Nokia, the global leader in mobile communications, marks another milestone as it partners with Globe Telecom to make its premium apps available for purchase for Globe subscribers.
Using the telco’s automated billing system, Globe subscribers using Nokia mobile phones and smartphones can now purchase premium games, apps, and other content from the Nokia Store much easier because costs will be charged to their postpaid phone bill or prepaid load account.
“Nokia Store provides consumers with mobile content and applications from some of the most recognized developers and publishers around the world. We are focused on having the right apps with the right quality to enhance the experience on Nokia mobile phones and smartphones. Free apps were a hit with consumers but others wanted more and we are excited to have found a partner in Globe, the first local operator to offer premium apps to its subscribers,” said Dharmesh Goshalia, general manager and head of sales, Nokia Philippines.
Glenn Estrella, Head for Digital Media of Globe Telecom explains further, “With the integration of the Nokia Store into our secure billing system interface, we are able to provide our subscribers a convenient and worry-free way to purchase premium content like apps, games, ringtones, productivity tools, movie trailers and more from the Nokia Store without the need for credit card or direct cash payments. The cost for apps purchased from the store will be charged to their postpaid phone bill or from their prepaid credits.”
This exciting development is expected to further strengthen Nokia’s position as a trustworthy brand that meets consumer needs, provides practical and convenient services, and enables a powerful mobile experience.
To get started, Globe subscribers simply need to visit store.nokia.mobi from their device browser. They will be prompted to download the Nokia Store application. Once registered, they can start downloading great content and applications for a wide range of Nokia devices from mobile phones to smartphones.
To date, Nokia Store is seeing strong growth with more than 11 million global downloads per day. This milestone is a result of the increased demand for mobile content and the growing number of new apps and partner developers, complemented by new consumers signing up for Nokia Store.
In the Philippines, some of the most popular applications downloaded for 2011 were Facebook Chat, an application that allows users to chat with their Facebook friends on their mobile; Skype, which allows users to call or text for free to families or friends abroad; AdventureOfTed, an exciting game that will make you jump, run and kick the enemies to bring Ted safely home; and eBuddy Messenger, a chat app that allows you to talk with your friends on MSN, Facebook, Yahoo!, GTalk and more.
The Nokia Store is also gaining significant momentum for software developers here and abroad. More than 177 developers have achieved over 1 million downloads via Nokia Store, with 3 coming from the Philippines. These top three local app developers are Y&R Philippines, who published the Ovi Theme-spirations phone themes, Music Mix and WatchNow among others; MRM Studios, publisher of top-quality phone themes, ringtones, karaoke music and other multimedia content, and Octacore Games, developer of popular and top downloaded paid games The Tallest Ice Cream, Pharaoh’s Tomb and Nice Fruits.
With the local implementation of the Nokia Store automatic billing solution, Nokia continues to pursue its commitment of providing user-friendly, affordable devices and more importantly, in providing mobile content and innovative services.