Rogers Communications

Rogers Communications

We are a diversified Canadian communications and media company. We are engaged in wireless voice and data communications services through Wireless, Canada's largest wireless provider and the operator of the country's only national Global System for Mobile Communications ("GSM") based network. Through Cable we are one of Canada's largest providers of cable television services as well as high-speed Internet access and telephony services. Through Media, we are engaged in radio and television broadcasting, televised shopping, magazines and trade publications, and sports entertainment. We are publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: RCI.A and RCI.B) and on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: RCI).


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News on Rogers Communications

Fans Stream 1.9 Million Minutes of Hockey on Opening Night
The puck officially dropped last night and 55,000 fans live streamed their favourite team online using Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE. According to Rogers, 75% watched the games online at home while... more
Rogers Customers to Experience Biggest NHL Innovation Since Instant Replay
Today Rogers unveiled GamePlus, a new experience within Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE that includes revolutionary camera angles, more interviews and analysis exclusively for Rogers customers on their... more
Wind Mobile: Roaming Rates for Canadians are Unreasonable and That Needs to Change
Discount wireless carrier Wind Mobile is asking regulators to impact the notoriously high roaming rates Canadians have been paying for years. Wind, which is vying to be Canada's fourth national... more
CRTC Issues First Wireless Code Report Card
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has issued its first Wireless Code Implementation Report Card. The "report card" judges how Canada's telcos have done so far in... more
Netflix Slowest on Telus in Canada, Fastest on Bell; Rogers Greatly Boosts Speed
Watching Netflix might be a different experience depending on which service provider supplies your internet connection. Telus ranked behind Bell, Rogers, and Shaw for Netflix speeds, according... more
Rogers Bets Big on Phones, Tablets as Devices for Watching Sports
Canadians are going to be able to watch a lot more hockey games on their mobile and connected devices this season. But it isn’t going to be cheap. Rogers, which paid $5.2-billion last... more
Rogers, Shaw Join Forces to Launch Made-in-Canada Netflix Competitor Called 'Shomi'
Rogers Communications and Shaw Communications have joined forces to launch shomi, a new streaming service in Canada that aims to take on Netflix. Shomi is slated to launch in beta for Rogers and... more
Montreal's Quebecor Weighs Plan to Expand Wireless Network Across Canada
Quebecor has been meeting with potential partners for the purpose of plotting a national wireless network expansion, the company has revealed. On a conference call with analysts following the... more
Canada’s Next Wireless Spectrum Auction will Favour New Players
Industry Minister James Moore announced today that the Canadian government will auction additional wireless spectrum next year to smaller carriers including Quebecor in a bid to fuel competition... more
Canada's 25 Best Brands
Interbrand has released its ranking of the best 25 brands in Canada. Its system determines "the contribution of the brand to business results." In first place was TD Canada, followed by RBC and... more
Bell Has Fastest Netflix Streaming Speeds in Canada, Rogers the Slowest
According to newly released April data on the Netflix ISP Speed Index,which ranks which internet service providers in Canada provide the best primetime Netflix streaming experience, there's a huge... more
Rogers Brings Vicinity Customer Loyalty Program to Western Canada
Vicinity announced today that it has officially launched in Western Canada, offering consumers access to loyalty and rewards points at numerous small businesses in Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary.... more
Big Three No More? Telus Withdraws from Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association to Put 'Customers First'
Telus has withdrawn from the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association. The Vancouver-based telecommunication company's decision to pull out from the industry's main lobby group is a... more
Rogers Opens Calgary's First Tier III Certified Data Centre
Rogers Communications announced this week the opening of a new Rogers Data Centre in Calgary that gives Canadian and international businesses "a highly reliable and certified data centre presence... more
Will the Rogers-NHL Deal Bring Hockey to your Smartphone and Tablet, or Will Rogers Blow It?
Rogers Media announced plans Tuesday that shot some detail-filled pucks into our nation’s net of curiosity. The monumental $5.2 billion, 12-year agreement with the NHL announced last... more
Wind Mobiles Launches Unlimited US Roaming Package for Only $15
Blowing the best efforts of the Big Three out of the water, discount carrier Wind Mobile has launched one of Canada's most generous roaming packages ever. For $15 per month, Wind offers... more
Rogers to Take on Netflix and Hulu with Launch of Video-streaming Service
Rogers is reportedly looking at taking a slice of the streaming media pie. In a Cartt.ca online trade magazine report, editor-in-chief Greg O’Brien says, “Rogers has spent more than... more
Rogers CEO Nadir Mohamed Retires, Role Assumed by Guy Laurence
Nadir Mohamed today retired as chief executive officer of Rogers Communications, a position he held since 2009. Mohamed was the first CEO of Rogers after the late Ted Rogers, who founded the... more
Rogers Signs Landmark $5 Billion Deal for 12 Years of Exclusive Rights to NHL Broadcasts
Today Rogers signed a $5.2 billion contract with the National Hockey League. The mammoth deal gives the Toronto-based telecommunications giant exclusive rights to all games. It is the largest... more
Rogers Forges Strategic Partnership with MasterCard, Prepares to Launch 'Suretap Wallet'
Rogers and CIBC last year launched Suretap, a mobile payments solution for Canadians that utilized smartphone's NFC technology. Today Rogers forged a strategic partnership with MasterCard to... more
Rogers Launches Next Issue Magazine Subscription App in Canada
Rogers is teaming up with major US publications to offer the Next Issue magazine app subscription in Canada. The country’s renowned digital magazine service will provide Canadians with... more
Rogers Figures Out Why Network Faced Massive Wireless Outage This Week
This week, Rogers' network went down for several hours. It was one of the worst wireless outages in the company's history—and when it ended, the Toronto-based telecommunications giant didn't... more
Rogers to Invest $700 Million in Alberta Over Next Four Years, Sponsor Edmonton Oilers
Rogers announced today that it plans to invest $700 million in the province of Alberta. The Toronto-based telecommunications giant says the investment, which will occur over four years, will see... more
Rogers and Sprint Collaborate to Bring Cars with High-speed Internet to Canadians
Rogers Communications and Sprint announced today that they have reached an agreement enabling Sprint to bringcars with high-speed internet access to Canada. Through the agreement, auto... more
Canadian Government Has Ability to Track Canadians' Phone Logs, Keystrokes, and More
Canadian wireless companies are poised to once again agree to give Ottawa the ability to monitor calls and phone data of consumers. The commitment is tied to wireless companies applying to bid... more
Rogers to Appoint Vodafone's Guy Laurence as New CEO in December
Following at "extensive international search" for a CEO to succeed Nadir Mohamed, who announced his plan to retire earlier this year, Rogers says it will apoint Guy Laurence as the new CEO and... more
Canadian Entrepreneurs to Government: Bring Competition to Canada's Wireless Market
A group of three dozen Canadian entrepreneurs and innovators recently sent a letter to Industry Minister James Moore. The letter calls for "genuine choice and affordability" in what Vancouver's... more
Rogers to Start Offering Credit Cards Next Year
Back in 2011, Rogers Communications filed to become a bank. The Toronto-based telco's efforts have now materialized, as the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions has issued an... more
Shares in Canada's Big Three Surge as Verizon Backs Off
Shares in Canada's big three telecom companies surged today on news that Verizon said it's no longer (and never really was) interested in entering Canada's wireless market. Stock in Rogers soared... more
Rogers Launches National Contest to Support Startups Across Canada
Today, Rogers Communications launched a national contest that will award five grand prizes worth $20,000 to startups in Canada. The Rogers Small Business Big Idea Giveaway says owners of small... more
Verizon Not Coming to Canada and Says Story was Way Overblown
According to a Bloomberg report, Verizon has no interest in entering into Canada’s wireless market. “Verizon is not going to Canada,” CEO Lowell McAdam said in a telephone... more
Canadian Unions Back Their Bosses Against Verizon
While it’s no surprise that the big three wireless companies are opposed to the possibility of American giant Verizon entering the Canadian market, some of the country’s largest unions... more
A Veritable All-You-Can-Eat Buffet of Misinformation on the State of the Wireless Industry
The chief executive officer of Wind Mobile pulled no punches in a recent post on the company's blog. His opening line denounced the Big Three's anti-Verizon lobbying efforts as "a veritable... more
Verizon Might Buy Vodafone’s Shares – and of Course Bell Has Something to Say About It
