T-Mobile Announces Bobsled, VoIP Communication Through Facebook

T-Mobile announces Bobsled, a VoIP calling option that will work through Facebook allowing you to contact via “one-touch” calls to any friends around the world. All the other person has to do is be on Facebook and have the Bobsled application in stalled. T-Mobile isn’t stopping there as Bobsled by T-Mobile for Facebook is just the first of more applications to come that will integrate the T-Mobile and Bobsled brand.

“T-Mobile’s focus is to innovate to provide simple and affordable communications for customers, enabling people to stay connected wherever they are,” said Brad Duea, senior vice president, T-Mobile USA. “Bobsled by T-Mobile takes our communications services innovation to a whole new dimension, bringing simple and cost-effective connections to more than half a billion people overnight, allowing people on Facebook to more easily connect and giving voice to social networking. Our new Bobsled brand will evolve in the coming months to provide even more ways for people to connect, no matter what platform, device or mobile provider they are using.”

Once a Facebook user installs the Bobsled application they can place voice calls to their Facebook friends through a one-touch button inside Facebook Chat. Quick and easy impromptu calls through Facebook chat, what more could you ask for? No dialing, no searching for your phone, just click on the persons name in chat and voila, voice conversation or a leave a message if your friend isn’t available.

Bobsled intends to work with the changing way in which people are communicating these days across multiple networks using multiple pieces of technology. Bobsled by T-Mobile also powers Group Text and Cloud Text applications on the upcoming (releasing tomorrow) Sidekick 4G.

In the future T-Mobile plans to “evolve” Bobsled to include video chat and provide the capability to place VoIP calls to mobile and U.S. landline numbers along with applications for smartphones and tablets regardless of the carrier.

 

Check out the full press release:

T-Mobile Launches Bobsled by T-Mobile — A New Communications Brand to Bridge the Traditional Telco and IP Worlds

The brand’s Facebook calling application will provide free, one-touch calling

within Facebook to more than 500 million consumers worldwide

BELLEVUE, Wash. — April 19, 2011 —T-Mobile today introduced Bobsled by T-Mobile, a new brand aimed at bridging traditional telecommunications and Internet-based voice and data services to enable people to stay connected in a simple and cost-effective way. The first product available under the new Bobsled by T-Mobile brand is the Bobsled application for Facebook, which provides Facebook’s more than 500 million users worldwide with free, one-touch calling to their Facebook friends from a personal computer and through the social platform’s chat window.

In addition to making live voice calls across the globe, users will also be able to send voice messages to their friends either privately or via their “walls.” The Bobsled application for Facebook is available today as a free download for all Facebook users and is not exclusive to T-Mobile customers. This captures a unique opportunity for the brand, as a recent survey found that 88 percent of Facebook users surveyed want voice chat capabilities within the site.1

“T-Mobile’s focus is to innovate to provide simple and affordable communications for customers, enabling people to stay connected wherever they are,” said Brad Duea, senior vice president, T-Mobile USA. “Bobsled by T-Mobile takes our communications services innovation to a whole new dimension, bringing simple and cost-effective connections to more than half a billion people overnight, allowing people on Facebook to more easily connect and giving voice to social networking. Our new Bobsled brand will evolve in the coming months to provide even more ways for people to connect, no matter what platform, device or mobile provider they are using.”

Once downloaded, customers can use the Bobsled application for Facebook to place voice calls to their friends through Facebook Chat with just one click. This is one of the first voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) applications seamlessly integrated into Facebook Chat, which makes it quick and simple to place an impromptu call to a Facebook friend. The application eliminates the need for dialing — users simply click on a friend’s name to start the conversation. There’s also no need to remember screen names or to input numbers. With the new application, customers also can leave a voice message for friends when they’re not available. Anyone on Facebook can receive a call; no application download is required to receive a call via the Bobsled application for Facebook.

