Rogers Communications was the first Canadian company to recognize the potential of cellular technology, founding Cantel, now Rogers Wireless, in 1985.
Now, it’s one of the biggest providers in the country — no matter where you are in Canada, you can sign up for Rogers.
Unlike Bell, Rogers doesn’t seem to alter its prices or offerings depending on your location. If you suddenly move from Toronto to Vancouver, you’ll still be able to rely on the same services you’re used to.
So, is it worth it? Have a look at our breakdown of the network and decide for yourself!
Rogers uses HSPA+ and LTE networks throughout Canada. Rogers was the first Canadian carrier to operate a 3G HSPA network in 2006. In 2009, it upgraded to HSPA+ and now operates on 850MHz in all of the provinces (but not the territories). Currently, Rogers allows download speeds of up to a theoretical 21Mbps.
Rogers launched its LTE network in 2011, and at the end of 2016 announced that LTE could reach 95 percent of Canadians. That’s all well and good, but you probably want to know what kinds of Rogers plans you can get on that network.
Rogers mobile rates
First, let’s look at cell service (that’s probably why you’re here, right?). Keep in mind that with any of these phone plans, your first invoice will include a CA$25 connection fee.
Talk and text plans
If you want to keep things simple, Rogers has you covered. Not everyone needs data, after all. For some phone owners, a good old-fashioned voice call will do, or a text here and there when absolutely necessary (I’m thinking of my dad here).
Rogers has three standard talk and text options. The basic plan gets you 150 minutes of Canada-wide calling for CA$25 per month. You can opt for unlimited local calls and messaging or unlimited Canada-wide calls and messaging for CA$35 per month or CA$40 per month respectively.
The latter two plans also include “Roam like Home” so you don’t have to worry about roaming charges when traveling around the country. Those rates apply month to month, but with a two-year contract, you’ll get major discounts on smartphones, or get a free flip phone — you won’t need much more than that if you’re only using talk and text.
Bring-your-own-device smartphone plans
If you’re looking for data as well, Rogers has a pretty user-friendly site. The simplest option is always to bring in your own phone, as that will keep you free from a contract. Paying month to month lets you walk away if a better deal comes along elsewhere.
As of this writing, Rogers has launched some limited time promotions, beginning with their plan that normally offer 1GB of data per month, but currently has 4GB of data a month. You can get that plan, which also comes with unlimited local calls and texts, for CA$90 per month. Adding CA$15 more a month offers unlimited Canada and U.S. calls. If you need more data, jumping up to 5GB will cost CA$95 per month, and 7GB will cost you CA$100 per month. These go all the way up to 83GB for CA$415 per month.
These are all “Share Everything” plans, which means you get to choose whether you keep your monthly data to yourself or split it across multiple devices. This can potentially save you a lot of money if your friends and family also have Rogers plans, or if you have a tablet.
Rogers does offer two non-share plans, but that includes just 100MB or 500MB of data and are priced at CA$25 per month and CA$60 per month respectively. The cheaper plan also gets you just 50 minutes of Canada-wide calling and 100 text messages.
Tab smartphone plans
If you don’t have your own phone and don’t want to drop hundreds of dollars on one, you can also go with a Rogers tab. For an extra monthly fee, your tab plan lets you get a free device or a heavily discounted one. The only catch is you have to sign up for a two-year contract.
For example, the lowest tab plan, with the lowest monthly fee for paying for a smartphone, costs CA$95 per month with 1GB of data. However, the lowest priced “Ultra Tab” plan with the highest phone monthly fee, costs CA$125 a month with 6GB of data. Those prices go up to CA$450 a month with 85GB of data
Rogers internet rates
Rogers helpfully breaks down its internet offerings to help you match your lifestyle. Whether you live alone and only use the internet for email or you’re a family of five struggling to keep track of how much content your kids are downloading, Rogers makes it easy. Rogers also often provides limited time offers with heavy discounts, so that is definitely something to look out for.
There is one lighter use plan for CA$49.99 that offers download speeds of up to 10mbps, and a data cap of 100GB per month.
There are also four Rogers Ignite heavy-duty plans, all of which offer unlimited data, but vary by download speeds, from 75Mbps all the way to 1Gbps. They are priced from CA$69.99 a month for 75Mbps to CA$104.99 for 1Gbps.
Rogers Ignite TV
Rogers also offers a TV service in some Canadian provinces and territories and bundles it with its internet service
Rogers offers a 36-channel starter package for CA$124.99 per month with unlimited internet and phone service.
After that, there are three bundle options. Select gives you 117 channels and unlimited internet, with phone service, starting at CA$134.99 per month, with higher prices if you get higher download speeds for your internet service. Popular has 148 channels, plus internet and phone for CA$149.99 per month. Finally, Premier has 187 channels, with internet and phone, for CA$164.99 per month.
The exact channels you get will vary depending on which province or territory you’re in, and even on if you have an HD or SD TV, so check the offers wherever you are before you commit.
As with Bell, there are Rogers plans to suit just about everyone, but they’re not cheap. Then again, also like Bell, you can get bundle deals if you get multiple services on a single bill.
You definitely get peace of mind when you go with a major provider, but if you’re willing to shop around, you can just about always find something cheaper.
What do you think? Have you had particularly good or bad experiences with Rogers? Let us know in the comments.