TORONTO, Oct. 29 /CNW/ - Rogers Cable Communications Inc. announced today
that it is expanding local calling zone boundaries around the Hamilton region.
This will make local calling easier for both residential Rogers Home Phone
customers and Rogers Home Phone Small Office Home Office customers within the
Starting today calls from Rogers Home Phone customers in Hamilton,
Ancaster, Dundas, Galt, and Stoney Creek to anyone residing in the above
exchanges and also in the Binbrook, Freelton, Lynden, Mount Hope, Waterdown,
and Winona exchanges are free - there is no need to dial "1" before the number
and users will not be charged long distance fees for a call within Rogers'
newly-defined local calling zone. Rogers is the first company to expand the
region's local calling area.
"We are leading the charge in adding value to how people can use their
home telephone service," said Phil Hartling, Vice President and General
Manager of Rogers Home Phone, Rogers Cable Inc. "This was evident when we
launched an enhancement to Rogers Home Phone which allows Rogers Home Phone
customers to call other Rogers Home Phone customers, Rogers Wireless users and
Fido customers anywhere in Canada free of long distance charges. The expansion
of the Hamilton long distance calling boundaries is another opportunity for
Rogers to provide added value to our customers."
Citizens in the area had been asking for the local calling area to be
redefined. Before the expansion, long distance charges were applied to calls
from cities that were mere miles apart.
"I'm very happy about the savings I will get from Rogers' extension of
the local calling boundaries," said Karen Taylor, a Rogers Home Phone customer
in Stoney Creek. "Now when I am phoning people in Ancaster and Galt, as I
often do, I will no longer have to call long distance."
Rogers Home Phone is available for as low as $29.95 per month with one
calling feature. Customers can also bundle their Rogers Home Phone, Wireless
and Hi-Speed Internet services to receive an additional discount of up to 10%.
Rogers Home Phone is a reliable alternative to traditional phone services
and offers a comprehensive selection of features, which include:- Same phone number or a new phone number if requested
- Same telephone jacks and telephones
- 911 and 411
- Unlimited local calling
- 24/7 technical support
- Free installation
- Calling Features such as call forwarding, call waiting, call display
- Competitively priced North American and International long distance
ratesRogers Home Phone is available in the following Hamilton areas: Hamilton,
Ancaster, Dundas, Galt, and Stoney Creek. Rogers Home Phone users within these
locations can now call anyone residing in the newly-defined boundaries without
paying long distance charges. In order to determine if a home or business is
within the Rogers Home Phone service area, customers can visit www.rogers.com
and click on "Home Phone" to enter their postal codes. Customers can also call
About Rogers Cable:
Rogers Cable Communications Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rogers
Communications Inc. (TSX: RCI; NYSE: RCI), a diversified Canadian
communications and media company. Rogers Cable's advanced digital two-way
network passes approximately 3.5 million homes in Ontario, New Brunswick and
Newfoundland, with 65% basic penetration of its homes passed. Rogers Cable
pioneered high-speed Internet access and now 38% of homes passed by its cable
networks are Internet customers while 59% of its basic cable customers
subscribe to Rogers' high-speed Internet service. With 53% digital
penetration, Rogers Cable offers a leading selection of High Definition TV
programming, a complete array of Rogers On Demand services (including Video on
Demand (VOD), Subscription VOD, Personal Video Recorders and Timeshifting
channels), and an extensive line-up of sports and multicultural programming.
Rogers Cable now offers home telephone service (voice-over-cable) to
approximately 90% of its cable territory and, combined with its circuit
switched telephony subscribers, has over 770,000 local telephony customers.
Rogers Cable is a national provider of voice communications services, data
networking, and broadband Internet connectivity to small, medium and large
businesses. In addition it operates approximately 450 Rogers Retail stores.
Additional information on Rogers is available at www.rogers.com.
For further information: Nancy Cottenden, Rogers Cable, (416) 935-4726,