Should Apple just go ahead an enable phone calling on tablets?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by AdonisSMU, Sep 14, 2014.

  1. AdonisSMU macrumors 603

    Oct 23, 2010
    Should Apple just enable tablets to have the phone calling feature at this point instead of limiting it to just iPhones?
  2. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    With iOS 8 you can carry a phone conversation with an iPad. It does require you having an iPhone though.

    With the introduction of that feature thats as close as you'll get to Apple implementing their own phone calling features. There are 3rd party apps that you can use to make phone calls though.
  3. azentropy macrumors 68020


    Jul 19, 2002
    I think it is coming with carriers starting to implement Voice over LTE.
  4. s2mikey macrumors 68020


    Sep 23, 2013
    Upstate, NY
    Not sure that's in apples best interest. I realize that using an iPad as a phone is a little awkward but some people could get away with it or in certain situations and they would no longer buy an iPhone. Not what apple wants.... The iPhone is apples cash moose.;)
  5. Blorzoga macrumors 68030


    May 21, 2010
    They already do, on the iPhone 6 Plus.
  6. iPadDad, Sep 14, 2014
    Last edited: Sep 14, 2014

    iPadDad macrumors 6502


    Sep 8, 2014
    Imagine being able to simply tap a button, answer an incoming call and carry on with what you were busy with,, pages, keynote, iphoto, all while you are on the phone!!! Instead of having to run to your phone or having to put down the ipad and get up to answer the convenient and with iSO 8 and Multi tasking I am sure this will be the case.
  7. Toltepeceno Suspended


    Jul 17, 2012
    SMT, Edo MX, MX
    Bla, bla, bla. The 6+ is closer in size to the 5s than the ipad mini.
  8. Blorzoga macrumors 68030


    May 21, 2010
    It was still funny, you have to admit.
  9. rei101 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 24, 2011
    Skype.You can get your own phone number I believe.
  10. Toltepeceno Suspended


    Jul 17, 2012
    SMT, Edo MX, MX
    Actually it's old. Kind of like calling the 5s an ipod nano.
  11. kevink2 macrumors 65816

    Nov 2, 2008
    Most iPads are Wi-Fi only. And once you start supporting the full phone experience, then you get into contracts, calling plans, text plans.
  12. bniu macrumors 6502a

    Mar 21, 2010
    What I would like is for my cellular iPad to have full access to voice calls independent of my iPhone. This means, if my iPhone is broken, I can use my iPad as a spare phone in the meantime. What I also want is on the carrier end to allow me to have multiple devices that all answer calls to my cell number. Remember back in the landline days where a call comes in, all phones in the house ring? I want that! I also want a cellular chip in my MacBook Pro. Sometimes, it's just easier to answer a call there or make a call there and not have to worry if my phone is connected to the same network. It should all just work!

    Plus with carriers doing away with contracts, and VoLTE being no different than data over LTE, it's high time where any device with a cellular chip should have full phone capabilities. Sure, it looks goofy using an iPad as a primary phone, but there are plenty of times where using the iPad as a phone is awfully convenient. Just like how I sometimes use my iPad as a camera, because it's already in my hands and I don't want to have to go fish for my phone!
  13. ElectronGuru macrumors 65816

    Sep 5, 2013
    Oregon, USA
    Market segmentation is 20th century. Every product should be form + features. With the ability to put in whatever features you want. I mean, how long is it going to take to add SIM cards to MacBooks? All devices will eventually be shaped the same. Form follows function and as functions merge, so will forms. The longer we resist, the artificial the separations will feel.
  14. Fzang macrumors 65816


    Jun 15, 2013
    I partly agree. Eventually they're going to converge into one, with only the physical size setting limitations. But the physical size will still exist to support different degrees of portability, ruggedness and computational ability.

    Remember when we had dedicated DVD players, MP3 players, calculators, phones and GPS units?
  15. DavesIknow macrumors member


    Jul 5, 2012
    check out the app Hushed...its an app that gets you a local number (at a cost) that you can make and receive phone calls and texts...i have tried it and it works great (on iphone and ipad)... i now use this when i talk to people on kijiji. enjoy!
  16. LucasLand macrumors 6502a


    Mar 6, 2002
    New England
    facetime audio

    get a pair of EarPods and chat with your apple friends using FaceTime audio. thats what its there for. you can also download a VOIP app

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