How Can I Make Phone Calls from My iPad?

Apple Computers designed the Ipad, as a touch screen tablet computer. Among its many technological features is its ability for reading books, watching movies, listening to music, playing games and accessing multimedia, and though it runs on the same operating system that runs the iPhone, the Ipad was not designed to make phone calls. It rather has the Face Time feature for video chatting. However, with a little innovation and the help from certain apps, the iPad can be used as a phone.

Several apps that can turn the iPad into a VOIP phone, to enable it to make and receive phone calls can be downloaded for free, but most of the free apps will only allow calls to users of those apps. In order to make calls to regular phones, the service will have to be subscribed to. The followings are some apps that can be downloaded to make and receive calls on the iPad.

Google Voice: A free service for all Google account holders enables the iPad to make free phone calls, it allows you to Use an internet connection and microphone to make calls, you can equally call around the world at very low rates and vodeo chat as well but it’s limited to between Google Voice users only. A small payment is required in order to make and receive calls from regular phones.  Launched on March 11, 2009, based on GrandCentral, Google voice formerly known as  GrandCentral gives you free PC-to-phone calling within North America region, it also gives you PC-to-PC voice and video calling worldwide between users of the Google Voice and Video Chat browser plugin which is available for Windows, Intel-based Mac OS X, and Linux, To Sign up for Google voice number, simply head over to http://www.google.com/voice, If you already have a Google account, just log on, If not, click on “Signup” link to begin.

Skype: Here comes another app that can be utilized to make and receive calls from the iPad. It also makes free calls to other Skype users, but with a paid subscription to Skype, you can call out and also send text messages to all regular phones, the free app is available on iTunes store. Skype allows you to stay in touch with the people that matters in your life, it allows you to make free Skype to Skype calls and IM over 3G or WiFi connection, send and receive instant messages to friends and business associates as well as catch up with video chat, Skype video calling requires iOS 4.0 or above and works with any H.264 compatible device, including TVs.

Talkatone: This app will allows VOIP calls but it requires a Google Voice account. It allows you to make unlimited free calls and texts to anyone in the world over WiFi or 3G/4G without using any cellphone minutes, in addition to that, it also gives you ability to share real time on your iPad via 3G or WiFi connection, also available for iPhone and iPod touch. The basic Talkatone service is free, however to get additional or premium services, you will need Google Voice Account and setup Google services.

 

Fring: Will enable calls to mobile phones and land lines, it gives you the ability to also make free video calls & live chat to fringsters and other internet friends.

 

Truephone: If you travel a lot, this app will be useful to you, it allows the iPad to make calls over a 3G or wiFi. For a small subscription fee, it will enable calls to both landlines and mobile phones.  It is a SIM based mobile service which giving you the ability to make international calls at standard local rates rather than international/roaming rates in US, UK and Australia, it also gives you  discounted roaming in over 220 countries outside the countries mentioned earlier

Line 2:This can be accessed by subscription only. It runs on the background of the iPad, thereby allowing other operations to be performed on the tablet, whilst a phone call is going on. It allows you to Add a new phone line to your device, If you are using it with iPhone for instance, you can get 2 numbers on 1 phone with Line2

Watch the Demo below

Whistle Phone: Another free downloadable app that actually turns the iPad to a phone. It is especially useful to residents outside of the United States, Whistle Phone allows you to make/receive unlimited high-definition and secure calls to other Whistle users for free over Wi-Fi or 3G/4G. It issues a free number to users to enable them make and receive calls from the U.S.

 

To make and receive calls with Google Voice, follow the prompts below:

• Set up a Google Voice account and get a Google Voice number and the Talkatone app.

• Google Voice offers their paid subscription through GV Connect app for a minimal fee. Sign up for that and pay the subscription.

• Once Google Voice, GV Connect and Talkatone apps have been downloaded, the Ipad is read to make and receive calls.

• Activate GV Connect and set the ‘Start Calls From’ feature to Google Talk;

• Activate the ‘Call Using Talkatone’ feature;

• Click on the phone icon, and key in the telephone number for the outgoing call. 
To receive incoming calls on the iPad, simply direct all incoming calls to the Google Voice phone number to the iPad.

Another App called PhoneItiPad app allows you to use the SIM card of your own mobile phone to make calls from the iPad without changing the number, Isn’t that cool? the app goes for $19.99, take a look at the app in action via the video below:

Video Courtesy of NDTV

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