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  • 60. Re: Can I make phone call with iPad2?
    Ojustaboo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I understand I can use skype etc but thats not what I want.

     

    Can I phone my wifes mobile/cell  4 or 5 times a day at no extra cost on skype?  Can I text my daughters mobile/cell free of charge?

     

    I already have an orange contract that I pay £13 a month for. This gives me unlimited text, a few hours a month worth of calls and 2GB data allowance.  In addition to this, I get magic numbers where every 6 months I can add another Orange user to my magic number list and phone them up at zero cost.  I'm happy paying this as I have data access should my internet go down and I can make and recieve calls to my wife at any time etc.

     

    In the summer my son is also off to Uni and he will be added to my magic numbers by then and I can phone him as often as I want free of charge too.

     

    I love what the ipad has to offer escpecially for the pro music apops which is the main reason I want one. I am however disappointed I cant simply use it like my Galaxy tablet, which is like any normal cell/mobile phone.

     

    All I was saying was it simply didn't occur to me that if I payed the extra £100 to get the 4G version, I wouldn't be able to do this. It seems I'm not alone in this if I google this topic, 100s of people are asking the same thing.

     

    I don't see people being haters when they complain that something they presumed would be available (and is in the competiton I have sitting beside me on the desk) not being there.

     

    So I now have a choice. I wont be keeping the galaxy tablet when I get my ipad, I'm giving it to my daughter. I do however sometimes use the GPS on the Galaxy. I was happy paying the extra £100 for GPS and 4G thinking I could still make use of the orange contract I'm under.

     

    Now I will be better off giving apple £100 less for the wi-fi version, buying a cheap £20  Samsung mobile/cell phone to put my Orange Sim in and spending £50 on a cheap sat nav for the few times I need one.

     

    But that means, Apple has lost out on £100 and instead of having the one device I have now, it will be replaced by 3 different devices.  This wont stop me buying the Ipad, I do want it, but having to replace one device with 3 different ones obviously isn't the best way forwards.

  • 61. Re: Can I make phone call with iPad2?
    Alaska99801 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Now here is this question posed by this guy back in 2011.  Didn't anyone of you realized that he was pulling your legs?  That he was a fake?

     

    You should have reported him to the moderators.  Or give him the right answer like I would have, instead you all tried to be so polite and civil, for what?  Ke kept pulling you guys chain.  Yeah, using the 9.7 ipad as a phone!!

     

    Wow, I do respect your level of patience to all of you that responded to this trickster.

  • 62. Re: Can I make phone call with iPad2?
    Ojustaboo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Well I'm not a fake or a trickster, as I explained I can make calls on my 7" tablet I currently own and I only found out today I couldn't do it on my new Ipad I'm buying in the next couple of days.

     

    Obviously someone isn 't going to want to use a 10" tablet as their mobile if they're constantly out and about, I'm not suggesting that at all, I also wouldn't expect someone to hold a huge tablet up to their ears.

     

    But for me, being to make 3 or 4 hands free/speaker phone calls a day is a very handy feature that I currently have, again I'm not trying to start an argument/debate, maybe it's a one off with the 7" galaxy, I haven't checked whether the 10" galaxy has a phone option or not. Maybe it doesn't. But having been used to this feature for the past year, I simply presumed they all had this function for occasional use. I'm under contract with Orange so its not like I could cancel it and set up a skype alternative at the moment.

     

    It is also very very handy to text on a large tablet, the way the texts are displayed on my tablet is 100 times better and easier to read for someone with bad eyesight like me than it is on a mobile/cell phone.

     

    I understand your point of view, to you someone wanting to use their tablet as a phone is a ludicrous idea. Having done so for the last year though, my opinion is different

     

    Still, it's no big deal as I said in my above post, just means I will have 3 devices instead of 1

  • 63. Re: Can I make phone call with iPad2?
    BenHelps Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    It is sad when narrow minded people poo-poo you for doing something different to them.

     

    I am well and truly in your camp. I have had a gifted iPad2 for a while now, and I have really come to appreciate the UI, battery life and a few truly awesome apps, like Textastic.

     

    However I would switch for a phone with a tablet size battery life, and if the "iPad3" is anything to go by, I may have to.

     

    Like you and I suspect the 76000 other people who have viewed this thread, I want to make calls on my tablet, on my SIM number. I use speakerphone on my current HTC phone so I can properly record both sides of the calls.

  • 64. Re: Can I make phone call with iPad2?
    Alf Megson Level 1 Level 1 (85 points)

    Michael Morgan1 wrote:

     

    And in the case of one prototypical serial whiner, it has to be exactly in all respects identical to a phone that he already uses in order to spare him the agony printing new business cards? I mean, seriously .... is this meant to pass the giggle test, or what?

    Ha-ha-ha-ha!

     

    There is a poor person imprisoned within the confines of their conditioning.

     

    And somebody who has probably never had their own business.

     

    It's not about the agony or even expense of printing business cards - it's about clients and suppliers actually changing their records and the imeasurable value of having a phone number with longevity. I am sure that people who have been in business for any length of time do not need this spelling out for them.

