Globe partners with tech giant Google

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 05 2015 05:45 PM | Updated as of Mar 06 2015 01:45 AM

MANILA – Globe Telecom Inc. and Google have formed a partnership to boost the use of smartphones and mobile data in the country.

The partnership between the two companies involves the launch of Android One devices Cherry Mobile Uno and MyPhone One, which both run on the latest Android 5.1 software Lollipop.

A photo of the Cherry One, which runs on the latest version of Android Lollipop

A monthly allocation of 100MB of free mobile data will be made available for six months to Globe subscribers who purchase the latest Android One devices.

Issa Cabreira, senior vice president for consumer mobile marketing at Globe, said the partnership involves the launch of Android One devices such as Cherry Mobile Uno and MyPhone One running on the latest Android 5.1 software Lollipop.

“Over the years, Globe has been purveyor of the digital lifestyle by extending free access to the internet on the back of its partnerships with global brands such as Google, Facebook, and Viber,” said Globe senior vice president for consumer mobile marketing Issa Cabreira.

Globe subscribers will also be given free app downloads of up to 200MB from Google Play Store for six months.

New subscribers, meanwhile, will receive free 100MB to 150MB of mobile data per month for one year as long as purchase prepaid credits of at least P100 per month.

“We are thrilled about the commitment of Globe to reduce costs on app updates and downloads for people with Android One phone--a key step to making extraordinary smartphone technology more accessible and affordable,” Google vice president for product management Caesar Sengupta said.

Over the next two years, Globe looking to spend an estimated $500 million to boost its data network.

For 2015, the telecommunications firm has allocated $850 million for its capital expenditures.