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Make Calls On Your iPad Using Your SIM Card

One thing you can not take away from the iPad is the almost inexhaustible number of apps, some of which have greatly enhanced the capability and functionality of the device.

Before now, voice calls on your iPad was restricted to VOIP using apps like TEXTFREE WITH VOICE . But now, you do it using your SIM card!

So much has been said about Apple and its EXTREME proprietary restrictions, this can only be the reason why voice and SMS features, using your SIM, were never enabled in the first instance. Many of the enhanced functions on the ipad requires you to have your device “jailbroken” to bypass Apple’s restrictions. Before now, about the only app available that could use your SIM card for messaging was SWIRLYSMS. It is available for free in Cydia store (Cydia is an app store for apps that did not make it to Apple’s app store for varied reasons).

PhoneItiPad is a premium app ($19.99 / N3500) that allows you to use your SIM card to make calls with or without an earpiece. The price is a little steep but i think it is still tempting enough. It is also available in the Cydia app store.

I can bet Apple would block this app in its next release so you may want to consider that before parting with your money.

Will give the app a spin and give a feedback.

Unfortunately, only users of  iPad 1 with 3G SIM and IOS 4.3.3 can enjoy this app. Sorry.

 

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I Have a Dream …

The impending Mobile number portability in the Nigerian GSM sector has been welcomed with applause and expectations. This is with the assumption that the industry would become very much competitive, barring any form of cartel formation, that is, if it is not in existence already.

Number portability basically means that, say, using a “0809” number will not necessarily mean you are a subscriber to the Etisalat network. Also, you could have a “0803” number and be a subscriber to Airtel. You can switch within the networks whilst still keeping your number.

A number of countries have long deployed such services; South Africa, Egypt, Israel, US, UK,etc.

It is not news that the quality of service being rendered by these companies is appalling at best. Someone even commented that it is a joke. I agreed with him, especially when i read in the papers that one of them is about launching 4G in Nigeria. 4G! Very hilarious.  Not one of them can even boast of rendering quality 3G services, talkless of 4G. Dont even get me started.

It is an open secret that my GSM company of choice, for now, is Etisalat. Aside from their unrivalled customer services, the 2.5G or Edge speed they have been offering is very much better than what the other jokers have been touting as “3G” or “3.5G”. I just hope that with the recent acquisition of their 3G license, they will show us what true 3G is!

As usual, can anyone visualize how this portability concept will play out in Nigeria? For one, the almighty MTN will frustrate anyone wishing to leave its stables. I am actually quoting a staffer. To transfer your number to another network, it takes as little as a few seconds in New Zealand, few minutes in Australia, and at the extreme end, 5 days in the UK. Can someone give an educative guess on how long it would take MTN? I shudder to think. Unfortunately, Glo is not much better, i honestly do not know which company has the worst customer service. It is obvious that these two companies would witness not a few of their customers jumping ship.

And on the bigger scene, an article was published on this website detailing the incursion of some big names into almost every technological facet of our lives; Bulk sms,etc. True to that article, Google is now actively involved in VOIP telephony, making calls over the internet. They also offer basically all what is being offered by these GSM companies. And guess what? They allow for Number portability. Christened GOOGLE VOICE, unfortunately, the service is not yet available in Nigeria, but like most technological advances, it would eventually.

I have a dream, that one day, in our country Nigeria, “Everywhere i go”, people  “Glo with pride” and … Airtel stopped its endless adverts on TV!!!