While the iPad’s considerable size doesn’t particularly lend itself to being a telephone, that hasn’t stopped many from wanting to use it as one.

A new app promises to turn our favorite tablet into a 9.7″ smartphone, and all for $10 per month, according to AppAdvice.

Starting July 28th, we could be making and taking telephone calls from our iPads using either the in-built mic and speaker, or a bluetooth headset…

Coming from Line2, little is known about the app, with just a countdown timer and graphic appearing on the company’s website. The current plans are listed though, pointing to a basic plan starting at less than $10 per month – that’s certainly competitive with ‘real’ cell phone providers.

What we find ourselves asking though, is this: how is this really any different to Skype?

Everyone’s favorite VoIP provider has been on the verge of releasing an iPad app for a couple of weeks now, and with Line2 also using the VoIP system, we can’t help but think that the only real difference here will be calling plans.

Until we see concrete offers though, we’re just guessing what both companies will offer when it comes to iPad telephony.

Keep in mind that there’s also a jailbreak app out for the iPad, called PhoneItiPad, that does nearly this exact same thing. Instead of a monthly fee, PhoneItiPad only costs one payment of $19.99.

Which will you choose?

  • Ken

    I will choose iphone instead of ipad for making call.

  • Ras

    Lol I rather get an iPhone than using the dumb iPad as a phone.it’s overrated

  • Gayle

    There is also an app that’s been around for a long time and does the same thing for a reasonable monthly charge, or even by the minute charges…TruPhone. It’s a free download from iTunes. And I swear I don’t work for that company in any way. If they would like to give me some free time for the plug I’ll gladly accept. LOL

  • Manny

    There has been a Line2 app available for the iphone for quite some time now, and I tried it when they had a free 30 day trial, let me just say it is well worth the 10 a month cause you get unlimited calling and texting within the US and Canada you the interface is nice too. You also can conference call with up to 20 people at a time, you have visual voicemail, you guys get the picture check it out well worth it…

    • Goofygreek

      Yea, I use line 2 on iPhone for a second number for work. One app for all my work needs, you get a local phone number with unlimited everything. Works on wifi, 3G, and also goes through your cell service if you want it too. Visual voicemail, forwarding options, unlimited messaging, and it’s actually good service too. Ive used the iPhone app on the iPad, but, the iPad is just way to big to hold around and talk to people on it.

  • ic0edx

    Would I have to place my iPhones GSM sim in the iPad so it could work. Or I ca. Use the iPads GSM sim card with the monthly data service only ?

  • soccerkrzy

    PhoneItiPad requires a monthly voice plan with your carrier…

    This is different from Skype because it sounds like you’ll get a phone number that cell phones/landlines can call. I realize Skype has SkypeIN service; however, it’s far more expensive than that this is offering.

  • Gayle

    Google gives you a second number for free and comes with great bells and whistles. One of my favs is you can have an individual message for each of your contacts. Or, you can send anyone straight to voice mail. And you can listen in while someone leaves a message and then answer if you choose. It used to be by invitation only but they have recently made it available for everyone.

  • Johari

    yeah…..more practical to use the iphone….

  • Piqued

    The way your article is written it gives the impression that Line 2 was not previosly available. It has been out for close to 2 years and I have been using it on my iPod Touch and iPad for a while.
    The only thing new is that their will be an iPad specific app with a new layout and features.

  • Irha

    I just use Talkatone free app in conjunction with google voice on my wifi only ipad. It kind of doubles as a second line.