T-Mobile’s Bobsled Revamps And Extends Free Calling Across The Web, Android And iOS

It has been some time since we’ve heard anything from T-Mobile’s Bobsled service, previously announced as a VoiP service used through Facebook. Well throw that out the window as Bobsled is making a splash in a big way “…allowing users to place free VoiP calls to mobile and landline numbers from virtually anywhere on the web.”

The service is free and accessible through Bobsled.com where you can make sure to take advantage of skipping all the long distances charges you hope to avoid. Bobsled will allow you call mobile and landline numbers in the US, Canada and Puerto Rico all from your desktop browser from INSIDE or OUTSIDE the US. Apps for Android and iOS devices are now available though they are limited to calling Facebook friends.

In the end T-Mobile is maintaing a way to keep data among the most important parts of its service which is of course required to utilize Bobsled. In a time and age where systems like Google Voice, Skype and iMessage are replacing carrier strong points for profit, data is the new king.

Check out the video below to get a better look at how Bobsled works.

Full Press Release:

Bobsled by T-Mobile Extends Free Calling to the Web, Android and iOS

New Dial-Out Functionality Allows Bobsled Users to Place Free VoIP Calls to Mobile and Landline Numbers from Across the Web

BELLEVUE, Wash. — Oct. 11, 2011 — T-Mobile today announced enhanced and expanded functionality for its Bobsled™ by T-Mobile® service. The new Bobsled functionality provides users with an easy, seamless way to call Facebook friends from most desktop browsers, Android™-powered smartphones and tablets, and Apple® iOS devices, including iPhones®, iPads® and iPod Touch® products. In addition, Bobsled provides users with free calling to any mobile or landline phone number in the U.S, Canada or Puerto Rico from inside or outside the U.S. from their desktop browser.

“Earlier this year we brought voice to social networking with Bobsled for Facebook. Now we are expanding the capabilities of Bobsled, allowing users to easily communicate with friends from anywhere on the Web and even dial out for free to mobile and landline numbers,” said Brad Duea, senior vice president, T-Mobile USA. “Users can also now jump on Bobsled from Android phones and tablets as well as from Apple iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch. Bobsled allows users to be heard across borders, websites, carriers and platforms.”

As the way people communicate transcends networks and devices, Bobsled provides users with new ways to connect regardless of where they are online, the format of their message or what device they are using:

Bobsled on the Web

Bobsled is available for most Internet browsers. Once signed into Bobsled on their browser, users can call, message or voice message with their Facebook friends at any time while using their Mac or PC. Bobsled eliminates the need for dialing — you simply click on a friend’s name to start the conversation. There’s no need to remember screen names or to input numbers. Users simply click the phone icon to initiate a call with friends and family or message via Facebook Chat.

Free Calling to Mobile and Landline Numbers

Bobsled users can now call any mobile or landline number in the U.S., Canada or Puerto Rico for free. Users simply open Bobsled from their browser on a Mac or PC and dial a number using an open Internet connection from anywhere in the world. Also, users can add mobile or landline numbers to their existing Facebook friends.

Bobsled for Apple iOS and Android Devices

Bobsled is now available from the Apple App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, and from the Android Market™ for Android smartphones and tablets. Bobsled allows users to call or voice message their Facebook friends from their mobile device for free.

Bobsled’s browser and mobile applications are powered by Vivox Inc. Together, T-Mobile and Vivox, with its compelling VoiceEverywhere technology, are ushering in a new era of voice communications — online, on the go, virtually wherever and however users want to converse.

“Vivox’s partnership with T-Mobile and the Bobsled product is a stellar example of evolving the way we communicate,” said Rob Seaver, founder and CEO, Vivox. “As evidenced by Bobsled, VoiceEverywhere creates massively scalable conversations across devices, platforms and experiences and makes digital communication more seamless and natural, regardless of the context or location.”

For more information on Bobsled by T-Mobile and to install Bobsled, please visit www.bobsled.com.

