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Today Rogers launched a new service called One Number, which lets you initiate video calls, SMS texts, and standard voice calls from a web console. Calls can be shunted to and from the computer with a few quick commands; dialling *11 on your phone pulls the call to your phone, while the browser app has a dedicated button to take the call from your phone to the PC. As a nice little perk, any calls to Canada started on your computer are free, even if you hand it off to your phone later on. One Number also lets you send e-mails easily to saved contacts through the web interface.On the mobile side, there are going to be Android and iOS apps available so you can manage permissions and visibility while you're on the move. 

It's an awful lot like T-Mobile's Bobsled Messaging, but unlike T-Mobile, Rogers is only offering it to their customers. At least it's free - normally, I wouldn't put it past Rogers to charge extra for these kinds of services. Since we don't have Google Voice in Canada, telephony-PC crossover apps like this are a rare sight, so it's good to see at least one of the carriers getting on the wagon.  With any luck, we'll see a few other service provers offer some alternatives. 

Rogers customers can head on over here to sign up for One Number. Video demo after the jump.

Source: Rogers RedBoard

 
There are 2 comments

alantsay says:

"As a nice little perk, any calls to Canada started on your computer are free, even if you hand it off to your phone later on." - really??

1:24 in video: "REGULAR WIRELESS CHARGES APPLY FOR PORTIONS OF THE CALL MADE ON YOUR PHONE"

now I wonder if a user could initiate that One Number call from the phone's browser when on mobile data (or even on a tethered PC)... since Roger's data plan is free to roam across Canada, but voice plan is not

on the other hand... the monthly data allowance is pitifully limited on Rogers... wish they increase that soon

Simon Sage says:

Ah, you're right. I was focusing on 1:45, where the dude said after the transfer, the call doesn't count towards your daytime minutes. Long-distance probably still applies.