iPad 3G can make calls and send SMS messages with soon to be released jailbreak app [video]

If you have a burning desire to make phone calls or send SMS messages on your iPad 3G, you'll be happy to know that a group by the name of iPhoneIslam has demonstrated a jailbreak application that enables calls, SMS and FaceTime via phone number on an iPad 3G.

The hack will be called PhoneItiPad and should be available in the Cydia app store before WWDC. The hack requires no additional hardware but you obviously need a jailbroken iPad 3G. This means no iPad 2 support until there is a jailbreak released for that.

Once installed you get an iPhone dialler screen which unfortunately is just the iPhone version blown up 2x. It does look a little ropey; they are working on a full resolution version for this. SMS messages do work perfectly in full screen mode on the iPad. The demo video shows how it all works and it does look like a handy feature to have.

Take a look at the demo video after the break. Then pop back here and let us know if you would welcome the ability to use your iPad 3G as a phone?

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And the first text message you will get (for U.S.) is AT&T telling you to stop or they will switch you to a full calling plan for $150 a month.

Am I the only one wondering if this will actually be practical, at least for more than a few months? Once the carriers find out its happening - they will find a way to block it. Its the same thing as an iphone - if it doesnt have a specific calling/sms plan, it wont make calls or texts....
Dont get me wrong...I would die just for the text function. BiteSMS on my ipad - YES PLEASE!

I can already do this with an app from the actual AppStore.... Textfree plut voice.... Given that u have to pay for minutes u use... I prefer to use it for texting rather than to give AT&T more of my money each month...

Hi Seabass, can i have the app, where i can use the app for my ipad where i can use it as a phone or face time to call phone numbers

He is making phone calls and texts using an actually phone number with a phone Sim card , not over 3G.
It is required to have a 3G iPad , so you can use a Sim card in it.
Viber/textfree plus voice are all great Apps but they are only using internet not actually minutes , which he is doing in this Video ;)
Best Luck

You can't do that already.I don't have a iPad. But I have a iPod touch. I send text and make free calls and text all the time from my iPod. Google voice and Vonage, you can't do that on iPad. I have no phone bill right now. Only thing you can't receive calls. But someone can call your google voice number, then just call them back. Winning
Not being cellphone carriers b$&@!
PRICELESS!!!!!!

We can already make phone calls on iPad 3G using Whistle and Skype, and text and send photos using Text+ with no jailbreaks needed. It is great to have these two apps for emergencies but it is hard to carry my iPad in my pocket for the day to day stuff.

Glen, this is actual calling through the GSM network. Sure, you can skype people, but if they're not online, you won't reach them. This is a hack to enable normal calls and sms, like the iPhone does.

Nothings new, by using the Skype app you can make calls and send SMS messages, at least in the Netherlands.

i think this is really cool that this would work as a native app on the ipad 3g. i dont think that it'll hold like others have pointed out

Maybe this is one reason why there is no 3G iPod touch, if a jailbreak can be made to make native calls

Let's try to put things right.
To the folks talking about att blocking this it doesn't matter if they do. There are Many mvno out there airvoice, jolt, h20, redpocket, straight talk etc. and none of them require an unlocked phone, and none of them will care to block this either.
To the folks talking about 3G and voip already being there so that this new hack is unnecessary. Cleary you don't really use those voip apps as there performance on 3G is sketchy at best.
To the folks saying holding a big arse iPad next to your ear is impractical and dorky clearly you have not heard of speaker phone.

Duh, I know what a iPhone is. I said a 3G iPod , like the 3G iPad and be able to get the same type data plan with no contract

"To the folks saying holding a big arse iPad next to your ear is impractical and dorky clearly you have not heard of speaker phone."

Or a Bluetooth earpiece.
Having business phone call capabilities on the iPad, while taking notes, getting directions, processing over-the-phone credit cards, etc., would be fantastic.
When 99% of the visitors here only sit around playing and discussing gaming, what sort of possibilities would you expect them to imagine about this sort of thing? None.

I wish apple would make a bridge app. No reason to have to text from my phone with iPad beside me... If blackberry and palm can do bridge.. Apple can do it better

If yu think that being able to use your I Pad 3 G as A phone is, "kool"
Than u should see what I can do on my toilet after 12:00 am.. Take A guess ? And it ain't taking A crap .

You can also do this through the App Store with Talkatone and GV Connect. (both free when last I checked). It allows you to make and receive calls using a Google Voice number from either Wifi or 3G data plan on the iPad.

To everybody who said "the --insert favorite VoIP app here-- app can do this" - can't you read?

You can natively SMS with the iPad already (if your carrier supports it) with a jailbrak app called swirlySMS. Basta! No more talk of: i can already call with the this or that app from the appstore Please! that happens over data traffic. Different protocol than GSM network.
I have no data plan and can receive/send SMS. Soon, thanks to these guys I'll be able to make calls as well. WHITHOUT A DATA PLAN!

And: will AT&T or whatever carrier allow it? >
there is no SIMlock on your iPad! Just put in a SIMcard from another carrier!

It's dumb for apple not to include this function in the fist place. All of people surf, check email etc.... using their phones, it's a voice/data plan. Should be able to do both on iPad. Oh an everyone here needs to understand all calls are digital (DATA) on mobile devices. At&t and verizon shouldn't block this or even care until you hit your data limit.

In fact, I can't wait see that work on my iPad because I really want to make calls with my iPad. Thank you

I test it on an iPad 1 and works just great, I am still waiting since 4.3.3 to install it, now has support for 5.0.1, but only to ipad1 sooooo, still waiting, I will get rid of a lot of devices if I can use my iPad 2 as a Phone (BTW, my wife took my iPad 1 because now she can make calls...)

Why all this fuss and fight. Don't be excited with this app. Just download Skype and you are in business. Jail breaking can just make you expensive gadget iPad vulnerable. Just chill Skype is just cool and you can do all your phone business through Skype - and it works all over the world. What more do you need people!

Well hello, skype might only applicable to those that have internet access.. How about ipad which highly dependable on wifi and no 3G! Or maybe u are stranded to a place which have no internet access.. Do u think skype might help? U still need this type of apps to make normal phone calls.

the iPhoneislam are being paid by apple... they stop them to deliver the phone it iPad for iPad 2. do not trust them at al

This app that you are discussing will not work will it if you have an ipad2 that is dedicated
to Verizon only?...

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