In a nutshell, the hardware of the iPad does not allow to make calls in GSM or CDMA networks. Of course, you can use these networks to access 3G Internet (establish a data connection), but you cannot use them for voice calls. Fortunately, there are applications for the iPad that allow you to make high-quality voice calls through the Internet.
The iPad is a truly fantastic device. It seamlessly blends the best aspects of your laptop, personal organizer, and media player together. It is no wonder that many people choose it as a primary business instrument. You can use it for pretty much all types of business communications with the exception of voice calls. However, you can outsmart those limitations by using apps that enable VOIP (Voice-Over-Internet Protocol) calls.
Here are some of the best iPad applications available from the App Store that will allow you to make calls directly from your iPad as long as you have a 3G or Wi-Fi Internet connection:
Skype is probably the best-known and most popular VOIP application for different platforms. Now, it also works on the iPad in native mode to provide its users with all of the popular features of this great software: voice calls, video calls, and Bluetooth devices and tethering. And of course, users can use Skype to make cheap calls to landlines worldwide and talk to other Skype users for free.
iCall — this application with an Apple-esque name allows users to make free VOIP calls to the US and Canada. It also gives users the ability to make international calls as a premium service or for free. In the latter case, users will listen to a 30-second advertisement before they can start their call. Another feature of this application is the push notification that appears on the screen when you have an incoming call.
Fring is a lesser-known VOIP application that, unlike FaceTime, allows you to make free video calls to people will all different kinds of mobile devices. So, if your friend is a stubborn Android user or stuck with his Nokia Smartphone, you can talk with him for free as long as he has Fring installed on his mobile device. This application also allows you to make international calls for quite affordable prices.
Google Talk — is another great VOIP application that unfortunately does not have an official app for the iPad. However, some iPad applications provide solid support for all Google Talk features, the most prominent among them being IM+. Not only does this application offer good support for Google Talk, it also allows you to communicate with your friends using pretty much any social network out there. IM+ is an ad-supported free application, but you may also buy an ad-free version.
Besides the applications mentioned above, there is another interesting workaround that allows you to use Google Talk: just add a shortcut to Google Talk's web interface to one of your iPad's app screens.
Alternatively, you can use other apps that integrate closely with Google Talk, such as, for instance, Vtok.
The number of VOIP applications available for the iPad is constantly growing, and, thus, users are constantly gaining access to more and better options. You may also be interested in checking out iPad VOIP applications like Truphone, Whistle Phone, and Sipgate. Just choose one that suits your needs and tastes better, and enjoy communicating with your colleagues, friends, and relatives!
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