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T-Mobile Extends Bobsled Voice Service to Android, iOS
Free Calling Using Your Facebook Contacts
by Karl Bode 10:36AM Tuesday Oct 11 2011
Back in April T-Mobile announced they were launching a free VoIP communications tool for Facbook under the Bobsled brand. Oddly though, the service was up for less than a week before it was pulled offline. A statement posted to Bobsled's Facebook profile stated the group was "voluntarily and temporarily suspending service" to "ensure that the Bobsled experience is clearly differentiated and is not mistaken for a Facebook created property."

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In other words, the company violated Facebook's policies, and the app looked too much like it was a Facebook product. A few weeks later found the voice service relaunched, and it has been relatively successful albeit restricted to traditional computers. T-Mobile has now announced they're bringing the Bobsled service to both Android and iOS devices.

The Viviox-powered service allows users to make free calls to both other PCs as well as from any device to any phone number in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico -- by simply clicking on a Facebook friend's profile. Calls to those countries are free, so it's a simple way for family and travelers abroad to call you without paying a dime.

As with T-Mobile's new unlimited $30 data/SMS offer, this is the kind of disruption that companies like AT&T and Verizon have been hesitant to embrace out of fear of cannibalizing traditional voice revenues. It's also precisely the sort of thing AT&T will eliminate should their planned $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile go through.

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mustang03282

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Bridgeton, NJ

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ios?

I thought tmobile wasnt getting a iphone so why are they rolling out something for ios

bbrkdub

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Houston, TX
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Re: ios?

said by mustang03282:

I thought tmobile wasnt getting a iphone so why are they rolling out something for ios

I don't understand this either. As an iPhone 4 toting T-Mobile customer, I have always been confused when I call support. They let me know the iPhone is officially unsupported, yet are more than willing to get the phone up and running onto their network.

So, now they're going to have an iPhone communications app at my disposal? Is that their official position?
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jseymour

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Waterford, MI

Re: ios?

said by bbrkdub:

So, now they're going to have an iPhone communications app at my disposal?

Why not? I'm sure they don't sell or directly support the computers for which the app is available, either. I'm sure they don't sell or support any of the WiFi-only 'droid tablets upon which the thing probably runs.

Jim

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Automate

join:2001-06-26
Atlanta, GA
"iOS devices" So it works with iPod and iPad also. Not limited to iPhone

buddahbless

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TMO will get the iphone

Its called wait for all the masses to buy them from ATT ( or if there dual modes GSM/CDMA Verizon or sprint as well) wait a month or so break contract and just pay the $300 ETF ( or not pay it at all and just run with it) vs $600 retail for the phone, have it unlocked, then jailbroken and happily trot themselves over to Tmobile, however there still only going to get get 2g speed on TMO but those apple fanboys dont care as long as they have it.

dvd536
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Re: ios?

said by mustang03282:

I thought tmobile wasnt getting a iphone so why are they rolling out something for ios

T has the iphone!
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Oh YES! let me drop everything i'm doing regardless of who it affects to deal with your petty little problem!

FFH5
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No off-Facebook calling to any # in the mobile apps yet

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make free calls to both other PCs as well as from any device to any phone number in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico
That is coming but not here yet for the mobile apps. The only calling to any phone(mobile or landline) in the U.S. only works from a PC Windows browser with microphone support.

»bobsled.com/#!/faq

Q:

Why can't I call regular phone numbers, or chat with Facebook friends from the iPhone andAndroid apps?
A:

We're working on building those features into the mobile apps. They'll be coming soon.
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