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CES 2012: Line2 HD Transforms iPads Into Phones

Posted by Blake Grundman on January 12th, 2012

If there was one thing that the iPad had working against it, it was the lack of cell service.  Sure, it has iMessage and some have 3G, but sometimes a two minute phone call can communicate the same amount of information as twenty texts.  This is why the new app Line2 HD is so groundbreaking, because it successfully turns an iPad into a phone.

Accessible via both wifi and 3G, the application keeps users in constant connection with their own personal phone line through the Line2 service.  Complete with caller ID, the ability to call out, receive text messages, and even voice mail, the monthly cost for the service is a mere $9.95 a month or $99.50 for the entire year.  Though this may sound costly, just remember what we all shell out on a monthly basis just to pay cell phone bills.  In the long run it could actually be quite the money saver.

This functionality is just the tip of the iceberg, so check out the video below and give the free app a download.  After all, with a free seven day trail, what do you have to lose?

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Line2 App Combines WiFi + 3G for Ultimate iPad VoIP

Posted by Bonnie Eisenman on May 31st, 2010

The iPad is great at a lot of things…but unlike its iPhone sibling, it can’t make or receive phone calls. Line2 aims to solve that dilemma and is now offering its app for the iPad and iPhone, making it the only calling app available for the iPad that works over WiFi and 3G. Sweet? I think so! Man, the days when AT&T tried to block VoIP apps seems like the Stone Age now...

When you sign up for an account with Line2, the company provides you with a phone number. You can then make and receive phone calls from the app. Line2 will use your 3G data plan to transmit data under normal circumstances, but if you’re within range of a WiFi network, the app will automatically switch to WiFi—even in mid-call. The app’s ability to use WiFi is great for if you’re trying to save on data, or for international travelers wary of the iPad's international 3G plan. As for “regular” phone features, Line2 also includes call waiting, conferencing for up to 20 people, and call transfer abilities.

The iPad might seem like an awkward phone, but its built-in speakers and microphone are fairly powerful. Set it on a coffee table, start up Line2, and you can have multiple people in the room chiming in during a conference call. As for using Line2 with the iPhone, well, avoiding racking up minutes usually pays off...and sometimes WiFi is just more reliable.

All this comes at a price, however; like any good service, Line2 has a price tag. In this case, it’s $14.95/month. If you’re looking for a WiFi/3G VoIP app for the iPad, however, the lack of competition makes that cost a good investment.