Monthly Archives: May 2016

Mobicash is now ‘JazzCash’: Move made in a bid to take mobile banking in to the digital age..!!

Islamabad – 23 May, 2016: Following the launch of Jazz as Mobilink’s umbrella brand, Mobilink has now introduced ‘JazzCash’ as its brand name for Mobile Financial Services (MFS) to replace its Mobicash brand. The decision was made to further strengthen Jazz as a one-stop solution to cater to the wider needs of subscribers in a digitally progressive world.

Talking about the launch, Aamir Ibrahim, Deputy CEO & CCO – Mobilink, said:

“The reintroduction of Jazz as the face of Mobilink’s digital journey meant a string of communication solutions under the Jazz ecosystem primed for the digital age. In this way, our latest offering, JazzCash, is version 2.0 of our mobile financial service, Mobicash.”

“For our customers, Jazz is not just a SIM, it is a platform to further success. Through our combined product offerings under the Jazz ecosystem, we will aim for our customers to understand that that the device they hold in their hands has the power to change their lives and of those around them,” he added.

“In a world powered by the internet, it is imperative that we, as a nation, double our efforts to keep pace with the ever changing environment. Mobilink has taken great strides in this regard over the past few years, and the launch of JazzCash as a digitally powered mobile financial service enables us to cater to a larger unbanked market as Smartphone usage increases across the country,”

said Aniqa Afzal Sandhu, Head of Mobile Financial Services – Mobilink.

While talking about the diverse portfolio that JazzCash offers, she added,

“Our ever growing product portfolio now includes Domestic Remittances, Transfers to and from Banks, Bill Payments, Mobile Top Ups, ATM Cards, Passport Fee Payment, Online Payment Gateway, Savings, and NFC payments & Life insurance. In addition, we have added more digital channels through which these services can be accessed; our mobile applications for customers and agents will certainly further improve accessibility and reach of financial services for Pakistanis.”

With the launch of JazzCash, available at over 60,000 retail outlets nationwide, Mobilink is looking to revolutionize the way people utilize mobile banking by way of digital integration. In this regard, under JazzCash three new services were announced.

First and foremost, for facilitation of growing number of smartphone users, JazzCash launched an Android based Mobile Account application. This application offers a user friendly interface and a secure transactions platform allowing customers of all networks to perform all necessary financial transactions, which were previously being done only through USSD which was available for Jazz subscribers only.

Secondly, keeping in mind the rapidly growing e-commerce industry, JazzCash is introducing a payment mechanism for online purchases powered with an escrow feature. Subscribers will have an option to pay through their JazzCash Mobile Account and Retailers. In addition, customers of other banks can also pay through Credit or Debit card.

Lastly, Mobile Account users will now also be facilitated through a JazzCash NFC Payment solution. The ‘tap n pay’ facility will soon be available at a number of merchants nationwide over the coming months as a part of providing customers a unique shopping experience at par with international standards.

About JazzCash:
JazzCash, a mobile financial service offering under Jazz’s ecosystem has over 60,000 retail outlets across Pakistan. JazzCash offers a broad portfolio of Branch less Banking services for customers including money transfer, e-commerce purchasing and saving, NFC enabled payments, payment of utility bills, corporate disbursements, mass payment collections, and insurance services
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Mobilink Exclusively Launches ‘Alcatel IDOL 3’ in Pakistan

Islamabad – 18 May, 2016: Mobilink has announced it will soon be exclusively launching Alcatel IDOL 3, the world’s first reversible smartphone, across Pakistan. The launch is in line with Mobilink’s strategy of introducing affordable 3G devices in the market to speed-up the uptake of high-speed mobile internet in a bid to reach its goal of a digitally enabled Pakistan.

Speaking about the reason behind the collaboration with Alcatel , Muhammad Ali Khan, Head of Data & Devices – Mobilink commented,

“We are committed to consistently introduce the most appealing and innovative smartphones in the market in support of our digital enablement goals. Alcatel IDOL 3 provides customers with the opportunity to experience Mobilink’s superior data services on one of 2016’s best budget phones.”

Speaking about the reason behind the collaboration with Mobilink, Nauman Durrani, General Manager Middle East, Pakistan and Egypt – Alcatel commented,

“Alcatel is one of the largest handset manufacturer in the world and our goal is democratizing innovation. We are pleased to launch Alcatel Idol 3 in Pakistan with partnership with Mobilink”

Packing the best in flagship smartphone specs, the IDOL 3 delivers on three key user experiences: sound, camera and display. Dual front-facing JBL Audio speakers make the IDOL 3 an on-the-go sound system, without the need of an additional Bluetooth speaker. The 13MP main camera has an industry-leading Sony IMX sensor, offering superior low-light performance.  And the display has also been specially tuned by Technicolor, giving colors on the 5.5” Full HD screen more richness and vibrancy, and better viewing in sunlight conditions. Additionally Alcatel Idol3 comes with free JBL in ear earphones worth Rs7000.

