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T-Mobile gave its Bobsled VoIP service a boost with the start of the CTIA phone show by expanding it beyond Facebook. The service is now available on the regular web through a Facebook sign-on but also through iOS (free, App Store) as well as Android (free, Android Market). While the mobile apps don't offer text messaging, they provide the same emphasis on calling and leaving voice messages, whether to Facebook contacts or real-world numbers.
Insiders leaked Friday that Facebook's "awesome" new product will be video chat. The service should be built on Skype and, though presumed to be mobile, will work in browser as well. Whether it needs separate Skype software or will be entirely self-contained wasn't evident from TechCrunch's early details.
Skype could face one of two major deals based on talk from a pair of sources. Facebook has supposedly considered either a joint venture with the VoIP pioneer or buying it outright, getting serious enough that its founder Mark Zuckerberg has been directly involved. Google has also been considering a joint venture, Reuters said, but wasn't to the point of buying it out.
T-Mobile in an update on its Facebook wall late Sunday said it had briefly taken down its Bobsled VoIP calling app to deal with a dispute over its look. Facebook has reportedly been worried that the design of the web app looked too much like one of its own features and needed to be "clearly differentiated." No timeframe was given for when Bobsled might come back.