PhoneIt-iPad turns iPad 3G into a phone

 

So, for everyone who desperately craved the ability to use their iPad 3G as a phone, you now have the opportunity to thanks to the iPhoneIslam team. The guys, who were previously responsible for enabling FaceTime on the iPhone 3G, have discovered a way to use a jailbroken iPad’s inbuilt 3G radios for some calling and texting using your SIM card.

The app is called PhoneIt-iPad and is available for $20 via Cydia. All it requires is your jailbroken iPad to be an original model running iOS version 4.3.3, and for it to have a normal phone SIM card inside. The iPhoneIslam team note that pre-inserted data-only SIM cards that you may have got from a carrier such as AT&T will (obviously) not work as they are data only. The app doesn’t support MMS at this stage, but most other phone features should be enabled, allowing you to turn your iPad into a massive phone.

The video of the app in action is below and shows both an iPhone 3G and iPhone 4 receiving calls from the app running on an iPad, and also the iPad receiving calls from an iPhone along with carrying out an SMS conversation. Beware though as the camera used is perhaps not the best quality and the guy using it seems to have a knack for creating some shocking feedback.

Image credit: iPhoneIslam

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Nice idea, but kinda useless id say. I mean who is going to carry around an ipad and use it as a phone, it would look just a little silly to me.

You may think it's useless, but you shouldn't comment until you actually try it.

I was using my Galaxy Tab today and was browsing the web looking for restaurants. Found the one I wanted, simply tapped the phone number on the restaurant's website, and it auto-imported into the Dialer. Another tap and I'm talking to the restaurant on loudspeaker.

Now if my Tab couldn't do that, then I'd have to sit there and key in the number into my handphone which is incredibly clumsy.

It seems like if someone has an iPhone and an iPad, that clicking on a phone number on the iPad should initiate a phone call on the iPhone (via Bluetooth or something...). Then again, it also seemed like the iPad should be able to get a data connection from the iPhone, but it took awhile (almost a year) to get there with WiFi tethering in v4.2....

ACTIONpack said,
Wow what I useless thing to do.

I have Linux installed on one of my xbox's. It is technically useless as I have 3 desktops and 2 laptops. Why did I do it? Because I can. Most of these random hacks are not done to save the world. They are simply done because they can.

ACTIONpack said,
Wow what I useless thing to do.

I think it was done to do have the achievement of discovering how to do it, rather than for exploiting it's practical uses.

ACTIONpack said,
Wow what I useless thing to do.
This is not useless. This is great if someone were to use it as a GPS location device. Very good for an on the road. Much easier to see the google map

Unix2 said,

Looks great but really useless if you already have a cell phone...

Yeah, But if you are already carrying that slap slate with you all time then its good