Using ipad as a phone replacement

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  1. Ajooba1982

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    Has anybody replaced their phone with a iPad 3G? If so, how is your experience?
     
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    I guess most people who do this use Skype. Of course, on the iPad1 you don't get video - but that's fixed on the iPad2. At present the Skype app is an iPhone app, but it works just fine on the iPad. I use it on my iPad1 with 3G and there's no problem at all. I typically use headphones to listen to the call and the iPad microphone to pick up my voice - that works fine.

    In the US there are several other options too, with several third-party service providers offering free calls in the US and local area code numbers.

    Did you have a particular app in mind?

    Have fun and enjoy your iPad.

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    Thanx for responding. Do you have any problems with incoming calls? Meaning that when somebody calls you, do you always get a push notification on time? And are you able to answer their call before it sends them to your voice mail? I don't have an app in mind, skype would be just fine. I just hate carrying my phone with me. I barely use my phone maybe 10 minutes a week or something.

    They time, I notice you answer to a lot of people on here. Do you run this website?

    Also, how is the sound quality while using the iPads 3G service? How would you rate it?
     
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    Thanks for your post.

    Incoming calls are definitely hit-and-miss! I have 3G, of course, but I can’t get push notification of an incoming call to work, so I have to keep the iPad on all the time and the app loaded. So it’s not that satisfactory from that point of view. I think, in the US, other Forum members have mentioned other services that seem to be better than Skype but they’re not available in the UK, unfortunately.

    Call quality on Skype is perfect - no problems there. My 3G service provider only has 3G - i.e. no GPRS or EDGE - so I consistently get a good data rate. Not sure what quality would be like on lower data rates.

    No - I don’t run iPad Forum - I’m just a guy with too much time on his hands!

    Keep in touch and let me know what you decide.

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    Whistle works great, only drawback is it needs to be open to receive incoming calls.
    It's free btw
    I've got mine set to forward to my cellphone if I don't answer and have it set up as a mobile to mobile number (uses no plan minutes) on my cellphone
    Works on 3g and wifi, good sound on both ends

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    Thanks - that was the service I was thinking of - it's not (yet?) available outside of the US. Thanks for your review.

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    You can buy minutes for international calls and whistle to whistle calls are free world wide. Weird that I can call from here to you but you can't call from where you are to me

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    I talk to a few and they use Whistle. I hate it when they do that. It is a horrible connection ~ like in a static tunnel. :(

    Why do folks use Whistle when they can just call from their cells at no charge? I am con......fused.:eek:
     
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    Because we can :D
    Seriously I pay $110 a month + a required data plan and use my phone as a phone maybe an hour a month. If I can drop back to a pre paid and save some serious coin I'm there.
    I've already got TextNow and have my phone set to forward to my Ipad and once my contract is up I may just drop back to pre pay as a phone and Ipad for texts and secondary phone

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    Oh. Well okay then!:)
     
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    I wonder if a corded cell phone headset would make it sound better ,I know the Ipad doesn't support hfp for bluetooth so that option is out

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