As the way people communicate transcends networks and devices, Bobsled by T-Mobile positions T-Mobile as a provider of cloud-based communications services over the Internet. In addition to providing Facebook users with one-touch calling, Bobsled by T-Mobile also powers the Group Text™ and Cloud Text™ applications on the new T-Mobile®Sidekick® 4G. Bobsled Group Text  lets customers create, name, manage and participate in reply-all group text conversations, enabling them to lead their network in conversation and social planning. Bobsled Cloud Text provides the option to text with friends or groups across platforms, whether from the comfort of their PC’s large screen and keyboard, or from their new Sidekick 4G.

In the near future, T-Mobile plans to evolve Bobsled by T-Mobile to include video chat, to create the ability to place VoIP calls to mobile and landline U.S. numbers and to offer applications on smartphones and tablets across various mobile platforms, regardless of the carrier that powers such devices.

The Facebook application for Bobsled by T-Mobile is powered by Vivox, Inc., the No. 1 integrated voice platform for the Social Web, offering high quality, best-in-class voice capabilities for clear and crisp calls. More information about Vivox is available at http://www.vivox.com.

More information on Bobsled by T-Mobile is available athttp://www.letsbobsled.com

The Bobsled application for Facebook is available for download at http://apps.facebook.com/bobsledbytmo

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  • http://cosmicbreeze.tumblr.com/ DtheArtist

    T-Mobile >>>>>>>>>>

    • lupita

      by using this ap, does it use your minutes to talk ? if so, that defeats its purpose IMO.

      • http://pharaohtechblog.blogspot.com/ Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)

        No, it doesn’t.

      • http://profiles.google.com/jjwagner33 J.J. Wagner

        Even if it did take away your minutes then it’d still be a killer option, because of free international calling.

      • Anonymous

        Voice Over Internet Protocol is just that, voice over the internet and uses Data not minutes. Like Qik does.

  • Kleopatraluv

    It sounds to me like they are making a big deal out of nothing..

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Zebulon-Dak/1093127806 Zebulon Dak

    I can’t see myself ever using this. But hey, sounds cool.

  • Anonymous

    I’m anti FB

    • Frigadroid

      Me too, but if my wife can call her friends and family in Thailand for free, if she finds out I will be forced in :-

      • Daymtim

        theres always skype or yahoo or msn

        • Frigadroid

          I thought skype had a charge for international? I know google charges 3¢ per min. What about yahoo and msn are they really free for international calling or just chat?

  • Fake

    important to note this only works from a pc.

    • http://www.volkswagen.de Quailallstar

      Works on Mac.

      • Czaplin

        He meant it won’t work on your android phone

        • http://www.volkswagen.de Quailallstar

          Ahh true. Sorry, hadn’t had my morning coffee yet :P

  • Hamster

    Looks like they want to make a Facebook-based competitor for Gmail Voice and Video.It should be noted, however, that the app currently only works in Windows and Mac OS — Linux left out for now.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-Matthews/100000189923615 James Matthews

    Tried to install it and got a browser error. Says I need IE8 or above. I’m using IE9. WTF??

    • Czaplin

      Works good with firefox

  • Czaplin

    Voice quality is average. Skype wins with crystal sound. Moreover, the person you are calling needs to install bobsled as well. As for now I’ll stick with skype.

  • Czaplin

    Dgh

  • Wilma Flintstone

    Wow, Another way to reach that 5GB cap. Thanks Tmobile, you make us proud. :)

  • Anonymous

    Anyone tried it lately? I’m getting “An error was encountered please refresh (10007)”.

  • Anonymous

    I get a runtime error when trying to install. Updated/Installed .net framework….Still no luck

  • Anonymous

    .vipstores.net

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1555620001 Rashad Eaglin

    Too bad this thing is really buggy!

  • http://www.wunsystems.com/ Hosted Business VoIP

    Good
    post on T-Mobile’s introduction of VoIP to Facebook.

    I think many people are probably wondering
    how this move may be utilized by Facebook users.

  • Marshall Kincaid

    First it was google and now t-mobile, i wonder why companies that don’t have to do anything with a particular industry enter into it. There are so many dedicated voip services already working like skype, viatalk, axvoice etc, that i don’t think they needed to take this risk.

  • unknown

    does it charge the other person i call ?