Did You Know Your iPod Touch is a Phone?

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With the arrival, finally, of Apple’s Premium earphones with remote and mic, you can now use your iPod Touch as a telephone through the magic of free software from the VoIP pioneers at TruPhone.

Actually, that’s somewhat inaccurate. You’ve been able to partake of TruPhone’s magic previously using a microphone adapter that plugs into the dock connector, or a headset with built-in mic like the one that ships with iPhones, but now that Apple’s new headsets are on the way, TruPhone’s app seems much more interesting.

Once you’ve installed the software, you can make free calls–no matter where you are in the world–to other iPod touch owners, to customers of Truphone’s Internet telephony service and to users of Google Talk instant messaging service. Support for low cost calling to landlines (PSTN) is on the way, according to company reps, as is support for calling and instant messaging to Skype and MSN (free) and free check and set facilities for both Twitter and Facebook.

The software uses the iPod touch’s Wi-Fi connection to carry VoIP calls over the Internet to its destination. There is no monthly line rental, no subscription or other hidden charges, but it should be noted calls are not handed off to the cellular network if you move beyond or lose your WiFi connection.

Still, when you bought that iPod Touch, I bet you didn’t think you were getting a telephone, too.

16 responses to “Did You Know Your iPod Touch is a Phone?”

  1. bowreality says:

    Well, I can not install TruPhone on my iPod touch…

  2. Stuart says:

    had quite a delay on it when I tried

  3. AppBeacon says:

    Does this work with the first generation iPod Touch? It doesn’t have any microphone capabilities that I’m aware of.

  4. Gomem says:

    This only works with second gen iPod Touch. With a first gen it would be “Hello,.. Hello.. HELLO !!!” as that don’t support the mic on the premium headphones.

  5. