The methods describe here will not by pass your local wireless company to make a call. Instead, it will simulate a call via Data Connection (3G or 1XRTT/EVDO). So this method works when Internet Data Connection is available. The Top 3 Method that I use constantly is the same old technique that I already mentioned before. The only difference with this time is that these are the top 3 that I prefer and mostly used and there’s pros and cons to each of the app. Just remember, they are all VOIP Base apps from the app store. This is a good way to make your iPad into an VOIP Phone. It is not in anyway a replacement for your cellphone or convert your iPad to be like Samsung Galaxy Tab. Beside, it’s silly to make calls with your iPad and holding your iPad against your ear during a call. Just silly.
So what are the 3 Apps? They are Skype, Talkatone and Viber.
Skype – The adoption is that almost everyone has them, and if they don’t, well, it’s time to be more social, especially with Video Calls.
- Video Call is clear, compared with Fring
- Audio Quality is clear, sometime too clear where my friends thought I was on their front yard
- Video Call with the iPhone 4 or iPad 2 can easily switch the camera to the front or back
- Make Audio or Video Call through 3G
- Refill your credit with Paypal
- In-Bound Calls to your real number provided by Skype (Not Free)
- Call outside Skype is not Free
- Video Call is limited to Android, iPhone and Nokia with Symbian
- BlackBerry still left out on Skype
Talkatone – An app specifically for GTalk, and you can make calls with it as well as chat with GTalk. Works with Google Voice to receive in-bound calls.
- Calls are free anywhere in the US
- Instant Message with GTalk
- Call quality is clear, although Skype is clearer
- Refill your Credit easily with Google Pay
- Works with Google Voice for Forwarding your Calls to GTalk
- Receive your in-bound Call anywhere in the world as long as you have Data Connection in combination with Google Voice
- The GTalk interface is wonky, hard to navigate to
- Not a Universal App, but will work on the iPad at 2X the Resolution
- Free Calls are only up to the year 2011 to the US only
- Calls to other Country outside the US will cost your GTalk Credit
Viber – This one is another VOIP type of apps, except this one requires you to have a 3G iPad to make use of the SMS and Voice Calls
- Calls from Viber to Viber is Free, much like Skype to Skype Calls
- Send SMS to your Viber friend for free and unlimited
- No Ads or Add-On to buy, the App is Free
- Hard to Setup
- Requires a code to approve the app you use on your iPad. The iPad can’t receive SMS, so you have to put your SIM Card to your iPhone or any phone just to accept the code sent to you for approval. But your iPad need to have a SIM Card in there too in order for Viber to send the code to your SIM Card that you are going to use on your iPad. It’s complicated and if you have Verizon, it might not work.
- After all that setup, you can only make calls from Viber to Viber, not Viber to any outbound call. I might as well use Skype.
- Defeats the purpose of having this app is you still need Skype or Talkatone to complete your VOIP apps.
- Sending SMS also works from Viber to Viber.
Overall, there is no perfect setup to have your VOIP in your iPad. I would prefer to somehow use the iPad to make a call in-case of an emergency or something, but we’re not too far. If you have the 3G iPad and it’s jailbroken, you can download SwirlySMS, a paid app from Cydia. But that’s only to receive and send SMS.