Apple, iPhone, iPad, iPod and iPod Touch are trademarks of Apple Inc., and are not products sold by T-Mobile USA, Inc. Mention of these devices does not imply endorsement of Bobsled by Apple Inc. Carriers’ standard data charges may apply.

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  • Anonymous

    Interesting idea, i wonder what the quality is like?

    • David Juarez

       I have used voip before and because it doesnt use cellular service or telephone wires, but uses “data” the sound quality sounded great.  

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

    The only thing is, what’s the point when Unlimited voice plans are being marketed like crazy, & Mobile data is being tiered & throttled? Yes WiFi, but still…. going back to the Unlimited voice plans.

    • David Juarez

      the point is you can use voip to call places that would normally cost you international charges.  People will usually spend anywhere from $5 on a calling card with 200 minutes, which is not that much. Using voip there may not be any interntional charges if you are just chatting with a facebook friend.  And again, here is the same saying that i have seen around, “if you dont like it, you are not forced to use it.” There are other options like Skype, Fring, etc…

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

        I never said there was anything wrong with it. I simply wanted to know what the purpose was of using it with services being offered that I stated. So the “if you don’t like it, you are not forced to use it” motto is not needed in this case. But, thanks for the rest of the info.

  • Chatter

    Cool. Will give this a shot. I like the ability to call back to the US from intl locations.

    • ogopogo

      You can already do this if your phone has WiFi calling. ALL calls (no matter where you are) back to the US are free using WiFi calling.

  • TMO#1fan

    I wonder if it will go againt our minutes allowance?

    • http://www.danrichey.com Dan Richey

      My understanding is that if you have a data plan on your cell phone,
      then this uses your data plan instead of your minutes. As long as you
      have unlimited data, then you do not eat into your minutes or incur
      extra charges. Is that correct?

      • RegularJoe

        Yes, but you can only call facebook friends from the android/ios app.

      • RegularJoe

        Yes, but you can only call facebook friends from the android/ios app.

      • Littlesis1774

        There is a down side because T-mobile will slow down your speed after you get over a certain amount of data.

  • http://www.danrichey.com Dan Richey

    This is SOO cool!!! Say GOODBYE to long distance charges!!! My understanding is that if you have a data plan on your cell phone, then this uses your data plan instead of your minutes. As long as you have unlimited data, then you do not eat into your minutes or incur extra charges. Is that correct?

    • Anonymous

      So then it’s no different than any other VoIP application that runs on Android, right?

      Why is this any cooler than any of the others?

  • anfrey

    No Opera support… again.

  • Anonymous

    “though they are limited to calling Facebook friends”

    So it really isn’t a “calling” service.

    • TMO#1fan

      I downloaded it then find out that I need Facebook to use it. No Thank you TMobile. Very disappointed

      • Realcool2000

        If there’s a free bus ride to somewhere u don’t wanna go then just don’t get on that bus sucka….don’t whine about a free service…b*t%ches I swear can’t wait to complain about anything but if its FREE…come on….I’ve never even had a facebook account, just can’t stand the whiners

  • Brianb

    I hate Facebook.  Why can’t they have a VOIP app that doesn’t require you to call “Facebook friends.”

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_P55KOVIZLQ6X7F42UM3UB6UARQ hankjohnson

    yeah f fracebrook. Is there any way to use this without it?

    • Realcool2000

      Hey its free…hater whiners….if u want somethin else go research…there are international call sevices that let u make calls for under 3 cents a min….but u will never find those cause ur lazy and busy complaining about free services…

      • bob

        Try Viber. It’s free and no facebook account needed.