     

    And I am delighted that I am not alone in my lateral thoughts. Once upon a time, Apple's trademarked motto was Think Different - perhaps its gramatical flaw was an indication of its sincere intent.

     

    But now it seems that anybody who does think differently, has to run the gauntlet of those with off-the-peg imaginations.

     

    Serial whiner! Ha-ha-ha-ha! You are priceless. If only people would keep their mouths shut and take what they are damned well given, eh!? God forbid anybody dares to step out of line.

  • 65. Re: Can I make phone call with iPad2?
    glenfromnyc Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    "It never occured to me for one sec that I wouldn't be able to make calls etc on it until I accidentally stumbled on someone else complaining about it and I searched more." - ojustaboo

     

    But that is inaccurate! You CAN make and receive calls on the iPad, with those calls assigned to any phone# you want to forward to it. And with 4G, you'll be able to make those calls anywhere the 4G coverage is available.

     

    I don't care about any of the rest of the nonsense posted in the thread. Whether folk think a large 'phone' is silly, or whether they have business cards, or whatever. But I do care about the spread of inaccurate information. And the fact is that you can use your current phone# on your iPad; use is limited only by your network coverage, just like any other phone. You just have to be willing to think outside the box, and even that is not far outside the box.

  • 66. Re: Can I make phone call with iPad2?
    Ojustaboo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    glenfromnyc wrote:

     

    "It never occured to me for one sec that I wouldn't be able to make calls etc on it until I accidentally stumbled on someone else complaining about it and I searched more." - ojustaboo

     

    But that is inaccurate! You CAN make and receive calls on the iPad, with those calls assigned to any phone# you want to forward to it. And with 4G, you'll be able to make those calls anywhere the 4G coverage is available.

     

    I don't care about any of the rest of the nonsense posted in the thread. Whether folk think a large 'phone' is silly, or whether they have business cards, or whatever. But I do care about the spread of inaccurate information. And the fact is that you can use your current phone# on your iPad; use is limited only by your network coverage, just like any other phone. You just have to be willing to think outside the box, and even that is not far outside the box.

     

     

    So, I can use my existing current Orange contract, get it transfered to my Ipad, and make use of it for both the data and the phone, making use of the included m,inutes on my Orange contract, hence I can phone my wifes Orange mobile for nothing and text my daughters mobile using the included text allowance?

     

    That is what I mean when I say it never occured to me that I couldn't make calls on it, I was refering to using a sim from one of the mobile/cell operators and use their calling plans, and that is what I've been led to believe isn 't possible.

     

    I will be more than happy if I am wrong as I have a new 4G 64GB  being delivered tomorrow and this will save me having to buy a cheap handset to use with my existing sim thats in my Galaxy Tablet.

  • 67. Re: Can I make phone call with iPad2?
    BenHelps Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Indeed, I would also really like to know if as you say, it is possible to make and receive calls on your SIM number on an iPad(3) without using some data app or other crutch.

     

    If it IS absolutely definitely possible then I would be overjoyed at being able to stick to an iPad rather than switching.

  • 68. Re: Can I make phone call with iPad2?
    Picnicmetoo Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    I would think it would depend upon your carrier.  Here in the US with Verizon for a phone you pay for so many minutes used and you pay for a data plan.  If you used your Ipad for a phone, you would not be paying for any minutes (for instance I have 1GB data plan with Verizon but obviously no minutes) and I have trouble believing Verizon would let you get away with that.  I'd be delighted however to find myself wrong. 

     

    I've had an Ipad One for about two years and I did make free calls with it when I was on wifi (I did not have 3G for that Ipad but do for my Ipad 3) with the Line 2 and then the Whistle app until they both went to paid, Whistle just this coming weekend.  Worked fine.  I could call anywhere in the US free and international calls very cheaply.  I do have a unique Verizon phone number but don't know how I would use it since I don't have a keypad.  I would guess there might be a phone app as mentioned above but I find it easier to use a non-data phone for cell and I carry my Ipad with me all the time for everything else.  I honestly don't use a phone much but use the Ipad for almost everything now. 

     

    GlennfromNYC, can you detail how you use that unique phone number??  I've been doing a bit of googling, expecting I need an app, but haven't found anything--yet.

     

    Diane

  • 69. Re: Can I make phone call with iPad2?
    Ojustaboo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Just discovered that in the UK, my mobile provider has something called UMA, to quote a review of it,

     

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    Wi-Fi solution

    A quick recap for those who haven’t read the previous columns: UMA allows you to route your phone calls over Wi-Fi, but unlike other VoIP solutions it’s tightly integrated into the mobile network, so incoming calls to your normal mobile number are routed via Wi-Fi, and likewise your outgoing calls appear to the recipient as coming from you rather than some obscure VoIP provider.

     

    It’s just as if you’re properly connected to the mobile network, which indeed you are. Of course, since the calls are handed off into the depths of Orange’s network, it’s important to remember that you’ll be charged for them exactly as if you’d called over the mobile network – your normal monthly call bundle still applies, though, so most people won’t be subject to any additional charge.