Canada’s “big three” wireless incumbents have an answer for everything pertaining to Verizon Communications potential entry into Canada. Or, more accurately, they have an... more
Rogers Calls on Feds to Change 'Flawed' Wireless Policy With Three Suggestions
On the day that the House of Commons Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology will meet to decide whether to hold public hearings, Rogers Communications appears to be making a final... more
Government Versus Telcos: Conservative Party of Canada Launches 'Consumers First' Campaign
Earlier this month, Canada's three major wireless incumbents—Rogers, Telus, and Bell—joined forces to launch a campaign called "Fair for Canada." The campaign was intended to appeal... more
Letter to the Government: It's Anti-Canadian to Let Verizon Have an Advantage Over Domestic Telcos
A 68-year-old grandmother has written a letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Minister of Industry James Moore on why she finds their approach to Verizon's potential entry into Canada's... more
Canadian Government Says It Won't Change Wireless Policies, Wants Foreign Competition
The Canadian government made it clear this weekend that it's more interested in promoting competition in our nation's wireless sector than protecting Rogers, Telus, and Bell. Prime Minister... more
A Dose of Buckley Takes Down Big Three's 'Fair for Canada' Campaign in Hilarious Video
YouTube comedian A Dose of Buckley published a video over the weekend addressing Verizon's potential entry into Canada's wireless market. The video (which may be NSFW due to cursing) is... more
'Four 4 Canada' Initiative Launches to Counter 'Fair for Canada' Campaign by Rogers, Telus, Bell
Yesterday we reported on a new campaign called "Fair for Canada" that was jointly launched by our nation's three major telcos: Rogers, Telus, and Bell. The campaign is aimed at getting Canadian... more
Rogers, Telus, and Bell Team up to Launch Anti-Verizon 'Fair for Canada' Campaign
Rogers, Telus, and Bell have teamed up to lobby against US telecommunications giant Verizon acquiring Canadian startup carrier Wind Mobile. The "Big Three" incumbents want to have the... more
Bell Sides with Rogers: Canadian Government Not Being Fair to Big Three Telcos
Bell is the latest incumbent to make a stand against how the Canadian government is managing the country's wireless market, specifically with how it's handling the potential acquisitions of startup... more
Rogers Wants All Wireless Incumbents to Have Equal Opportunity to Bid on Smaller Carriers
Rogers doesn't believe that US carriers such as Verizon should be allowed to acquire any of Canada's discount wireless companies, like Wind Mobile. The chief executive officer of the... more
Rogers Launches Customer Loyalty Program Called 'First Rewards'
Toronto-based telecommunications giant Rogers is rolling out a new loyalty program this week in a bid to keep customers from switching to rival carriers. Called "Rogers First Rewards," customers... more
Some Canadian Wireless Carriers Not Happy with CRTC's New Code of Conduct
Rogers, Telus, and Bell are among a group of wireless carriers in Canada that are not happy with the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission's new code of conduct, which was... more
Rogers Wants to Build Three 'Innovative' Cell Towers in Vancouver
Toronto-based telecommunications giant Rogers wants to improve cellular reception on the North Shore in BC by installing three new cell towers in West Vancouver along the Upper Levels Highway.... more
Rogers Renames The Score to 'Sportsnet 360'
Rogers Media is renaming The Score as “Sportsnet 360” after acquiring the sports news channel in August for $172 million. Several news outlets including the Globe and Mail indicated... more
You Can Now Tour the Inside of Rogers Retail Locations with Google Street View
Toronto's Rogers is the first telecommunications company in Canada to open its retail locations for interior Google Street View tours. Virtuo360 Global took a series of high-quality panoramic... more
CIBC Updates Mobile App to Allow Users to Pay for Goods with Their Smartphone
CIBC has updated its mobile payments app on Google Play to enable smartphone purchases. The service is not just restricted to Android users, but specifically owners of the Samsung Galaxy... more
Wind Mobile and Others Withdraw from the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association
After "careful consideration," all three of Canada's startup discount wireless carriers—Wind Mobile, Public Mobile and Mobilicity—today announced their withdrawal from the Canadian... more
Rogers' CEO Retirement Package Worth $18.5 Million
Nadir Mohamed has been with Rogers since August of 2000. In March of 2009, he took over from the company's late founder, Ted Rogers. Ted was the head of Rogers for more than 40 years. Mohamed's... more
Mobile Payment Solution Suretap Now Works on Android and BlackBerry 10 Platforms
Rogers' mobile payments solution, Suretap, has now been certified for the Android and BlackBerry 10 platforms. The service was originally expected to launch last year. The certification allows... more
Rogers Charges $22,000 Roaming Wireless Bill in Yet Another Bill Shock Experience in Canada
At least 90% of Canadians want roaming data fees to be capped. This would be to prevent "bill shock," which far too many Canadians are familiar with. It sucks seeing $50 or $200 tacked onto a... more
Rogers CEO Nadir Mohamed Announces Retirement
Toronto-based telecommunications giant Rogers announced today that its president and chief executive officer will retire in January 2014, less than one year away. Nadir Mohamed joined Canada's... more
Complaints About Internet Throttling in Canada Reach All-Time High
Consumer complaints regarding internet throttling reached an all-time high in Canada last year, a new report reveals. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission this week... more
Rogers Becomes First Wireless Carrier in North America to Offer LTE Roaming
Today, Toronto-based Rogers Communications announced the launch of LTE roaming. According to Rogers, it's the first carrier in North America and one of the first in the world to offer international... more
Rogers Moves to Protect Itself from Looming Spectrum Shortage
Earlier today Deloitte released their Canadian Technology, Media & Telecommunications Predictions 2013 report. #10 on Deloitte's list of 10 most significant predictions for 2013 was the... more
Canadians Aren't Nearly as Tech Savvy as They Think, Study Finds
This week, Rogers launched Tech Essentials, a new web-based program to help Canadians understand and properly use today's technology. Included in the program is a quiz that reveals Canadians... more
Customers Not Satisfied with Unexplained Rogers Internet Outage
Customers of Rogers in Ontario were not happy when they lost access to wireless data and home internet services yesterday. The issue occured yesterday evening and persisted through the night for... more
Canadian Politician Pushes for a Wireless Sector with 'Real' Competition
Marc Garneau, who is gunning for position atop Canada's Liberal party, has taken a firm and pro-consumer stance on our nation's wireless sector. In a statement posted on his website, the retired... more
Rogers Continues to Blast Loud Commercials, Breaking CRTC's Rules Over and Over Again
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission this year introduced rules that require broadcasters to keep their commercial volumes down to the same level as their regular... more
PayPal Says First Mobile Credit Card Transaction Happened a While Ago
Last week Rogers and CIBC launched Suretap, a digital mobile payments service. Rogers claims it is the first such payment solution in Canada. This is true - it's the first to utilize near field... more
Rogers May Try to Snag Astral Assets
A week ago, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission killed Bell's $3.4 billion acquisition of Astral Media. The CRTC argued that the combined companies would be impossible... more
RBC Plans to Launch Mobile Wallet in November
One of our nation's largest banks, the Royal Bank of Canada, plans to launch a mobile wallet payment system in November. RBC is locked in a race with the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce to... more
Telus Says Goodbye to Activation Fees
Telus today announced it will no longer charge a $35 activation fee for new customers or a $25 equipment exchange fee for renewing customers who purchase a new device. Telus is the first of the... more
Rogers is Testing Mobile Payments Technology, Could Launch Digital Wallet This Year
Back in May we reported that Rogers joined forces with CIBC to become early adopters in the emergence of NFC-enabled mobile payments in Canada. Now the Toronto telco has revealed it is pilot... more
Nokia Lumia 920 Hits Canada in Time for the Holidays
Nokia and Rogers today announced that the Nokia Lumia 920 will be exclusively available to Rogers’ customers in November, adding its name to the global list of wireless operators selling the... more
Massive and Prolonged Internet Outage Affecting Rogers Customers
A widespread Rogers Internet and mobile service outage started late this afternoon as Twitter was flooded with reports from various cities in Southern Ontario. Rogers has responded via its... more
New Study Says Wireless Prices in Canada are About to Get Even Higher
A new study by the Convergence Consulting Group predicts that wireless prices in Canada—already among the most expensive in the world—will rise by 2014. Increased competition from Wind... more
The Biggest Losers in the NHL Lockout? Not Who You Might Expect
The NHL lockout sucks for the players. It sucks for the fans. It sucks for the bars that rely on game nights to support their business. But it could actually be notoriously oligopolistic telecom... more