The Alcatel IDOL 3 is thin, light, and fast enough to do just about anything a user wants from a proper smartphone. On the inside, it has an octa-core Qualcommm Snapdragon 615 processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage running a very close stock version of Android 5.0.2 Lollipop.

The phone offers unique enhancements like the fully reversible user interface that makes the screen adaptive to be right side up, even if the phone itself is upside down.

The device will soon be available at all Mobilink Business Centers for an approximate price of PKR 25,999. Customers availing this opportunity will also be given six months of free Jazz internet (subject to limit of 1GB per month).

 

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Mobilink to Launch Pakistan’s Largest Tech Incubator under the National ICT R&D Fund..!!

Islamabad – 18 May, 2016: In order to boost Pakistan’s vibrant and emerging Tech ecosystem, Mobilink is all set to establish Jazz’s  ‘National Incubation Center’. The center will build upon the Government’s ambition for a Digital Pakistan and will be setup under the National ICT R&D fund.

The incubation center will be a first of its kind innovation hub to nurture and grow talent from across Pakistan under the unique ‘Jazz XLR8 Program’. The program will bridge the gap between Entrepreneurs, Innovators and Investors, while providing state-of-the-art incubation facilities and access to experts and advisers.

On this welcome move by the government to make a meaningful impact on the burgeoning tech industry, Dr. Ismail Shah, Chairman PTA and acting CEO of the ICT R&D fund said, “We are excited to launch the National Incubation Center to support the talented youth of Pakistan and an experienced partner like Mobilink will definitely help in raising the bar for startups in the country.”

Jeffrey Hedberg, President & CEO – Mobilink, upon signing the MoU with the ICT R&D Fund, said,

“This is the time for Pakistani startups to take charge of their digital destiny and it gives us immense pleasure to be working with the Government of Pakistan in building the foundation of a sustainable tech ecosystem.A joint public-private partnership provides resources and expertise to enable young entrepreneurs to fulfill their potential and assists them in making their mark across the communities of Pakistan.”

“As a leader in the Digital Revolution, we see a lot of untapped opportunity and potential in the Pakistani market with young resilient startups eager to change the world. We aim to inspire, support and grow our local talent as they band together to lead Pakistan towards a better future in line with our brand ambitions. By taking a hold of such an opportunity, we want the world to know that our country’s youth has immense potential and are willing to use that potential to bring positive changes in the society,”

added Aamir Ibrahim, Deputy CEO & CCO – Mobilink.

Mobilink will be operating this world class incubator with its service delivery partner Team Up, bringing expertise of seasoned industry veterans like Zouhair Khaliq and Pervaiz Abbasi, who shall be leading the operations. Jazz’s National Incubation Center could start scouting for Pakistan’s next top startups as early as July 2016.

This latest initiative is also aligned with VimpelCom’s group-wide ‘Make Your Mark’ (MYM) program. Under the program Mobilink has collaborated with LUMS Center for Entrepreneurship (LCE) to provide support and mentor-ship to 15 startups currently incubated there. VimpelCom and its operating companies are working across the globe to enhance entrepreneurial ecosystem and to provide guidance to the new generation of digital entrepreneurs. Similar programs are also being implemented in Eurasia, Algeria, Italy and Bangladesh.

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Mobilink Launches Two Lenovo Smartphone Models in Pakistan

Islamabad – 16th May, 2016: Mobilink has launched Lenovo’s A6010 & K5 Plus smartphones across Pakistan. The launch is in line with Mobilink’s strategy of introducing affordable 3G devices in the market to speed-up the uptake of high-speed mobile internet in a bid to reach its goal of a digitally enabled Pakistan.

Speaking about the launch of Lenovo devices, Muhammad Ali Khan, Director Data& Devices – Mobilink commented,

“We are committed to consistently introduce the most appealing and innovative smartphones in the market in support of our digital enablement goals. For this reason, we decided to launch these two affordable Lenovo smartphones across Pakistan. Lenovo A6010 &K5 Plus provide customers with the opportunity to experience Mobilink’s superior data services on one of the best budget phones available in the market today.”

Furthermore, Sharay Shams, General Manager for Smartphones, Lenovo Middle East,shared his view on the Co-Launch and commented,

“We are committed to bring to Pakistan Lenovo smartphones offering brilliant performance and robust features. Many young Pakistanis rely on smartphones to enjoy movies and music on the go and they need stylish devices that are optimized for a multimedia experience at an affordable price.”

Packing the best in affordable smartphone specs, these two Lenovo devices by Mobilink look to offer three key user experiences: sound, camera and display. The Lenovo A6010 comes with a dual SIM and is fueled by a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 Quad core processor, which provides efficient processing without any lag and heats up. Display wise, the device has a 5 inches screen, which is incorporated with a 306 Adreno screen resolution providing for quality images. It also carries an 8 MP rear primary camera, capable of recording HD videos, and a 2 MP back camera.

