MANILA, Philippines – After bringing Nicki Minaj here for a concert, local telecommunications firm Globe Telecom and BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (RIM) have tied up once again to offer smartphones in prepaid kits.
In a statement, Globe said subscribers can avail of a BlackBerry Curve 9220 prepaid package for P9,990, which includes a SIM card, three months of free BlackBerry chat subscription, and a smartphone skin.
The BlackBerry Curve 8520 kit, on the other hand, is priced at P6,990, and also includes the SIM card and three-month free BlackBerry chat subscription, and two smartphone skins.
Globe added that those who will purchase the new BlackBerry kits from participating Globe stores may get free P100 worth of prepaid load.
Hastings Singh, managing director for South Asia at RIM, said they are excited to offer the two “highly popular” BlackBerry handsets to prepaid customers.
“The BlackBerry Curve 8520 and BlackBerry Curve 9220 are affordable smartphone choices which provide an amazing user experience with all the unique social networking benefits needed to help Philippine customers stay connected throughout the day,” Singh said in a statement. “We will continue making BlackBerry products and services more accessible to customers in the Philippines.”
KD Dizon, head of Globe Prepaid, meanwhile, described the new BlackBerry kits as “complete and compelling at a price that’s within reach of our prepaid market.”
The BlackBerry Curve 9220 features a dedicated BBM key, a built-in radio, and up to seven hours of talk time. The
On the other hand, the BlackBerry Curve 8520 has a full QWERTY keyboard, dedicated multimedia keys, and social networking tools.
Globe and RIM’s partnership began in 2004.