Rogers Banks on Digital Wallets with Virtual Credit Card
Rogers plans to launch a credit card that will be part of a "virtual wallet" as the Canadian telco sharpens its focus on mobile payments. "There's no question that when we launch our credit card,... more
Canada’s broadband caps ‘almost a human rights violation’ says Netflix exec
According to a survey conducted in March 2012, 10% of Canadians use Netflix. But Netflix's Ted Sarandos thinks that number would be a lot higher if it wasn't for Canadian ISPs. This week at the... more
Competition Bureau Sues Rogers, Bell, and Telus for $30 Million
The Competition Bureau is seeking customer refunds and $31 million in penalties from Rogers, Telus, and Bell for misleading customers. Following a five-month investigation, the Bureau has... more
Rogers Partners with Wavefront to Open Second Wireless Innovation Centre in Canada
Rogers Communications and Wavefront today opened the doors to a new Wireless Innovation Centre in Vancouver. Located within Wavefront's national centre of excellence for wireless... more
Rogers Communications Buys Score Media for $167 Million
Rogers Communications has struck an agreement to buy sports broadcaster Score Media in a transaction valued at $167 million. The purchase price includes assumption of Score Media debt and an... more
Technology Habits Between Youth and Parents are Remarkably Similar, Study Finds
The latest Rogers Innovation Report shows that, in nearly equal numbers, connected young Canadians and their connected parents (40% and 43% respectively) are using technology to stay close with one... more
Score Media Shares Skyrocket on Rogers Acquisition Speculation
Shares of Score Media soared nearly 50% in trading today following reports that Rogers Communications is in talks to acquire the specialty television sports broadcaster, according to an anonymous... more
Rogers Launches First LTE Network in New Brunswick
Rogers Communications announced today that its Long Term Evolution network is now live in Moncton. This makes the Toronto-based telecommunications company the first carrier to bring the technology... more
Extreme Internet Throttling Continues in Canada, Report Finds
It appears that, despite best efforts to eliminate internet throttling once and for all in Canada, the controversial practice continues. According to tests run at Measurement Lab, certain Canadian... more
Rogers and Bell Lost Tens of Millions of Dollars Broadcasting the London 2012 Olympics
The Olympic Games are always big business. But they aren't always good business. Canada's Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium—which in simple terms is Rogers and Bell—has projected... more
Canadian Wireless Carrier Starts Selling Financial Services to Fuel Growth
Canadian wireless carrier Public Mobile may not doing so well by just selling talk, text, and data plans for mobile phones. The apparently struggling company is offering a new, unexpected product... more
RIM's 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook Has Arrived. And Yes, It's Atrociously Overpriced
As of today, Research In Motion's new 4G-enabled BlackBerry PlayBook is now available for sale in Canada through Rogers, Telus, or Bell. Prices were rumoured but I opted not to believe them as... more
Fido Rolling Out LTE Network Across Canada This Summer
Fido, the discount subsidiary of Rogers, announced today that it is rolling out LTE service this summer to several major markets across Canada. Fido's LTE will be available in Vancouver, Calgary,... more
Data Now Makes Up 39% of Rogers Total Revenue
Rogers reported a second-quarter adjusted operating profit of $1.27 billion on revenues of $3.1 billion this quarter, both up from the same quarter last year. The Toronto telecommunications giant... more
Lycamobile Plans to Shake up Canada's $18 Billion Wireless Market with Cheap Long Distance
London, UK-based telecommunications provider Lycamobile is planning an expansion that includes entry into Canada's market. The European telco sells low-cost international mobile calls and its... more
Rogers Investing $500 Million to Bring LTE Network to 28 More Cities in Canada by End of Year
Rogers Communications is today marking the first year anniversary of its deployment of next generation LTE wireless services in Canada. The Toront-based telco Rogers is investing approximately... more
Rogers, Telus, and Bell Face $19 Billion Class Action Suit Over 'System Access Fees'
The Supreme Court of Canada decided this morning to let a $19-billion class action suit proceed against Canadian cellphone companies over their notorious "system access fee" charges. The high... more
Rogers Laying Off 375 Employees
Rogers this morning confirmed speculation that it is slashing several hundred jobs in an effort to curb costs. While some rumours suggested as many as 1,000 of the company's roughly 28,000... more
Rogers Media Gets Approval from CRTC to Acquire SCN in July
Toronto-based Rogers Media today received approval from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission to acquire Saskatchewan Communications Network (SCN). The deal is expected... more
Sorry, Canada, But it Looks Like Our Internet's Exorbitant Overage Fees are Here to Stay
You know those exorbitant overage fees you sometimes have to pay when you accidentally spill over your pathetically puny data transfer cap? Well, they're probably not going anywhere, and neither... more
Rogers and Shaw Apply to ICANN for Their Own Top-Level Domains
Thousands of applications have been sent to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers for generic top-level domains. Applications cost $185,000, and granted applications would... more
Canada to Surpass 100% Wireless Penetration Rate in Three Years (That Sucks, By the Way)
The wireless penetration rate in Canada is poised to reach 100% within three years, according to new data touted by the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association. More than... more
Mobile Wallets in Canada: The Next Step Forward or Just Another Money Grab for Banks and Telcos?
Banks and telecoms generally don't get much love, in Canada or around the world. They're often seen as corrupt and money-hungry, prioritizing profit over people. It seems that the Canadian... more
Next is Now Campaign: Rogers Looks at How Much Canadians Value the Internet [Video]
Nearly four in 10 Canadians value the internet as much as electricity and water. 38% of us want smart appliances. 54% of us watch movies and TV shows on computers. And most of us with tablets and... more
Rogers and CIBC the First Bank and Telco to Partner for New Mobile Wallet Technology in Canada
Yesterday, we reported on news that Canada's banking industry was moving forward with a plan to transform smartphones into wallets. Just one day later, Rogers and CIBC have revealed a partnership.... more
Rogers To Sell Smart Baby Clothes, Make You A Lazier Parent
According to Report Linker, the global market for baby products is worth an amazing $7 billion annually, taking into account an estimated 4 million babies born each year (works out to... more
Canadians Would Give Up Alcohol, Coffee, and Chocolate For the Internet
According to a recent survey conducted by Rogers Communications and Vision Critical, many Canadians would rather give up alcohol and coffee than the internet.  The Rogers Innovation... more
According to Sweetspot.ca Founder, Rogers Doesn't Have a Digital Media Strategy
Last week Techvibes reported that Rogers Digital Media was shuttering eight of its websites, including Sweetspot.ca. Rogers informed employees of the decision in an email yesterday and Rogers' own... more
Rogers Ventures into Healthcare, Partners with Exmovere and PositiveID
Rogers is using its wireless services as a way to tap into Canada's growing healthcare sector. The telecom notes that in healthcare, "a wireless connection is powering the delivery of crucial... more
Rogers Closing Eight Online Properties Including Sweetspot.ca
Rogers Digital Media announced today that it is shuttering eight of its websites, including Sweetspot.ca. Rogers informed employees of the decision in an email yesterday and Rogers' own Marketing... more
Rogers, Shaw, and CBC Join Forces for Online Advertising
Rogers Communications, Shaw Communications, and the Canadian Broadcasting Corp are joining forces with the hope of attracting more money through online advertising. Rogers, Shaw, and CBC's new... more
Nova Scotia Wants to Allow Consumers to Cancel Wireless Cellphone Contracts Anytime for Only $50
Imagine being able to end your three-year smartphone contract early without fuss or hassle—and only pay up to a modest $50 in cancellation fees. Nova Scotia is hoping to make this pipe dream... more
Mobile Service in Canada: Overpriced and Anti-Competitive [Study]
In a recent report  called Long Term Evolutionary Challenge: Limiting Wireless Carrier Gluttony, Seabord Group argues that Canada must stimulate competition in the mobile services... more
Rogers Shutting Down Video Rental Business, Transforming 460 Stores into Wireless Centres
First, Blockbuster. Now, Rogers Video. Canadians are officially without a national video rental chain. (And the majority likely won't even notice.) Rogers is exiting the rapidly shrinking video... more
Canadian Slammed with $1,400 Rogers Bill After Using 'Free' Texting App
Rogers has slammed a Canadian father with a $1,400 bill after his teenage son unknowingly racked up severe overcharges via a "free" texting app. Alex Dunsmore, a BC resident, gave his son a... more
Ontario Government Wants to Allow Cellphone Users to Cancel Contracts at Any Time with Minimal Penalties
In Canada, cellphone contracts are painfully long and nearly impossible to escape from early without severe penalties. The Ontario government wants to change this. Ontario is vowing to bolster... more
RIM Launching a BlackBerry PlayBook 3G and 4G with Rogers, Telus, and Bell?
