Along with new 4G devices, T-Mobile is introducing the Bobsled by T-Mobile brand-an app that makes it simple to place VOIP calls to Facebook friends.
T-Mobile is making a push to let consumers know
that, while federal regulators take their time deciding whether the
carrier may be purchased by AT&T-a process widely expected to
take a year-it's still a viable option with competitive offerings. In
addition to launching three new 4G devices, on April 19 it introduced a
Bobsled by T-Mobile brand, geared toward bridging its more traditional
services with Internet-based voice and data services.
to launch under the Bobsled brand, and available now, is a Facebook
application that lets Facebook users-who don't need to be T-Mobile
subscribers-call their "friends" through Facebook's chat window. The
first VOIP (voice over IP) app to integrate into Facebook
Chat, according to T-Mobile, users can place a call by clicking on a
friend's name. There are no screen names or numbers to remember. Should
the friend be unavailable, users can leave a private audio message on
the friend's wall.
And to receive a Bobsled call through Facebook, you don't need to download anything.
focus is to innovate to provide simple and affordable communications
for customers, enabling people to stay connected wherever they are,"
Brad Duea, senior vice president at T-Mobile USA, said in a statement.
"Bobsled by T-Mobile takes our communications services innovation to a
whole new dimension, bringing simple and cost-effective connections to
more than half a billion people overnight."
the "near future" T-Mobile plans to upgrade the application to include
video calling; to enable users to place VOIP calls to U.S. mobile and
landlines; and to offer applications on smartphones and tablets across
various mobile platforms-and regardless of the carriers powering them.
On March 15, T-Mobile revealed that it will soon be reissuing the much-loved Sidekick
this time with 4G capabilities, a touch screen and the Android 2.2
operating system. (Is it too late to hope they get Kristen Bell, aka
Veronica Mars, to shill for it?) While the price and release date are
still unknown (though a recent Radio Shack Tweet said April 20), it'll
feature a 3.5-inch touch screen, a 1GHz processor and a front-facing
camera for video chatting.
by T-Mobile will also offer Group Text and Cloud Text applications on
the Sidekick 4G. The former will let users create, manage and
participate in reply-all group texts, while the latter will offer the
option of texting with friends or groups of friends across platforms,
and from either a PC or the Sidekick 4G.
is also offering the G2x, another 4G-equipped, Android-running
smartphone, this one boasting a 4-inch capacitive touch display, a
Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor and 3D graphics. With a two-year
contract, and after a mail-in rebate, it's available now for $200.
T-Mobile's third new 4G offering is the G-Slate, its first 4G tablet.
Priced at $530-after a mail-in rebate and with a two-year contract-it
runs Android 3.0 (known as "Honeycomb"), features an 8.9-inch HD
screen, has front- and back-facing camera, WiFi connectivity, Adobe
Flash Player support and a 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor.
However, T-Mobile has yet to announce its on-sale date.
new Bobsled brand will evolve in the coming months to provide even more
ways for people to connect," said Duca, "no matter what platform,
device or mobile provider they are using."
March 20, AT&T announced its intentions to purchase T-Mobile from
parent company Deutsche Telekom for $39 billion in cash and stock.
Analysts have said that the move may fare poorly for T-Mobile customers,
who may ultimately see a bump in their monthly statements
-a claim AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson has refuted
Emphasizing its competitiveness and low pricing, T-Mobile introduced an $80 Even More unlimited plan
April 13. While users get unlimited calling, texting and data on the
plan, after they exceed 2GB of data in a month the service they receive
is at "reduced speeds" until their next billing cycle. According to
T-Mobile, however, the average customer uses about 1GB of data per