Bobsled works on the iPhone, iPad, and any Android-based smartphone or tablet. Cross-compatibility, in addition to using Facebook credentials for service allows a relatively seamless free calling experience for customers. Anyone using Bobsled will be able to make a free phone call to anyone in the US, Canada, and Puerto Rico even if calling from outside of these regions. People receiving the calls initiated by T-Mobile’s downloadable app can do so via phone or computer with their normal telephony choices; no special programs or updates needed.
Bobsled allows customers to log in with Facebook credentials, as is the modern trend, to access a variety of free messaging services. The only downside towards Bobsled being a complete replacement of one’s landline is that it cannot make emergency 911 calls. Bobsled does serve as an alternative free calling solution, allowing T-Mobile to gain a customer base from other carriers as it competes with the likes of Apple’s iMessage and longtime contender BlackBerry Messenger.
Bobsled was released earlier this year as a web-based free calling service that was used with Facebook’s integrated chat window; however, the project was canned as Facebook found Bobsled too redundant to the social network’s offerings. T-Mobile’s release of the mobile app for cross-platform use between Android and iOS adopters is a move outside of the carrier’s core services, but one that T-Mobile currently finds lucrative.