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Rogers to Charge Extra for ‘Data Priority Service’?

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Update 1: We reached out to Rogers for comment. They had this to say:

“We don’t comment on rumours, but I can say that at Rogers we always design our products and services with the customer in mind. As a result, we test many concepts and ideas with our customers. Sometimes we’re actually considering launching these ideas, but often we’re just testing concepts. Many of the ideas
we test never get launched based on customer feedback.”

The latest rumour reports that Rogers will contemplate a new ‘Data Priority Service’ for smartphones that will prioritize data to those paying an extra monthly fee. According to reports received by Electronista, users have been asked by Rogers about their thoughts on having a premium service ($10/month extra) that would ensure connectivity in the light of high network usage.

Many have been experiencing 3G slow downs on Rogers from coast to coast. The network seems to be at over capacity, or some sort of upgrade is causing intermittent connections.

Rogers needs to ensure existing data subscribers have sufficient and consistent 3G speeds before attempting to charge for a priority data service. They need to fix their 3G network instead of contemplating charging more for it to work.

What do you think? Would you pay for a ‘data priority service’?

[Electronista]

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