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May 6 New Plans From Rogers
As it was expected Rogers reworked their plans. I tried to upgrade my essentials to a new "smart phone" $15/month Value Pack but I was told by CSR that it is conflicting with my Personal BB email plan for $15/month so I can not have both. Another surprise from Rogers or is it untrained CSR?
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I did request that. The plan I am talking about is specially custom tailored for BB's and WM devices. NO BROWSING included in it. I also tried to do an on-line essentials update - same result failure -"please call cystomer service at..."
- 05-07-08, 03:15 PM #6
Rogers rolls out cellphone-home phone hybridCBC News
Rogers is introducing phones that function as a regular cellphone outside the home, but also connect to the internet through Wi-Fi when in range of the customer's home router, offering unlimited calling.
The company is launching phones on Wednesday through both its Rogers Wireless and Fido brands that function as a regular cellphone outside the home, but also connect to the internet through Wi-Fi when in range of the customer's home router.
The phones use cellular airtime regularly outside the home, but calls are unlimited once they switch over to the Wi-Fi connection.
The home-calling feature is available to post-paid customers only and costs an extra $15 a month, or $20 with unlimited long distance in North America. Both plans come with a free optimized voice router, which covers a range of nearly 280 square metres and hooks up to a high-speed internet connection from any service provider.
These so-called "dual mode" phones are aimed at cellphone users - particularly younger customers - who don't want a land line or are thinking about getting rid of it, Rogers chief marketing officer John Boynton told CBCNews.ca.
"It's a way for them to have just one phone period," he said. "This is one phone, one phone number, one voice mail, one caller ID."
The company is offering only one handset per brand - the Nokia 6086 for Rogers Wireless and the 6301 for Fido - but new devices should become available quarterly as other manufacturers get on board, Boynton said.
About 6.4 per cent of Canadian households have scrapped land lines in favour of going with cellphones only, according to Statistics Canada - a proportion that lags most other developed countries. Industry observers have attributed this lag in "wireless substitution" to the fact that Canada does not have a major cellphone-only provider that has pushed consumers to get rid of their land lines.
All three of Canada's major cellphone providers - Rogers, Bell Canada Inc. and Telus Corp. - also offer home phone service, and none has been quick to chip into that business, analysts say.
Dual-mode phones a better fit for Canada: analysts
Eight other carriers in the world have introduced dual-mode phones, starting with BT in Britain in 2005.
BT, which does not have its own cellphone offering, introduced its Fusion phone in conjunction with Vodafone Group in order to patch a hole in its product offering. T-Mobile offers a similar dual-mode phone in the United States, where it does not have any land-line offerings.
Analysts said dual-mode phones are an even better fit for the Canadian market because carriers do not have to adjust their existing pricing plans. U.S. carriers offer significantly more airtime for less than their Canadian counterparts - AT&T, for example, offers 900 minutes for $60, while Rogers charges $100 for 800 minutes.
"It makes even more sense here than it does in the U.S. because it lets the carriers preserve their existing wireless price plans, but also gives people the effect of a big bucket [of minutes] when using their cellphone at home," said telecommunications consultant Mark Goldberg. "It should help people make the decision to get rid of their land line."
Goldberg said it also makes more sense for Rogers to introduce the dual-mode phones because it has a relatively small share of the home phone market, compared to Bell or Telus.
"They have no residential service that they're cannibalizing" outside of the big cities, he said.
The announcement comes on the heels of two other big product unveilings by Rogers.
The company last week launched Nokia's N95 cellphone, a critically acclaimed high-end mobile entertainment device, and said it will introduce Apple Inc.'s vaunted iPhone later this year.
Goldberg said the spate of new products demonstrates the technological advantage Rogers has over its rivals.
All three products are available only through carriers that have GSM networks, which Rogers has, and not from operators that use the rival CDMA technology, which Bell and Telus do.
"Rogers is taking advantage of the technologies that are available," Goldberg said. "It's over to Bell and Telus to see what their response is going to be."
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- 05-07-08, 03:19 PM #7
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- 05-07-08, 03:34 PM #8
TheStar.com | Business | Rogers expands cellphone services...Dubbed "Uno" on Fido and "Home Calling Zone" on Rogers, the ditch-your-landline sales pitch is reminiscent of the unlimited local calling plans offered by Fido before Rogers bought Fido's parent company Microcell in 2004.
