Rogers “One Number” Brings Video Calls And Texts To Your Computer

by Gaurav Kheterpal on February 8, 2012

Rogers is on a roll this year and it seems to be making all the right moves. Whether it’s the decision to end throttling, the partnership with WaveFront to foster wireless innovation, the expansion of its LTE network across Montreal suburbs or the launch of its new speedy LTE devices – it’s becoming hard to keep Rogers out of the news.

And yesterday, Rogers unveiled another new service – “Rogers One Number” which lets you do video calls, send SMS texts, and make/ receive standard voice calls on your computer, all using your wireless number.

While such “One Number” cross-platform communication services/ tools are commonly provided by smartphone providers (BBM, FaceTime, Google Voice), Rogers is the first Canadian wireless carrier to offer such a service.

The Rogers One Number service is being offered free to all postpaid wireless subscribers. The idea is to let customers use a single phone number to talk, text, and email on their mobile devices and computers. The service also allows users to video chat with other One Number users via their computers at no cost. Customers can organize their texts, calls, and emails into a single inbox, and sync contacts between their mobile phones and the One Number website.

“Canadians have told us that with more and more technology, their lives have become more confusing and complicated. We now have a seamless and easy-to-use solution for them with Rogers One Number,” said John Boynton, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Rogers Communications. “By extending your Rogers wireless number to your computer, we’re transforming and simplifying how Canadians connect with family and friends.”

The service also offers several less-than-obvious perks. All calls to Canada started via your computer remain free, even if these are handed-off to your phone later on. Rogers plans to release complimentary Android and iOS apps to allow you to manage permissions and visibility thereby providing anytime, anywhere access to your account.

While critics would argue that Rogers One Number simply reinvents the telephony-PC crossover wheel, I believe it’s a much-needed service since Google Voice isn’t available in Canada. The obvious limitation though – the service is tied to your Rogers number and it would no longer work if you switch carriers.  None the less, I reckon it would be a good value-add for customers who plan to stick around with Rogers. Have you tried it yet? If so, please share your feedback on the Rogers One Number service by leaving a comment below.

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darren February 22, 2012 at 1:35 pm

I’ve been using Rogers One Number for about a week now, and it’s very handy. I haven’t done much on the telephony side, but sending and receiving texts on my computer is great.

What i’d really like to see is this service expand to full-fledged WiFi calling on all mobile devices. It would be fantastic to be able to use WiFi calling on my iPhone while working at my home office.

I think this is a great start at a value-added service for Rogers, and i hope they keep adding features and functionality.

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