Make Your iPod Touch Into a Phone

While iPod Touch has the same physical look and functionality as the iPhone, it is still lacking in one thing: the ability to make phone call.

If you can afford the extra $100 plus the $60/month AT&T charge for the next two year, then you can ignore this post and go get yourself an iPhone. However, if you are like me, stuck in a country where iPhone has not yet been launched, then here is a good way to convert your iPod Touch into a phone.

The way to do it is via the application SIP-VoIP (and also a TouchMod mic to transmit and receive voice signal since iPod Touch does not has a microphone and speaker by default).

There is a great tutorial over at Lifehacker on installing and configuring SIP-VoIP on your iPod Touch. Generally, the steps required are summarized below:

  1. Jailbreak your iPod Touch
  2. Add the touchmod repository to your installer.app
  3. Install the SIP-VoIP app via the installer.app (according to Lifehacker, if the application don’t work, you will have to install the older version via OpenSSH)
  4. Register a SIP account with third party
  5. Configure the SIP-VoIP with the third party details
  6. Dial the outbound number and start making the call.

You won’t get a full fledge phone after installing SIP-VoIP, but it does show great promises, and can be a great alternative for those who are not able to get their hand on an iPhone.

Damien Damien

Damien Oh started writing tech articles since 2007 and has over 10 years of experience in the tech industry. He is proficient in Windows, Linux, Mac, Android and iOS, and worked as a part time WordPress Developer. He is currently the owner and Editor-in-Chief of Make Tech Easier.