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Apps to make phone calls using the ipad?

Discussion in 'iPad 3 Forum' started by reggieroo, Jul 17, 2012.

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    I have the new iPad wifi only & was wondering if there is an app that allows you to make free calls to any phone, like say a call a mobile phone or landline? I was without my phone today & was trying to find a way to call somebody from the iPad, only people I could contact was other iOS users using messages or FaceTime & people who use email via my mail app or via Skype but what I really wanted to do was call a mobile phone.
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    Try textnow, talkatone from the app store. Works great when without a phone!
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    Pretty sure I looked at that & it is only for US & Canada, I'm in the UK.
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    Hmmm not sure what app would benefit you. Sorry
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    Doesn't exist. There are plenty of voice over IP apps, but no one has any way to provide a free service from your iPad or iPhone into every paid network on the planet...
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    Get Skype credit and you can call any phone you want.
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    And if your friends have Skype you can call them for free :)

    Dark Angelwitch (Surrey)
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    +1 for skype , it is multi platform except for black berry
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    Looks as though it is Skype for now then, although I just tried a vid call with somebody & it was terrible. How do you add Skype credit, via credit card I assume & that I don't have.
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    You can pay using credit cards, debit card, PayPal or you can buy Skype vouchers from places like Sainsbury's - do an Internet search for Skype payment options and it shows you lots of ways to get credit.

    Dark Angelwitch (Surrey)
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    Well if you buy a voucher, that would be handy. I guess I could then get a small amount of credit for that odd time like the other day when I didn't have my phone & use Skype to call any phone.
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    I only keep £10 credit at a time, covers for emergencies and see,s to last a long time LOL

    Dark Angelwitch (Surrey)
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    With Skype your credit is never lost as long as you send a text message or a phone call once every 180 days . I set a reminder and call myself if I haven't used it !
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    Ooooo I didn't know that, now I know why my tender lasts so long :)

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    Tptcn, thanks for that info- I just texted myself to keep the credit active.
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    Google "Reactivate Skype credit" , I can't send you the link as I automatically go to the french website ;-)
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    +1 for Skype!
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    Well I just added £10 credit for emergencys etc. So what happens if you don't use it in 180 days, you lose it?
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    No you won't lose it, if you don't use it your balance will go to zero ...... But..... You can reactivate your balance. Have a look on the Skype web page.

    I put my £10 on over a year ago then I didn't use Skype for ages and all I did was reactivate and I got my tenner back.

    You could also just send a text from Skype to your mobile once every 3 months which will keep it active (cost 0.035p so not expensive)

    Dark Angelwitch (Surrey)
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    This may sound like a dumb question but how to do send text via skype on the iPad? I just went to have a look & you open up the keypad to dial, I can't see any option to txt only a call button. Do you have to save a phone number first as a contact & then click on that?

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