Monthly Archives: August 2013

GSMA Reveals That Concerns Over Mobile Privacy Could Limit Widespread Adoption Of Mobile Apps In Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, August 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — The GSMA, in association with local mobile operators, today launched new research exploring how privacy concerns can impact the adoption of mobile apps and services in Malaysia. The study of more than 1,500 Malaysian mobile users shows that increased transparency and choice in how their personal data is collected and shared could boost take-up of mobile apps in Malaysia. The mobile apps market globally is worth USD $29 billion and growing at 36 per cent per annum[1]. The research was presented at a Data Protection and Privacy Conference hosted by the GSMA, Celcom Axiata and DiGi in Kuala Lumpur.

Tom Phillips, Chief Government and Regulatory Affairs Officer at the GSMA commented: “It is clear that mobile users are concerned about their privacy and are more likely to interact with apps and receive targeted promotions if they feel it is respected. We urge developers of mobile services and apps to look at the various best practice privacy guidelines available, including those published by the GSMA[2] and the NTIA[3], and start incorporating these into their services. Being honest and transparent with customers boosts their confidence and trust when engaging with what you have to offer.”

More Safety, More Mobile Services
The study reveals that better privacy safeguards will alleviate mobile users’ concerns and encourage adoption of mobile services and apps:

  • Eighty-six per cent of Malaysian mobile Internet users surveyed are concerned that apps might collect personal information without their permission, and over half of those with concerns limit their use of apps but would use them more if they felt sure their personal information was better safeguarded; and
  • Seventy-one per cent of mobile Internet users would consider receiving targeted location-based advertising from a company that asked for their permission first.

Consumers Call For Greater Control Over Personal Data
The research issued today indicates that mobile users want to understand and easily control what types of personal data the different mobile services can access on their devices:

  • Sixty-two per cent of those who download apps try to find out what information an app wants to use and why before installing it;
  • Sixty-nine per cent of Malaysian mobile users want to set their own preferences for the types and timing of ads they receive on their mobile devices;
  • Seventy-nine per cent of mobile Internet users agree to privacy policies without reading them, mainly because “they are too long”; and
  • Eighty-seven per cent of mobile Internet users think an industry-accredited privacy icon displayed on mobile internet sites they visit (e.g. to indicate the anonymous collection of personal information) would encourage them to accept targeted ads.

The research also found that mobile users value their privacy but do not want to be burdened by long legalistic privacy notices before they can use an app. They want short, simple and easily recognisable icons to help them understand what they are agreeing to. For example, apps that wish to share a user’s location with advertisers could display a graphic icon and require them to agree. Such icons are likely to strengthen users’ trust with mobile service providers and apps and encourage them to interact with those services more, benefitting both themselves and business.

Safeguarding Personal Information Is Key
Mobile users hold their mobile operator primarily responsible for safeguarding their personal data but want all companies accessing their personal information to respect their privacy rights, irrespective of the type of smartphone, the service or the app they use. They also look to regulators and mobile operators for help when their mobile privacy is invaded:

  • More than half (55 per cent) of Malaysian mobile users think their mobile network operator is responsible for safeguarding their personal information even in situations where the operator has no actual control in practice, for example, when they download an app from an independent app store;
  • Fifty-six per cent of mobile users believe a consistent set of rules should apply to any company that has access to their location, irrespective of how they obtain this information; and
  • Seventy-five per cent of Malaysian mobile users said they would contact their regulator/data protection authority and/or their mobile operator, if they suffered a serious invasion of privacy while using an app, regardless of who was responsible.

Phillips continued: “Against the backdrop of the Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) coming into force in Malaysia, policymakers and industry players have a great opportunity to work together to understand how best to address privacy in the context of mobile devices, and to support opportunities for innovation in privacy management.”

