The Rogers Facebook page states they have no plans to carry the Lumia 950 or Lumia 950 XL. Extremely disappointing. I'll buy a device from Rogers with a high resale value, sign a 2 year contract, and then sell the device on Kijiji. Then I'll buy the Lumia 950 XL from the Microsoft store.
How accruate is the facebook posting? Is that just an opinion of one person? How can Miscosoft Canada hope yo sell phones if there are no Canadian carriers??
Well ...if Rogers in fact never carries the Lumia that is dissapointing...but understandable given the current Windows 10 market share is pretty low. Then again I think its a higher share than Blackberry, which Rogers does carry, so who knows.
If Rogers indeed never carries it, sure, then a unlocked Microsoft store purchase may make sense for us Windows fans, if one is willing to shell out that kind of money. But then I would worry if Rogers would even allow Windows phone on its network - ie what if they abandon Windows altoghter! I would not buy a Windows phone anywhwre until I was assured it would work on the Rogers network for the duration of my bring-your-own-phone contract.
If they do truly abandon Windows, that leaves only Android, Apple...or just swithicng over to Bell.
I hope the Facebook posting is simply noise.
@Mediaman Just checked on the Rogers Wireless store to see what they're offering right now. Not a single Windows device (yet they do have one Symbian. SYMBIAN, can you believe it?!).
Looks like that's it for Windows Mobile in Canada. If people who've never tried it have to jump through so many hoops, and it is only offered through the Microsoft Store (of which there are only a handful), then no one in Canada will buy it, and the puny ecosystem it has now will continue to decline.
Ya, I methoned the web page issues (essentailly ignoring Windows phones) to Rogers Customer Service a while back, but they dont really seem to care.
But Microsoft Canada should care , if they want to sell any Windows 10 phones in Canada.
I just e-chatted with them. I mentioend that the 950XL seems like a great phone but is doomed to fail in Canada as there are no Canadian carrier stepping forward to confirm they will offer cell service on a Windows 10 platform.
I urged them to post some sort of clarification, or convince Rogers to make some sort of statement (and pointed out Rogers does not seem to care either way, as they get plenty of revenue from Android and Apple phones).
I asked if they could pass my feedback up the line and the rep said he would.
Nothing will happen , but I felt better!
So far the 950 is listed on the Microsoft Canada "Carriers" web page, but is not aligned to any carrier.
@Mediaman Hold up. Are you saying they have Windows Phones burried somewhere in their retail website, and the fact that they don't show up is just an "error."
That's nuts! I mean, I can select the "Symbian" option no problem (I still can't believe I'm writing this).
This approach to Windows 10 Mobile is some serious Keystone Cops theatre, and it looks like Microsoft is the one that's dropping the ball. They have some real innovatove stuff with Windows 10 Mobile. Shame they're not making a real effort to sell it (and not just in Canada; they've only signed up Bell for the 950 ... and ONLY the 950; i.e., no 950XL!).
None of this is making me feel better. In fact, I'm pretty depressed, as I'll have to trade in my 920 for some flavour of Android device now.
I've been on the Windows Ecosystem since Windows Mobile and have had a Samsung Focus, Lumia 920, Lumia 830. The 950 is the most exciting Windows phone that I've seen in a while. I've been with Rogers for 15 years but if they don't carry it but another carrier does, then I'm switching.
If other carriers are offering WIndows 10, I am sure Rogers would as well. Money is money. I really think that "no plans at this time" really means "no info to share at this time", as opposed to "no plans to ever offer Windows 10". When I asked a few weeks back about the older Windows 8 phones, they told me it would get updated to Windows 10, post-purchase.
So any speculation is just noise. The fog will soon clear.
Granted, they could have avoided all the fog by simply saying "Windows 10 phones coming shortly" ... or... "Pre-order here" ... or " Yes will will be supporting Windows 10 phones when they become available" . etc etc etc. So, it should all clear up eventually.
Could someone post a link to the Rogers Facebook page that contains the "no plans" post? Just curious to read it. Tx
It would appear that it's not just Microsoft Canada dropping the ball,; its Microsoft US as well.
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