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iPod Touch as an iPhone

September 10, 2009

I’ve been absolutely amazed at the utility and design of the iPhone 3GS and I wish everyone that I know could get an iPhone.  However, some of my friends refuse to get one because of numerous reasons – AT&T, a monthly bill they don’t want to pay, their boss won’t let them, their mom won’t let them, etc.

That being said, if you don’t have an iPhone, you can get an iPod Touch to function as one – minus the camera/video recorder.

Here’s how – please note, I haven’t tried this but have heard people on podcasts talk about it (MacBreak Weekly/Leo Laporte) and there are blog posts on this very subject.

Here’s what you need:

1.  A 2nd generation iPod Touch.  FYI – Apple just announced a new larger and faster Touch; however, it doesn’t have a video camera (but strangely, the new nano has one).  The rumor is that the camera wasn’t included in the Touch because there was a problem with production.  If you don’t have a Touch, I suggest you wait a few months, Apple just might add the camera to the Touch before Christmas.

2.  A Skype account.  You can get a Skype account that allows you to make unlimited outgoing calls for $2.95 per month.  You pay month to month.  There is no long term contract.  The Skype account is not restricted to your iPod, you can use it on any computer.

3.  A headset with microphone for $29. If you Touch has the 3.0 update, you should be able to use a bluetooth headset.

4.  A mifi card.  A mifi card is a device that is about the size of a credit card that receives a mobile broadband connection and creates a wifi network wherever you are (as long as you have mobile coverage).  You can connect up to 5 wifi devices to your mobile network at the same time.  Verizon currently has rates as low as $39.99 per monthSprint has the mifi too.  With both of these, you’ll have to sign a long term contract (unless you can finagle your way out of one).

So, once you get the mifi up, all you have to do is connect your iPod Touch to the wifi network just like you do any other wifi hotspot, pull up the Skype app, and make your call!

Obviously, you will also be able to surf the net on the iPod Touch.

Finally, a word of caution.  Most mobile broadband providers limit monthly usage to 5GB so be careful (UPDATE: after 5GB, they will begin charging you in addition to your monthly fee)!

If someone is brave enough to try this, let me know how it goes!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. September 11, 2009 6:38 am

    when folks like you say “…Most mobile broadband providers limit monthly usage to 5GB…” some people take that to mean they can’t go beyond 5GB.

    there is no limit to how much bandwidth you can use on a MiFi, but you may end up with overage charges IF you go past 5GB usage in any billing cycle. MOST people who use MiFi as secondary bandwidth will not go over 5GB in a billing month.

    for those curious what 5GB represents, check out

  2. paddlesports permalink*
    September 11, 2009 7:03 am

    Great point, I’ve updated the post. 🙂

  3. October 13, 2012 8:03 am

    how come you have to pay a monthly bill

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