T-Mobile Offers Free Calling Through Facebook!
T-Mobile USA has announced that they will be offering free phone calls on computers between Facebook friends. The latest announcement came after the release of a series of add-ons for popular web browsers. Once the add-on is installed, a phone icon appears beside each name in the Facebook chat section. By clicking the icon, a call is then placed through the user’s Internet connection. Although only the caller needs the software for the call to register, both individuals must be on Facebook at the same time, and of course have microphones and speakers.
The software add-ons are currently called Bobsled by T-mobile and the company plans to use the brand for different Internet-calling features. T-Mobile hopes to use the feature for phone apps so they can make free calls to those that matter most. T-Mobile’s SVP, Brad Duea claims that the initiative is to increase brand awareness of T-Mobile and “get the name out.”
Some think that T-Mobile might add advertising or charge calls at a later point, but for now, it’s all free. T-Mobile will be using backend technology from Vivox, to power the Facebook calling feature. Vivox currently provides voice communications for a number of online games. The Bobsled software has been tested for a few months under a secret T-Mobile connection but is now made available to the public! Try it out and let us know what you think!