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Rogers LTE Network Set To Launch in Toronto September 28th

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Rogers has been rolling out its LTE network beginning with Ottawa and now Toronto. LTE devices are theoretically capable of 75Mbps download speeds, although typical user experiences put the actual download speeds somewhere between 12 and 15 Mbps. Click through to continue reading.
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Ottawa Will Be First City in Canada to Get LTE – Preorder Sierra Rocket Stick

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Rogers has announced that Ottawa will be the first city in Canada to experience LTE. On top of this, Rogers is starting to take reservations for the first LTE enabled device, Sierra Rocket Stick through the Rogers Reservation System which can be accessed through MyRogers. This system allows you to secure a place “in line” for the device without having to visit a store or call first.

How do you feel about LTE? Do you really need faster speeds on your BlackBerry or laptop? 3G is a really decent connection to get business done, unless you’re streaming HD video. If you’re on the go, you’re probably roaming, in which case you don’t want to be streaming large movie files anyways. There are probably a handful of people who will benefit tremendously from LTE, but it doesn’t seem like the average consumer really needs it.

You can read more about this announcement on the Rogers RedBoard or sign up at IwantmyLTE.ca to be notified when LTE is coming to your area.

Rogers to Invest $80 Million to Expand 4G HSPA+ to Maritimes

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Rogers is expanding its 4G HSPA+ network out to the Maritimes with an $80 million investment. The investment will help expand the network to cover 94% of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island which includes almost one million more people. Customers across all parts of the region will benefit from faster data speeds and stronger signal strength. Work on the wireless network will begin later this month and new coverage areas will be announced throughout the construction period, which will continue throughout 2012.

Read more about the investment over at the Rogers blog.

AT&T Announces Two Tiered Data Plans for Smartphone Users

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AT&T has announced two new pricing plans for smartphone customers based on wireless data usage. The new plans include $15/month for 200MB and $25/month for 2GB. Previously, AT&T BlackBerry users would pay $30 for unlimited* data and this new plan segments users based on how much data they use and offers a sensible rate.

According to Consumer Reports, BlackBerry users consume about 54MB of data per month on average. This average is probably skewed by the users who don’t use any data at all and the small group of users who consume incredible amounts of data. Overall, it’s probably best that AT&T sets these new prices at 200MB and 2GB, but the power user may tend to go over the limit.

How much data do you use in a month?

Zebbo Provide App Developers With Carrier Billing for Apps

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Zebbo have developed a cool service for app developers so they can better monetize their apps. The app using SMS and carrier relationships to provide developers with a means to offer carrier billing for their apps. The downside is that for certain carriers, the website will take upwards of a 50% commission on the sale. This is probably because the fees that carriers are charging are so significant. In any case, the large commission may be offset by the fact that you can reach users who would otherwise not purchase with a credit card or PayPal.

Canadian Carriers Finish Testing Mobile Video Calling

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The Big Three in Canada have announced that they’ve completed trials of two-way wireless video calling between carriers. Currently, you have to be on the same network to get video calling in Canada, but this announcement would really open up the market. Now if only we could get a BlackBerry with a front facing camera, I think this sort of service would be really fun.