How to Use Your iPad as a Phone
June 13, 2013 | Rebtel
Sometimes it feels like you are carrying a multitude of devices around with you and juggling them all gets a bit tiresome! You’ve got your phone for making calls, plus your tablet for quick social media use, game playing, movie watching and reading.
What if you could use your iPad as a phone? It would lessen the number of things you have to tote, and serve as a backup when your phone battery dies or you’ve exceeded your calling plan minute allotment for the month!
How to Make a Phone Call from iPad
Your tablet may seem like a clunky device to use for making calls, but in reality the iPad is perfect for calling your contacts. All you need is an app designed to use your internet connection as a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) source.
The iPad’s easy connectivity to the internet makes it the perfect device for VoIP calling, because you can make calls from and receive calls to the iPad using your readily accesible internet connection.
Free calls between Rebtel app users!
First you need to choose a VoIP app to install on your iPad. There are several choices available:
Skype. Skype was originally developed to allow people to make calls from their desktop computers. Apps were quickly developed to allow the application to run on mobile phones as well. You can sign up for Skype and easily download the app onto your iPad. The Skype app for iPad works over Wi-Fi or 3G (operator data charges may apply). With Skype for iPad, you can call anyone else with Skype installed on their device without Skype charging you extra, or you can sign up for a monthly subscription or credits to make cheap calls to landlines or mobiles from your iPad.
Viber. This app is also designed to allow calls and texts over a 3G or Wi-Fi connection using your iPad. Like Skype, calls are free to other Viber users. Viber synchs with your mobile phone number and contact list to instantly show who already has Viber, so making calls with your iPad is easy. Be aware that network charges may apply.
Icall. Of course, Apple has an official app for making phone calls from iPad. It’s not free, but it only costs 99 cents for the app which is otherwise ad-supported for USA & Canadian calling. Icall also features paid plans and premium features if desired, at additional costs.
Rebtel. This app is probably the best for making phone calls from iPad because it was specifically designed for use with the bigger tablet (as opposed to being a mobile app transferred to the multifunctional iPad.) With Rebtel you get optimized navigation for both portrait and landscape view, and calls flow effortlessly between WiFi and 3G. Not only does your iPhone address book integrate seamlessly, but you can call any other Rebtel equipped device for free - including Android phones and tablets, iPhones and even PCs.
Make your iPad the only device you have to keep on you at all times by simply upgrading it from just a tablet to a convenient phone. It’s easy with an app that lets you make calls from iPad anytime, anywhere.
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