, but location tracking charges remain.
Nov 14, 2014
Rogers now taking preorders for the BlackBerry Classic
Rogers has wasted no time in letting folks know they'll be carrying the BlackBerry Classic. If you visit the Rogers website right now and look at the BlackBerry offerings, you'll see an ad letting everyone know the device is now available through the Rogers reservation system.
At this time, it doesn't indicate how much Rogers will be selling the BlackBerry Classic for but it's likely to be somewhere on par with BlackBerry's own offering of $499 CAD outright, hopefully. As for on contract pricing, well we'll have to wait and see how that turns out. Either way, if you're a Rogers customer you don't have to wonder if they'll be offering it.
Nov 07, 2014
Rogers introduces new roaming plan for traveling to the U.S.
Rogers is introducing a new international roaming plan for those customers traveling to the United States. The Roam Like Home plan allows Rogers customers to access their Share Everything minutes, text, and data while in the United States for $5 per day.
Oct 10, 2014
Rogers rolling out OS 10.3.0.1418 for the BlackBerry Passport
When it comes to OS updates for the BlackBerry Passport, Rogers seems to be leading the pack. They were the first carrier to roll out an update before the device was fully officially announced and now they've gone ahead and released another. Now appearing on Passports is software update v10.3.0.908 otherwise known as OS v10.3.0.1418.
Aug 20, 2014
TELUS, Bell and Rogers all offering the BlackBerry Z30 for free!
I'm still no fan of contracts but if you've been waiting to get a BlackBerry Z30 on the cheap or the upcoming BlackBerry Passport isn't for you, now is likely the best time to do so if you live in Canada. Right now, TELUS, Bell and Rogers are all offering the device for free with a 2-year contract on specific plans until Sept. 15th.
Jun 03, 2014
Rogers and Vodafone strike up 4G roaming agreement
Canadian service provider Rogers has struck up an exclusive agreement with multinational giant Vodafone for 4G roaming. Whether or not that means LTE or HSPA+ is anybody's guess. The deal will also connect Rogers to equipment providers that regularly work with Vodafone to help build out the Canadian network.
May 23, 2014
Former BlackBerry CMO Frank Boulben heads to Rogers as Interim Chief Strategy Officer
If you've been wondering what former BlackBerry CMO Frank Boulben has been up to, we now have an answer for you thanks to Rogers. The Canadian wireless carrier has now laid out their plans for what they're calling Rogers 3.0, which is a multi-year plan to radically improve the customer experience and increase revenue and cash flow for the company.
Apr 17, 2014
Rogers turns on 700 MHz spectrum for communities in Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto
Rogers just activated their fresh 700 MHz spectrum in a few regions across Canada. Toronto, Calgary, and Vancouver are the lucky cities today, though we can expect a nationwide rollout eventually. 700 MHz has been widely described as “beachfront” spectrum that’s particularly good at penetration, so you can keep a signal in elevators and parking garages, for example. It also provides added stability to everyday LTE connections.
Apr 15, 2014
Rogers has new international roaming plans and they're still awful
Rogers has announced some new roaming add-ons for Canadian travelers. Not too long ago, Rogers unveiled a $7.99 daily roaming plan for the U.S. (which already faces stiff competition against WIND's $15 unlimited plan), and this new one is built for roaming worldwide. But don't get too excited; it's $9.99 for a day for up to 20 MB (depending on where you're going), with no voice or text. That's better than the $10 - $15 they'd normally charge per megabyte without a package. This add-on will be applied automatically after you start using data abroad, though you'll get SMS alerts about usage.
Apr 11, 2014
Rogers introduces Suretap mobile payment system
Today Rogers has launched their suretap wallet — a new app for NFC-enabled BlackBerry 10 and Android devices that allows users to make payments at thousands of retailers using just their smartphone. Users can store eligible cards within the app, and at participating retailers can then tap their phones on the payment terminal for a transaction.
Suretap wallet lets you store cards such as a Rogers prepaid Mastercard as well as cards from Swiss Chalet, Milestones Grill and Bar, Montana's Cookhouse, Harvey's, Kelsey's, Indigo, Earls Restaurants, Ardene, and Spafinder Wellness 365. Support for loyalty cards and coupons will be added in the future.
Feb 19, 2014
Rogers introduces early upgrades with Rogers Next
Now Rogers is joining up with the early-upgrade train, now letting those customers on a 2-year contract upgrade to a new device after 12 months. Rogers Next allows customers to get a new, premium device for $0 down with no upgrade or connection fees. There are a few caveats to the new plan, but if getting devices early is your thing, it may be worth it.
