1. necigrad's Avatar
    I typically don't follow these threads, so maybe this has been vocalized before.

    I was in class one day and someone pulled out his huge Droid. I realized it was almost like holding an iPad Mini to his head, and that got me to thinking. The iPad has a cellular connection as an option. It has Bluetooth. It has everything it needs to function as a phone. Why has Apple not put the Phone app on iPads? Why has no developer done this, or have they and I've just never noticed it? Am I just more then slightly crazy?
    07-07-2013 04:08 AM
  2. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    I can only assume that Apple wants to keep the iPhone a smart "phone" and the iPad a "tablet". Besides, I haven't read or heard if people demanding a so-called phablet from Apple, but I could be mistaken.
    07-07-2013 09:29 AM
  3. Laelipoo's Avatar
    Well it does have facetime, which is close, but if you really do want the phone app, you could always submit feedback to Apple.
    07-07-2013 09:30 AM
  4. Alli's Avatar
    You would need to add in the cellular radio to make it work like a phone and the iPad does not have that. It's not just a question of adding in an app.
    07-07-2013 06:27 PM
  5. mulasien's Avatar
    Put on a voice over IP app like Skype, and there's your phone (kinda).

    I believe that facetime will have an audio-only option in iOS7, so there's your integrated phone!
    07-08-2013 02:47 PM
  6. necigrad's Avatar
    You would need to add in the cellular radio to make it work like a phone and the iPad does not have that. It's not just a question of adding in an app.
    My whole premise was based on the iPad (well some of them) having a cellular radio for data. Is this not correct? Are they different pieces of hardware? My whole logic was that the hardware was there.
    07-09-2013 12:48 AM
  7. madeinhb's Avatar
    Google voice would probably work. There is an app that works over wifi. It's called talkatone. I used it in Europe when connected to wifi. Works great.
    07-09-2013 02:06 AM
  8. todd riddle's Avatar
    You can use any of the calling apps available for ipad. Just install the apps and you are on the go...
    Some of the best calling apps for ipad are
    • Rebtel
    • icall
    • viber
    • fring
    • talkatone
    • skype
    07-09-2013 02:15 AM
  9. Alli's Avatar
    My whole premise was based on the iPad (well some of them) having a cellular radio for data. Is this not correct? Are they different pieces of hardware? My whole logic was that the hardware was there.
    ​It is a different piece of hardware that is absent in all iPads. It's like assuming if you added a second dial to your FM tuner you could listen to AM stations - they are different radios.
    07-09-2013 10:17 AM
  10. necigrad's Avatar
    Ah, oh well. Thanks all.
    07-11-2013 01:33 AM

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