News surfaced today that may help boost the anemic sales of RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook. RIM is allegedly very close to launching a version of the tablet compatible with carrier data plans. In fact,... more
Rogers Launches LTE Network in Halifax and Calgary
Toronto-based telco Rogers has now launched its long-term evolution network in Halifax and Calgary. Rogers, which was a major newsmaker last month, now reaches "nearly 12 million Canadians" with... more
Top Articles of March 2012: Last Month's Newsmakers Were Rogers, eThor, HootSuite, and RIM
1. Rogers Social Media Campaign Backfires by Knowlton Thomas When Rogers paid to promote the hashtag #rogers1number, they intended to promote their new service, Rogers One Number. Instead,... more
Rogers Laying off 300 Employees [Updated]
UPDATE: Patricia Trott, Rogers' director of public affairs, confirmed with the Toronto Star that the layoffs are true. However, she did not specify a timeline. “This is a very difficult... more
Rogers Social Media Campaign Backfires, Consumers Take to Twitter to Diss Telco [Updated]
UPDATE: Rogers has changed its promoted tweet in response to the negative backlash from consumers: We’re on Twitter to listen & help. We’re hearing you loud & clear... more
Industry Canada Reserves 25% of 'Prime Spectrum' for New Wireless Entrants
The big takeaway from Christian's announcement today: one quarter. Industry Minister Christian Paradis finally announced a decision that Canada's telcos have been waiting on for a year. He... more
Rogers Launches LTE Network in St. John's
Toronto-based telecommunications giant Rogers announced this morning that its Long-Term Evolution network is now live in St. John's. "We are proud to be the first carrier to bring our LTE network... more
Rogers Q4: Highest Number of Smartphone Activations Ever
Rogers released its fourth-quarter earnings report today. The telecommunications giant says that profit is up 3% and earnings per share are up 17%. Rogers also says that wireless revenue is up 2%,... more
CounterPath helps power Rogers' One Number Service
Last week Techvibes reported that Rogers Communications was launching Rogers One Number - a service that allows Canadians to extend their Rogers wireless number to their computer. Rogers One... more
13 Samsung Smartphones offered by the Big Three Carriers
What kind of smartphone - or "superphone" you have as Bell is calling some of these feature-laden mobile devices these days - is a hot topic of discussion at a social event. The person struggling... more
New Rogers service merges wireless and web under One Number
Yesterday Rogers Communications announced the launch of Rogers One Number a service that allows Canadians to extend their Rogers wireless number to their computer. Rogers One Number lets you... more
Canada’s Internet Among the Best in the World?
A recent study, conducted by Montreal's Lemay Yates Associates Ltd. on behalf of Rogers Communications Ltd., reveals Canada’s Internet to be amongst the best in the world. The report carried... more
Rogers and Bell vying for a bite of Apple’s iTV
According to the Globe and Mail, Rogers and Bell are in talks with Apple to become Canadian launch partners for its much-hyped Apple iTV. While the iTV product remains cloaked in secrecy sources... more
Rogers to Stop Throttling Internet
Toronto-based telecom giant Rogers has responded to the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission. In reaction to pressure from the CRTC's Compliance and Enforcement division,... more
Samsung Galaxy Note Arrives at Rogers, Telus, and Bell on February 14 for $249
Rogers, Telus, and Bell have all separately announced that they will be selling Samsung's Galaxy Note device next month. Best Buy has made the date official for all three via a pre-order landing... more
Rogers Expands LTE Network in Montreal Area, Intends to Reach 20 Million Canadians This Year
Today, Rogers announced that its Long Term Evolution wireless network is now available in more cities surrounding Montréal, including Laval, Terrebonne, and Vaudreuil. Rogers says it... more
Rogers and Wavefront Join Forces to Launch Wireless Innovation Centre and Mentorship Program
Rogers Communications and Wavefront, a Vancouver-based hub for wireless commercialization and research, announced today the launch of the Rogers Wireless Innovation Centre. The Centre will help... more
Rogers Acquires Saskatchewan Communications Network, Plans to Launch New Channel
Rogers acquired broadcaster Saskatchewan Communications Network for an undisclosed amount today. The telco plans to use SCN's television station to launch a new Citytv channel in... more
Mobilicity Will Struggle to Grow Without New Spectrum
As the government gets ever close to revealing its official rules for the next wireless spectrum auction, Mobilicity has come forth to once again emphasize the importance of reserving some spectrum... more
Following Acquisition of Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment, Rogers Launches Sportsnews
Rogers Communications has launched "another industry first." Sportsnews, a barker channel that's free Rogers digital cable customers, will "promote sports services and content available on Rogers... more
Canada's Big Three Telcos Trying to Trick Government into Ruining the Wireless Industry, Report Says
Ottawa is very close to releasing very salient information on whether or not there will be wireless spectrum reserved for startup discount wireless carriers in the next government auction.... more
Controversial Service Launches in Canada, Lets You See Blocked Numbers
TelTech Systems has been operating TrapCall in America for three years. Now the controversial service is available in Canada for Rogers, Fido, Telus, and Bell customers. TrapCall is a mobile app... more
The CEOs of Rogers, Telus, and Bell Earned a Combined $23 Million in 2011
Ever wonder where the money you spend on your outrageously high smartphone bill goes? Right into the pockets of three lucky men. A new report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives... more
Here are 7 Tech Predictions Made by Consumers for 2012 and Beyond [INFOGRAPHIC]
With the year quickly coming to an end, Rogers released the results of a new Vision Critical survey to see what consumers expect from technology in 2012, publishing the results in its Rogers... more
And the WINNER of a Samsung Galaxy S Infuse 4G is…
One of the prizes in our 12 Days of Xmas giveaway is a Samsung Galaxy S Infuse 4G The winner of this Android smartphone is… Trisha Yarascavitch! Congratulations. Look out for an email from... more
And the WINNER of a Samsung Galaxy S2 LTE from Rogers is…
One of the prizes in our 12 Days of Xmas giveaway is a Samsung Galaxy S2 LTE from Rogers. The winner of this Android smartphone is… Kelly Man! Congratulations. Look out for an email from... more
Rogers Unveils Beta Of Free “One Number” Service
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.... more
Rogers Expands LTE Network in Vancouver and Toronto
Today, Rogers announced that its Long Term Evolution wireless network service is now available in more cities in the Greater Toronto Area and surrounding Vancouver. Rogers first launched an LTE... more
Bell and Rogers to partner to buy Leafs and Raptors
Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE) is on the verge of being sold to Bell Media and Rogers Communications. Major news outlets are reporting this evening that the Ontario Teachers’... more
Win a Samsung Galaxy S II LTE from Techvibes courtesy of Rogers
This should put you in the holiday spirit: The 12 Days of Xmas with Techvibes has officially launched! Our holiday giveaway is more epic than ever, and it's also easier to enter. A single click on... more
Telus and Rogers Also Confirm They Don't Use Carrier IQ
Slowly but (somewhat) surely, Canadian consumers are being put at ease over the insane Carrier IQ madness. Two of Canada's biggest wireless operators, Telus and Rogers, have both confirmed that... more
Rogers Launches RDeals, a Daily Deals Site That… Well, You Know the Pitch
Rogers Digital Media announced today the launch of RDeals, a new daily deals site "that brings local and national finds to Canadians for up to 90% off the original price." Beginning today,... more
Motorola Razr now for sale at Rogers
Today, Motorola's new Android-powered Razr is available at Rogers. The Razr is available for $150 with a 3-year contract. The smartphone runs Android 2.3, is 7mm thin, and features a 4.3-inch... more
Telco Profits Are Skyrocketing Because of Mobile Data. Do They Charge Us Too Much?
