Rogers have unveiled a new free service they call “Rogers One Number”. While currently in beta, the service allows control over your Rogers mobile number, using your computer. For those of you familiar with the Google Voice service, think of Rogers One Number as the same thing, but only available to Rogers Wireless customers.
With the new One Number service, users will be able to talk and text from their Internet browser, create and use a centralized inbox (currently supporting both Yahoo! Mail and Gmail), as well as video chat with other One Number users. Furthermore, the service will sync all contacts and numbers, and is able to smoothly switch calls between phone and computer while in conversation.
Globetrotters, however, will find the most useful function the ability to call anyone in Canada for free. As long as calls are made from a computer and are sent to Canadian numbers, you won’t be charged a penny. The terms do stipulate that the service is only available to Rogers post-paid subscribers, and is for personal use only. This may mean that there is a business option coming down the pipe, but that is only speculation.
The service is actually fairly well put together, with browser and platform-based applications already available. For more information on the service, or to sign-up, visit Rogers One Number.