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Can I make and receive phone calls via iPad PRO?

peterpan123

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Hello, I am considering to replace my Samsung Galaxy Note PRO 12.2 (my phone and tablet). Can I make and receive phone calls via the iPad PRO? Thanks.
 
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iPads can connect to an iPhone to make and answer calls. So the answer is yes, but you need an iPhone that has a phone number.

Alternatively, if you have a data connection, you can use FaceTime audio or something like google voice.
 
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peterpan123

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I don't want to carry a 15" rMBP, an iPad PRO and an iPhone. For 4G and wifi, how good in quality is FaceTime audio? Does it work all the time? Can I make and recall calls from abroad for free if the other party is using normal phone from home? Thanks.
 
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sjleworthy

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i'll be using the usual skype and skype credits. i can call and receive anyone then, either on-line on skype or off-line call-forwarded to my mobile and landline.
 
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AttilaTheHun

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iPads can connect to an iPhone to make and answer calls. So the answer is yes, but you need an iPhone that has a phone number.

Alternatively, if you have a data connection, you can use FaceTime audio or something like google voice.
Lets hope that by the time iPad pro comes out they will fix the problem with Skype sound distortion that we have now with the new iPhone 6 S and 6 S plus with IOS 9.01
 
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peterpan123

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Can I still use Hangouts, Skype, Skype credits if wifi is not available? If I buy the LTE enabled iPad PRO, I can make and receive phone calls anywhere with 4G. Am I right?
 
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Jtludwig

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Hello, I am considering to replace my Samsung Galaxy Note PRO 12.2 (my phone and tablet). Can I make and receive phone calls via the iPad PRO? Thanks.
Yeah. It looks like it will fit comfortably to hold up to your ear.
 
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rigormortis

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tmobile has hand off over cellular and wifi calling. what this means is even if you iPhone is turned off or at home you can still make and receive calls on your iPad when it is at mcdonadls.


wifi calling that you get with AT&T does not have handoff over cellular
 
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Badrottie

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I don't know why you want an iPad Pro if your Samsung Note Pro can use Skype or Google Voice or Hangout+??? Android have a ton of 3rd party voice call apps.
 
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rigormortis

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I don't know why you want an iPad Pro if your Samsung Note Pro can use Skype or Google Voice or Hangout+??? Android have a ton of 3rd party voice call apps.

the iPad has those apps too. and you don't have to put up with the phone company telling samsung what they want and what they don't want on their tablets and phones, and you don't have to sit on your hands waiting for your phone company telling you if you can get a software update or not
 
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newellj

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With an LTE enabled iPad Pro, of course you can.

What do you have to do to make that work? I've had cell iPads since the iPad 2 and there's no out-of-the-box way to make a phone call directly on the wireless provider's network. Skype, etc., work, but that's different.
 
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rigormortis

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What do you have to do to make that work? I've had cell iPads since the iPad 2 and there's no out-of-the-box way to make a phone call directly on the wireless provider's network. Skype, etc., work, but that's different.

LTE would allow facetime calls as well as Skype etc

wifi is needed to make any telephone calls from your iPad using handoff ( with the iPhone in range, or when the iPhone is not in range with a t-mobile phone )

there is no way LTE can be used to make cellular phone calls at all
even with a paired iPhone , unless you use something like google hangout


the reason you get LTE on an iPad is find my iPhone, and being able to get your iPad back if it is lost or stolenand not having to wait around for it to connect to wifi , which may be impossible because it is locked with a passcode.

the other reason, would be like everyone else says, is so you can access the net when you are away from wifi, and use your iPad as a wifi hotspot
 
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rigormortis

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I tried this before, you can put a cellular sim from an iPad onto a phone
but you cant put a phone sim in an iPad
 
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newellj

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I tried this before, you can put a cellular sim from an iPad onto a phone
but you cant put a phone sim in an iPad

Interesting - never experimented with that. That's cool. Not surprising though - the voice hardware would seem to be missing, which is what you'd expect, I think.
 
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rigormortis

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Interesting - never experimented with that. That's cool. Not surprising though - the voice hardware would seem to be missing, which is what you'd expect, I think.

when you put an iPhone sim into an iPad. the iPad tries to go to the carriers launcher page / cellular settings page and it just does not work, you try to go to any webpage, and you get your cell phone companies prepaid plan page ( like mim.tmobile.com)

when you put an iPad sim into an iPhone, everything works, it just cant make or receive calls-

when you try and use a brand new regular prepaid go phone sim, the iPad cant connect to it at all. because that sim card is dead to the world until someone tries to call out on it, it will not connect to AT&T 's towers at all. it is completely dead. dead dead and dead. and then you call out, and it wakes up


AT&T has this new go phone sim for the iPad!! but its only for the iPad 3 and iPad mini.. WTH is up with that. i could never figure out why AT&T sells a sim card for $15 just for those iPads when you can just walk into an AT&T store with any cellular iPad and get a sim card for free
 
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craftEcowgirl

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Can one use Mini4 to receive and make phone calls? And if I need my iphone do I need it near ipad mini when making and really receiving calls?
 
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Just about any tablet can be used to make and receive calls. Where and when depend on if it is a cell or wifi version.

Does a virtual number ring any bells? VOIP? Maybe Google Hangouts? Phone.com? Many more?
 
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mtneer

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Do the carriers allow Skype calls over cellular? I thought the carriers blocked Skype and FaceTime over cellular. I don't use FaceTime that often, but I remember opening that app when new and a popup asking me to get on a WiFi network to use it.
 
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Jtludwig

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Do the carriers allow Skype calls over cellular? I thought the carriers blocked Skype and FaceTime over cellular. I don't use FaceTime that often, but I remember opening that app when new and a popup asking me to get on a WiFi network to use it.

It's been several years now since anything like that was a concern.
 
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