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T-Mobile's Bobsled Service Allows Calling Facebook Friends via Desktop Browsers

October 14, 2011

T-Mobile announced that its Bobsled by T-Mobile has been enhanced with new functionality.

It was revealed that the new Bobsled functionality will let users benefit from a seamless way to call Facebook friends from most desktop browsers, Android-powered smartphones and tablets, and Apple iOS devices such as iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch products.

Also Bobsled offers users free calling facilities to any mobile or landline phone number in the U.S., Canada or Puerto Rico from the desktop browser of users both inside and outside the U.S.

Brad Duea, senior vice president, T-Mobile USA, said in a release, “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.”

“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,” Duea added.

Bobsled is striving to offer users more ways to communicate online from where ever they are using any format for their message and any device. Bobsled is available for most Internet browsers.

Officials said that on signing into Bobsled on their browser, users will be able to call, message or voice message with their Facebook friends at any time while using their Mac or PC. There is no need for dialing. The user has to just click on a friend’s name to start the conversation. The need to remember screen names is eliminated and there is no need to input numbers.

Users have to simply click the phone icon in order to initiate a call with friends and family or message via Facebook Chat. They can call any mobile or landline number in the U.S., Canada or Puerto Rico for free. Users have to open Bobsled from their browser on a Mac or PC and dial a number using an open Internet connection besides being able to add mobile or landline numbers to their existing Facebook friends.

Company sources revealed that Bobsled is now available from the Apple App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch besides also from the Android Market for Android smartphones and tablets. Users can call or voice message their Facebook friends from their mobile device for free.

Vivox Inc is powering Bobsled’s browser and mobile applications. T-Mobile and Vivox’s VoiceEverywhere technology are enhancing voice communications whether online or on the go.

Shamila Janakiraman is a contributing editor for unified communications. To read more of Shamila’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Tammy Wolf

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