You all know that cellular+WiFi models of iPad family contain a SIM slot to use cellular internet (EDGE, 3G etc) on these devices. But unfortunately Apple never included the phone.app in them. According to Apple, iPad is not designed to make/receive phone calls and send/receive SMS/MMS. It looks really awkward when you are holding your iPad against your ear to listen the call. But even then if you want to enable phone.app on your iPad, here is how you can do.
- You need an iPad (WiFi+Cellular) first generation. This method will not work on iPad 2 or 3. However, the work is being added and 70-80% work has been completed.
- A SIM card which you can use to make/receive calls. The SIM which comes pre-loaded can not be used for making calls because that on that SIM only internet services are enabled.
- Redsn0w software to jailbreak your device.
How it Happens in 3 Simple Steps:
Step 1: First of jailbreak your iPad 1 with the latest version of Redsn0w. The jailbreak method is mentioned in this separate post.
Step 2: After you have jailbroken your device, launch Cydia and add the following repo
Step 3: Now search [Ac!d]TelePad tweak from Cydia.
After the tweak is installed, you will see a fully functional phone.app on iPad. Launch it and use your iPad as iPhone.
Difference Between PhoneItiPad vs [Ac!d]TelePad:
PhoneItiPad is the first app released on Cydia which turns your iPad into iPhone. We don’t know exactly what’s the difference between PhoneItiPad and [Ac!d]TelePad in terms of coding and underlying source, but apparently the big difference is that former is a paid app whereas the latter is free. PhoneItiPad will cost you $20. Moreover, PhoneItiPad is not updated for a long time and it won’t work on iOS 5. PhoneItiPad alternative [Ac!d]TelePad is worth installing on your iPad.