Nokia Philippines announced earlier today that it has partnered with Globe Telecom to make premium mobile phone apps available for purchase even without the need for credit card or direct cash payments. The presser that went through our inbox says the service is “currently” exclusive to Globe subscribers, which makes me think – as far as I understand it – the Finnish phone maker is also probably brewing the same partnership with the rival telcos.
The new service is undeniably one of the best both Nokia and Globe Telecom have to offer this year, knowing that majority of Filipino mobile phone users are into Nokia brand and that they opt to download free applications too often than premium or paid apps. This is probably due to fact that despite the availability of credit cards and its alternatives like PayPal, some Pinoys doesn’t seem to find it really convenient in making online purchases. But to address the need of yet another, or perhaps better mode of payment – Nokia tapped Globe so it would be easier for users to grab those great mobile apps on their handsets.
So how will it exactly work? Well, Globe subscribers using Nokia mobile phones and smartphones simply purchase premium games, apps, and other content from the Nokia Store and the costs will be charged to their postpaid phone bill or prepaid load account.
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.
I personally haven’t tried this one just yet, but for Nokia users and Globe subscribers out there – do let us know how you find it.