IDG News is reporting that T-Mobile is now powering a calling service for both the iPhone (News - Alert) and iPad that allows customers to see the many benefits associated with business VoIP solutions.
According to the tech news service, the operator is expanding its free voice-over-IP service, called “Bobsled”, to iPhones, iPads and Android (News - Alert) phones: “Users with the app can make calls to mobile or landline phones in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico without incurring charges. Users can make these calls over cellular data networks, which typically charge for the data usage, or over Wi-Fi, which could be free.”
Incidentally, earlier this week TMCnet had the news that T-Mobile's (News - Alert) CTO, Neville Ray, clarified some controversial remarks he made regarding the evolution of chipsets to include additional bands. Ray was speaking generally to chipset advancements available to all phone manufacturers, and stressed that neither he nor T-Mobile has knowledge of Apple's (News - Alert) product road map, “and our position on the iPhone has not changed.”
The new services are described by IDG as an expansion of the Bobsled service that T-Mobile launched last year, which let people make calls to Facebook (News - Alert) friends from PCs. However, the service has now expanded, allowing people to make calls from Facebook to mobile devices, as well as make calls from PCs to U.S. mobile and landline phones.
T-Mobile is also separately launching a Bobsled Messaging app for Android phones to let users send group text and multimedia messages and there will be an Apple application released in the near future. This will enable users to read conversations on their tablets that were started on their phones, as IDG explains, adding that they'll also be able to access their contacts list from the app on both devices.
“For now, T-Mobile isn't saying much about how it will make money from the service,” IDG reported, adding that it plans to bring some new business models to the market, including ad-supported services and contextual advertising.
Additionally this week, at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show, T-Mobile USA executives including CEO and President Philipp Humm outlined the company's ongoing efforts to drive consumer adoption of mobile data through the continued expansion of America's largest 4G Network, rate plans that make mobile data more affordable and new devices and services that take advantage of the company's faster 4G network.
“Last year, T-Mobile made solid progress during uncertain times, doubling our 4G network speeds and launching 25 new 4G devices, “Humm concluded.
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Edited by Jamie Epstein