27 Oct 2015
Beeline and WhatsApp partner to launch free data traffic in Russia
Moscow (October 27, 2015), VimpelCom Ltd. (“VimpelCom” or “Company”) (NASDAQ:VIP), a leading global provider of telecommunications services headquartered in Amsterdam and serving over 218 million customers, announces that its Russian subsidiary operating under the Beeline brand has entered into a partnership to allow its clients unlimited and free access to WhatsApp messaging. This is the first partnership of this kind between a telecom company and WhatsApp in Russia.
According to WhatsApp, Russia, along with Brazil, Mexico and India, is among the top ten countries by the number of WhatsApp users. In Russia, the messenger is used by 30 million people on a monthly basis. From today, Beeline clients in Russia no longer have to pay for their WhatsApp data traffic.
Mikhail Slobodin, CEO of VimpelCom Russia, said: “Messengers are the most popular way of communicating for smartphone owners in Russia, and we are proud that it is Beeline clients who can enjoy the service free of charge. Our partnership with WhatsApp is a significant move for our growing client base.”
Jan Koum, CEO and co-founder of WhatsApp, said: “This is a great communication offer for Beeline clients. Partnering with Beeline means we can help more people to stay in touch with friends and family using WhatsApp. Beeline and WhatsApp share the passion to provide the best communications experience, and introducing the unlimited access to WhatsApp messaging features shows Beeline as a pioneer in Russian mobile industry.”
VimpelCom, an international telecoms company operating in 14 countries and headquartered in Amsterdam, is one of the world’s largest integrated telecommunications services operators providing voice and data services through a range of traditional and broadband mobile and fixed technologies in Russia, Italy, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Armenia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Algeria, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Zimbabwe. VimpelCom’s operations around the globe cover territory with a total population of approximately 740 million people. VimpelCom provides services under the “Beeline”, “Kyivstar”, “WIND”, “Mobilink”, “banglalink”, “Telecel”, and “Djezzy” brands. As of June 30, 2015 VimpelCom had 213 million mobile customers and 6 million fixed-line broadband customers on a combined basis. VimpelCom is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol (VIP).
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WhatsApp Messenger is a cross-platform mobile messaging app which allows you to exchange messages and calls. WhatsApp Messenger is available for iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows Phone and Nokia. WhatsApp Inc. was founded in 2009 by Brian Acton and Jan Koum and was acquired by Facebook Inc. in 2014. The messenger is used by more than 900 million people worldwide and by more than 30 million people in Russia on a monthly basis. Earlier this year WhatsApp has presented its web-version and voice calling feature.