Telus experienced a profit growth last quarter of 30% thanks to wireless data revenue increasing 53%. This comes on the heels of Bell's profit jumping a remarkable 41% and Rogers' shooting up... more
Telecom complaints rise for 4th straight year; more involve wireless than ever before
Canada's Commissioner for Complaints for Telecommunications Services has reported an increase in telecom consumer complaints for the fourth straight year.  "Our Annual Report, 'Restoring... more
The rise of network-based user profile mobile marketing by Rogers Catalyst
Well, mobile marketing solutions that go above and beyond the app itself continue to gain prominence. Today at the Mobile Marketing Association's Roadshow stop in Toronto, Rogers announced that... more
The CRTC Prepares to Lay Down the Law on the World's Worst Internet Throttler
Canadians—gamers in particular—have been furious with Rogers over its Internet throttling practices, which were recently exposed as being the worst in the entire world. Today, progress... more
Rogers Q3: Data revenue grows by 28% but average revenue per user drops by $2.59
Rogers, recently crowned the worst internet throttler in the entire world, has released its Q3 report. In the third quarter, Rogers gained 166,000 new subscribers, and activated and upgraded... more
Rogers is Officially the World's Worst Internet Throttler
The notion of telcos throttling internet speeds of users has come to the forefront in Canada recently as the CRTC and organizations like OpenMedia battle for internet openness and fairness to... more
Rogers Acquiring Banking License, Also Invests $5 million in Zoove
The long-term plans of Rogers Communications seem to be a bit of a mystery lately. Facing more and more competition in the mobility sector from companies such as Mobilicity, Public Mobile, and... more
Here I Am disrupts the Canadian telecommunications industry's ridiculous roaming charges with app
I recently attended The Canadian Wireless Trade Show and during the Bower Labs Mobile App Competition, Here I Am's President Dan Nelson went on stage and said that if you download his app you can... more
The Rogers LTE network is now live in Vancouver, Montreal, and Toronto
Rogers has now gone live with its long term evolution wireless network. The telco first launched its LTE network in Ottawa in July. Today, it adds three more major Canadian cities, covering a... more
Four tech companies make list of Canada's 15 most valuable brands
Brand Finance recently released new analysis of the world's top brands, including Canada's. Of Canada's 15 most valuable brands,  4 of them are technology companies. No surprises here, and... more
Wireless carrier Rogers files to become a bank
In a relatively out-of-the-blue move, mobile carrier Rogers has filed to become a bank. Rogers Communications Inc. intends to apply to the Minister of Finance for the issue of letters patent... more
Rogers expands Long Term Evolution network to Toronto
Rogers Communications  announced today the next phase of its commercial launch of Canada’s first Long Term Evolution network. It will launch in Toronto on September 28. Rogers first... more
The brand new BlackBerrys are already on sale
Bad omen? Rogers has already dropped the prices of RIM's brand-new BlackBerry Bold 9900 and BlackBerry Torch 9810 by $100, as well as the PlayBook tablet. This sale-after-launch tactic was last... more
Control your house with one device via Rogers Smart Home Monitoring
Rogers has launched a home-monitoring service that lets users remotely manage their home security system, thermostats, lights, webcams, and small appliances from a single device. Dubbed Smart Home... more
Rogers' 'Beyond 4G' more like 3.9G?
Rogers is being criticized for the marketing around its high speed internet service that they call "Beyond 4G." According to some critics, the service is more like 3.9G. John Lawford, a lawyer... more
Rogers launches new roaming solutions to manage data while travelling outside Canada
Canada's strong loonie has triggered a 25% surge in Canadians travelling to the U.S. This in turn has sparked Rogers Communications to devise new roaming solutions to "predictably manage" data... more
Canada's wireless startups snag a quarter of all new subscribers but still have a long way to go: Report
Startup wireless carriers like Wind and Mobilicity and capturing one in four new subscribers, according to a report by the CRTC, but they still have a long way to go. Public Mobile, Videtron,... more
Rogers creates its own daily deal service, Mobile Offers, in Toronto
Just what the world needs: another daily deal service! Rogers Mobile Offers, exclusive to Rogers wireless customers, delivers daily Groupon-esque offers to mobile phones via text messages. Some... more
Rogers axes white BlackBerry Torch, celebrates Ottawa LTE launch with flash mob that people hate
The white BlackBerry Torch wasn't around for long, and now Rogers has discontinued the model. The black model is still available, of course, although with a new Torch running OS 7 on the way, you... more
Rogers has been throttling World of Warcraft gameplay
The most frustrating ordeal for online gamers to put up with isn't the lude comments from other players, or "pk"-ing--it's lag. Yet, for many gamers across the country, this 3-letter word might be... more
Telus vs Shaw vs Rogers vs Bell: The Techvibes Guide to Choosing Your Home Internet Provider [Infographic]
  CLICK HERE TO READ OUR FULLY UPDATED 2012 EDITION!   Telus versus Shaw versus Rogers versus Bell: Who Should You Choose for Home Internet? Choice is a good thing. But when choices... more
From M2M to The Internet of Things: Viewpoints From Europe
As I mentioned a few weeks ago, Rogers CEO Nadir Mohamed was featured in The National Post and believes in a future of machine-to-machine technology as a massive revenue generator over... more
Rogers launches Canada's first LTE network in Ottawa; more cities and compatible smartphones coming
Rogers today launched Canada’s first Long Term Evolution (LTE) network and Ottawans are the first in Canada to experience this latest global wireless technology. This fall, the company will... more
Rogers expands its 4G network with $80-million enhancement of coverage in the Maritimes
Rogers Communications is investing $80 million to enhance its wireless voice and data network in the Maritimes. This investment will boost wireless service in the region by providing... more
Bell vs. Rogers: which should you choose for home Internet?
Welcome to the battle of the Internet Service Providers! In the blue corner we have Bell Canada. Weighing in at 50,000 employees and based in Montreal. In the red corner we have Rogers. Weighing in... more
United Kingdom wisely bans three-year telecom contracts. Will Canada follow suit?
As the U.S. has already done, the U.K. has banned telecom companies from issuing three-year contracts to clients, capping the length at 24 months. The move, made by U.K.'s independent... more
Research in Motion is feeling the love from Canadians - and so are Rogers, Telus, and Bell
Major magazine Canadian Business recently published its annual list of Companies We Love, the 50 Canadian brands that Canadians feel positively toward. In spite of increased competition from Apple... more
Mobility versus the Big Three: Who has better network quality in Calgary?
In Calgary, wireless startup Mobilicity recently launched the Network Challenge, which pitted Mobilicity's network quality against the Big Three—Rogers, Telus, and Bell—in what was... more
Which Canadian wireless carrier is best? JD Power knows. Hint: It's none of the Big Three
JD Power and Associated unveiled its 2011 Canadian Wireless Customer Satisfaction report today.  In it are some obvious facts: first, average monthly wireless charges increased from 2009.... more
Rogers will have a 4G network effective tomorrow - but it looks an awful lot like their 3G network
Effective tomorrow, Rogers will officially have a "4G" network. Except, according to a Rogers document, "the Rogers network is not changing. Only the terminology is changing." It won't be until... more
Rogers reduces its GRR fee, shaving up to 10 cents off your monthly bill - wowie!
Everybody's favourite unnecessary charge, the Government Regulatory Recovery Fee imposed by Rogers on its smartphone customers, has been reduced. By up to a whopping 10 cents per month. On data... more
Rogers first to roll out 4G in Canada
Two months ago it was predicted that 4G wireless service would be hitting Canada by 2013 at the absolute earliest. It seems this prediction was a tad off as Rogers has announced that they will be... more
Big Three still responsible for 95% of Canadian wireless subscribers
Digital Home reported yesterday that the number of wireless telephone subscribers in Canada increased by 7.4% during 2010.  According to the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association... more
The Androids have taken over Rogers
The droids have landed! A la iRobot, Google's little green Androids have taken over Rogers. An intro video shows the Droids pell off components of the original Rogers website. In its place, they... more
Report suggests wireless entrants to claim 16% marketshare by 2016, but neglects one thing
The Convergence Consulting Group has released a new study. Titled “The Battle for the North American (Canada/US) Couch Potato: Bundling, TV, Internet, Telephone, Wireless,” the study... more
Mobilicity takes direct shot at Big Three with April Fools introduction of Data Access Fee
Nothing better than a tiny company willing to poke holes into the feet of the giants trying to stomp on them. In this instance, wireless startup Mobilicty issued an April Fools press release... more
Public Mobile expects other startups to fail and wants to acquire them. Good luck
Public Mobile CEO Alek Krstajic has come out and said - without naming names, of course - that it expects one or two of the wireless startups to run out of money by the end of the year. And that... more
Rogers expands high-speed wireless network to cover 97% of Manitoba
Rogers has expanded its high-speed wireless network in Manitoba, now covering 97 percent of the province's 1.3 million people. "Welcome to the world of choice, speed and innovation, Manitoba,"... more
Syncapse hires away industry veteran Claude Galipeau from Rogers
Today Toronto-based Syncapse announced that Claude Galipeau is joining the company as Chief Service Officer, effective April 1st. Galipeau was most recently Senior Vice President and General... more
Why is everyone offering free smartphones?
Rogers, Bell, Telus, and now even SaskTel are offering smartphones for $0. Conditions vary, but the standard is a two or three year contract and a minimum monthly rate plan of about $50. ... more
CRTC brings hammer down on Rogers, who pays $300K in fines for phone spam
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission today announced that it has reached a settlement with Rogers Communications over its use of "automated calling devices" - aka... more
Wind Mobile agrees: consolidation in Canada's telecom industry is necessary
Let's talk subscribers. Telus: 7 million. Bell: 7.3 million. Rogers: 9 million, Wind, Public Mobile, and Mobilicty combined? Less than half a million, or under two percent the amount the Big... more
Jeff Gadway previews RIM's upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook [Video]
Miranda McDonald of Rogers spoke with BlackBerry expert Jeff Gadway about Research in Motion's PlayBook, which is set to launch across North America on April 19. Jeff opens up by talking about the... more
Will America's AT&T and T-Mobile merger trigger aftershocks in the Canadian telecom industry?