The research was independently conducted by Futuresight Ltd and sponsored by the GSMA, in association with Celcom Axiata and with support from DiGi. To see the full survey results from Malaysia, visit: www.gsma.com/publicpolicy/mobile-and-privacy/resources

Notes to Editors
[1] Source: Strategy Analytics, 2012

[2] http://www.gsma.com/publicpolicy/privacy-design-guidelines-for-mobile-application-development

[3] Find out more at the App Trust Project (http://apptrustproject.com) and other initiatives under the National Telecommunications Informational Administration’s mobile app transparency programme: http://www.ntia.doc.gov/other-publication/2013/privacy-multistakeholder-process-mobile-application-transparency. NTIA’s draft short form notice code of conduct to promote transparency in mobile app practices: http://www.ntia.doc.gov/files/ntia/publications/july_25_code_draft.pdf

About the GSMA
The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide. Spanning more than 220 countries, the GSMA unites nearly 800 of the world’s mobile operators with more than 230 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset makers, software companies, equipment providers and Internet companies, as well as organisations in industry sectors such as financial services, healthcare, media, transport and utilities. The GSMA also produces industry-leading events such as the Mobile World Congress and Mobile Asia Expo.

For more information, please visit the GSMA corporate website at www.gsma.com or Mobile World Live, the online portal for the mobile communications industry, at www.mobileworldlive.com.

Frost & Sullivan Lauds VoltDelta for being a Prolific and Specialist Hosted IVR Vendor

– VoltDelta experienced an increase in market share due to its success in generating business for its customers

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Aug. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Based on its recent analysis of the hosted interactive voice response (IVR) market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes VoltDelta with the 2013 North America Frost & Sullivan Award for Enabling Technology. VoltDelta offers enhanced and highly customizable hosted IVR solutions that reside on its own platform, thereby earning it a substantial and growing share in the large but fragmented hosted IVR marketplace.

VoltDelta continues to refine the automated 411 directory assistance that it launched more than 20 years ago. One of its most notable features is the ability to “remember” the user’s last actions, so in case of disconnections, the user will not have to start over again when they call back. For example, VoltDelta’s speech recognition-powered 511 service for multiple states “remembers” the stretch of road a motorist last asked about, so it can provide targeted traffic updates to callers.

VoltDelta also provides innovative, multi-channel IVR resources as highlighted in its solution for Parkmobile’s mobile parking solution. “Running for the meter” no longer occurs as motorists use their mobile phones for parking space identification and to receive SMS reminders on impending meter expiration through VoltDelta’s speech recognition and messaging platform.

VoltDelta has developed the patent-pending CrystalWAVE voice recognition technology to improve accuracy for large grammar applications, while also reducing tuning requirements. Applications that involve complex phrases or a large volume of possible results, such as addresses within a region, can now be more effectively and efficiently supported with IVR automation.

“VoltDelta also has developed an in-house call plus agent screen recording application that tracks and captures customer interactions from the IVR to live agents as a unified customer journey,” said Frost & Sullivan Industry Analyst Brendan Read. “VoltDelta helps its customers trace end-customer issues, including determining where and why end customers ‘zeroed out’ to agents.”

Another significant market differentiator is VoltDelta’s ability to supply accurate numbers and associated caller detail through its LSSiDATA division. LSSiDATA has numerous, continually updated opt-in landline and wireless numbers for intelligent call routing and dialog customization based on factors such as geographic location matched from the caller’s phone number.

VoltDelta’s Delta On-Call customer contact solution includes an ACD and IVR, which can be combined with other vendors’ products. For example, Delta On-Call has been integrated with Oracle’s CX solution, which provides hosted Customer Relationship Management (CRM), chat, and social media contact routing. Delta On-Call also has been integrated with other CRM solutions from Microsoft and Salesforce.com.

“Although VoltDelta’s top competitors have larger shares of the hosted IVR market and are well-known brands, a recent spate of mergers and acquisitions has left VoltDelta as one of the few IVR specialist vendors in the marketplace,” noted Read. “This positions it well among customers seeking IVR capabilities.”

