T-Mobile adds cloud based messaging to its Bobsled service
With Bobsled Messaging you can create groups from your contact list regardless of the carrier or device used. Members of your group can respond to a message to the entire group at one time. And since the messages are stored in the cloud, you can access them from any smartphone, tablet or computer. Bobsled-to-Bobsled messaging is free and if you have a data connection, you do not need a messaging plan to send text messages.The messages being sent can include pictures, video and other rich content and the service can be used by phones running on other platforms like iOS, BlackBerry and Windows Phone. The service can even be used on featurephones.
Additionally, T-Mobile has announced some new enhancements to the Bobsled Calling service. Users can now make free calls using a data connection from their mobile or Wi-Fi enabled device. This includes Android smartphones and tablets as well as the Apple iPhone, Apple iPad and Apple iPod Touch. Just as with the original Bobsled Calling Service which allowed for calls using the Web, the Bobsled mobile Calling app will let users make calls free in the U.S., Canada or Puerto Rico (of course, that data connection must be open!). One important note. Those using the Apple iPad to make a call might be charged data rates even though the call is free. The Bobsled Calling app can be found in the Android Market and in the App Store. The Bobsled Messaging app can be downloaded from the Android Market.