VimpelCom customers will use their mobile accounts to buy Windows Phone apps, games and music

Mon Feb 18, 2013 1:00am EST

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AMSTERDAM,  Feb. 18, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- "VimpelCom Ltd." ("VimpelCom",
"Company" or "Group")  (NYSE: VIP), a leading global provider of
telecommunications services, Microsoft Corporation, ("Microsoft") (NASDAQ:
MSFT), and Nokia Corporation ("Nokia") (NASDAQ OMX: NOK1V; NYSE: NOK) today
announced that they have entered into an agreement to deliver a new, enhanced
digital entertainment experience for VimpelCom customers across its markets.

VimpelCom customers will be able to use their mobile accounts to easily find,
try and buy digital content from the Windows Phone Store. The cost of any
purchased application, game or music will be simply deducted from a customer's
prepaid credit or conveniently added to their monthly bill.  

The Windows Phone ecosystem is expanding rapidly worldwide, with Windows Phone
devices rolling out to more than 70 countries over the next 12 months and
support for 50 display languages. Furthermore, Windows Phone Store offers more
than 125,000 apps and games in 191 countries.

Nokia Lumia  smartphones are powered by Windows Phone and, with Nokia being a
leading device brand in many of VimpelCom's markets, this provides a strong
platform for VimpelCom to offer an enhanced mobile experience to both new and
existing customers.

A dedicated 'VimpelCom Shelf' will make it easy for VimpelCom customers to
navigate their way among the content available in the Windows Phone Store.
Available via the local Windows Phone Store, the 'VimpelCom Shelf' will feature
up to 200 selected applications, tailored to offer local content and services.

The 'VimpelCom Shelf' and mobile account payments for the Windows Phone Store
will be rolled out in VimpelCom's operations across the globe, starting later on
this year.  

Mikhail Gerchuk, VimpelCom's Group Chief Commercial and Strategy Officer, said:
"The Windows Phone mobile partnership will enable us to significantly enhance
the smartphone experience for our customers. With the 'VimpelCom Shelf' we will
bring tailored content to VimpelCom customers around the globe who use Windows
Phone smartphones and will provide them with the most convenient way to access
and pay for apps. In many of our markets we will be the first operator to launch
mobile account payments for the Windows Phone Store."  

Chris Weber, Executive Vice President, Head of Nokia Global Sales & Marketing: 
"When this is deployed locally, it will enable VimpelCom customers to purchase
Windows Phone content conveniently with payment via their mobile account. This
marks yet another important step for the ecosystem and is a compelling example
of a win-win-win situation for customers, developers and consumers alike while
we continue to extend the line-up of our popular Lumia devices across
geographies and price bands."

"Windows Phone Store makes it easy for people to find and buy the only apps with
Live Tiles," said  Todd Brix, senior director, Windows Phone Apps, Microsoft
Corp. "VimpelCom mobile billing offers people more quick and easy payment
options, giving them better access to the thousands of great apps in the Windows
Phone Store," he continued.

This latest agreement is part of VimpelCom's consistent strategy of providing
its customers with the best mobile experience and comes to complement the
recently announced partnership with Google to deliver mobile account payments
for Google Play Android store.

Disclaimer
This press release contains "forward-looking statements", as the phrase is
defined in Section 27A of the Securities Act and Section 21E of the Exchange
Act. These statements relate to the timing and scope of the Company's rollout of
Windows Phone Store and the continued partnership with Microsoft Corporation and
Nokia Corporation. These and other forward-looking statements are based on
management's best assessment of the Company's position and of future market
conditions and trends. These discussions involve risks and uncertainties. The
actual outcome may differ materially from these statements as a result of
continued volatility in the economies in our markets, unforeseen developments
from competition, governmental regulation of the telecommunications industries,
general political uncertainties in our markets and/or litigation with third
parties. There can be no assurance that such risks and uncertainties will not
have a material adverse effect on the Company. Certain factors that could cause
actual results to differ materially from those discussed in any forward-looking
statements include the risk factors described in the Company's Annual Report on
Form 20-F for the year ended  December 31, 2011  and other public filings made
by the Company with the SEC, which risk factors are incorporated herein by
reference. The Company disclaims any obligation to update developments of these
risk factors or to announce publicly any revision to any of the forward-looking
statements contained in this release, or to make corrections to reflect future
events or developments.

About VimpelCom
VimpelCom 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, 
Cambodia,  Laos,  Algeria,  Bangladesh,  Pakistan,  Burundi,  Zimbabwe,  Central
African Republic  and  Canada. VimpelCom's operations around the globe cover
territory with a total population of approximately 782 million people. VimpelCom
provides services under the "Beeline", "Kyivstar", "djuice", "Wind",
"Infostrada" "Mobilink", "Leo", "banglalink", "Telecel", and "Djezzy" brands. As
of  September 30, 2012  VimpelCom had 212 million mobile subscribers on a
combined basis. VimpelCom is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the
symbol (VIP). For more information visit:  http://www.vimpelcom.com.

Contact information

 Investor Relations                  Media and Public Relations          
 
VimpelCom Ltd.                     
VimpelCom Ltd.                     
 Gerbrand Nijman                     Bobby Leach                         
 Investor_Relations@vimpelcom.com    pr@vimpelcom.com                    
 Tel: +31 20 79 77 200 (Amsterdam)   
Tel: +31 20 79 77 200 (Amsterdam)  


SOURCE  VimpelCom Ltd.

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