T-Mobile Takes on iMessage with Bobsled Messaging
It looks like T-Mobile wants to get in on all the iMessage, BlackBerry Messenger, and WhatsApp action, because at CES they are busy showing off their new cross platform messaging and calling application called Bobsled. The app which works on iPad, iPhone, Android, Windows Phone via a web browser and Facebook, allows users to message each other for free. It also offers free calls to the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico, making it a free alternative to Skype.
T-Mobile also announced the new Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G takes advantage of 4G HSPA+ 42 technology, features a Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 processor with a 1.5 GHz dual CPU, and a Super AMOLED touch screen display. The device will come loaded with loads of entertainment apps and will be debuting later this year at T-Mobile. The form factor is in line with the many of the other Samsung Galaxy handsets and it will be running Android 4.0 (AKA Ice Cream Sandwich).
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T-Mobile also took the opportunity at CES to talk about how they are aggressively expanding their network, along with 4G coverage areas and 4G speeds. Their main message was clear – and that is that even though the AT&T merger did not go through, they now have plenty of extra money in their pockets and they plan on using it to expand and grow their network. To that effect, they have doubled the speed of its 4G network in 12 additional markets, and are now offering faster 4G (HSPA+ 42) to 184 million Americans in 175 markets. In addition, the company expanded the reach of its nationwide 4G (HSPA+ 21) network to 9 more markets, so that T-Mobile’s 4G network now covers 217 markets across the U.S.
- Group Messaging. You can create groups from your contact list regardless of carrier or device. Group members can reply to the entire group at once.
- Cloud Synchronization. You can access your Bobsled messages and contacts on any tablet or computer. All your messages stay in sync and in the cloud.
- Rich and All-in-One Messaging Service. It combines the best of traditional (SMS) and Internet Protocol (IP) messaging into one rich, multimedia messaging app to connect with friends and groups.
- Open to Everyone. It works for all of your friends and family on many devices, regardless of carrier, around the world.
- Free. Bobsled-to-Bobsled messaging is always free, and no messaging plan is required to text a number if you have a data connection.