When you upgrade to a new device or join Rogers as a new customer, you have the option to subscribe to the Rogers Next program for a monthly fee of $24.99 or get the program with Rogers Device Protection Premium included for $29.99 - a device support service which retails for up to $11.99 per month;
After 12 months, trade in your current device in good working order for a new smartphone of your choice that has a subsidized price of up to $250;
You pay $0 down for the new device on a new two-year term, and your remaining FLEXtab™ balance and connection fees are waived;
You then have the option to continue your enrollment in Rogers Next to get another new device in 12 months for $0.
Dec 09, 2013
AT&T now offers international LTE roaming to Canada
Good news for North American travelers as AT&T has announced today that customers who travel to Canada will now be able to take advantage of LTE speeds. With a little help from Rogers, AT&T is the first carrier to offer international LTE roaming. So when you're hopping the border you no longer have to worry about losing speed on your LTE device.
Check out the press release below and hit the comments to discuss!
Oct 30, 2013
BlackBerry Z30 now available online from Rogers
If you're a Rogers customer and have been waiting ever so patiently for the BlackBerry Z30 to become available, have at it. Rogers is now offering up the Z30 online for just $179 on a 2-year term or $599 month-to-month. The devices are already shipping, but nothing else fancy to see here - the model is standard and will ship free.
Oct 09, 2013
Rogers voice service interruptions affecting wireless customers
*UPDATE* - Wireless voice and SMS services are fully restored. Rogers is still currently looking into the root cause of the problems and suggests customer power cycle their devices should they continue to experience difficulties.
The news of Rogers deciding to not carry the BlackBerry Z30 admittedly was a bit surprising. After all, the company has long been a supporter of BlackBerry and was among the first carriers to launch the devices back in the early days of RIM but as the news is spreading and gaining more attention, it seems a lot of folks are letting Rogers know their decision might not have been the best one....
*Update* - Rogers will indeed be offering the BlackBerry Z30 online. Read more here.
Well, some bad news on the Z30 front. It looks like longtime BlackBerry supporter Rogers won't be stocking the BlackBerry Z30 - at all. Various reports have confirmed that Rogers is passing on the upcoming device and will stick with the current devices.
This comes as a big surprise to BlackBerry fans since...
If things stay on track for BlackBerry OS 10.2 we may be seeing an update very soon. As posted in the Rogers Community Forums, the BlackBerry Z10, Q10 and Q5 all show a tentative OS 10.2 update for "late October".
We can't say for sure if this will be the case, though from what we've seen and hear over the last few weeks it does seem to fit. The BlackBerry Z30 is making it's way to more regions...
The BlackBerry Q5 went on sale today across Canada for about $50 on a two-year contract or $200 on a $150 tab, which falls in line with what we were expecting. Virgin has an exclusive on the red version, and elsewhere you'll only have the black model, even though we've seen the Q5 in white and pink during the launch. Here are some links to everybody putting this on store shelves.
Yeah, I know. Most people would prefer carriers didn't load their apps onto their devices but if you're on Rogers and like me, you may find the MyAccount app for BlackBerry 10 handy to have around. Lately, there has been some comments about the accuracy of the data being relayed in the app and if you find yourself among those noticing such things, a new update to the MyAccount app is now...
When the BlackBerry Q5 was initially announced, it was noted to only be arriving in certain markets such as Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East though it's now looking as though Canada will be one of those markets as well. An internal document obtained by the folks at Mobile Syrup has the LTE equipped model heading to Fido at some point in August or September, just in time...
Rogers has just announced their First Rewards program for Canadian subscribers, which aims to award points for using Rogers services, which can in turn be traded in for stuff like long-distance calling packs, upgraded internet packages, TV content, and plenty of other stuff. At the starting Silver tier, customers get one point for every dollar they spend at Rogers, which can be bumped up to 1.5...
As part of their expanded roll out of LTE Max, Rogers has reached out to us today and let us know they've now gone ahead and flipped the switch for the service in several areas throughout Manitoba, Quebec and Alberta. As we mentioned previously, customers within Winnipeg, Brandon have been enabled but in addition to those areas, Rogers has also enabled the following:
Posted by Kevin Michaluk on 13 Jun 2013 10:16 am EDT
WOOHOO!!!! Ok, I realize I'm a going just a little over the top on this announcement, but you need to understand... I'm a Rogers customer... who lives in Manitoba. I've been waiting for LTE to hit here for what feels like FOREVER.
I swear, I think we're one of the last places in Canada that Rogers is rolling LTE out to. But now it's coming. Finally. Here's the word I just received from Rogers...
Rogers has been spending a lot of time letting folks know about their still fairly new LTE Max network that offers theoretical network speeds of up to 150 Mbps and to keep things rolling, they've now announced some new coverage areas in addition to some expansions taking place. For the sake of BlackBerry customers, if you're making use of a Rogers BlackBerry Q10 you should start seeing increased...
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