When AT&T announced on the weekend it would buy T-Mobile in full for $39 billion, few saw this coming. But while both companies serve the U.S., this unexpected earthquake in America's telecom... more
Rogers launches wi-fi smartphone services for business, but is it worth the cost?
Rogers Communications is launching Canada's first wi-fi voice service for smartphones designed to help businesses by letting employees place calls over wi-fi networks registered on their... more
Bell, Rogers, and Telus all waive their 'activation fee' (for a little while, anyway)
First it was Bell. Then Telus. Finally Rogers. Within just a couple of days of each other, all three major Canadian telcos have axed their $35 "activation fees"—Bell until March 16, and the... more
Rogers Crash Course in Mobile Security for Business Webinar Series
Most Canadians are worried about technological security, a recent Bitdefender survey finding that 99% of Canadians expect to experience “fraud, identity theft or something bad to happen to... more
Podcamp Toronto 2011 - Corporate blogging tips from Rogers, ING Direct, KOBO and RIM #pcto2011
Next on the docket was a presentation by Rogers about corporate blogging. It featured people from Rogers, RIM, ING Direct and Kobo. According to the moderator corporate blogs were huge 4 years... more
Rogers once again disobeys rules, unfairly throttles internet speeds for third time in three months
Tsk, tsk, tsk. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has written to Rogers Communications. The address raises the issue of customer complaints that the major... more
Rogers Cable launches valuable new programming: a continuous loop of Swiss Chalet chickens cooking
Restaurant chain Swiss Chalet has a wild new concept in advertising — through Rogers Cable, they’ve got their own TV channel. Yeah. You heard right. The channel shows a continuous... more
Rogers Media creates Chief Digital Officer role
Today Rogers Media Inc. announced the appointment of Jason Tafler to the newly created position, Chief Digital Officer. Rogers Media is a division of Rogers Communications and operates Rogers... more
Giga-gouging: Bell and Shaw want to charge you more for your Internet
Canada's major internet service providers want to charge you more for your internet usage. Despite Stephen Harper's government coming down on the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications... more
Ontario politician on Canadian telcos: 'Consumers are tired of being gouged by these companies'
Earlier this week we observed that Telus will now let eligible customers "unlock" their phones for a ludicrously overpriced fee of $50 (Rogers and Fido recently did the same). Ontario... more
Turning 40 is a Good Thing: Rogers powers exhibit celebrating 40 years of Vancouver Canucks, offers free app
The Vancouver Canucks, who are (and convincingly so) the number one team in the National Hockey League, have a lot to celebrate these days. Their dominance in their home rink, Rogers Arena, has... more
The Next Chapter: CRTC announces how it will review its usage-based billing decision
(To check out the whole CRTC saga, click here.) The CRTC has detailed precisely how it will review its decision on allowing UBB for ISPs. This follows a dramatic finish to a public... more
'Stop the Meter' petition explodes past 200k signatures, Canadian governments each take a stance
228,614. That is the rapidly growing number of people are who adamantly opposed the CRTC's decision to implement usage-based billing this March. The number reflects the signatures of a petition... more
Consumer backlash surges; Vancouver's OpenMedia says 'broadband is about to cost much more for Canadians'
Few were happy when the CRTC announced a decision that may spell disaster for smaller internet providers and further oligopolist powers for the major providers—"This has to be the most... more
CBC is looking for 'Canada's Worst Cellphone Bill' again, but includes one strange and major flaw
In March of last year, CBC ran an interesting piece titled "Canada's Worst Cellphone Bill," which through over 1,000 submissions saw outrageous bill amounts as high as an eye-popping $6,000.... more
The real reason that Canada's new wireless mobile carriers are underperforming – it's not the Big Three
When the federal government hosted an auction to sell for a slice of the "advanced wireless spectrum," or AWS, Canadians were thrilled with the notion that multiple new companies were break into... more
Fido cuts Canadians slack, slashing monthly plan costs by $5 - but only in some cities
Fido, a Rogers subsidiary, slashed monthly plan costs in Montreal by $10, lowering their 2,000-minute plan to $30 and their 4,000 minute plan to $50, back in October. Now, they've cut costs in... more
Samsung Galaxy S Captivate has impressive features, but surprising deficiencies
Even the most ardent, anti-Steve Jobs Apple hater can’t look at an iPhone 4 and say it’s a bad product. It’s just not possible to look at the newest iPhone objectively and say,... more
The new year can't come soon enough for cell phone users
Here’s hoping that all of our Techvibes readers still have their Y2K bomb shelters, even if they’ve been converted into military wine cellars, because it looks like the end of the world... more
Canadian wireless startups gaining ground; capturing one-third of all new subscribers
Recent figures and analyst calculations have revealed that Canadian wireless startups Wind Mobile, Public Mobile, and Moblicity are wrangling one-third of all new cellphone subscribers. This... more
Rogers to offer on-demand TV service on tablets starting in 2011
Rogers will be joining Bell early next year when it allows customers to watch television content on tablets, including the iPad, Samsung Galaxy and the upcoming Playbook. As The Globe and Mail... more
Is Rogers going to buy the Toronto Maple Leafs?
If you’re sick of hearing about the Toronto Blue Jays all the damn time on Rogers’ Sportsnet channels, hold tight, ‘cause it’s only going to get worse — Rogers might... more
Mobilicity's Magenta Militia foiled by Rogers calling police
Mobilicity continues to roll out service across Canada, but they’re also rolling out a bizarre, slightly creepy dance troupe called the Magenta Militia to sing the praises of contract-free... more
Rogers responds to Competition Bureau findings, vows to fight them in court
In a press release issued this afternoon, Rogers claimed they would dispute the Competition Bureau’s finding of misleading advertising in court. The Bureau said that Rogers made misleading... more
Competition Bureau seeking $10 million fine against Rogers for false claims about competitors' network performance
The Competition Bureauis seeking a $10 million fine against Rogers for fraudulent advertising, after their ad campaigns depicted new wireless companies as having poor service. From The Globe and... more
Rogers Communications to explore the transormational nature of tablets at conference
On December 3rd, Rogers Communications is hosting an event focusing on the transformational nature of the newest mobile devices: tablets. The half-day conference named TabLife TO will explore how... more
Rogers opening up its APIs to encourage innovation
When consumers think of Rogers they think of... open API's?  Not likely, until now.  For the first time, Rogers has opened up several of its APIs to developers with the brand new Rogers... more
Windows Phone 7 phones released in Canada today
Handsets powered by the new Windows Phone 7 software went on sale across Canada today as Microsoft tries to win market share in the mobile phone space. In Canada, the Big Three big launched a... more
Rogers to add home security to its services, offering it in bundles with TV and internet
The same company who locks you in three-year phone contracts also wants to lock up your house. Rogers Communications is looking to break into the home security services market as soon as next... more
Is Rogers insulting consumers by extending its Hardware Upgrade Program minimum to 30 months?
UPDATE: Chris Clarke of Rogers addressed this issue in the comments below, saying that the changes "have been repealed, and we have reverted back to our previous HUP policy." A couple of... more
Rogers Technology Showcase hits Vancouver tomorrow
The Rogers Technology Showcase is in Vancouver tomorrow at the Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel from 8:30am - 11:30am. This exclusive event promises to showcase the newest technology trends and give... more
From Google and Apple to Rogers and Bell... Which streaming video service is right for you?
2010 has seen online video streaming become considerably more mainstream in Canada than most expected a year or two past. With Netflix freshly launched here, in addition to Bell's new service, plus... more
Windows 7 phones coming to Canada
Today, Microsoft finally revealed their new Windows Phone 7 handset.  We have a beautiful lineup in this first wave of Windows Phone 7 handsets.  Microsoft and its partners are... more
Blackberry Curve 8520, the casual RIM smartphone
Recently I experimented with the Blackberry 8520 (thanks to Rogers Wireless). It's no Torch, but not everybody wants to pay $600 ($200 even with a 3-year term) for a smartphone, especially when... more
Rogers acquires South Ontario fibre optic provider
Communications giant Rogers made a deal to buy the fibre optic network of Atria Networks LP for $425 million. Atria is the fibre optic provider for over 1,000 small and medium-sized businesses from... more
Rogers Communications publicly addresses Wind Mobile's complaint with Competition Bureau
On Thursday, I wrote an article outlining a complaint startup Wind Mobile has filed with the Competition Bureau that targets Rogers' new subsidiary, Chatr Wireless, over uninformed advertising.... more
Music WithMe to be available on BlackBerry Torch
As the BlackBerry Torch arrives in Canada (finally) music fans will have reason to sing it loud and proud.  Music WithMe will be available on the BlackBerry Torch, expanding on the Wi-Fi... more
Confirmed: Samsung Galaxy Tab coming to Canada on Rogers network
Earlier this month we broker the story that Samsung's tablet device, Galaxy Tab, would be coming to Canadian shores this month.  Yesterday, Samsung issued a press release announcing the... more
RogersBuzz team answered my call!
