How to Turn Your iPod Touch Into a Phone

How to make free phone calls on your Apple iPod touch

The iPod Touch is not much of a communication device. It does not have the capability of connecting to a cellular network through a SIM card or otherwise. This leaves it a bit isolated. However, it does have two important things that can turn it into a phone: it connects to the Internet and it has audio input and output. These two things, together with Voice over IP, will allow you to make calls to any number for cheap, often cheaper than with traditional telephony, and often for completely free. 

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Apple opposes the use of cellular networks for VoIP calls, thereby ruling out the use of 3G and 4G networks, but leaves the door open for Wi-Fi. So, you can use your iPod Touch in any Wi-Fi hotspot or around a Wi-Fi router to make unlimited local and international calls, for free or very cheap. However, WiFi is quite limited. You will not be able to communicate while on the go unless you are in a hotspot, which is far from being everywhere. Using mobile data would make the iPod a complete communication tool. 

VoIP Smartphone Apps 

One way is to use a VoIP app for smartphones that is compatible (designed for) Apple's iPod Touch. While there are numerous apps out there for online communication, only a handful are compatible with the iPod Touch. Here are some apps you can try: 

Skype: The oldest app out there. It comes with a great list of features and allows voice calls and instant messaging for free online. It also allows you to make calls to international destinations for cheap. 

Facebook Messenger: You would expect to see WhatsApp on this list, but while it supports the iPhone, there is no app for it for the iPod. Facebook Messenger does have, and it can be used as a communication tool. 

Viber: Has roughly the same features as WhatsApp. Also allows you paid calls to any number worldwide, like Skype. 

Using SIP 

SIP is a great way to convert your iPod Touch into a phone. What you need is to install a SIP client on your device, get a SIP account and therefore a SIP address, which acts like a phone number, configure your device to make calls. That article will tell you all you need to know about how to do that. As for the SIP client that you can install on your iPod, here are some candidates: Bria, which one of the best on the market; Zoiper; MobileVoIP; Siphon among others. 

Your Audio 

Not all iPod touch devices are compatible with conventional earphones and headphones. You need to have the appropriate and compatible accessories. You can use the built-in microphone and speakers of the device. For privacy, consider acquiring something the Apple EarPods that work with iPods. The previous model of Apple's iPod had only 4 wires for the headphone jack. This new iPod Touch model has got 5 wires, of which one can be used for microphones integrated into headphones for voice input.

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