Will the iPad mini be a phone too?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by kwyn, Oct 19, 2012.

  1. kwyn macrumors regular

    Jan 9, 2009
    What do you think? Will we be able to us iPad mini as a phone?
  2. PDFierro macrumors 68040

    Sep 8, 2009
    Why do a few people on here want to use it as a phone? No, it won't happen.
  3. FallenRook macrumors member

    Oct 19, 2012
  4. 617aircav Suspended

    Jul 2, 2012
  5. ANMA dojo macrumors regular

    Mar 22, 2010
    considering some (stupid) people already use their 10" iPads as phones, sure.

    1) on wifi, will probably use VOIP solutions like skype, viber, talkatone, etc
    2) on wifi+cellular, same as #1, but you can probably jailbreak it to enable calling natively over cellular

    two things for certain:
    1) no official solution will be offered by Apple
    2) it looks stupid whenever I see someone holding their ipad to their ear like a phone :|
  6. ECUpirate44 macrumors 603


    Mar 22, 2010
    Uhh no.
  7. skunnykart macrumors regular

    May 7, 2010
  8. tulsamal macrumors newbie

    May 3, 2011
    Vinita, OK
    1) Nobody wants to hold their iPad up to their head.

    2) On the other hand... what's stupid is walking around carrying _both_ a cell phone and an iPad!

    3) So I've said for years and years.... what we need is for Apple to offer some kind of iPhone/iPad option hybrid. I'm 50 years old and I can't even see anything on my iPhone 4S anyway without my reading glasses. But if my new iPad Mini came with some type of Bluetooth solution all bundled in place... I could use that all the time. When the phone rings, you pop the earpiece on and push the button. In the car, the Bluetooth in the car picks it up. Etc.

    It really does seems amazingly redundant to buy an iPhone and then a cell version of an iPad. Why can't I use the cell version of the iPad to make my phone calls??

  9. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
  10. That70sGAdawg macrumors 6502a


    May 23, 2008
    N.Georgia, USA (on the Lake, near the Mountains)
    The Best Phone/Tablet (phablet) will be the Galaxy Note 2 for this year, but you can dream on...
  11. ANMA dojo, Oct 19, 2012
    Last edited: Oct 20, 2012

    ANMA dojo macrumors regular

    Mar 22, 2010
    not apple sanctioned, and requires jailbreak.... but here you go!

    //note: just realized this is only for iPad 1, not available for later models
  12. gorskiegangsta macrumors 65816


    Mar 13, 2011
    Brooklyn, NY
    No. Although I'm sure Samsung will be happy to make an 8" phone just for you :p
  13. Infinitewisdom macrumors 6502a

    Sep 23, 2012
    Agreed. I for one would love to have a 7 inch tablet that doubles as a phone. Instead of carrying a tablet and a phone, you'd carry a tablet and earphones. And you'd still have a large screen. If the Galaxy Note 2 ran iOS, I'd get it in a heartbeat.
  14. zauze macrumors newbie

    Jul 15, 2012
    If someone wants to hold an iPad to their head, they can buy a Galaxy Note :p Ridiculous.
  15. ReValveiT macrumors regular

    Sep 20, 2012
    Who says a Phone needs to be held up to the head?

    Some fairly backwards thinking going on here.
  16. ChristianVirtual macrumors 601


    May 10, 2010
    Facetime, Skype, WebEx, SIP, ... you name it. That will be your best guess.

    A "native" voice function ? No way. Its not an iPhone Maxi
  17. TM WAZZA macrumors 68000

    Sep 18, 2010
    Hamilton, New Zealand
  18. jclardy macrumors 68040


    Oct 6, 2008
    No. First of all it doesn't have an earpiece, so everyone would hear your conversations (Assuming you use the phone outside of your own house.)

    It could do alright with a bluetooth headset, but it would require a phone plan and there is no way that Apple will be doing that for the 20 or so people in the world that want to use it as a phone.
  19. davelang68 macrumors newbie

    Oct 23, 2012
    I don't understand the hate-on for this idea. It makes perfect sense to me. Why do I want to buy a phone and an ipad? This deficiency is the only thing stopping me from buying an iPad. There's no way I'm gonna bring a laptop (must have for software on it), iPad & iPhone with me when I travel. IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN.

    Isn't the hardware already included? They just need to write the app? Sorry but this is a really dumb move.

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