VoltDelta’s IVR platform is housed in two fully-redundant and secure data centers in Orange, California, and Rochester, New York. It also has data centers in Germany and the United Kingdom. A multi-protocol label switching (MPLS) network connects the centers.

VoltDelta has attracted new customers in the financial services, government, and healthcare verticals. VoltDelta monitors, supports, and tests its applications, servers, and network. Its platform handles more than 2 billion calls and 2 billion SMS/text messages annually, with a company-reported 99.99 percent reliability.

Each year Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that has developed a technology that can benefit or revolutionize the industry. The award recipient has developed a system or enabling component of a system that removes a significant obstacle in the development of technology. The technology developed enables the creation of new products or modification of existing products to target new applications.

Frost & Sullivan Best Practices awards recognize companies in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis and extensive secondary research to identify best practices in the industry.

World’s First Portable Tablet Terminal in TV White Spaces

TOKYO, August 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ —

– High-speed Communication by Automatic Utilization of Available White Spaces –

The National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) has developed the world’s first portable-size tablet terminal that enables IEEE802.11-based radio communication in TV bands (470-710 MHz). This tablet terminal utilizes a WLAN system for radio communication in TV bands with an inquiry in the white-space database developed by NICT. The original 2.4 GHz band of a WLAN system is also available and it is possible that the tablet terminal automatically selects the radio communication band according to data traffic, etc. through control by the network manager. The white-space utilization by portable devices achieves not only fixed-point communication but also mobile communication, and contributes to the further effective use of frequency resources.

(Photo: http://prw.kyodonews.jp/prwfile/release/M101744/201308264099/_prw_OI1fl_LO6W8Ld5.JPG)

Background

Due to the explosive growth of mobile portable devices such as smartphones and tablet terminals, communication traffic has been increasing and a frequency resource shortage problem has been aggravating. To solve this problem, utilization of TV white spaces is studied and the establishment of radio rules designed for TV white-space operation has been started in the U.S., the U.K., etc. NICT has contributed to standardization on various radio communication systems utilizing TV white spaces, and has developed stationary prototypes based on the standards. Although future TV white-space utilization by portable devices will contribute to the further effective use of frequency resources, it is difficult to miniaturize components and circuits for portable devices due to its lower operational frequency than existing WiFi or cellular bands and its relatively wide frequency range of 470-710 MHz. In addition, technology to avoid interference with TV broadcasts is necessary to be imple mented in portable devices. On the other hand, propagation characteristic evaluation supposing practical operation is required for the feasibility study on TV white-space utilization.

Achievement

NICT developed the world’s first portable-size Android tablet terminal that enables radio communication in TV bands. This tablet terminal is originally based on an off-the-shelf terminal and a frequency converter newly developed by NICT is implemented for utilizing TV white spaces. Radio communication in both TV and 2.4 GHz bands is available with an original WLAN system (IEEE802.11b/g) and Internet access is also possible through the white-space WLAN base station developed by NICT. In addition, this tablet terminal can operate in the frequency considered not to interfere with TV broadcasts according to calculation results provided by the white-space database developed by NICT, and can automatically select the optimal frequency according to data traffic, etc. through control by the network manager.

Some other functions are implemented in this tablet terminal as below.

  1. A function to display the white-space availability of each channel and the terminal location on a map by acquiring information on primary users (TV broadcasters) from the white-space database.
  2. A power control function for the different limitation of output power according to white-space status such as a location and time.

Future prospects

Mobile communication in TV white spaces has many subjects. For example, a white-space judging method for avoiding interference with TV broadcasts is required. NICT will evaluate the propagation characteristic using this tablet terminal and offer the information that contributes to a technical reference and a rule designed for TV white-space operation. Furthermore, NICT continues to the standardization activities of wireless communication systems utilizing TV white spaces and promotes the development of portable devices based on such standardized communication systems by applying elemental technologies implemented in this tablet terminal.