In mid-August, I challenged wireless carriers to replace my antiquated flip phone with a capable smartphone. If any were to respond, I had suspected Wind Mobile. They have a stronger B.C. presence... more
Fido launches Community site
With the success that Rogers has had with their Rogers Community Forum, Rogers Communications has just launched the brand new Fido Technical Community for their discount Fido brand. Fido Technical... more
Public Mobile credits Rogers for boosting its business
When Rogers introduced its discount brand Chatr in late July, many thought it would only be a matter of time before the new wireless players would be chased out of the oligopolistic wireless... more
The Future of Video Entertainment
Last week we featured an article about the Future of Media event that took place in Toronto.  The article was less than glowing. Well, earlier today, Rogers Communications released a video on... more
Rogers responds: other new entrants and competitors are welcoming the competition
Mobilicity announced yesterday that it has filed a complaint with the Competition Bureau and various other government agencies against Rogers and its flanker brand Chatr, saying that the rivals... more
Mobilicity: Chatr is uncompetitive
Following through on its word, wireless start-up Mobilicity has filed a complaint with Canada's Competition Bureau and various other government agencies against Rogers Communications and its... more
Rogers Digital Media partners with Warner Music Canada in exclusive deal
Rogers Digital Media is partnering with Warner Music Canada in a deal that will see Rogers selling ads around Warner's music video content across multiple digital platforms. "Along with our other... more
Wind Mobile investor calls Rogers, Telus, and Bell 'a joke,' says Canadian wireless provider climate is awful
Naguib Sawiris is a billionaire scion of possibly the most prominent business family in all of Egypt, and a serious contender globally, especially in telecom. And he's adding to his family's legacy... more
CRTC tells Canada's largest telecommunication providers to share fibre-optic networks
The CRTC ruled yesterday that Canada's largest telecommunication providers must open up their fibre-optic networks to wholesale retailers and provide them with the same service options that they... more
Survey suggests the end of flat-rate fees for telecom services, but bias is in the air
The Globe and Mail published an article on Monday, revealing the results of a recent survey. The survey polled nearly 400 international mobile executives and—wait, what's that? Yes, I said... more
A challenge to all smartphone retailers and wireless plan carriers: Will any of you actually read this?
Hello. My name is Knowlton Thomas and there is a flip phone latched onto my belt. If you've read the Techvibes blog within the past four months, chances are you've read some of my stuff. I have... more
Rogers Media announces new President
It was announced today that Keith Pelley will take the helm as President of Rogers Media. Mr. Pelley is well known for his role as President of Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium, a... more
Chatr Wireless directly attacks mobile startups in commercial, erases doubts over competitive intentions
Rogers' controversial new subsidiary, Chatr Wireless, is stirring the pot with its first wave of television commercials. The new brand has received heat from Canadian telecom startups - in... more
Lots of telecom complaints in Canada, but who you gonna call?
It always seems to take longer for new wireless products to show up in Canada. Rogers is lowering bandwidth caps. And Bell is throttling wholesale purchasers of their bandwidth. There's plenty to... more
Surprise, surprise: Complaints arise over complexity, cost of Canada's telecom giants Rogers, Bell, and Telus
(As if we didn't know already.) Canada's Big Three, the telecom oligopoly consisting of Rogers, Bell, and Telus, have been accused in a report of having cellphone contracts that are too long, too... more
Telus refuses to lower prices despite challenging competition on the horizon
Rogers has created Chatr, and Bell has stated its Solo Mobile subsidary will be shifting down market. Chatr and Solo will be locking their crosshairs onto targets Wind Mobile, and Moblicity,... more
Free Wi-Fi now available at Canada's busiest airport
Yesterday the Greater Toronto Airport Authority announced that free Wi-Fi service was finally coming to Toronto's Pearson International Airport.   Pamela Griffith-Jones is the Chief Marketing... more
iPhone 4 Canada Update: Not a Rogers customer? Camp out somewhere else.
About an hour ago Rogers announced on their website that they are "making a commitment to allocate the majority of inventory we receive from Apple to existing customers wanting to upgrade to the... more
Why wireless and digital media competition is dying in Canada
Netflix enters Canada and Rogers responds by lowering data levels.  WIND Mobile, Mobilicity and Public Mobile enter the Canadian wireless marketplace and Rogers announces Chatr Wireless. One... more
OpenMedia.ca calls for government action against Rogers' lower bandwidth caps
A week ago Netflix, the California-based video rental company announced that they'd be launching their streaming Internet service in Canada this fall. Within days of the announcement, Rogers... more
News in Short: The top five wireless trends, study shows less than 1% of torrents are legal
Globe on Technology offers "low-down" on future of Canada's telecom industry The Globe and Mail's Globe on Technology, run by expert tech bloggers, suggests their top five trends for Canada's... more
Netflix entry into Canada triggers Rogers to trim its services, but not its prices
Good companies will always offer you "more for less." But in the case of Rogers Communications, they're charging you more for less. Canada's country's second-biggest Internet provider is lowering... more
Canada's wireless leaders form excessively lucrative oligopoly, reap world-high profits
It's only been just recently that Canada has seen new wireless startups enter the market in a bid to stir the pot of healthy competition. And our country be damned if we don't need it—the... more
iPhone 4 coming to Canada on July 30th
Not much of a surprise here, but Apple has now finally revised its previous "by the end of July" iPhone 4 launch timeframe for some of the remaining international countries. That list includes... more
News in Short: Author launches iPad-only novel, chatr inventory now at retailers
Exclusive iPad novel Japanese novelist Ryu Murakami ii releasing his latest novel, A Singing Whale, exclusively on Apple's iPad, and including several multimedia goodies. The novel will... more
iPad in Canada: Which data plan is best? Rogers vs Telus vs Bell
If you haven't already bought an iPad, you're probably thinking about it. But which data plan best suits your needs? TELUS, Rogers, and Bell all offer data plans for the Apple iPad, ranging from... more
Forthcoming Chatr Wireless causing controversy: Moblicity threatens Rogers with legal action
The federal government's wireless spectrum auction in 2008 allowed for startups to develop their own wireless service companies. It was designed to diversify the competition, which was essentially... more
Rogers nabs naming rights in TELUS' backyard
The Vancouver Canucks announced today that Rogers Communications has purchased the naming rights to the home of the NHL franchise and the rink formerly known as GM Place will now be Rogers Arena.... more
Chatter is abound over Rogers' new Chatr Wireless
It's yet another business name missing out on the reader-pronunciation advantages of actually including vowels. But it's not missing out on any media attention. Chatr, which reads like "chatter"... more
Shaw and Vidéotron the latest Canadians to offer online TV
I know you just spent several thousand dollars on that big screen plasma - but you don't really need it anymore. In the latest tidal wave of television pouring into the... more
Is Rogers internet service truly the fastest and most reliable?
Bell Canada is taking Rogers Communications to court over the latter's claims that is has the fastest and most reliable internet service in Ontario (Rogers has already been banned from claiming... more
Using your phone to pay your groceries... a revolution or pure stupidity?
Pilot project in flight Last June, a pilot project partnered between the Royal Bank of Canada, Rogers Communications, and Visa went into action. The project delved into the viability of having... more
Rogers to make txting EZ with Extreme Text Messaging
Rogers Communications introduced Extreme Text Messaging today - a suite of new texting features designed to replicate some of email's best communicative advantages. Responding to demands from text... more
Lose your smartphone? Don't worry if you're with Rogers
Yesterday Rogers announced a new program called Handset Protection Guarantee.  It allows customers with an eligible lost, stolen or broken device to receive a zero cost (it seems they never... more
Bell, Rogers, and Telus pilot oneAPI in Canada
Wireless Industry Partnership Connector Inc. (WIP) is working with the GSMA on a global initiative called OneAPI. It's all about network APIs and making it easier for application developers to... more
Rogers announces iPad data plans and prices
A few days ago, Techvibes announced that the iPad would be coming to Canada via Rogers.  Today, we are super excited to announce that Rogers has made its pricing options public as well:... more
Canada gets iPad release date and prices
If you haven't already cross-boarder shopped yourself one of Apple's new iPads, you might be interested to know that the company has finally announced the first round of countries getting... more
Rogers hoping to boost Android sales with Social View package
In the hopes of kick-starting the sales of  their newer (and soon to be released) Android models, Rogers has introduced a new package to their data plan.  They are calling it Social... more
Rogers Media looking for new boss
Tony Viner is moving on.  According to Rogers-owned Marketing Mag, "...Rogers Communications Inc. announced today that Tony Viner is retiring from his post as chief executive officer of... more
Rogers upgrades download speed Canada wide
Rogers Communications has just announced that customers will now have wireless download speeds of up to 21 Mbps that is currently being used in major cities like Toronto and Vancouver.According... more
Techvibes speaks with Rob Manne of Rogers' RedBoard
Rob Manne (@RogersRob) is a senior manager with the Rogers social media team. When he's not on Twitter, Facebook and reading blogs, he's usually found with his headphones on, or with his wife and... more
Canada's wireless industry starts to look competitive
Disclaimer: I am currently employed by a Rogers Wireless dealer in a retail sales position. With Wind Mobile conducting hiring sessions in Vancouver this week in advance of their expansion into... more
Rogers launches another Android device, Sony Ericsson Xperia X10
Sony Ericsson (SE) and Rogers Communications Inc. officially announced the sale of the much anticipated and long awaited Xperia X10 Android phone for Canadians on April 15th. Rogers currently holds... more
Rogers bringing iPad to Canadians
Earlier this morning, Rogers Communications announced that the iPad will be made available by the end of May.  Keith McArthur, the Senior Director of Social Media at Rogers blogged, "Rogers... more
Rogers iPhone users still free to tether
Unlike iPhone users south of the border, Canadian iPone users on the Rogers network have up to now been able to tether their laptops to their phones and surf the web using the iPhone as a defacto... more
Last straw for WIND Mobile?
