How Rogers ‘Email to Text’ Might Not Actually Suck

Back in April I lamented that Rogers Wireless’ implementation of “email to SMS” was, well, a pain in the ass. Because receiving an email by SMS required sending a “yes, I really want to read this” SMS back before the original email would be forwarded on.

In recent weeks Rogers has dramatically increased their storefront presence on the Island, fronted by AML Communications stores downtown in the Atlantic Technology Centre and uptown in the Charlottetown Mall, so I decided I’d try to see if anyone locally could tell me whether this “feature” can be removed.

And the news is good: Don Wills, from the Technology Centre outpost, did some research for me today, and in only a couple of hours was able to determine that Rogers can turn this off so that Rogers’ phones behave just like Aliant’s, with email appearing directly on the mobile phone without the intermediate step.

This makes the Rogers offering worthy of serious consideration; I’ll let you know how I proceed.


Adam Sherman's picture
Adam Sherman on June 3, 2005 - 03:26 Permalink

As far as I know, Rogers charges $5/mth to have mail sent directly to your phone, bypassing the confirmation message.


Thunderbolt's picture
Thunderbolt on June 21, 2005 - 22:39 Permalink

Effective July 1,2005 Rogers will charge an additional $5 per month on all accounts (personal and corporate) for this service. It’s called the “Direct Delivery” option for email to text.

Rogers sent me a letter and email explaining why this was being done, etc.

New Guy's picture
New Guy on July 29, 2005 - 18:28 Permalink

No way, 5 bucks a month. that’s hilarious.

Dave's picture
Dave on August 21, 2005 - 06:57 Permalink

You can get a Rogers pager with unlimited email -→ text for under $10/month — $5/month just to add this to an existing cellphone contract is nuts.

Ben's picture
Ben on November 24, 2006 - 14:56 Permalink

Down right stupid… My company can’t pay $5/month/phone to send alerts to the guys on the road… My personal cell is with Bell, and I can receive emails from the servers at work, automated systems at home, friends, family, whoever without jumping through any hoops or paying any extra fees!

Brad D's picture
Brad D on April 3, 2009 - 01:32 Permalink


If you want email > SMS forwarding but you don’t want to give out your cell phone, you can setup your own “pageme” email address…

If your trying this with Rogers, and you don’t want to pay the $5/month it will work too but you may have to select “Other” as the cell phone provider to make it work

David Yeates's picture
David Yeates on March 31, 2010 - 23:18 Permalink

I ordered the service to test it and it does exactly what it suggests. When you recieve the text message, you don’t recieve any prompts. Also, there is no special commands to reply to the message. You only have to reply to the text message like any other.

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Hornblower on January 11, 2013 - 03:43 Permalink

This is, what I experienced with Rogers and since I immigrated to Canada four years ago.
I came from Germany and the wireless market there seems to be a paradise compared to the Canadian circumstances. Rogers is an octopus, ripping-off every customer for an extremely lousy service and a backward headed technique!
The main writer here, who opened the thread, matched exactly my experiences with Rogers.
I could add so much more bad about my helpless struggle against this governmentally protected gangster organistation. But that would just brake the mold!
MTS in Manitoba, by the way isn’t even iota better than Rogers!
I hate them all!
Regrettably Canada ist full of these bad monopolists who use to terrorize the customers; no matter what trade!
No surprise that Canada has no problems with the economy, while it’s laughing of Europe and the US. Canada is the third world in respect of customers. Do anyone here know about (real) customer protection??? I bet 1:1000 — no one! Take a look over the fence towards Europe. Companies like Rogers wouldn’t have any chance of a finger snip by showing this scornfully attitude to any customer. The laws are FOR the customers in Europe. You would feel much better, if it would be as half kindly in Canada, as it is in Europe.
YIKES ROGERS and companions from policy!