Ever wanted an iPhone 4 but not ready to shell out the heavy asking price? Well if you own an iPod Touch, you just hit the jackpot!
If you look at the latest iPhone and iPod Touch from Apple, you’ll find that both these devices are ironically identical. Both the device have dual cameras and both can make video calls. In fact, the only differentiator between the two is that, whereas you can make calls from your iPhone, the iPod Touch is not actually a phone. But the guide below will break all barriers (as much as possible) and give you a cheap iPhone, ready to use (NO JAILBREAK REQUIRED).
Here’s the list of things that you are required to arrange for:
- An iPod Touch (of course) [though the latest model is preferred, any model will do]
- VoIP App – Line2 (free)
- Fairly regular WiFi Connection
- HARDWARE: iPod-compatible headset (because speaker is the only other option available)
You can’t make phone calls from your iPod Touch. But, as Apple say, there’s an app for everything. Even for making your iPod Touch make calls!
There are many apps for making WiFi calls such as Skype, Fring, etc. But the best one to use is probably Line2. Designed to be a complete phone application, it doesn’t disappoint at all. It is free initially but after a month it sucks $10 every month from you. Though a lot, still its not bad considering you get unlimited calling in the US and Canada, as well as unlimited text messages.
Your home WiFi will suit you just fine if you plan to use your iPod Touch within the refineries of your home. But, if you plan to use it as a full fledged phone (iPhone), and would like to make/receive phone calls on the go, then subscribing for a data plan with a mobile hotspot is the order of the day. The deal will cost you about $60 a month for 5GB (or unlimited, depending on the carrier) of data. Sprint offers the Overdrive, which (in some areas) can provide you with a 4G signal, and Verizon has their very popular MiFi (which only offers 3G).
Here’s the verdict you’ve been waiting for. While buying an iPhone is the easier option, converting your iPod Touch into an iPhone has some of its own merits. For instance, you can immediately notice the call quality being much better than the iPhone, with little or no call fails at all. The signal strength is also at its peak, suggesting a good pickup for your iTouch. In other words, an iPod Touch with a cellular data hotspot is as good as an iPhone.
Lets weigh the pros and cons of this makeover to get the answer we’re looking for: whether we should convert our iPod Touch into an iPhone 4G or buy an iPhone 4 independently.
- You save a ton of money over paying for an iPhone (or any newer smartphone, really), whether you get a 3G data plan or not.
- Dropped calls are about as frequent as they are on an iPhone.
- Headset features work exactly the same as they do on the iPhone, so the experience feels very similar.
- The high-end iPod touch offers twice the storage as the high-end iPhone (64GB vs. 32GB).
- The iPod touch, bereft of a 3G radio, gets better battery life.
- If you get a cellular data hotspot (like the Verizon MiFi), you can keep your iPod touch in your pocket while placing the MiFi elsewhere for a better signal.
- A lack of cellular reception in your home is completely irrelevant since you can place your calls over Wi-Fi.
- Despite being pretty close, phone features are not quite as seamless on the iPod touch as they are on the iPhone.
- Dropped calls are not as obvious as they are on an iPhone, so it’s not very easy to tell when you’ve lost someone without looking at the screen (bad for the car).
- The iPod touch isn’t built with the intention you’ll use it as a phone, so you need to purchase a headset for it to really shine.
- The iPod touch doesn’t provide a GPS, so you will need to purchase an external GPS unit at an addition cost if you want to use it as a navigation device in your car (although you could try relying on Wi-Fi signal triangulation).
- The iPod touch’s camera isn’t nearly as good as the iPhone 4’s.
- If you want to make calls using a cellular data hotspot (like the Verizon MiFi), you have to carry around two devices.
- If you use a cellular data hotspot, its battery life is pretty poor (only up to four hours). While you can get an extended battery for your hotspot that’ll last the day, it’ll cost you around $100.
Whether or not you’re ready to turn your iPod touch into an iPhone, it’s encouraging to see how far our options have come. What used to be a pretty in-depth process is now as simple as making good use of the right apps. If you can’t afford an iPhone contract or just don’t want to, your iPod touch is now a worthy contender.
We suggest you read the full article from the original source (Giz) which lists more options for every step.