Late last year Toronto-based Globalive launched it's WIND Mobile brand in Canada.  It was hoped that the emergence of new companies would force companies like Bell and Rogers to lower their... more
The Truth: What Canadians pay for wireless service with Rogers, Bell and Telus
Who really provides the best deal in Canada?  When it comes to wireless the debate, in public at least, has been going on for years.  Rogers recently called themselves the MOST reliable... more
Rogers introduces new Data Roaming Plan
The Techvibes community is going to love this.  At least those who use Rogers smart phones will.  Starting today, Rogers Communications clients will be able to take advantage of a new... more
Canadian Telecom Summit coming to Toronto this spring.
Are you interested in the future of telecom?  Then you may want to book your spring trip to Toronto. The Canadian Telecom Summit is Canada's pre-eminent gathering of the telecommunications... more
Globalive Wireless gets government support
  Industry Minister Tony Clement has announced today that his government will allow Globalive Wireless Management Corp. to offer cellphone service in Canada. "We have concluded through... more
Big Three Telcos thwart innovation AND cut jobs
According to Statistics Canada, the Canadian economy gained a surprising 79,000 jobs in November, with the unemployment rate easing 0.1 percentage points to 8.5%. The story hasn't been quite as... more
Rogers on Demand Online is a big pile of FAIL
Rogers, one of the rarified members of Canada's cable and wireless oligopoly, has rolled out Rogers on Demand Online, a rather tepid answer to Hulu, the American service that allows U.S internet... more
The Globalive Saga - Why Can't There Be A Fourth National Wireless Provider In Canada
Things are getting hot in the Canadian wireless industry with the continuing Globalive saga. Globalive, a Toronto-based company, has been eager to launch a national wireless service called Wind... more
Richard Branson urges Rogers to stop making up fees
Richard Branson, the maverick and founder of Virgin Mobile, threw down the gauntlet in response to Roger's announcement that they are replacing their system access fees with what is being called... more
nextMedia’s Canadian New Media Awards Nominations Reception
The nominations reception for the 9th annual Canadian New Media Awards were held last night in Toronto. All the possible nominees came out to see who was going to stay on the island for the final... more
Rogers buys stake in Michael Eisner's Vuguru
Rogers Communications has made a major push toward bolstering its online and mobile content by taking a minority interest in Michael Eisner's Vuguru - a digital media studio he founded in 2006. The... more
Rogers Ventures launches today as a new source of early-stage and seed investment for technology start-ups
Led by Melinda Rogers, Rogers Ventures is a new source of early stage seed level investment for technology start-ups. They find great talent with powerful ideas and invest in their business... more
Why there’s no Kindle for Canada
Ian Andrew Bell is a Techvibes Guest Contributor and this post was published on his blog earlier today. Canadians want their Kindle.  The device, which Forrester predicts Amazon will sell 1.8... more
iPhone coming to Telus and Bell before Christmas
October 6, 2009 Update: Telus and Bell make it official with Apple and the iPhone Bell Canada and Telus Corp. confirmed today that they COULD begin selling the Apple iPhone next month, breaking... more
Craig Wireless to offer WiMax in Vancouver
The battle over Vancouver's next generation wireless internet market is heating up. Just over a year after Rogers and Bell teamed up to establish a the first WiMax network in Vancouver, Craig... more
York University Gets Court Order Against Google, Bell and Rogers To Get Identities Of Folks It Doesn't Like
National Post reported recently that York University has won a court order against Google, Bell and Rogers to reveal the identities of the users behind a GMail account (Google's e-mail service)... more
Mobile phone calls most expensive in in Canada, Spain, and the US, says OECD report
Yesterday the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) released their 2009 OECD Communications Outlook and declared that Finland, the Netherlands and Sweden have the lowest... more
Big Three wireless providers unveil Zoompass
As promised earlier this year, Bell, Rogers and Telus have all come together to create ZoomPass, a system where users can make mobile payments visa their phone. An iPhone app has just been... more
MD400g - Sony Ericsson's New Mobile Internet USB Modem With Built-in GPS
An interesting little product caught my imagination today - it is the new mobile Internet stick by Rogers called the MD400g available on their 3.5G network and made by Sony Ericsson. What is... more
Public Mobile looks to Wal-Mart for distribution
Yesterday the Financial Post covered Public Mobile's plans to sell their phones with unlimited call plans through Wal-Mart Stores. According to CEO Alek Krstajic, the Toronto-based startup plans to... more
Canadian iPhone owners planning to upgrade get late discount
AppleInsider reported late last night that Rogers and its sister brand Fido have promised heavy discounts for existing iPhone 3G customers trading up to the faster model. In addition, Apple stores... more
Rogers Communications and the Canary Derby
Techvibes is a media sponsor of the Vancouver Canary Derby on June 27th.  This is the third installment in our series about local high-technology companies and their involvement in the... more
Bell, Rogers, and Telus unveil Zoompass
Canada's three big telcos have gotten together to create a new mobile payment service for person-to-person cash transactions. The new service labeled Zoompass will be operated by Toronto-based... more
iPhone 3G Available in Canada for $99 from June 19th
Big news day today from Apple, where they announced the new iPhone3G S and also reduced the price of the iPhone 3G 8GB to $99. From the press release: Apple® today introduced the new... more
Twitter Two-Way SMS returns to Rogers, Fido
In a bold move that show just how ahead of the curve they really are, Rogers and Fido have reached a deal with Twitter to bring back the ability to send and receive updates to the microblogging... more
Rogers Doubles Network Speed with 3.5G For Phones Other Than Yours
Bell and Telus are only starting to get their 3G deployments going, but today Rogers has announced that most of their network has been upgraded to 3.5G capability, also referred to by the... more
Rogers Communications mourns passing of Founder and CEO Ted Rogers
Ted Rogers, founder and chief executive of Rogers Communications Inc., has died. It is with great sadness that the Board of Directors of Rogers Communications Inc. announces the death of our... more
US Data Roaming: New Low Price of $6,000 per GB, Or More?
Via mobile maven Roland Tanglao, Alec Saunders of Ottawa blogs about Rogers recently reduced roaming rates. I recall at one point the rate was something insane like 5¢ per KB. So what is this... more
Rogers enables phone-in-your-wallet convenience
RBC, Rogers Wireless and Visa are joining forces to push Canadian wireless purchasing to the next level. With an end goal of allowing customers to make secure point-of-sale purchases simply by... more
Blackberry Bold comes out swinging
The Blackberry Bold - Research in Motion's answer to the Apple iPhone 3G - hit the Canadian market today minus the cult-like crowds. Rogers Wireless is offering the Bold online today and in its... more
Talking A Lot With Rogers TalkSpot
Here's a newer, cheaper way to call your parents to ask for money for pizza and beer (and, um, textbooks, if you're so inclined). Rogers Talkspot, marketed at the university student set, allows you... more
PoolExpert Exits to Grow Rogers Sports Empire
Whereas many web startups dream of being acquired by Google or Microsoft, Toronto's PoolExpert has exited with a north-of-the-border acquisition by Rogers Communications for an undisclosed amount.... more
Rogers Hijacks Typos to Branded Search, Ads
Under the category of "what's Rogers done this week?" and via Blamcast, comes word that Rogers has been redirecting DNS errors to their own "error page". Whereas typing an invalid or misspelled... more

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