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Rogers launching the “One Number Telephone Adapter,” gives customers VoIP calling


Rogers launched their “One Number” service in February and gave customers the freedom to talk, text , and video chat from a computer using their Rogers wireless number.

More and more Canadians are choosing to cancel their home phone service and go the route of a cell only household, or user a service like Skype to make calls. Rogers will be getting deeper into this game soon as they’ll be releasing a “Rogers One Number Telephone Adapter.” This will probably drop their home phone business a bit, but Rogers One Number customers will be able to make VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) call by simply plugging a landline jack into the adapter, then the adapter into high speed internet connection.

According to the internal doc we received it states that users will have to purchase the “Rogers One Number Phone Add-on service” and also buy the adapter for $24.99. We’re currently unsure of how much the add-on service is, but hopefully not more than a regular landline fee. Rogers also notes the following benefits:

Additional Features & Benefits
• Uses your wireless number without using wireless minutes
• Unlimited Canada wide long distance calling
• Simply connect up to two analog phones, or fax machines
• Two ports allow for two independent calls at the same time
• Seamlessly transfer calls from your wireless phone to regular phone
• Save on US and International calls
• Requires an internet connection (not house wiring or jacks)

Update: It looks like the add-on service for Rogers One Number will cost $10 per month

We’ll have more info on this soon.
(Thanks tipster!)

  • GS3 Owner

    Later Bell.

  • jack

    if its more than services like italkbb, then its pretty worthless imo

  • Joe

    Why wouldn’t people just use Gmail calling instead?

  • Richard

    I’m steering clear of this service until they get the bugs worked out. Tried it a few months ago and it caused callers to not be able to hear me when they called. Speaking with Rogers they said this was a known issue with the EVO 3D as well as a number of other handsets. After they removed the service and I rebooted my phone things returned to normal.

  • OgtheDim

    Pay vs. Free……..hmmmm…..

  • Vinny

    It’s called Skype, Gmail Chat, GrooVe IP…ect

    • Bobblehead

      That is what boogles my mind with Rogers – they think they can do it better than established companies like Skype/Microsoft who have been vetted by the market and offer 1) a WAY better experience and 2) a WAY cheaper service. The only people who fall into the Rogers trap are older, less tech-savvy folks who will later find out about alternatives and be pissed they got douped by Rogers and then churn on their other services.

  • thricebedamned

    Bring on the promised tablet app already!

    Also: Rogers One Number allows free calling using the desktop client free to any Canadian number, not

    • JayCon

      Euh? yes it is….

  • DenDen

    This marks the beginning of the end of UMA. Should have gone with an UMA centric system to extend and strengthen the indoor coverage.

    No, 1 complaint I got when working at Rogers was poor indoor service especially in city peripheral areas.

    Thumbs down Rogers.

  • otter

    10 dollars to make VOIP calls? Good thing there isn’t a free way to do this using…. the internet…. already… Otherwise, 10 dollars plus a 30$ device would be a rip off.

    Oh wait…. skype, viber, msn messenger, ventrilo, teamspeak, mumble, and webbrowser chatroom…..

  • ry29

    While there are many cheaper services out there, I can see people wanting to use only 1 number and being able to sms from their computer. I’m sure I’m not the only one who doesn’t answer a random 760 number (google voice) or a 0000012345 (skype).

  • Codfish

    Gmail calling does not have incoming calling, not to confuse with Google Voice which is not officially available in Canada. All other alternative services mentioned here, half do not offer an analog phone adapter. The rest, still would not be able to have a One Number solution by itself.

    You guys are comparing apples and oranges. The killer app here is the One Number integration, which none of you have taken noticed. The adapter is only one more interface.

    To play devil’s advocate, why bother with Skype, Gmail calling, if you already can call worth your cellphone? So why bother comparing the apples and oranges?

    Or it’s like knocking a TV streaming device and says you can already watch everything on your laptop computer.

    • Adam

      finally someone with a little common sense.

    • Bobblehead

      Codfish wasnt one of many who was laid off, I see… If you dumb company could spend a bit of time focusing on stuff that matters, like customer service, instead of fringe products, then you’re colleagues would still have jobs.

  • tekguy

    One number is still free from the computer. This service add on for $10 allows you to route the calls through your home wiring to use traditional landline handsets instead of just your computer or cellphone. So it is not the same as google talk etc for $.

  • Kanyes shoes

    You are all commenting yet only like 2 ppl actually understand what the service is.

    Educate then comment

  • Manny

    Not a bad solution actually, at 10 bucks a month I’m sure it’s an option for many people to drop their home phone service. For those of us who are tech savvy we know there’s a few ways around this without paying but for the majority of folks, it’s a good solution.

  • Dave

    Use magicjack plus. $30 + $10 for a real local canadian number for 12 months, work out to be $4 bucks a month for unlimited in comming & out going call, caller display, call forwarding anywhere in Canada & U.S. Stop fedding Robbers aka … Robelus.

  • Dave

    Dell Voice is free, works in Canada, and you get assigned a number immediately that people can call.

    Really, all we need is a small USB phone box to hookup old analogue & cordless phones to the VOIP system. They use to sell them everywhere for under $50. That system work flawlessly until my computers went 64bit. For some reason no-one will write a 64bit driver for them.

  • Jtron

    Or, you could use the Canadian company FreePhoneLine, spend 50 bucks ONCE, and buy an adaptor with undoubtedly parallel features to this box for 30-40 dollars. 90 dollar investment for carrier grade phone service, vmail, call display, call forward, and find-me functions controlled in a simple web UI. No bills for local calls.

  • Laim

    People here are forgetting what this is, it’s Rogers ONE NUMBER. Your Roger’s wireless number can now be answered or dial a call from a landline (proprietary VOIP adapter), a computer (www.rogersonenumber.ca), or a mobile device. Other cheaper services currently offer a new number which defeats the purpose of having one number.

    So if you happen to leave your wireless device to charge near the front door (so you aren’t constantly checking work e-mail) or you left it at a party, you can pick up or send calls via the landline.

    The benefit of one number is worth the $10/month to some.
    Tech savvy or not, you cannot currently answer on a landline with your wireless line.

  • Bill

    Seems excessively expensive for what it is…

  • Candace

    I like it in the sense that it eliminates a seperate home phone bill. I only have my cell and I always wanted a home phone but for $60 a month on a service I’m not going to use that much it wasn’t worth it. With Rogers One Number telephone adapter I basically get home phone for $10 a month, a way better price in my opinion. Plus you don’t get a different phone number for everyone to learn. It works for me anyway!

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