In theory, could the 3G iPad be a phone?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Archon, Jan 29, 2010.

  1. Archon macrumors member

    May 21, 2008
    There is a mic and speaker along with blutooth and headphone support.

    In theory, can Apple update the software in the 3G iPad and make it a mobile phone?
  2. samcraig macrumors P6

    Jun 22, 2009
    I would say that given the deal with ATT and no contract on the data - that any voice apps or heavy bandwidth apps will be limited to wifi and not 3G
  3. gibbz macrumors 68030

    May 31, 2007
    How will they enforce it?
  4. sfmountainbiker macrumors regular

    Oct 21, 2009
    In theory, anything is possible. Even the iPad toasting your bread in the theory...
  5. EvilEmpire1212 macrumors newbie


    Jan 19, 2010
    Posted this in another thread, but over there everyone seems to be too busy with arguing with each other.. any thoughts?

    Update: Maybe it doesn't seem likely for Flash after all. Turns out the promos with Flash working on the NY Times page were done with editing. Seems pretty sleazy of Apple to deceive us like that. Either give us Flash so we can use the site like you show we can, or use a different site sans Flash for your promo.
  6. 8CoreWhore macrumors 68020


    Jan 17, 2008
    Big D
    Apple just approved VOIP over 3G... previously, it was for WiFi only, so to answer your question - YES!
  7. jodelli macrumors 65816


    Jan 6, 2008
    Windsor, ON, Canada
    At our user group meeting on the 27th it came up that with the specs announced at the very minimum it could connect through Skype or some other VOIP.
    With 3G there is no technical reason not to be phone capable even if a hack is necessary. Not that I would advocate such a thing, but the 1st Gen iPhones were being used by (******) well before they were officially allowed in Canada.
  8. bossxii macrumors 68000

    Nov 9, 2008
    Kansas City
    There is an app for that!

    iCall available, and approved by AT&T for 3g VoiP.
  9. chris7777 macrumors 6502

    Nov 27, 2008
    Anyone else suspect a phone app to be killed by deals with AT&T and Verizon.

    I would buy and Ipad if I could get phone service for $30 a month.

    I have said for quite some time I would get an iphone if the plans would drop under $50 for data. Hech I would get one and use wifi if those greedy donkeys would allow it with pay per use data over 3G, but given how adamant they are to maintain those extortionistic profit margins, I doubt they would allow it in the IPAD, at least in any form that would likely cause them loss on normal phone/data revenue.

    I have to admit I was shocked at rates but something tells me economy shot or not, we wont be allowed to go that route, because their is too much $ to be made from people who don't refuse to pay their rates as I have have done thus far. Sure prices are coming down at a snails pace, but this is just too good to be true. Other than the fact you would have to haul the ipad around in a back pack, for the guys and a purse for the gals.

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