Contact:
Hiroshi Harada, Kentaro Ishidu and Takeshi Matsumura
Smart Wireless Laboratory
Wireless Network Research Institute
National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT)
Tel: +81-46-847-5076
E-mail: swl-white-space

Contact (media):
Sachiko Hirota
Public Relations Department
National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT)
Tel: +81-42-327-6923
E-mail: publicity

APT Satellite Records 1.66 times Surge in Net Profit of HK$278,960,000 in 2013 Interim Results

Achieves Strong Growth in Satellite Transponder Business

HONG KONG, Aug. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ —

Financial Highlights

(HK$ ‘000) Six months ended 30 June Change
2013 2012
Turnover 559,091 402,337 39.0%
Profit attributable to equity shareholders 278,960 104,712 1.66 times
Basic earnings per share (HK cents) 44.86 16.84 1.66 times
Interim dividend per share (HK cents) 5.00 2.00 1.5 times

High-quality satellite transponder, telecommunications and broadcasting services provider APT Satellite Holdings Limited (“APT Satellite” or “the Group”; stock code: 1045) today announced its unaudited interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2013.

During the period, the Group’s turnover amounted to HK$559,091,000, representing an increase of 39.0% as compared with the corresponding period of last year. Profit attributable to equity shareholders reached HK$278,960,000, up 1.66 times year-on-year. Basic earnings per share were HK 44.86 cents (30 June 2012: HK16.84 cents). The Board recommended an interim dividend of HK 5.00 cents per share for the six months ended 30 June 2013 (1H 2012: HK2.00 cents per share).

Mr. Cheng Guangren, Executive Director and President of the Group, said, “We are pleased to see that the Group continued on its outstanding upward trend and achieved stable growth in all business segments despite the challenging environment in the first half of 2013. Our in-orbit satellites, along with the corresponding ground TT&C (telemetry, tracking and command) systems and earth station, have been operating under normal conditions and continue to provide reliable and high quality services to our customers. As a result, our total transponder utilization rate reached 80.95% during the review period.”

During the review period, the Group’s in-orbit satellites, APSTAR 5, APSTAR 6 and APSTAR 7, maintained high utilization rates of 82.33%, 87.24% and 75.08% respectively. They form integrated and strong satellite service capability covering over 75% of the world’s population, including the Asia, Australia, Middle East, Africa, Europe, and other Asia Pacific regions.

The Group’s Transponder Lease Service further increased its utilization rate and broadened its customer base by signing new transponder service agreements with internationally renowned TV and media broadcasters. This not only boosted the Group’s market share, but also further enhanced its service capability and profitability.

APT Datamatrix Limited, the Group’s wholly-owned subsidiary, began full operation in March of 2013 to provide data centre services which enhance transmission services capability in satellite telecommunication. Data centre service is a recently established telecommunication value-added service for the Group’s customers. According to the Group’s long-term plans, it will see great business growth potential and synergic effects with satellite telecommunication services and will result in promising value-added capability in its business.

Looking ahead, the market demand for satellite transponders in the Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa will maintain its growth trend. Leveraging its high quality in-orbit satellite transponders capacities, broad footprint coverage, high quality customer service capabilities, outstanding market image and high level of market awareness, the Group expects the utilization rates of APSTAR 5, APSTAR 6 and APSTAR 7 to remain at high levels, and to achieve substantial growth in revenue and market share. Moreover, the synergies generated from the Group’s satellite broadcasting services, satellite telecommunication services and data centre services are also expected to bring significant contributions to the Group’s future growth.

Huawei Next-Generation Contact Center Software Has Certified Integration with SAP(R) CRM

HANGZHOU, China, Aug. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, announced today its eSpace Contact Center V2 solution has recently achieved certified integration with the SAP® Customer Relationship Management (SAP CRM) 7.0 application. The eSpace CC solution delivers a wide range of functions for contact center management, including intelligent call routing, multimedia call access, and automatic call distribution. To enhance eSpace CC, Huawei is building strong cooperative relationships with leading providers in different fields, including SAP.

