Rogers Launches ‘Chinese New Year’ Long Distance Promo and Free ‘Lucky Envelopes’

Rogers is offering a long distance promo for those that celebrate Chinese New Year, (also known as the Lunar New Year). During this time, lots of people call overseas to Asia to wish friends and families a prosperous and lucky new year.

To capitalize on this celebrate, Rogers has offered up a long distance promo for calls made to landlines and mobile numbers in China, Hong Kong, and Macau. The cost will be a one time $10 charge for 300 minutes, and airtime is not included. The deal started yesterday and ends March 1, 2012.

The fine print:

Limited time offer is available starting January 11, 2012 – March 1, 2012. This includes 300 long distance minutes to the applicable countries for a one-time charge of $10. Airtime not included. Airtime charges apply to both landline and mobile terminating calls. Minutes included in the Long Distance add-on apply for 1 month from the date of purchase. Long Distance charges apply to customers who exceed the minutes included in the Long Distance add-on . Long distance charges are rounded up to the next full minute. Mobile Terminating calls are billed by the second (30-second minimum).Long distance add-on applies to calls originating in Canada on the Rogers wireless network and terminating outside of Canada in the applicable countries. Calls originating in Canada and terminating outside the applicable countries associated with the particular add-on charged at standard rates. Rates may differ for landline versus mobile terminated calls.

How to jump on this deal? Visit any Rogers store, or text “LD” to “2255” from your cellphone.

Also, for a limited time you can pick up free Rogers-branded ‘lai-see’ (lucky envelope packs) while supplies last from select locations in BC, Alberta, Ontario, and Quebec:

Other countries such as South Korea and Vietnam also follow the same lunisolar calendar and celebrate the new year equally–maybe they will be included too in the future? Anyone going to jump on this?

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  • Anonymous

    $10 for only 300 minutes is still way too expensive! There are a few calling cards offer less than half of the price and the time limit is 90 days after your first use of the cards compare to Rogers’ 1 month.

    Also Timestelecom and AIC offer much lower price for many Asian countries.

    Simply Rogers’ deal is just not comparable to those choices.

  • Abjsdf

    Can someone post the URL to the rogers chinese new year lucky envelope page? Thanks

  • There is no specific URL, it’s on the Rogers CNY page we linked to above, in the bottom right corner of the page.

  • Yup, agree. There are cheaper alternatives but this one can be seen as convenient.

  • Anonymous

    it’s convenient only if you compare it to the calling card users, but i don’t think these people will use this service while they can save more than 50% by using calling cards.

    The 300 minutes will not count the available minutes is not a big deal, because, don’t forget that Chinese people call their family, friends in China, Taiwan, or HK mostly at night due to the time zone and most cellphone users have the unlimited evening from 6, 7, or 9pm.

    for those users who use an international calling service company, they can simply pre set the access number in front the number they are going to call, so they can simply dial it directly from the contact list as simple as you dial a local number.

    After all, I still think this promotion will not be a hot sale point. if Rogers can make it $5 for the 300 minutes, it may be a bit different. Oh, how can you know if you are not over the limit and being charged for a big buck?

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  • Anonymous

    oh Gary… had you not been such a meanie to me I could have gotten you this kind of information so much earlier… this is old.

  • This promo was announced a couple days ago. Chinese New Year doesn’t start until January 23rd, and this promo goes until March. So technically, it’s not old by any means.

    I think this forum thread should clarify any confusion should your memory not recall what happened, and clarify to everyone why you think I’m a ‘meanie’:
    http://modmyi.com/forums/chit-chat/753049-avoid-iphone-canada-blog-forums.html
    BTW, it’s great to see you back here. Hope all is well. 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Gary, Gary, Gary… Still worked up about that, eh? I read that the day you posted it but really didn’t care enough to answer. You know you were wrong and anyone who has the ability to form their own opinions can see that. I really couldn’t care less what the status quo in forum communities is. I was proposing something that was beneficial for both of us; much more you, than me. A simple “no” would have been fine but a “no” + “get out of here” just raises eyebrows. Also thanks for breaching my trust and privacy by posting my emails, when I made sure not to violate your trust by not posting your private replies.

    In any case, it was unfortunately a major loss on your part. I got that skin in July with my MBP and do you know how many people ask me about it at McGill? About 2-3 per week. Just imagine how many people see it and how much exposure you could have gotten.

    Now with a Rogers store of my own, our relationship could have been so much more fruitful. Too bad.

    Maybe I’ll send you a couple pics of my iPhone 5 when I get it a good day before you have to wait in line for hours for yours 🙂

    Keep up the good work 😉

  • FOCUS!

    LOL! I just read through that forum drama at ModMyi and WOW. I am not sure how you can say that Gary was wrong.

    Clearly you had a poor attitude and the best part was the folks at MMi even rejected you!! hahahaha! You made fun of the very forum you were supporting! LOL! And you say Gary had a loss? pffft

    WAKE UP!