Rogers has a goal to bring LTE (Long Term Evolution) speeds to 20 million Canadians by the end of the year. The company already has several devices in market, namely the HTC Raider, HTC Jetstream, Samsung Galaxy SII LTE and will be releasing the Samsung Galaxy Note on the 14th. So LTE is a big priority for them. Today they announced a couple more data devices to their lineup: the Sierra Wireless AirCard 330U (available in the next few weeks) and the Sierra Wireless AirCard 763S LTE hotspot (available in the Spring). Rogers says these new LTE devices will bring you “maximum theoretical LTE download speeds of up to 100 Mbps”, but our tests show speeds reach between 30-40Mbps.
If you’re interested in reserving these, Rogers says you can do so via their online reservation system. The Sierra Wireless AirCard 330U will be $0 with a 3-year contract or $169.99 no-term. The Sierra Wireless AirCard 763S LTE hotspot is priced at $0 on a 3-year or $199.99 no-term.
In addition, LTE intro pricing is still being honoured at the $52.93 for 10 GB/month plan, plus they’ve finally extended the current mobile data plan pricing to LTE devices – something that Bell has and TELUS will be implementing. Rogers says the new plan pricing will be available later this week and that they’ll “extend its range of 4G HSPA+ mobile internet plans to LTE models including the Flex Rate plan for Rocket stick and mobile hotspot starting from $22.93 per month and Flex Rate plans for tablets starting from $7.93 per month”. In addition, on RedBoard, Rogers noted that “There will also be an expansion to the LTE smartphone plans to include voice and data plans starting from $52.97 per month as well as a $25/500MB data plan option that can be added to any voice plan”.