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|NQ Mobile and Brightstar Announce Global Go-To-Market Agreement|
SAN FRANCISCO and MIAMI, Sept. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --
NQ Mobile Inc. ("NQ Mobile"), a leading provider of consumer-centric mobile security and productivity applications, and Brightstar Corp., a global leader in services and solutions for the wireless industry, announced today that they have signed a global go-to-market agreement to promote adoption of NQ Mobile security solutions. The agreement will give consumers easier and more widespread access to mobile security applications and services.
Through the new relationship with NQ Mobile, Brightstar will leverage its global network of wireless device manufacturers, operators and retailers to promote the preload and download of NQ Mobile security solutions. NQ Mobile expects to immediately benefit from Brightstar's global presence and relationships; the distributor has over 210 operator relationships and reaches more than 80,000 points of sale.
"Brightstar and NQ Mobile share the belief that mobile security services will exist on every smartphone in the near future," said Marcelo Claure, chairman and CEO, Brightstar. "NQ Mobile provides a high-value offering that will enable us to expand our portfolio of services. As a result, we believe we'll be able to reach more people and accelerate the reality of universal adoption of mobile security solutions."
NQ Mobile's popular freemium model and industry leading mobile security solutions will provide Brightstar with a natural extension of their services offerings and portfolio to support sales efforts.
"NQ Mobile has the most complete mobile security solution available today, including antivirus, antitheft, anti-spam, firewall, privacy protection, backup and restore. We're excited about making that solution more widely available, and Brightstar is a great partner to do it with," said Dr. Henry Yu Lin, chairman and CEO of NQ Mobile Inc. "We are looking forward to working together to encourage more manufacturers, operators and retailers to preload NQ Mobile security services on devices before they reach consumers, ensuring their protection."
"While this is a global effort, the relationship with Brightstar particularly supports NQ Mobile's commitment to growth in the Americas, as Brightstar's strong presence in the region will help expand NQ Mobile's existing consumer base there," said Chris Stier, Managing Director of the Americas, NQ Mobile. "This agreement with Brightstar marks NQ Mobile's continued effort to encourage consumer protection against mobile security threats, while growing our global presence at the same time."
About NQ Mobile
NQ Mobile Inc. (NYSE: NQ) is a leading global provider of consumer-centric mobile Internet services focusing on security and productivity. NQ Mobile was one of the first companies to recognize the growing security threats targeting smartphone users and is now a leading Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) provider with over 100 million registered user accounts worldwide. As a market leader in mobile security, NQ Mobile's innovation and global significance have been widely recognized through distinctions such as the 2011 Technology Pioneer Award bestowed by the World Economic Forum. For more information on NQ Mobile, please visit www.nq.com
Brightstar is the world's largest specialized wireless distributor and a leading provider of diversified services focused on enhancing the performance and profitability of the key participants in the wireless device value chain. The company supports over 80,000 points of sale worldwide with operations in 51 countries and territories and provides a comprehensive range of more than 100 customized services for value-added distribution, supply chain optimization, retail, government and value-added resellers (VARs), and consumer services. Brightstar's services help customers manage the growing complexity of the wireless device value chain and enable them to increase product availability, expand their channel reach and drive supply chain efficiencies by getting the right products to the right place at the right time for the best value. For more information on Brightstar, please visit www.brightstarcorp.com.
SOURCE NQ Mobile Inc.