Saturday, March 21, 2015

Globe Telecom First PH Telco To Launch Samsung Galaxy S6 And Galaxy S6 Edge With Pre-Order Site

Globe Telecom is the first telecom company in the Philippines to launch Samsung’s latest flagship devices, the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 edge, with an online site that accepts pre-orders from Globe postpaid and Platinum customers.

“The long wait is over for all Samsung fans in the country. Globe is once again pioneering the launch of the latest devices in the Philippines with the arrival of the new Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge. With our pre-order site, we are able to serve pre-orders from early customers and Android fans. Aside from giving our postpaid customers the privilege of being the first to experience the latest Samsung smartphones with our myLifestyle Plan, we are also enriching their mobile experience with free access to entertainment as well as a free premium item when they pre-order online until April 5,” says Erli Valdez, Vice President for Globe Postpaid Business.

With over three weeks to go until the official release of the Samsung smartphones in the country, Globe customers will be the first to own the much-anticipated next-generation smartphones. As an added treat, new and existing Globe customers who pre-order the Samsung Galaxy S6 or S6 edge will get free exclusive content such as 3-month subscription to Spotify where they can create their own playlist with millions of songs and 3-month access to HOOQ where they can watch from a selection of over 10,000 movies and TV series from local and international partners.

All customers who will pre-order online are also entitled to receive a free limited edition Samsung wireless charger and a discount voucher which will give them up to 15% discount on Galaxy S6 and S6 edge accessories.

Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge on myLifestyle Plan and Platinum Lifestyle Plan
Customers can experience the best of Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 edge with the new myLifestyle Plan offers. The Samsung Galaxy S6 32GB is available at Plan 999*, which comes with unlimited calls and texts to Globe/TM, GoSURF299 (1.5GB mobile internet), all-you-want  Facebook, plus free Spotify Premium for 3 months, free HOOQ for 3 months, free Gadget Care and Navigation Bundle for 1 month and free 1GB of Globe Cloud.

On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge 32GB is available at Plan 1499**, which comes with unlimited calls and texts to Globe/TM, GoSURF499 (3GB mobile internet), all-you-want Chat and Facebook plus free Spotify Premium for 3 months, free HOOQ for 3 months, free Gadget Care and Navigation Bundle for 1 month, and free 1GB of Globe Cloud.

Globe Platinum customers can also avail of the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge with all pre-order freebies on its newly-introduced Platinum Lifestyle Plan 4999, which offers unlimited calls and texts to all networks, 15GB worth of local mobile data, access to Facebook, Viber, Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Evernote and Globe Cloud on top of the 15GB data allocation, worldwide roaming services and a roster of exclusive Platinum perks and privileges. Plus, pre-orders will be delivered direct to the customer’s doorstep.

Carefully crafted from metal and glass, the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge blend purposeful design with powerful features such as a 5.1 inch Quad HD Super AMOLED screen, equipped with vivid, bright and fast 5-megapixel front and 16-megapixel rear camera.

The Samsung smartphones also allow users to live their passion to the fullest as they sport an incredibly fast wired charging which is 1.5 times faster than the Galaxy S5, providing about 4 hours of usage after only 10 minutes of charging plus a 1.5GHz octa-core processor and multi-window feature which allow users to multi-task seamlessly.

Regular postpaid customers who pre-ordered online can start claiming their Samsung Galaxy S6 or S6 edge starting April 18, 2015 at designated Globe stores nationwide. To pre-order the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge online, visit

*With P825 monthly cashout for 24 months
**With P850 monthly cashout for 24 months

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

mClinica Wins 2015 Hack Osaka Award, Accelerates Int’L Growth

mClinica, a mobile health technology startup backed by Kickstart Ventures, 500 Startups, and IMJ-Investment Partners, bagged the top prize in a pitch competition at the 2015 Hack Osaka Conference last month.

The company, which found initial traction in the Philippines and maintains a software research and development center in Manila, will use the prize money to fuel expansion to other Asian countries, including Vietnam and Indonesia.

mClinica specializes in mobile tech solutions for pharmacies in emerging markets, where fragmented pharmaceutical supply chains reduce access, affordability and quality for many essential medicines. The company builds digital networks of pharmacies that allow drug companies to reach pharmacies at scale. It creates programs that reduce medicine costs, boost health education, improve adherence, and overall create better health outcomes for the patient.

mClinica CEO Farouk Meralli, a Harvard-educated, Canadian entrepreneur who held senior positions at leading pharmaceutical companies including Roche and Pfizer, chose the Philippines for his pilot because the country’s healthcare system faces many challenges. He was also impressed by the quality of local tech talent and the openness of the Filipino people to new technologies.

“The win was a validation of our business model both in terms of its commercial value as well as its social impact,” said Meralli. “It encourages us to go even farther in changing healthcare. Following our success in the Philippines, we have entered Vietnam and Indonesia and are actively evaluating opportunities in other countries.”

mClinica currently has a growing network of over 1400 pharmacies in the Philippines which provides access to over 20 million patients. One in every two independent pharmacies in the Philippines is on the mClinica platform.

Due to its innovative business model and proven track record, mClinica bested nine other contestants at the Hack Osaka pitch competition, which included contestants from the UK, Germany, Thailand, and Japan. The silver award went to Blaze, a UK company that produces special safety lights for urban cyclists. The bronze award went to Up Performa, a Japanese company doing wearable devices for sports.

Kickstart Ventures, a wholly-owned investment and incubator firm of Globe Telecom, led the initial funding round for mClinica to provide it with growth capital and to open doors to corporations and overseas markets in support of mClinica’s aggressive expansion plan.

“It’s great to see mClinica recognized for the value it creates for all members of the healthcare system,” said Kickstart President Minette Navarrete. “By combining their proprietary software solutions with a deep understanding of patient needs and the pharma industry, mClinica is improving healthcare by making it both more intelligent and more human.”

As a member of Innov8 Sparks, the network of technology startup support and funding initiatives founded by members of the SingTel Group such as SingTel Innov8 (Singapore), AIS The Startup (Thailand), Optus-Innov8 Seed (Australia), and Telkomsel Teman Dev (Indonesia), Kickstart would be able to give mClinica access to a combined mobile customer base of over 550 million in 25 markets across Asia and Africa.

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