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iPad 2 how to use it as a cell phone?

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    I just subscribed to T-mobile operator and got a sim card, installed in my iPad and found out there is not existing an application to can make phone calls. Does somebody know what to do. I have tried to read in Internet, everyone is offering some different application to be used, most of them not available. I will be really grateful is someone can help me, thank you in advance.
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    Why not simply use Skype with a 30$/year plan for unlimited calls across America ?
    And with Ring2Skype, you can manage receiving calls for free from landline

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    You cannot use the iPad for phone call, you could use some other chat applications such as the Skype, tango, viber. You could also use the iMessage or FaceTime to contact the iDevices users.
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    You could also use talkatone application to call within the state unless you have a 3G or wifi
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    iPad has 3G, but I see still not ready to be used as phone. is this slot for sim card only providing you access to global Internet?? Really it is disappointing
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    Disappointing? iPad was never advertised as a cell phone replacement... I'm curious, how did you assume that you could use the iPad as a cell phone?

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    Hahahha this is because I was always dreaming to have I-pad-phone 2, but serious they should put some efforts also in this direction, don't they?
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    It would look very stupid up against my ear...
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    The iPad is pretty big to carry around as a cell phone... But as I said earlier, there is already tons of apps letting you do calls over VoIP like Skype. And basically, they are cheaper than a voice plan by itself. If Apple would make an iPod 3G, I would probably go that way since Skype provides an excellent service.

    My voice plan is around 50$ a month for 200 minutes, caller ID and SMS plan. A Skype account is 30$ a year, unlimited minutes and SMS at a really cheap rate. We don't have skypein in Canada but there are cheap solutions. No more long distance call, no more roaming incoming calls fees...

    I use Skype on my iPhone almost all the time to make outgoing calls, saving all my minutes for incoming calls. In the end, VoIP is way cheaper than a voice plan, unless you were lucky getting an unlimited voice plan.

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    Magicjack is a free app free phone calls with number over wifi
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    Good to hear from you. You’ll find a whole bunch of iPad enthusiasts in this Forum who are only too willing to help other iPad owners and to hear of their experiences. Don’t be afraid to post any questions you may have or use the ‘Search’ button near the top of the Forum web page. I usually find I discover one new interesting and useful piece of information about my iPad every day - and often not even what I was looking for!!

    Hope to hear from you soon with your thoughts about the iPad.

    Have fun and enjoy your iPad


    If you don’t already have it you can download a copy of the iPad manual for free.

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    Please read the rules too!!

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    Thank you for your suggestion, I have tried with sim card in, is not working, did you use it? I'm in Slovakia T-mobile member, if this has some influence.
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    Thank you for you explanatory notes, Skype for me was never an intention for something more than free calls.Ddo you know, maybe it is possible to send SMS-s? Why Im asking so intensive, because (whatever how stupid it will sound) I bought especially for iPad a sim card with Internet+calls and I'd like to use it >:, for the phone calls

    to conclude, no legal way. :-/
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    I just used it over wifi only, do not think it works any other way.
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    since you have an ipad2 3G, you will be able to send/receive sms ONLY when you are JB'd. a cydia app named "swirlySMS for ipad 3g" provides that functionality.

    phone calls using the sim card is possible ONLY for ipad1 3G users that are JB'd. it isn't possible yet for the iPad2 3G due to hardware issues, compared to its predecessor.

    JB in itself is not illegal, as they say.
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    iPad as a phone.

    When we are at home, we use a mobile phone as most ppl do. But at the moment, I'm at home in Australia with my 3G iPad and my husband is in Nepal with his iPad which is wifi only. Wifi at his hotel is $10 per half hour!!!! But he
    calls me, usually once per day, using Face time or Skype. It's lovely to see as well as hear him. I've received his calls at home over the weekend, only the dogs here and they already know I'm crazy. But Dave is getting funny looks when he calls me from the garden at his hotel, when he's sitting there talking to a 'book'! The hotel workers obviously think he's weird but the other tourists are really interested in his iPad. I think he should be on commission!

    He has bought a ZuniConnect IV. I read about it on this forum, it will enable him to call me later in his travels, as some of the cheaper hotels in Europe have an Internet connection only and no wifi. The Zuni is a little router, the size of a deck of cards, convenient when traveling. I'll get back here later and let you know how it's going.

    So this is how we are getting around the issue of using a wifi iPad as a phone.
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    There are a bunch of apps letting you send SMS messages. Skype can do it to for a small fee.

    VicoPad addict!
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    Taptalk will give you a free phone app. But free for only 20 min per each call. Works for me.

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    does it work in calling - and receiving phone calls - via the other party's sim numbers?
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    Sorry gave you the wrong. It is textNow and yes it give you your own personal phone number. Within this app you can request a phone number or choose not to.
    They allow an unlimited amount of calls as long as they are less than 20 min. Long. You also received add calls from tome to time. If you want add free you need to pay. There are other apps like this so keep searching

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