By offering a suite of integrated services for enterprises of all sizes, eSpace CC now plays a key role in helping companies deliver customer-centric services and promote their products. Companies who use eSpace CC as the software foundation for their contact centers have more than a basic customer service center and can use the Huawei software to establish a value-added service center, a marketing-targeted center, and a profit center.

Huawei’s eSpace CC solution uses a cloud-based agent system that supports rapid resource scalability, ease of access, and on-demand usage. In addition to leveraging available resources, eSpace CC also can connect disparate contact centers to a central contact center. In this networked mode, resources can be shared among different contact centers, and the call load can be balanced across them. Because a virtual network of contact centers can function as a marketing and customer service center, this deployment method helps enterprises reduce costs associated with contact center setup and operations.

To consistently improve customer satisfaction, Huawei’s eSpace CC solution integrates with a robust and reliable, world-class CRM system, the SAP CRM application. SAP CRM is an ideal companion to eSpace CC, because its integrated software targets the business software requirements of midsize and large organizations in all industries and sectors. Companies that use Huawei’s eSpace CC together with SAP CRM as the foundation for their contact centers can provide a superior customer experience. SAP CRM displays customer information in single-view mode, providing sales, marketing, and service information, as well as essential service insights. These features are designed to provide groundbreaking customer experiences, promote customer interaction, and increase service flow efficiency.

Wang Junhai, eSpace CC’s management director, said, “We are very happy that eSpace CC integrates with SAP CRM software. eSpace CC solution provides a range of functions to our customers, including cloud CC, mobile applications, and social media services. In addition, Huawei has also developed and launched several successful eSpace CC industry solutions with Huawei partners.”

Huawei has established open industry laboratories with several partners around the globe to rapidly improve and develop the contact center solution, and will continue cooperating and sharing with its partners by cultivating win-win partnerships in the future.

Mobile Internet Innovation Highlights Macworld; Macworld|iWorld Asia 2013 Held in Beijing

BEIJING, August 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — The Beijing Investment Promotion Bureau and International Data Group (IDG) jointly announced the opening of Macworld|iWorld Asia 2013 (MIA 2013). More than 500 exhibitors from over 10 countries are taking part in the four-day mobile internet industry event themed “Innovation Defines the Future” between the 22nd and 25th of August.

Jennifer Xu, Senior Vice President of IDG Asia, said: “Following the huge success of the previous two Macworld|iWorld Asia events, this year’s event will feature a variety of innovative products, a gathering of great minds and an exciting exchange of viewpoints and ideas, and is guaranteed to be entertaining, inspirational and fun for all participants. Participants will be able to get access to the latest products and experience the products first hand via a series of exhibitions, trainings as well as other on-site and off-site events along with access to special reports prepared by industry experts. Macworld is putting on display a comprehensive array of the unique products that are at the forefront of the mobile internet era.”

World’s largest gathering of Apple-related peripherals; intelligent hardware become eye-catchers

This year’s 46,000-sqaure meter exhibition space, larger than at either of the previous events, became the showcase for a great number of mobile internet innovative products, all of which are representative of the new trends and features of Apple-related peripherals in 2013. Fast-growing intelligent wearable devices and intelligent in-vehicle applications were the real head turners at the event. Highlights of this year’s event include:

