Saturday, May 16, 2015

A Rogers game breaker!

This blog may be of interest for anyone who travels down to the U.S.A. for any length of time any time of the year. This year when we arrived back into Ontario, I began to notice the battery on our iPhone 5 did not seem to be lasting near as long as it used to... Hate it when that happens. I decided to look into replacing the battery, which you can even try to do yourself, however I don't think I would try it. It was going to cost $50.00 and no real guarantee on the battery. I figured our 2 year plan was due very soon, so investigated that end of things... turns out it is due Aug. 2nd this summer. I phoned up Bell, and they wanted only $62.00 for an early upgrade fee. Hey maybe I might consider upgrading instead of buying a new battery!

Next, I decided to spend an afternoon checking out the other cell phone suppliers to see if any of their offerings had changed since 2 years ago when I looked into it. Tellus did not seem to have anything new, and their U.S. plans are terrible, even Bell was better. When I checked Rogers two years ago, they too did not have a good U.S. offering... however that has changed! I was surprised when I asked about U.S. plans, when they told me you can now "roam like at home"... Here is how it works. We have an unlimited phone plan in Canada, including texts, call answer, unlimited calling, you get the drift. We also had 10 Gig of data but wanted to upgrade this too. Need more! Under the new plan at Rogers, you can now pay a maximum of $50.00 a month, and you can use your cellphone and all your data just like you are in Canada!!!! This was a game breaker for us! We had been using Verizon as our supplier of internet in the U.S., but for some strange reason changed their policy so that we could not suspend our account for 6 months, like we always did for the summer while in Canada. They wanted us to continue paying full price! What???? Cancelled account, that fixed that!

So right away we decided after 45 years of being a Bell Customer, to switch to Rogers! They agreed to pay our early buyout on our iPhone 5 from Bell, and gave us addional $300.00 in credits just for coming over to Rogers! Perfect! Guess what I got?

Yup... a brand new iPhone 6 with 64 Gig of memory to boot! What a neat machine... I am impressed! Bigger than the 5, lighter than the 5, faster than the 5, you get the drift! This phone transfers data much faster than the 5 did, so using the internet on it is like trying to catch is fast! I did not get the gold case you see above... I decided on the similiar black like my old 5. Very conservative Judy would say. Also updated our plan to 16 Gig of data to keep the wheels turning... Going to love just taking our phone to the U.S. and just carry on using it! Perfect!

Took my old iPhone 5 downtown and sold it to a guy in a phone shop, no problem... so with the sale of our old phone, and with Roger credits, we picked up our 6 at no real out of pocket expense... it is a $470.00 phone, on a two year plan. Retail value of the 6 is over $950.00... hope I don't lose it....

So, for the past couple days, I have been playing with the new phone getting used to it, and setting everything up the way I want it. Decided to stay with an Apple phone, as we still use our iPads a lot, so keep it all in the family.

Thanks to Rick, for letting me know about upload problems from youTube into Blogsy... as soon as they fix it I want to show you some slick new things you can do with the iPhone 6 and it's fancy cameras.

TTill tomorrow...



  1. Very coll indeed. Our cell phone plans are coming to an end too. I have a very good friend who raves about Rogers and their US plan. I will certainly investigate that probability.

    Thanks for sharing, John.

  2. Sounds like a great deal , will be checking into that.

  3. I love it when folks find "dealskis" out there and report back about it. Saves a lot of legwork and grief. Looking forward to the new tricks. Nicely done.

  4. Thank you for this great informative post. We too have been less than satisified with our cell plans. I hated having two phones and two different numbers. We switched yesterday. New phone - new plan - two countries. Can it get any better? Thanks