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Globe baits prepaid users with no-contract data plans

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Globe Telecom just announced a set of no-contract data plans for smartphones (and tablets with SIM slots), starting at P600 per month for 500MB of data and going up all the way to P3,000 monthly for 20GB of data, among other perks.

And before you get too excited, neither of the plans include a mobile device, meaning you only get a SIM card and, presumably, some documentation upon signing up.

This isn’t Globe trying to be America’s T-Mobile and going the “Uncarrier” route; rather, it is the most predictable course of action after seeing smartphone prices plunge to a record low. In the Philippines, locally branded Android phones can cost as low as P900, or $20, while feature phones with Internet access go for less.

And with prices expected to fall further, now isn’t the time to be locked in to a carrier. Unless, of course, you’re doing it to score the latest flagship phone from Apple or Samsung. (Not that we encourage you to buy something you can’t afford in the long term.)

But to be fair, Globe has laid out some pretty convincing reasons to get prepaid customers and would-be smartphone owners to change their spending habits and agree to a postpaid agreement without attachments.

Besides offering twice the monthly data allowance compared to existing plans, all no-contract offers come with free calls and texts to Globe and TM subscribers, plus free SMS to all local networks.

Baiting customers with cheap data plans with more data and no lock-ins is a good strategy, especially now that there’s been a lot of talk about Internet speeds in the Philippines.

At best, no-contract plans establish a win-win relationship between Globe and its subscribers: For the telecom company, there’s the potential to convert its massive customer base into monthly paying customers; on the flip side, anyone unhappy with the service can opt out at any time.

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Michael Josh’s One-on-One interview with John Deere’s CEO

The Tech World’s Most Unassuming CEO

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If you’ve been fond of the GadgetMatch YouTube channel, you would know that Michael Josh has already featured John Deere not just once or twice, but more than that.

But unlike the past videos, MJ traveled to Moline, Illinois for a rare sit-down interview with John Deere’s CEO, John C. May.

In his first major chat assuming the role in 2018, he opens up about he’s ushering in John Deere’s technological revolution, and how he believes as a tech company, John Deere can help solve the world’s food problem.

In this video, let’s meet the Tech World’s Most Unassuming CEO together with Michael Josh!

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Nokia seeks to kill OPPO’s sales in some countries

Suing the brand for copyright infringement

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OPPO remains one of the most ubiquitous smartphone brands today. Especially in Asia, the Chinese smartphone brand has appealed to users of all segments. However, a new controversy is seeking to cut off the brand’s sales from where it is popular. Nokia is suing OPPO, potentially leading to the brand disappearing in some countries.

According to sources, Nokia is seeking penalties for the smartphone brand for allegedly breaching copyrights on registered technology. The technology in question includes those that cover 4G and 5G connectivity. The two have  previously agreed to a deal in 2018, but the agreement expired in 2021.

Initially, Nokia chased after OPPO in Germany for the same infringements back in July. The former won the case. As a result, Germany ordered OPPO to stop selling devices in the country. Now, Nokia is suing the brand in other countries in Europe and Asia. Should the company win in the same fashion as in Germany, OPPO might potentially lose its market in the said countries.

To be clear, Nokia itself is suing the brand, rather than HMD Global, the company normally affiliated with Nokia’s current slate of smartphones. The smartphone company is mostly in charge of bringing the brand’s smartphones to the world.

SEE ALSO: Nokia and ZEISS have broken up

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Maya cited among 250 promising global fintech firms

The fastest-growing digital bank joins the 2022 CB Insights’ Fintech 250 list

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Maya (formerly PayMaya) has just been cited as one of the top 250 promising global fintech firms, according to CB Insights.

The company was named alongside an elite international roster in CB Insight’s fifth-annual Fintech 250 ranking: digital banks Revolut and N26; PayPal-backed payment processor Stripe, merchant platform Pine Labs, and crypto platform Binance.

Maya, through its parent company Voyager Innovations, was recognized due to its strong record of execution, taking the crown as the only platform with an all-in-one money app, leading merchant payment processors, extensive MSME on-ground network, and being the fastest-growing digital bank in the Philippines.

“We are proud to be recognized alongside other trailblazers in the global fintech space. Being on this list validates our thrust of providing an integrated experience to our customers through our comprehensive digital financial ecosystem. It is also a testament to the world-class organization that we’ve built,” said Shailesh Baidwan, Maya Group President and Maya Bank Co-Founder.

One of the 250

Over 12,500 private companies that include applicants and nominees, CB Insights selected Maya as one of the 250 winners. The criteria for winning were chosen based on factors such as R&D activity, proprietary Mosaic scores, market potential, business relationships, investor profile, news sentiment analysis, competitive landscape, team strength, and tech novelty.

“This year’s Fintech 250 winners are shaping the future of financial services, from payments and banking to investing and insurance,” said Brian Lee, SVP of CB Insights’ Intelligence Unit.

“Representing more than 30 countries, these companies are creating safer and more efficient payment methods and transforming how traditional banking, insurance, and investing products are delivered.”

A successful rebrand

After its successful rebranding, the company has expanded beyond payments, introducing game-changing digital banking innovations across its unique ecosystem of 51 million consumers and network of 1.2 million MSMEs.

In just three months after its launch, Maya Bank became the fastest-growing digital bank in the Philippines, smashing records by recording over PHP5 billion in deposit balance and over 650,000 bank customers in just three months after its launch.

Furthermore, Maya Bank is the only digital bank to offer loan products within a quarter from its launch. It was able to scale fast because it leveraged the ready pool of rich transactional data from its payments business.

Moreover, Maya became the second tech unicorn in the Philippines in March 2022. The company was backed by global investors including KKR, Tencent, International Finance Corporation, IFC Emerging Asia Fund, IFC Financial Institutions Growth Fund, SIG Venture Capital, EDBI, First Pacific Company, and PLDT. END

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