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Unified Communications: Vivox to Power T-Mobile's Bobsled Application for Facebook Calling

April 26, 2011

According to a recently signed agreement between Vivox and T-Mobile USA, Vivox will now power T-Mobile’s Bobsled application for Facebook calling.

Vivox will provide its “instant on” technology, which will allow Facebook users to receive a call via T-Mobile’s Bobsled Facebook application without any application download. They will also be able to record and post voice messages to their friends’ Facebook wall.

The world’s first free, one-touch Facebook calling application, Bobsled allows more than 500 million Facebook users to leverage free, one-touch calling to their Facebook friends from a personal computer and through the social platform’s chat window.

 “Integrated voice on Facebook is a critical part of our roadmap for Bobsled by T-Mobile and Vivox is the clear leader in this area,” said Brad Duea, senior vice president, T-Mobile USA, in a statement. “Vivox is a talented and innovative company, and we look forward to a successful partnership with Vivox.”

Officials stated that both Vivox and T-Mobile plan to evolve the Bobsled application for Facebook and Vivox’s VoiceEverywhere platform over time with additional features including video chat.

“As communications moves beyond networks, devices and online activities, Vivox’s focus is to provide simple and ubiquitous cross-platform communications for consumers, enabling people to stay connected wherever they are, regardless of platform or device,” said Rob Seaver, CEO of Vivox, in a statement. “Our agreement with T-Mobile is a significant step forward in the convergence of communications. We believe this momentum will continue as Vivox VoiceEverywhere will be instrumental in bringing seamlessly integrated communications to the masses.”

Vivox serves more than 50 million users worldwide and delivers more than 3 billion voice minutes per month through its integrations into social applications, online and console games and virtual worlds. The company recently signed a platform agreement with Cryptic Studios that will integrate Vivox Voice services into all Cryptic titles.

Rahul Arora is a unified communications contributor. He has worked as an editor and freelance writer for several reputed organizations in India. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Rich Steeves

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