  • Peripherals and accessories zone:
    • Leap Motion – a high-profile gesture-controlled device which can track the movements of a person’s 10 fingers in real time within a working space of 0.1 cubic meter;
    • The Qube speaker from Matrix Audio – the world’s smallest Bluetooth speaker;
    • The environmentally friendly QI-certificated iHave wireless charging pad, with a wireless charging efficiency reaching 70%;
    • The Magic cube wireless laser projection keyboard which integrates a multi-touch mouse, enabling convenient linkage to the latest versions of the iPhone and iPad.
  • Smart wearable hardware zone
    • Pebble Watch – the world’s first smart watch that displays the caller ID, allows for web browsing, acts as the control panel for the music playing on a mobile phone, and records the user’s exercise data.
    • SmartWallit – the world’s first smart wallet and Bluetooth 4.0-based accessory in one that can keep track of the user’s spending through monitoring of the payment data in the user’s mobile phone, allowing for easy management of daily expenses.
  • Smart on-board experience zone
    • BAIC Motor and Brilliance Auto showcased their latest innovations in the smart on-board experience sector. Integration of the functions of a smart phone with the vehicle allows the driver to have access to voice dialing, map navigation and social networking services, as well as enable the sending and receiving of messages while driving. In addition, the driver can at any time check the condition of the vehicle through the smart terminal – a process that previously could only be handled by an equipment at a gas station or repair shop. With the help of the mobile internet, a driver can more intelligently maintain the vehicle and keep it in the best operating condition.
  • Mobile app zone
    • Nearly 200 apps across the tourism, shopping, social networking and game sectors are on display, fully demonstrating the achievements and the experience of app ventures in product development and commercialization.
  • “Macworld Awards”
    • Macworld awards recognize the best products, innovative technologies and applications. The award winners were announced and their products showcased on-site at 2 p.m. on Thursday, August 22.

New players emerge; mobile internet reshapes business models

Mobile internet companies, senior developers, industry watchers, media, analysts and influential investors are gathered at MIA 2013 where they are holding two-day in-depth discussions on the topic of “Innovation and Connection Winning iWorld”. Highlights of the forum include:

  • Renowned market research firms including ComScore, Forrest Research and Analysys International will issue and make available comprehensive reports at the show;
  • High-level representatives from Huayi Brothers, Youku Tudou Inc., Ford Motor and Intime Department Store will share how traditional companies can leverage mobile internet services based on the advantages of their customer base, data and technology to define the development trends of internet business models;
  • At the mobile game session, chief developers from Rekoo and the team of I’m MT will discuss how mobile games can take the lead on the wireless platform and determine a new way for the mobile internet industry to move forward;
  • At the smart software session, representatives from Pebble Watch, Andon Health and Smartwallit will talk on how the hottest smart wearable devices will start the next chapter of the mobile internet sector;
  • At the Silicon Valley Innovation Forum, representatives from IDG Capital Partners and Google Partners Program as well as other innovative groups from Silicon Valley will explore the “Westward Movement” of Chinese developers.

Apple fans gather to join in core event commemorating Steve Jobs

Macworld|iWorld Asia is the key annual event highly welcomed by Asia’s Apple fans — a venue for this loyal audience to gather periodically. Hollywood film star Ashton Kutcher who played the role of Steve Jobs in the movie jOBS will present at this year’s Macworld|iWorld Asia and reenact the legendary speech that Jobs gave onstage at the original Macworld.

Macworld offers a unique and unmatched comprehensive display platform for Apple products and applications. Grand prize winner at Mac Talent will demonstrate the technology at the music studio, in the Apple fans zone and at the digital finger painting workshop of the event, creating an unmatched in depth experience for the participants The creativity, innovation and talent on display at the event is positioning the participants to bring technology to a remarkable new level. At the event, Macworld will also provide a unique shopping experience to the attendees who can watch, experience and buy special discounted products on site. Many of the newly launched and the hottest selling products from dozens of merchants are available through a special promotion, including Apple compatible hardware, software and peripherals.

About Macworld|iWorld

World renowned Macworld|iWorld, initiated by International Data Group (IDG), is a trade-show with conference tracks dedicated to the Apple Mac platform. Attendees will have the opportunity to gain first-hand experience with entertainment, training, communications and enterprise-level applications. With its compelling content, application demonstrations and exhibits, Macworld has become and remains the best of the “Mac” worlds for all Apple users from new Mac users to IT veterans. The first Macworld Expo took place in 1985 in San Francisco. For the last 28 years, the four-day event has been held as scheduled annually during the first quarter of every year at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California, USA.

