VimpelCom customers will use their mobile accounts to buy Windows Phone apps,
games and music
AMSTERDAM, Feb. 18, 2013
AMSTERDAM, Feb. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --"VimpelCom Ltd." ("VimpelCom",
"Company" or "Group") (NYSE: VIP), a leading global provider of
telecommunications services, Microsoft Corporation, ("Microsoft") (NASDAQ:
MSFT), and Nokia Corporation ("Nokia") (NASDAQ OMX: NOK1V; NYSE: NOK) today
announced that they have entered into an agreement to deliver a new, enhanced
digital entertainment experience for VimpelCom customers across its markets.
VimpelCom customers will be able to use their mobile accounts to easily find,
try and buy digital content from the Windows Phone Store. The cost of any
purchased application, game or music will be simply deducted from a customer's
prepaid credit or conveniently added to their monthly bill.
The Windows Phone ecosystem is expanding rapidly worldwide, with Windows Phone
devices rolling out to more than 70 countries over the next 12 months and
support for 50 display languages. Furthermore, Windows Phone Store offers more
than 125,000 apps and games in 191 countries.
Nokia Lumia smartphones are powered by Windows Phone and, with Nokia being a
leading device brand in many of VimpelCom's markets, this provides a strong
platform for VimpelCom to offer an enhanced mobile experience to both new and
A dedicated 'VimpelCom Shelf' will make it easy for VimpelCom customers to
navigate their way among the content available in the Windows Phone Store.
Available via the local Windows Phone Store, the 'VimpelCom Shelf' will
feature up to 200 selected applications, tailored to offer local content and
The 'VimpelCom Shelf' and mobile account payments for the Windows Phone Store
will be rolled out in VimpelCom's operations across the globe, starting later
on this year.
Mikhail Gerchuk, VimpelCom's Group Chief Commercial and Strategy Officer,
said: "The Windows Phone mobile partnership will enable us to significantly
enhance the smartphone experience for our customers. With the 'VimpelCom
Shelf' we will bring tailored content to VimpelCom customers around the globe
who use Windows Phone smartphones and will provide them with the most
convenient way to access and pay for apps. In many of our markets we will be
the first operator to launch mobile account payments for the Windows Phone
Chris Weber, Executive Vice President, Head of Nokia Global Sales &
Marketing: "When this is deployed locally, it will enable VimpelCom customers
to purchase Windows Phone content conveniently with payment via their mobile
account. This marks yet another important step for the ecosystem and is a
compelling example of a win-win-win situation for customers, developers and
consumers alike while we continue to extend the line-up of our popular Lumia
devices across geographies and price bands."
"Windows Phone Store makes it easy for people to find and buy the only apps
with Live Tiles," said Todd Brix, senior director, Windows Phone Apps,
Microsoft Corp. "VimpelCom mobile billing offers people more quick and easy
payment options, giving them better access to the thousands of great apps in
the Windows Phone Store," he continued.
This latest agreement is part of VimpelCom's consistent strategy of providing
its customers with the best mobile experience and comes to complement the
recently announced partnership with Google to deliver mobile account payments
for Google Play Android store.
This press release contains "forward-looking statements", as the phrase is
defined in Section 27A of the Securities Act and Section 21E of the Exchange
Act. These statements relate to the timing and scope of the Company's rollout
of Windows Phone Store and the continued partnership with Microsoft
Corporation and Nokia Corporation. These and other forward-looking statements
are based on management's best assessment of the Company's position and of
future market conditions and trends. These discussions involve risks and
uncertainties. The actual outcome may differ materially from these statements
as a result of continued volatility in the economies in our markets,
unforeseen developments from competition, governmental regulation of the
telecommunications industries, general political uncertainties in our markets
and/or litigation with third parties. There can be no assurance that such
risks and uncertainties will not have a material adverse effect on the
Company. Certain factors that could cause actual results to differ materially
from those discussed in any forward-looking statements include the risk
factors described in the Company's Annual Report on Form 20-F for the year
ended December 31, 2011 and other public filings made by the Company with the
SEC, which risk factors are incorporated herein by reference. The Company
disclaims any obligation to update developments of these risk factors or to
announce publicly any revision to any of the forward-looking statements
contained in this release, or to make corrections to reflect future events or
VimpelCom is one of the world's largest integrated telecommunications services
operators providing voice and data services through a range of traditional and
broadband mobile and fixed technologies in Russia, Italy, Ukraine, Kazakhstan,
Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Armenia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Cambodia, Laos, Algeria,
Bangladesh, Pakistan, Burundi, Zimbabwe, Central African Republic and Canada.
VimpelCom's operations around the globe cover territory with a total
population of approximately 782 million people. VimpelCom provides services
under the "Beeline", "Kyivstar", "djuice", "Wind", "Infostrada" "Mobilink",
"Leo", "banglalink", "Telecel", and "Djezzy" brands. As of September 30, 2012
VimpelCom had 212 million mobile subscribers on a combined basis. VimpelCom is
traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol (VIP). For more
information visit: http://www.vimpelcom.com.
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