Rogers launches LTE Rocket USB dongle and mobile hotspot, revamps 4G pricing

Hold on to your campaign hats people, Rogers has some blazingly fast new LTE devices for your consideration: the AirCard 330U LTE Rocket and AirCard 763S LTE mobile hotspot. Both Sierra Wireless 4G cards support the 1700MHz, 2100MHz and 2600MHz bands for theoretical peak downloads of 100Mbps, while real-world speeds will hover closer to 40Mbps. The latest dongle and hotspot for Rogers are the first to work on all three of its bands, and claim to be the fastest such devices in the land. The carrier is also extending its HSPA+ pricing scheme to its LTE network, meaning Flex Rate plans for the LTE Rocket stick and hotspot start at $22.93 per month, while tablets will be able to hop on the LTE bandwagon for just $7.93. Check out the PR after the break.

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Rogers to launch Canada's fastest LTE devices and new price plan options
Feb 06, 2012

TORONTO, Feb. 6, 2012 /CNW/ - To continue bringing more speed and choice to Canadians, today Rogers Communications announced the addition of two new Long Term Evolution (LTE) devices that will offer the fastest speeds in Canada, as well as more LTE plan options.

Rogers will soon be launching the Sierra Wireless AirCard® 330U model of the LTE Rocket™ stick as well as the Sierra Wireless AirCard® 763S LTE Rocket mobile hotspot which offer maximum theoretical LTE download speeds of up to 100 Mbps. These devices will be the first to support connectivity on both the 1700/2100 MHz and the 2600 MHz spectrum on Rogers LTE network, offering typical LTE download speeds of up to 40 Mbps, compared to 12-25 Mbps for devices using 1700/2100 MHz only.

"We are thrilled to offer Canada's fastest LTE devices on Canada's fastest and largest LTE network," said John Boynton, Rogers Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. "We were the first to launch an LTE network in Canada and we have invested in the network technology that enables us to keep raising the bar for our customers to experience faster speeds, more devices and more LTE plan options."

Rogers will also extend its range of 4G HSPA+ mobile internet plans to LTE models including the Flex Rate plan for Rocket stick and mobile hotspot starting from $22.93 per month and Flex Rate plans for tablets starting from $7.93 per month. Rogers continues to offer the LTE Introductory Plan of $52.93 for 10 GB/month on a three-year-term and plans include no overage fees for the first month.

The new LTE pricing options will be available this week. The Sierra Wireless AirCard® 330U model of the LTE Rocket stick will be in stores in the next few weeks and the Sierra Wireless AirCard® 763S LTE Rocket mobile hotspot will be available this spring. Rogers customers can reserve the new LTE devices online at

Rogers was the first to launch an LTE network in Canada, starting in Ottawa last July, followed by Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver in September as well as surrounding cities. Rogers will expand to more than 25 additional cities to bring the benefits of LTE to more than half the Canadian population by the end of the year.

Rogers was the first to launch LTE devices in Canada and continues to expand its selection with innovative devices such as the recently announced Samsung Galaxy Note™, an all-in-one LTE tablet and smartphone hybrid. Rogers also carries the Sierra Wireless AirCard® 313U model of LTE Rocket stick, the Sierra Wireless AirCard® 754S model of LTE Rocket mobile hotspot, the Rogers exclusive Samsung Galaxy S II LTE™ smartphone, the HTC Raider™ as well as Canada's first LTE tablet, the Rogers exclusive, HTC Jetstream™.

The national launch of the LTE network reinforces Rogers proud history of innovative firsts and commitment to investing in Canada's digital future. Rogers was the first carrier in North America to launch an HSPA+ network and offers Canada's only coast to coast GSM network. Rogers was the first in the world to launch BlackBerry® devices; and the first in Canada to launch both Android products and the iPhone.

About Rogers Communications Inc.
Rogers Communications is a diversified Canadian communications and media company. We are Canada's largest provider of wireless voice and data communications services and one of Canada's leading providers of cable television, high speed internet and telephony services. Through Rogers Media we are engaged in radio and television broadcasting, televised shopping, magazines and trade publications, sports entertainment, and digital media. We are publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: RCI.A and RCI.B) and on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: RCI). For further information about the Rogers group of companies, please visit Insert your press release here!