Last month iPhoneIslam had showed us video proof of being able to make make phone calls from iPad 3G as well as sending and receiving SMS. The jailbreak tweak PhoneItiPad is finally live in Cydia for everyone to download at $19.99
iPhoneIslam is the same group on people who brought us FaceIt3GS, a jailbreak tweak to enable FaceTime on iPhone 3GS. Since this app is available via Cydia and requires a jailbreak it will only work on the iPad 1 and not the iPad 2 since there’s no jailbreak tool available yet for the latter.
Also, iPhoneItiPad does not work on iOS 5 beta yet. It will work perfectly on iOS 4 though. You just need a jailbroken iPad 1 running iOS 4.x.x. If you haven’t jailbroken your iPad yet, read our jailbreak guide for iOS 4.3.x before proceeding with this guide.
How to Make Calls from iPad 3G using PhoneItiPad:
Purchase PhoneItiPad from here using your iPad or Computer’s browser. It will cost you $19.99 or around Rs. 900 in Indian currency. Not a big price to pay to turn your iPad into an iPhone.
After you have filled in your billing information you will also need to enter your iPad’s 11 digit serial number. To find out the iPad’s serial number go to Settings > General > About and scroll down to find it. Click continue on the webpage to finish the purchase.
Now launch Cydia on your iPad and add the PhoneItiPad repo http://apps.iphoneislam.com. Now search for PhoneitiPad and install it.
You should now have the phone and messages app on your iPad and already be able to make and receive calls. In case you aren’t able to, just make sure your sim has an active voice plan and not just the data plan which is usually the case for iPad sims. If the sim is able to make calls on an iPhone 4 it would work great on iPad too.
Here’s a video demo of the Phone and SMS features on iPad by iPhoneIslam,
As you can see it seems to work flawlessly. The question is would you be willing to pay a one time fee of $20 for turning your iPad into an iPhone? It is not yet clear if this tweak will continue to work in iOS 5. As of now it doesn’t.