BAAR, SWITZERLAND, Sep 16, 2014 (Marketwired via COMTEX) — One Horizon Group, Inc. OHGI, +2.86% (“One Horizon” or the “Company”), which develops and licenses the world’s most bandwidth-efficient mobile Voice over Internet Protocol (“VoIP”) platform for Smartphones, today announced that Smart Communications, Inc., is launching a pre-paid VoIP Smartphone app using its optimized software platform.
Smart is commencing the rollout of the Smartphone mobile app, branded Link Plus, as a pre-paid Over The Top (“OTT”) Android App that will be available to download from the Google Play Store. The target audience for this pay-as-you-go VoIP service is nearly 400,000 Filipino seafarers deployed all over the world. Once Link Plus is installed on the Smartphone, the user’s app will receive a new Virtual SIM telephone number from Smart.
Brian Collins, founder and CEO of One Horizon, commented, “The launch of the Smart Virtual SIM Link Plus service using our revolutionary mobile-VoIP technology marks yet another milestone in the delivery of our innovative solutions to operators. Smartphone users all over the world can benefit from the ultra-low bandwidth and high-quality VoIP of the Link Plus app combined with the quality of Smart’s core telephone network.”
“Download, top-up and you have a true pre-paid Filipino telephone number to call anyone at home at domestic rates. Smart is allowing subscribers to take a little piece of home with them when they go abroad to work. Family and friends can now call their loved ones overseas by calling a local Smart number. This really brings the Filipino seafarer closer to home,” added Mr. Collins.
Tina Z. Mariano, Head, Smart Global Access group, said: “At Smart we are always looking for innovation that allows our seafaring subscribers to benefit and utilize our network. The Link Plus app delivers just that, a service that allows them to call to and from home at great local rates. This is a wonderful combination of Smart’s telephone network and One Horizon’s technologies.”
About One Horizon Group, Inc.
One Horizon Group, Inc.’s business is to optimize communications over the Internet through its wholly owned subsidiary, Horizon Globex GmbH, Baar, which develops and markets one of the world’s most bandwidth-efficient mobile Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) platforms for Smartphones, and also offers a range of other optimized data applications including messaging and mobile advertising. Horizon Globex GmbH is an ISO 9001 and ISO 20000-1 certified company. The Company has operations in Switzerland, the United Kingdom, China, India, Singapore, Hong Kong and Ireland. For more information on the Company, its products and services, please visit http://www.onehorizongroup.com.
About Smart Communications
Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) is the Philippines’ leading wireless services provider with 57.3 million subscribers on its GSM network as of end-June 2013. Smart has built a reputation for innovation, having introduced world-first wireless offerings such as Smart Money, Smart Load, Smart Padala, the Netphone, and Smart LTE. Smart also offers 3G and HSPA+ services, while its Smart Satellite Services provides communications to the global maritime industry. Smart Broadband, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary, offers a wireless broadband service, Smart Broadband, with 1.8 million subscribers as of end-June 2013.
Smart is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Philippines’ leading telecommunications carrier, the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company. For more information, visit http://www.smart.com.ph.
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