Use iPod Touch 4 as a phone?

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by applekiwipeach, Sep 2, 2010.

  1. macrumors member

    Jul 5, 2010
    I just read about the new release of iPod Touch 4. It seems to have a built-in mic. So, basically I can download Skype on it and use it as a phone without the big phone bill from carriers such as AT&T? Sounds too good to be true! Am I missing something?
  2. macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
  3. macrumors 6502

    Apr 4, 2008
    It seems highly likely you'll be able to do just that. However, you'll still have to pay for Skype credits and conect to a wireless network since the new iPod touch does not have 3G.
  4. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 27, 2010
    If it the iPod Touch 4 becomes really popular, then why not?

    If everyone had an iPhone 4/iPod Touch 4 with skype, then sure. I personally would like to see the phone companies die.
  5. macrumors 65816


    Dec 17, 2007
    Syracuse, NY
    Whistle. Listen to a 15-second ad before it dials and it's all free.
  6. macrumors 6502

    Sep 7, 2003
    A 3G connection and GPS.

    I guess if you don't mind only being able to call over WiFi, it's a good deal. Get a Google Voice account, and you get free texting. Add in a SIP provider like Gizmo5 or SIPGate, and you can likely make all of your calls for free through Google Voice.
  7. thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 5, 2010
    All right, I see. The Skype monthly bill is just less than $3 for unlimited US&Canada minutes, but yes, the reliance on wireless network is going to make it less useful as a phone... I didn't think it made sense to be able to save that much phone bill. Now I understand it's really too good to be true... =)
  8. thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 5, 2010
    One can be assigned phone number and make&receive phone calls via Skype to and from a regular phone number. It has a per minute rate, as well as a flat rate of ONLY $2.99 unlimited US & Canada. SMS is per msg though. But yeah, as the others pointed out, it's over wireless only... so that's not really gonna work for me... first thought I was able to cut $100 per month on phone bill. lol...
  9. macrumors 601


    Feb 22, 2003
    New Hampshire
    Nothing new.

    The last gen had a mic in the earbuds so people with the last gen skyped.

    Look into getting Mifi if you really want to turn it into a phone.
  10. macrumors member


    Jun 23, 2010
    Depends on were u live and the availibilty of 4g service...but an easy solution would be to get an ispot from clear for 25 dollars a month...get an online number from skype 12 dollars for 3 months ...and then the 2.99 a month unlimited calling plan and your set
  11. macrumors 65816


    Jul 29, 2010
    Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
    Gmail doesn't have phone calls for mobile, am I right? If they have it, then free calls to anywhere in US and Canada in 2010! :D
  12. macrumors 6502

    Sep 7, 2003
    You can make free Google Voice calls through a SIP provider like Gizmo5 or SIPGate, then install a SIP client like Acrobits on your iPod. It's a pain in the ass, but it's free and it works (most of the time).
  13. macrumors 68040


    Jun 25, 2008
    Yea, I have a Gizmo5 account with Google Voice. The new iPod Touch looks pretty nice right now. :D

    I just wish it had GPS. :( If so I could ditch my iPhone 3G (I use it to track my runs, my EVO 4G is my phone now).
  14. macrumors 6502

    Oct 16, 2009
    The ispot is great in theory but I've had problems with mine over the past month. My problem is not with the connectivity or the speed that all works great. Every once in a while it kicks me out of their system and when I surf the internet it forces me to their site that says the ispot only supports apple products. The only way to fix it is to use my laptop at work (which means I have to come in at night or on the weekend) and change settings on their webpage. It will not work from my ipod.

    When it works it works great. I have an 8 gb ipod so maybe the 3rd generation ipods work better?
  15. macrumors member


    Jun 23, 2010
    try updating the firmware on the ipsot and doing a hard reset that fixed the problem on my girlfriend's ipsot..

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