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By don quixada, Member on 27th October 2011, 05:42 AM
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So I just turned my wifi-only tablet (A500) into a phone and it was easy! All you need to do is use a sip/voip client such as LinPhone or CSipSimple (the one I use) and sign-up with an internet phone provider that gives you actual phone numbers.

I signed-up with WhistlePhone:

https://www.whistlephone.com/

And I got a free phone number that gives me free 20min calls to any number in the US-- and it can receive calls as well!

There are other providers out there too. If you are in Canada you can use FreePhoneLine:

http://www.freephoneline.ca/

I'm sure there are equivalent services in other places in the world.

Anyway, suffice it to say, my tablet is now a phone and it makes it that much more awesome!

Good luck!

dq

PS: you can also install LinPhone on your Linux box and there is probably a Windows equivalent...

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27th October 2011, 05:18 PM |#2  
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Originally Posted by don quixada

So I just turned my wifi-only tablet (A500) into a phone and it was easy! All you need to do is use a sip/voip client such as LinPhone or CSipSimple (the one I use) and sign-up with an internet phone provider that gives you actual phone numbers.

I signed-up with WhistlePhone:

https://www.whistlephone.com/

And I got a free phone number that gives me free 20min calls to any number in the US-- and it can receive calls as well!

There are other providers out there too. If you are in Canada you can use FreePhoneLine:

http://www.freephoneline.ca/

I'm sure there are equivalent services in other places in the world.

Anyway, suffice it to say, my tablet is now a phone and it makes it that much more awesome!

Good luck!

dq

PS: you can also install LinPhone on your Linux box and there is probably a Windows equivalent...

q


How'd you get the site to recognize your tablet as android? Everytime I go to the site is recognizes me as Mac OS X. And refuses to allow me to download the android version.
It doesn't matter what I set my user agent as, or which browser I use.
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27th October 2011, 05:31 PM |#3  
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With WhistlePhone you have to download and install the client on a desktop machine in order to sign-up. Once you've done that you can extract the info from the program on the desktop and input it into your tablet. It's kinda a roundabout may to do it but after that it works great!

It looks like with FreePhoneLine you need to pay a 1-time $50 fee for the config file but after that it's free.

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27th October 2011, 06:33 PM |#4  
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Groove IP works well too. I have it on my phone and tablet, it uses your google voice #.

https://market.android.com/details?id=com.gvoip&hl=en
27th October 2011, 07:11 PM |#5  
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Or you could just use Skype.
27th October 2011, 07:37 PM |#6  
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Yeah, but Skype is a subscription service albeit inexpensive.

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27th October 2011, 08:57 PM |#7  
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Groove IP works well too. I have it on my phone and tablet, it uses your google voice #.

https://market.android.com/details?id=com.gvoip&hl=en


This is what I use, works great.
27th October 2011, 09:52 PM |#8  
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Originally Posted by don quixada

Yeah, but Skype is a subscription service albeit inexpensive.

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On skype you can video chat which is kind of cool
27th October 2011, 10:33 PM |#9  
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Gv and groove IP is what I use
28th October 2011, 03:11 AM |#10  
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With the desktop LinPhone you can also do video chats. Not with the a500 yet though...

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28th October 2011, 04:49 AM |#11  
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Use Google Talk for video chat. I use it every night to say goodnight to my kids from work.
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