Whereas the Lenovo K5 Plus is packed with features to target young consumers who need their entertainment needs fulfilled. Design-wise, it offers a pretty handy set with an all-aluminum back, and curved edges. Besides the appearance, the K5 Plus packs decent hardware under the hood to offer consumers great gaming and sound experience through a Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage (expandable via a microSD card slot), all powered through a removable Li-Ion 2,750 mAh battery. For photography enthusiasts, it supports a 13 MP rear camera with autofocus plus LED flash, and a 5 MP front-facing camera.

Apart from those hardware specifications, both Lenovo smartphones boast a quality dual speaker and Dolby Atmos technology to produce amazing sounds.

The devices will soon be available at all Mobilink Business Centers across Pakistan. The Lenovo A6010 will cost PKR 16,500, while the Lenovo K5 Plus will be available for PKR 23,500. Customers availing this opportunity will also be given 6 GB of free Jazz internet for a period of 6 months (subject to limit of 1GB per month).

About Mobilink
Mobilink is Pakistan’s leading provider of voice and data services. With over 37.8 million subscribers, Mobilink maintains market leadership with coverage in over 20,000 cities, towns and villages across Pakistan. With an investment of USD 4.3 billion in Pakistan, Mobilink continues to innovate through cutting-edge, state of the art technology, a portfolio of Mobile Financial Services, strongest brands, the largest portfolio of value added services, the largest bio-metric SIM verification footprint as well as the country’s largest network with over 10,000 cell sites. The company also has the largest distribution and call center network that enables it to offer wider accessibility and quality customer services across Pakistan.

About Lenovo
Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is a $46 billion global Fortune 500 company and a leader in providing innovative consumer, commercial, and enterprise technology. Our portfolio of high-quality, secure products and services covers PCs (including the legendary Think and multimode YOGA brands), workstations, servers, storage, smart TVs and a family of mobile products like smartphones (including the Moto brand), tablets and apps. Join us on LinkedIn, follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@Lenovo) or visit us at www.lenovo.com.

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Trendy Women’s Watches 2016

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A good watch is not just an add-on to style; it is an extension of you as well. You must think I am crazy. Well, I am. Passionate about style. However, nowadays I am obsessed about watches. That is why I have decided to share with you some of the classy and beautiful Women’s Watches and timepieces for your daily and formal use. For me, wristwatches are not just primarily time telling tools. They are also pieces of jewelry; such as the wristwatch I am wearing should blend in correctly with the outfit too. Yes, I am obsessed with matching them with my clothes. 🙂

There are a number of choices available for us to purchase  Watches via Online Shopping when it comes to choosing a watch. Ultimately, picking the right watch is about finding the one you feel comfortable wearing. An elegant wristwatch is great for formal events, dinner parties and is an accessory fit for a casual day out. However, it is hard to find a chic wristwatch, which has a reasonable price too. But, shopaholics like me, can find the both very easily. I have bought a lot of wristwatches which not only match my dress colors but at the same time are elegant and chic,

All you people out there, if you are trying to make a statement and stand out from the crowd, these watches should definitely be included within your list of options. You can even present these to your mates too.

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Golden Watch for Formal wear

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5th K-Electric Lyari Football League Concludes After a Fiercely Contested Finale

Karachi – May 7, 2016: Imam Buksh Sajidi have emerged victors of the 5th K-Electric Lyari Football League after a solid display in the final against Sir Siddiq Singhar. The under – 16s league based tournament, organized by K-Electric in association with Anti-Narcotics Board and Pakistan Rangers, saw 16 teams go head to head for the ultimate honor. The main purpose of the tournament was to provide the youth of Lyari a platform to showcase their skills and is the only grassroots movement in football targeted towards the under-privileged youth of Pakistan.

A closing ceremony was held at People’s Stadium Lyari in which Mr. Tayyab Tareen, CEO K-Electric and Mr. Syed Fakhar Ahmed, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, K-Electric awarded the trophy and cash prize of Rs.100,000 to the winning team; the runners up received cash prize of Rs. 75,000. MM Mehdi had earlier emerged victorious in their game against Capt. Umar Hangaro on Friday for third position and were awarded cash prize of Rs. 50,000.

The hotly contested final saw both teams stretch themselves to the max in a bid to clinch the trophy. But Imam Buksh Sajidi’s Sameer’s match winning performance saw his team lift the trophy in front of hundreds of footballing fans.

For exceptional performances throughout the K-Electric Lyari Football League, Mateen from Chaudhary Ghulaam Muhammad was declared man of the tournament. K-Electric shall also be providing six of the best players from this league an opportunity to represent the power utility’s senior football team.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Tayyab Tareen, CEO K-Electric commented,

“I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to the winning team on putting up an outstanding performance. Both teams, in my opinion, made the past footballing legends of Lyari proud with their technical display and skill set. This part of Karachi, has always been known for producing footballing greats, and the objective of this tournament is to produce a crop of future footballing heroes at an international level.”

A total of 288 participants under or 16 years of age competed in the Lyari League this year. Previous editions of the league have provided a platform to 1,400 children from the locality.

Following the presentation ceremony, fireworks were held to mark the end of this tournament.

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