BlackBerry Z30 now available online from Rogers
Carriers | 81 Comments 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...

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Jul 21, 2015 Several Canadian carriers have now officially released BlackBerry OS 10.3.2
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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.

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Jul 02, 2015 Rogers' acquisition of Mobilicity and Shaw AWS spectrum gains regulatory approval
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Rogers' acquisition of Mobilicity and Shaw AWS spectrum gains regulatory approval

Canadian carrier Rogers has received court approval for its acquisition of Mobilicity and Shaw's AWS spectrum, completing a deal that will see the carrier pick up a significant amount of spectrum compatible with its LTE devices.

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Jun 24, 2015 Rogers now completely owns Mobilicity, acquires remaining Shaw spectrum
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Rogers completes acquisition of Mobilicity, LTE spectrum from Shaw

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.

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Jun 16, 2015 Rogers aims to have its BlackBerry devices updated to 10.3.2 by end of July
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Rogers posts plans for OS 10.3.2 rollout

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.

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May 07, 2015 BlackBerry announces availability of the BlackBerry Leap for Canada
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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.

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May 06, 2015 Canadian carriers preparing for the launch of the BlackBerry Leap
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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.

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Apr 10, 2015 Rogers expands 'Roam Like Home' to include 35 European countries beginning April 15
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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.

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Apr 08, 2015 Rogers rolling out OS 10.3.1.2576 to BlackBerry Passport owners
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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.

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Mar 03, 2015 TELUS now rolling out BlackBerry 10.3.1 update for the BlackBerry Passport
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TELUS BlackBerry Passport 10.3.1 update now available

Have a BlackBerry Passport on TELUS? If so, you're waiting for BlackBerry 10.3.1 is now over. According to several folks in the CrackBerry Forums (and confirmed via Sachesi) the Canadian carrier has now started their roll out of BlackBerry 10.3.1 to BlackBerry Passport owners.

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Feb 25, 2015 Rogers BlackBerry Z30 and Q5 OS 10.3.1 updates now available
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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.

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Feb 05, 2015 Rogers notes BlackBerry 10.3.1 updates coming this month
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Rogers almost ready to release BlackBerry 10.3.1 to all BlackBerry 10 devices

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.

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Jan 27, 2015 Some BlackBerry Classic owners on Rogers receiving OS 10.3.1.2072 update right now
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Some BlackBerry Classic owners on Rogers receiving OS 10.3.1.2072

While a lot of folks are sitting around waiting to see if the rumors of a January 27th roll out of BlackBerry OS 10.3.1 is going to happen on a grand scale (it's not), it seems at least something is happening. Earlier it was noticed that the previously leaked OS 10.3.1.2072 (SW 10.3.1.1450) was appearing on BlackBerry servers and now, it has seemingly been pushed out in some official capacity on Rogers for BlackBerry Classic owners.

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Jan 13, 2015 Even the police feel over-charged by Rogers
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BlackBerry security settings

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.

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Dec 09, 2014 Rogers Suretap Wallet updated to support the BlackBerry Z30 and Q10
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Although it's coming incredibly later than expected, Rogers has now updated their Suretap Wallet app for BlackBerry 10. The update, which is available in BlackBerry World right now, brings NFC Payment support through the Rogers Suretap system on both the BlackBerry Z30 and the BlackBerry Q10.

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Nov 24, 2014 Best Buy Canada now taking pre-orders for the BlackBerry Classic on Rogers and Virgin Mobile
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With Rogers having already started their pre-orders for the BlackBerry Classic, big box retailer Best Buy Canada has joined in on the occasion as well. Best Buy Canada has added the BlackBerry Classic to their offerings and have now started taking in-store pre-orders for both Rogers and Virgin Mobile according to the holiday splash page that's now featured on their site. Sadly, that's where the information ends but at least we know there's more than one Canadian carrier that will have the BlackBerry Classic available for purchase. Of course, BlackBerry will gladly sell you one sans carrier as well.

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Nov 14, 2014 Rogers now taking preorders for the BlackBerry Classic
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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.

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Nov 07, 2014 Rogers introduces new roaming plan for traveling to the U.S.
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Rogers introduces 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.

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Oct 10, 2014 Rogers rolling out OS 10.3.0.1418 for the BlackBerry Passport
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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.

The update doesn't really specify what has changed, but folks in the CrackBerry Forums are already digging through it. Of course, you don't really need to be on Rogers to receive the update either. The files are available for loading yourself if you wish and if you hold out a bit later, I'm sure some autoloaders will be created.

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Aug 20, 2014 TELUS, Bell and Rogers all offering the BlackBerry Z30 for free!
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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.

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Jun 03, 2014 Rogers and Vodafone strike up 4G roaming agreement
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Vodafone

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.

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May 23, 2014 Former BlackBerry CMO Frank Boulben heads to Rogers as Interim Chief Strategy Officer
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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.

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Apr 17, 2014 Rogers turns on 700 MHz spectrum for communities in Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto
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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.

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Apr 15, 2014 Rogers has new international roaming plans and they're still awful
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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.

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Apr 11, 2014 Rogers introduces Suretap mobile payment system
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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.

Learn more about suretap wallet, features and supported devices at rogers.com/suretap

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Feb 19, 2014 Rogers introduces early upgrades with Rogers Next
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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.

Head to Rogers for more info

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Dec 09, 2013 AT&T now offers international LTE roaming to Canada
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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!

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Oct 30, 2013 BlackBerry Z30 now available online from Rogers
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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.

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Oct 22, 2013 Rogers prepping to launch BlackBerry Z30 in the coming weeks
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While Rogers went from wanting nothing to do with the BlackBerry Z30 to realizing the error of their ways, it's unfortunately still not available just yet. Their online reservation system is actively taking orders, but customers haven't been able to get an actual device.

Of course their pushing things along the best they can, but since they only decided to offer up the Z30 recently there is still a bit of ground to cover before the device can hit the streets.

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Oct 09, 2013 Rogers voice service interruptions affecting wireless customers
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*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.

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