     

    Neither will their texts, data or BlackBerry-specific stuff such as PIN messages, because unlike traditional VoIP services UMA has these covered too.

     

    You can just pitch up somewhere with zero mobile coverage and still be able to use all the normal functions on your phone, and the best thing about UMA is that there’s nothing else to buy – so long as you have Wi-Fi and a phone that supports UMA.

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    Now if I could find a way to utilize that on my ipad, my problems would be solved.

  • 70. Re: Can I make phone call with iPad2?
    glenfromnyc Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Sure. What follows is a basic outline.

     

    Picnicmetoo wrote:

     

     

    GlennfromNYC, can you detail how you use that unique phone number??  I've been doing a bit of googling, expecting I need an app, but haven't found anything--yet.

     

    Diane

     

    a) You go to your computer and create a Google Voice account. You choose a phone#, or let Google choose one for you. I managed to find a number that means something to me and is therefore easy to remember. For example, 212-555-1234.

     

    b) You load Talkatone on your iPod/iPad, and configure it such that it is linked to your Google Voice/Chat/Talk account that you just configured. In my case, that's (example, not real) glenfromnyc@gmail.com. Now, any time someone calls the above 212-555-1234 number, they will connect to your Google Voice account. And that account will connect to your Talkatone program if you are within communication range. If you have wifi only, you'll need to be connected to a wifi network. If you are using a cell data plan, then as long as you are within your coverage area and running Talkatone your iPod/iPad will ring. If not, then the Google Voice service will pick up and prompt the caller to leave a message.

     

    c) Now is the part you are interested in. My home phone system allows something called "find me" which is similar to call forwarding. So imagine I had business cards printed with that number, and I didn't want to buy new cards. I would simply program the home phone account to "find me" at the Google number I created above! So people could call me at my 201-444-8888 number that is printed on my business card, and it would automatically forward and ring on my iPod or iPad running Talkatone!

     

    So in your case, you would log on to your Verizon account. You would go into settings, and configure the Verizon number to forward to the Google number you just configured. It would then ring on your iPad.

  • 71. Re: Can I make phone call with iPad2?
    BenHelps Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hmm, I believe these solutions suffer the same problems.

     

    1. They require you to get a new number ( or at least not to use your mobile phone number ), and/or

    2. They only work in one small part of the world ( e.g. USA ).

  • 72. Re: Can I make phone call with iPad2?
    glenfromnyc Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    My statement: "You can use your existing phone number, here's how via the call forwarding feature"

     

    Your reply: "I believe you cannot use your existing mobile phone number"

     

     

    BenHelps wrote:

     

    Hmm, I believe these solutions suffer the same problems.

     

    1. They require you to get a new number ( or at least not to use your mobile phone number ), and/or

    2. They only work in one small part of the world ( e.g. USA ).

  • 73. Re: Can I make phone call with iPad2?
    robolz Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Some of the solutions being presented her are interesting, but they do seem to have geographic limitations and in most cases would require changes in usage (including by the people with whom you are communicating).

     

    I don't think that Google Talk provides phone numbers outside the US, and forwarding calls from a phone in another country could get very expensive.  It is also not feasible to expect your callers to make international calls.

     

    My own interest for the iPad is primarily in SMS - which still remains the most universal texting medium.  Most people I know are confused by alternative messaging of WhatsApp (which doesn't, incidentally, work on an iPad), Blackberry messaging, iMessaging....  They all have SMS facilities on their phone and can SMS to anyone whose phone number they know.  I don't know how to receive these messages on my iPad, and respond to them.

     

    I travel between Europe and Asia.  In the countries I repeatedly visit, I use a local SIM card (for cheap local calling and texting, and because most people won't call me if they have to dial internationally).  I use SIM card roaming, so that I bear the cost of international transfers.  I would really like to be able to handle SMS messages on my iPad, and also have the iPad as a back-up phone (to at the very least give me a sound to hear someone is calling, and potentially to be able to host the SIM card from another country).  Internet data connectivity can often be prohibitively expensive when roaming, whereas traditional calls and SMS are only charged on a usage basis.

     

    I may sound like a complicated case, but I don't think so.  Many people travel.  My normal phones provide me with these facilities based on SIM cards (and I still consider my iPad, that I purchased with 3G, to be a smartphone with a large screen).

     

    I think that it is a pity that Apple declared war on traditional mobile telephony and SMS texting, since this makes the time before affordable always-available data connectivity difficult (at least, if you want to use an iPad as part of the mix).

  • 74. Re: Can I make phone call with iPad2?
    caspar35 Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)

    'Apple declared war on traditional mobile telephony and SMS texting'

     

    How? By building something that was not a phone, then failing to turn it into one?

     

    Ferrari declared war on lorries by not building any?

     

    Is it because it has a SIM card in that you insist it must be  a phone?

     

    'I am going to make a phone call on my microwave, that has a keypad! I would like to be able to do this as I could then easily call people while I cooked. I could then have the phone as a backup heater. It would also end the stream of confused people who fried their phones by microwaving them. Most people who have phones also have microwaves anyway. Why doesn't everybody support this?'

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