Yet another company has leapfrogged Skype in launching free telephone calls via Facebook: T-Mobile today debuted a service the wireless carrier is calling Bobsled.
T-Mobile’s new offering comes just a few days after Jajah also unveiled free calls via Facebook.
The U.S. wireless subsidary of international giant Vodafone has made Bobsled available for free download on a Facebook page, as well as a website devoted to the service. After downloading, T-Mobile explains on its blog:
Customers can use the Bobsled application for Facebook to place voice calls to their friends through Facebook Chat with just one click. This makes it quick and simple to place an impromptu call to a Facebook friend. The application eliminates the need for dialing – you simply click on a friend’s name to start the conversation. There’s also no need to remember screen names or to input numbers. This even works when connecting with your friends around the globe. Calls from a PC/Mac to a PC/Mac are free, regardless of where you are connecting.
A previously announced partnership between Facebook and Skype has left many people expecting the two would together launch first free phone calls the social network, which makes the announcements by T-Mobile and Jajah all the more novel.
Readers, have you had a chance to try either Jajah or T-Mobile’s free voice calls via Facebook and if so, what do you think of the services?