However, the key difference this time around is that subscribers will only be able to make unlimited calls when they are at home, within range of their Wi-Fi router, which sends and receives calls over a high-speed Internet connection rather than over the Rogers cellular network. This service is limited to a single Wi-Fi station and does not allow wireless users to roam on other networks, in coffee shops, airports or other people's houses. ...
- 05-07-08, 03:39 PM #9
I can't believe BlackBerry users got screwed on this! Erggg....
at least I got the Home Calling Zone name right on the rumors a few weeks back.
- 05-07-08, 04:35 PM #10
This is the roll out, testing the waters. If they get a satisfactory quarter in with the "Uno/HCZ" crowd, they can up the ante and try BlackBerry support.
This must scare the crap out of Mr. Rogers. T-Mobile is comming and they mean Business.
On the plus side, more record profits, for the shareholders.
- 05-08-08, 05:50 PM #11
News Releases - Rogers Communications Inc.Fido's home and mobile calling are now 'UNO' with one phone, one number and one bill
First to offer Canadians unlimited at-home calling on one mobile handset
TORONTO, May 6 /CNW/ - Fido today launched a Canadian first for the
wireless industry with its new service, Fido UNO(TM). Fido UNO works by
connecting calls from a specially-enabled handset to a high-speed Internet
connection when at home and through the Fido network when on the go - offering
simple, seamless mobility and the ultimate in converged communications
convenience. Customers now have the freedom to talk as much as they want on
their Fido phone while at home without using up their wireless plan minutes
and all the benefits of a mobile when they're not.
"More and more Canadians live a wireless lifestyle and are looking for
mobile solutions to help them save time and money," says Patrick
Hadsipantelis, Vice President, Fido Marketing. "Fido UNO offers a simple,
seamless wireless experience for customers who want the convenience of using
the same phone whether they're out and about or at home."
Fido UNO combines the benefits of cellular, home phone and high-speed
Internet services into one handset. Customers can make unlimited local and
Canadian long-distance(1) wireless calls at home by leveraging an existing
high-speed Internet connection with the same handset they use as their mobile
device. A Fido voice-optimizing wireless router enhances wireless call clarity
and reception inside the home network. Customers use the same handset inside
and outside the home offering the convenience of having one phone number, one
voicemail, one address book and one bill - all on one phone.
(1) Customers can choose between a monthly unlimited local calling plan
or a monthly plan for unlimited local and Canadian long distance calling
How It Works
Fido UNO set up is simple. To activate the service, customers will need:
1) A Fido UNO handset enabled for WiFi calling
2) A Fido UNO option in addition to any Fido voice plans
3) A Fido UNO voice-optimizing wireless router
4) A high-speed Internet connection with a minimum speed of 512 Kbps
Simply connect the wireless router to any high-speed Internet modem and
turn the handset on. The handset will recognize the wireless router, enabling
it to place calls through the Internet. Inside the home, the Fido phone
displays a WiFi symbol on its screen when operating on the home network;
outside of the home network, the cellphone automatically switches seamlessly
to Fido's network, displaying a GSM symbol on the handset screen, even during
Pricing and Availability
Fido UNO is currently available on the Nokia 6301 retailing for $50 on a
three-year plan, at Fido stores across Canada.
Fido UNO offers plans for $15/month (unlimited local calling) or
$20/month (unlimited local and Canadian long distance) for wireless calling at
home, in addition to the regular wireless voice plan. Existing customers can
add the service to a current voice plan with the purchase of a UNO-enabled
handset and receive the voice-optimizing wireless router free of charge.
For more information visit: fido.ca/myfidouno.
Fido offers Canadian consumers and businesses a wide range of wireless
voice and data communications products and services, including international
roaming in 200 countries/areas. Fido is wholly owned by Rogers Wireless Inc.,
Canada's largest wireless provider and the country's only carrier operating on
the global standard GSM technology platform. For more information, please
For further information: Odette Coleman, Rogers Wireless, Fido, (416)
935-6441, email@example.com; Aaron Michiels, Jessica Kasparian,
Manning Selvage & Lee (MS&L), (416) 847-1326, (416) 847-1303,