Rogers launches “Rocket Hub”, creates WiFi party for 15

MobileSyrup

November 11, 2009 9:53 pm

rogers-rocket-hubRogers has officially launched their “Rocket Hub”, this is the product that gives you a wireless or voice connection when you can’t find one. Rogers describes this Ericsson product as “Just plug the Rocket Hub into any power outlet and create a Wi-Fi spot connected to the Rogers Wireless Network and enjoy internet connectivity for up to 15 computers at one time”.

These are still finding their way into Rogers locations, but more can be found here at Rogers. The “Rocket Hub” can be yours on the following price plans:
2-year contract: $149.99 (there is no 3-year contract)
No contract: $399.99

Voice and Data Pricing:
$50.00 up to 3GB of data
$60.00 3GB to 5GB
$75.00 5GB to 10GB

Data only (Flex Plan)
$35.00 0 to 3GB
$45.00 3GB to 5GB
$60.00 5GB to 10GB

From our previous post, here is a breakdown of some important info:
- Data will also flex on your usage, voice won’t flex as it’s local UL
- You get unlimited voice minutes for local calls
- You can get unlimited Canadian Long Distance for $20.00
- The SIM card will be locked to the unit
- International roaming and voice minutes are disabled on these accounts
- The hub needs juice, so it’s a fixed installation. If the power goes out the net/phone does not work.
- There will be a battery pack as an accessory coming
- the hub is cellular voice, not VoIP of the next UMA
- the Hub doesn’t require a cable / DSL connection
- the Hub has standard network jack so you can hook up non WiFi devices directly to it to have data access
- Device is optimized for 10 devices, but can and will take more as long as the connection and network can take it
- it’s a 7.2Meg compliant device

  • TNSF

    “this is the product that gives you a wireless or voice connection when you can’t find one, probably really remote areas of Canada”

    Remote areas? Thats exactly where Rogers doesn’t have service.

    I think the hardware concept is good, but it seems to be most appealing in areas where there isn’t low cost phone and internet service. These remote areas are not covered by Rogers HSPA and in many cases not even GSM/EDGE.

    What is the market for this device? It would have a much much bigger market on Telus or Bell. Maybe they will get on board.

    I do have to admit though that the rate plans for this device are quite attractive for what it is trying to accomplish.

    • Leetneo

      bell has a mifi that will be coming out pretty fast.

  • CRIMINALOGIC ®

    yea word!
    can we sign up for just tha data or is this only for tha hub? lol

  • Kyle Gazor

    I’m Confused???

    I thought this was a Device to make a Hot spot where-ever a outlet plug is availbe.

    What would you do with a Voice plan???

  • Bob

    What to do with a voice plan?

    Your at a trade show where there is no phone or internet. You plug this hub in and plug in your telephone and voila, you get internet and can make calls.

  • Cameron

    Anyone who has bought this garbage will agree with my its absolutely terrible,

    Buy this is you want your internet to drop every 5minutes for 2-3minute periods of time. so frustrating.
    Also don’t expect to get speeds that are much better than dial up.

    Rogers will lie through there teeth to sell this garbage.