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How to Make Phone Calls and Send SMS from iPad 3G using PhoneItiPad

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:

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.

Purchase phoneitipad for ipad to make calls

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.

iPad Wi-Fi or iPad Wi-fi+ 3G: Which iPad to buy?

Those who are looking forward to buy an iPad, must be getting confused about which iPad one should buy. We have already shared iPad 2 price and we know there is a difference of $130 between 64GB Wi-fi+ 3G and Wi-fi only version. Which might not be much but if you are planning to use iPad all the time from an environment where you can easily access Wi-fi, you might like to save your $130.

Here are some of the factors which you should consider before buying iPad and selecting the best version if iPad.

Wi-Fi location:

If your work usually consist from home and office where you can easily connect your iPad to Wi-fi network, you might like to stick to Wi-Fi version only. You can also consider Wi-Fi finder app which will tell you which is the nearest Wi-Fi Hotspot around you. But if you travel a lot, you might like to grab a 3G version so that you can access internet on your iPad on the move.

Another Sim & data cost:

In order to use 3G on your iPad, you need to insert Sim card. Remember like iPhone4, iPad also uses the microsim and you need to get a Micro sim cutter or get your Sim cut down from the market. This will  increase your data cost and specially when 3G is not very cheap, this might cost you a lot if you travel a lot. But we can’t limit iPad to watch movies and reading books only? Isn’t it? If you are in India, I prefer using Airtel 2GB GPRS pack along with iPad. Remember I’m talking about GPRS/EDGE connection and not 3G connection. With INR 98, you get 2 GB of downloadable data which is sufficient for a month. I might not be opting for any 3G services, as 3G costs are too high.

Battery life:

If you are using 3G with your iPad, this decrease your iPad battery life and despite of 10h battery backup time, it might look less when you travel. With 3G on iPad, it will cut down your battery life by 20% and instead of 10H backup time, you might be getting somewhere around 7-8 hours of battery life.

Built in GPS in 3G:

This is a huge difference for those who are using GPS and localization service. GPS works on both the version of iPad, but 3G iPad has a dedicated GPS chip and it’s more accurate than Wi-Fi model of iPad.

I would prefer going for iPad 3G version. Though you might be able to stick to Wi-Fi only version, if you have a data card and you can buy a Wi-Fi router for data card and create your own Wi-Fi network on the move.

Also check out: iPad pros and cons.

Also let me know which iPad you are planning to buy ?