In 2012, Macworld was renamed Macworld|iWorld, reflecting an enhanced focus on technologies and applications for mobile-connected platforms.

For more information about Macworld, please visit the official website: http://www.macworldasia.com/.

Globe Telecom Unveils First Unlimited Bundle in the World with Unlimited Calls, SMS and OTT Messaging Apps for 30 Pesos (~70 US Cents) Per Day

MANILA, Philippines, August 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Globe Telecom (PSE: GLO) becomes the first telecom company in the world to offer all major global over-the-top (OTT) messaging services for free as part of its core call and text bundle. Its unlimited call and text service will now include Viber with 200 million users around the world, Facebook Messenger with 60 million users, Kakao Talk with 90 million users, and major OTT players with over 650 users all for free.

Today, Globe launches Globe Prepaid GoUNLI30, a 30 peso (US 70 cents) bundled prepaid offer which provides subscribers with unlimited texts to all networks, unlimited calls to Globe & TM users, and unlimited access to instant messaging and chat applications Viber, Facebook Messenger, KakaoTalk, and major OTT players without the need for Wi-Fi or additional data charges.

Globe Prepaid GoUNLI30 allows subscribers to connect with Globe/TM network via unlimited calls and texts, with subscribers from other Philippine mobile networks via unlimited texts, and with over 1 billion users from all over the world via access to the different instant messaging apps. Globe Prepaid GoUNLI30 is valid for 1 day.

In addition, Globe is launching another globally innovative service: a dedicated mobile internet promo for customers who use messaging applications frequently. Subscribers who prefer pure messaging apps and want to get access to over 1 billion users around the world can register to UNLICHAT25, a mobile internet promo which offers uninterrupted use of Viber, Facebook Messenger, KakaoTalk, and major OTT players for only P25, or US 60 cents valid for 1 day, without the need for Wi-Fi.

With these mobile internet promos, subscribers can connect with more than a billion users around the world regardless of mobile networks or even location, for as long as they have accounts from the chat applications.

“Globe is at the forefront of innovation once again as the first telco in the world to bundle our unlimited call and text service with free access to the world’s major messaging applications. With our modernized network, we now have the capability to do first-to-market offers like these that give our subscribers access to bandwidth-heavy services such as data and apps, making their mobile experience better than ever before. True to our promise of enjoying Globe your way, we allow our customers to communicate via OTT players for free their own way,” said Peter Bithos, Senior Advisor for Consumer Business at Globe. “Our customers are social, technology-savvy users, who constantly look for new ways to connect with their contacts and friend circles — here and overseas. It is our job to allow them to do so at a reasonable price.”

Bithos added, “With GoUNLI30 and UNLICHAT25, subscribers can enjoy the biggest wonderful digital world and a richer messaging, calling, and sharing experience with the different features and functionalities of the chat applications — anytime, anywhere. Connect with your friends and contacts from all over the world minus the hassle of looking for a Wi-Fi spot or worries of additional data charges. Only Globe lets you liven up your conversations, deepen your connections, and widen your reach by giving you more ways to stay connected with all your friends, no matter where they are.”

To register, subscribers can text GOUNLI30 and UNLICHAT25 to 8888, or call *143# for free. Both GoUNLI30 and UNLICHAT25 support major OTT players.

As of end-June 2013, cumulative mobile subscribers stood at 36.1 million. Globe prepaid subscribers stood at about 34.2 million, 14% above last year’s 30.1 million and 3% higher than previous quarter’s 33.3 million.

For more information, please contact:
Yoly C. Crisanto
Head, Corporate Communications
Globe Telecom, Inc.
Email Address: gtcorpcomm
Globe Press Room: www.globe.com.ph/press-room
Twitter: @talk2GLOBE
Facebook:
www.facebook.com/globeph