Rogers Radio For iPhone

This week, Rogers has launched a new application called “Rogers Radio”. The app brings all of the radio stations under the Rogers Media umbrella to the iPhone for free.

Rogers Radio by RCI

Rogers Radio brings every Canadian radio station operated by Rogers Communications to your iPhone. Since the iPhone does not have a built-in tuner, Rogers Radio is sort of an alternative.

I say sort of because while the app is free, it comes with a massive restriction; it is only available to Rogers Wireless and Fido customers. When starting the app for the first time, users must be on 3G and not WiFi as the app confirms your device by using the SIM card. On every subsequent use of the app, users may be on WiFi or 3G to use the app.

The app includes over 50 radio stations featuring news/talk, sports, rock, country and multilingual formats across Canada.

As mentioned earlier, after the initial start up, the app can stream radio either via WiFi or the iPhone cellular data connection, but look at that last image above! Yikes!

Sound quality over WiFi or 3G is fantastic and in my experience had no breaks in the stream. Although do note that the app must remain open to stream, which may change with the 4.0 iPhone OS.

Rogers Radio further includes a favorites list where users can tag their most listened to stations for quick access later and also features in-app volume controls and a play/pause button. Organizing the large list of stations is done by genre, station name, city name, or nearby based on your location.

Rogers Radio is available in the App Store for free (for Rogers/Fido customers only).

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  • Rustybarnacle

    Does the streaming eat into your data plan or is it truely free?

  • Pretty sweet, I'm likin it! Particularly since I can get Chez106 from Ottawa. Nice

  • wuju

    For some odd reason, the backgrounder couldn't run it in the background. Anyone else experiencing this too?

  • montymon

    Streaming on 3G will eat into your Data plan. WiFi won't.

  • stuhFAN

    This app is wicked. Thank you Rogers!! Also, way to stick it to the other Canadian carriers, haha. Reading the reviews on iTunes is hilarious, all of the bad reviews are idiots complaining that it's Rogers-only.

    I'm listening to the Fan 960 right now to test out data usage. I'll post the results later.

    Thank you for the blog post!!

  • stuhFAN

    After testing it for 30 minutes, it used about 500 kb/minute.

  • Zeke2d

    no support for the iTouch then, leave it to rogers to pull a trick like this

  • roadcarver

    Awesome

  • The app is neat, but too bad Telus/Bell customers are shut out.

  • lxlim

    @ RystyBarnacle: Well, Rogers and Bell release these type applications so that people will use data and hoping there will be overage charge. Evil, I know!

    @Montymon, The post mentioned that 3G is required only for the first time, afterward you can use WiFi instead and will be free.

  • Rustybarnacle

    Thank you!

  • mackman6151

    i guess ill get it when i get my $30/6gb plan at new iphone launch….finally ill be able to use this + the regular rogers app (as if thats my main reasonj for getting data :P)

  • roadcarver

    Too bad, but we were also shut out when they Bell had the olympics app released.

  • Rob M.

    Seeing the comments in the article about “Rogers Only” brings to mind the Bell Canada App that allows you to watch streaming content from your PVR (e.g. 9242) without having extra hardware like the slingbox. I am a Rogers customer, but also have XM online, so this app will be a nice addition to my app family, but I think we need to get subscribers to move away from carrier-specific content – it just does not make sense. They are likely using it as a competitive edge, but are not really advertising the functionality that they bring to the table very well, so in the end it does nothing more than frustrate users.

  • Rob M.

    Seeing the comments in the article about “Rogers Only” brings to mind the Bell Canada App that allows you to watch streaming content from your PVR (e.g. 9242) without having extra hardware like the slingbox. I am a Rogers customer, but also have XM online, so this app will be a nice addition to my app family, but I think we need to get subscribers to move away from carrier-specific content – it just does not make sense. They are likely using it as a competitive edge, but are not really advertising the functionality that they bring to the table very well, so in the end it does nothing more than frustrate users.

  • Aardvark

    I would love to get this in the United States as I listen to CFTR when I am in Mississauga visiting family. The application is not available from the United States iTunes Store. I guess my iPod Touch 3G will have to be excluded since Apple refuses to let me download it.

  • Ras

    I have a unlocked Iphone 4, no data plan, strickly using wireless…so is there no way for me to get this app working ?

  • Alex_jirgens

    I have a question. Does this work the same way on the iPod touch without a Rogers account? Will I get charged for using the app even though I don’t have Rogers?

  • Alex_jirgens

    Also, I only use WiFi and not 3G.