|[May 07, 2012]
Bobsled® by T-Mobile® Surpasses 1 Million Users
NEW ORLEANS --(Business Wire)--
T-Mobile (News - Alert)® USA, Inc. today announced it has surpassed 1
million users of Bobsled® by T-Mobile, marking a key
milestone in the growth of its universal IP communication service.
Launched in April 2011, Bobsled Calling has enabled users to make free
phone calls over almost any data connection from their mobile and
Wi-Fi-enabled devices including Android (News - Alert)-powered smartphones and tablets
as well as iOS devices. With the introduction of the Bobsled Messaging
application earlier this year, consumers also have easy access to an
all-in-one, cloud-based service that allows them to send and receive
individual and group messages with friends and family using any
"T-Mobile is committed to expanding innovative communication experiences
beyond our own wireless customer base to include people across all
networks, devices, countries and carriers," said Brad Duea, senior vice
president, T-Mobile USA. "The popularity and continued growth of the
Bobsled service is testament to consumers' desire for simple ways to
stay connected with friends and family."
As the Bobsled service continues to evolve and grow, trends indicate
that the service is being used frequently and on a worldwide scale:
Since April 2011, more than 10 million calls have been made on
the Bobsled Calling application.
Of the millions of Bobsled calls made to phone numbers, 80 percent originate
from outside the U.S.
Of the more than 1 million Bobsled Calling users, 95 percent are
not T-Mobile wireless subscribers, showing that the company's strategy
of universal communication is resonating with both T-Mobile customers
and noncustomers alike.
Although Bobsled Calling has seen significant international usage,
Bobsled Messaging users are predominately U.S. based, with 90
percent of messages sent domestically.
Bobsled Messaging is now available for download free of charge on all
Android-powered smartphones and tablets through the Google (News - Alert) Play Store on
Andrid and can be accessed through any browser-enabled device. The
Bobsled Calling application is available for download through the Google
Play Store on Android and the iTunes App Store. For more information on
Bobsled by T-Mobile, please visit www.bobsled.com.
Bobsled Messaging is powered by HDmessaging Inc. Using HDmessaging's
cloud-based contact and message storage and synchronization
technologies, Bobsled customers can access their contact list and
messages across almost all their connected devices.
Bobsled Calling is powered by Vivox Inc. Leveraging Vivox's
VoiceEverywhere technology, T-Mobile and Vivox are ushering in a new era
of voice communications - online, on the go, virtually wherever and
however users want to converse.
About T-Mobile USA:
Based in Bellevue, Wash., T-Mobile USA, Inc. is the U.S. wireless
operation of Deutsche Telekom AG (News - Alert) (OTCQX: DTEGY). By the end of the
fourth quarter of 2011, approximately 129 million mobile customers were
served by the mobile communication segments of the Deutsche Telekom
group - 33.2 million by T-Mobile USA - all via a common technology
platform based on GSM and UMTS and additionally HSPA+ 21/HSPA+ 42.
T-Mobile USA's innovative wireless products and services help empower
people to connect to those who matter most. Multiple independent
research studies continue to rank T-Mobile USA among the highest in
numerous regions throughout the U.S. in wireless customer care and call
quality. For more information, please visit http://www.T-Mobile.com.
T-Mobile is a federally registered trademark of Deutsche Telekom AG. For
further information on Deutsche Telekom, please visit www.telekom.de/investor-relations.
HDmessaging is powering a revolution in text messaging. Our platform and
applications provide group conversation, IP-based messaging, media
sharing, online access, SMS backwards compatibility, cloud storage and
more. MagicWords, our patented context engine for mobile messaging,
makes messaging more compelling for consumers and provides a new
monetization opportunity. HDmessaging is a privately held company based
in California and Helsinki. For more information visit www.hdmessaging.com.
Vivox, provider of VoiceEverywhereTM, enables integrated
digital conversations, anytime, anywhere, and on any device. An industry
pioneer in integrated voice services, Vivox now serves more than 60
million users in 180+ countries - exchanging more than 3 billion voice
minutes each month. Vivox VoiceEverywhere makes digital communication
more seamless and natural, regardless of the context or location. With
Vivox, businesses can quickly engage users within their communities and
extend their brand beyond traditional boundaries, ultimately inspiring
conversations, wherever and whenever people want. Vivox's partners
currently include T-Mobile, CCP Games, Linden Labs, Nexon, Sony Online
Entertainment, Wargaming.net and others. For more information, visit www.vivox.com.
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