    • Realcool2000

      Hey its free…hater whiners….if u want somethin else go research…there are international call sevices that let u make calls for under 3 cents a min….but u will never find those cause ur lazy and busy complaining about free services…

    • Realcool2000

      Hey its free…hater whiners….if u want somethin else go research…there are international call sevices that let u make calls for under 3 cents a min….but u will never find those cause ur lazy and busy complaining about free services…

  • Dpro

    Use Skype already on my Android and on my computer. Don’t need to run my Facebook or have it linked to my Facebook friends to use it.  Ah yet another attempt by T Mobile to make it look like they are not throwing the company to the wolves. LOL
    No Bobsled does not impress me. Oh and if you don’t know or use Skype already then you have been missing out big time. I also have Google Voice which is a great alternative to Skype basically both blow Bobsled right out of the water.
    Sorry T Mobile but if you want do things right stop counting on a sale to AT&T and get off your butts and invest money in T Mobiles network and cut a deal with Apple for an Iphone. Otherwise you are putting nails in your own coffin.

    • http://twitter.com/BRAND1SH Michael Becerra

      funny considering tmobiles hspa+ poops on at&t’s shoddy network. So.. who needs to invest and where ??

      • Dpro

        Just because there network is better than AT&T’s which is not saying much. LOL Does not mean they should rest on their laurels. T Mobiles 3G network could use improvement as in a wider area reach as could the HSPA+.

        You sir need to do more research before commenting. T Mobiles network is not bad its why I use them. Could it be better? Yes. Is DT ignoring that for the sake of selling T Mobile? Yes. Do you care to make any more ignorant rebuttals? I suggest you do your research before trying to make a comeback comment.

  • http://twitter.com/BRAND1SH Michael Becerra

    If someone is giving away free candy and you’re not a candy lover then keep on walking……..
    All whining and hating aside, big props to tmobile for making this available on all carriers and multiple platforms.

  • ogopogo

    Using T-Mobile’s WiFi calling + Google Voice virtually eliminates the need for Bobsled. For example:
    Dialing from the US to Canada – just use Google Voice (free).
    While traveling in Canada, use WiFi calling to call back to the US (free)
    While traveling in Canada, dial another Canadian number by using WiFi calling + Google Voice (free)

    Works great, and saved me a ton of money on a recent trip.

  • HM

    Yes, Google Voice and Skype are free from within US, but not from outside US(Aside from Canada). Bobsled is the first service that lets you call directly to any land line or Mobile number in US/Canada from anywhere in the World using web. Google Voice charges 1cent/minute from other places in world to call US/Canada land line/mobile.

    • HM

      I mean Bobsled is the first service that lets you call directly to any land
      line or Mobile number in US/Canada from anywhere in the World using web for FREE.

      • Andreas Gehring

        Not quiet correct. I have been using the Google Voice, together with the Google Voice plugin for Gmail / GTalk. Was using it while I was in Germany, calling my Girlfriend and friends in the US… for free!
        But I guess with Bobsled you don’t have to wait until a number is available.I will give it a try..

        • Anonymous

          Same here but in Italy in Oct. Worked great.

    • ogopogo

      Also note that T-Mobile’s WiFi calling allows you to call from anywhere in the world back to the US for free as well.

      Yay T-Mobile!

    • ogopogo

      Also note that T-Mobile’s WiFi calling allows you to call from anywhere in the world back to the US for free as well.

      Yay T-Mobile!

    • Anonymous

      Even if you forward google voice to google chat? I handled calls this way while in Italy.

  • Guesty McGuest

    funny, my android market search says “No results found” when I search for T-Mobile Bobsled.

  • Cheers

    So this is Facebook only and we are supposed to get excited?  Very lame product.

    • http://tmonews.com David

      Only Facebook for the apps, not the regular app.

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    The real-world numbers themselves are a jump, T-Mobile said. Members
    can now call both cellular and landline phone numbers in Canada and the
    US, including Puerto Rico, for free. Users themselves don’t get a real
    number for others to call, although T-Mobile has suggested this could
    change.

  • http://twitter.com/tima133 Fatima Jackson

    this is a big flop u can’t just walk outside and dial a number u need wifi whomp whomp so stupid u have to use it in your house or a coffe shop so dumb might as well use your cell phone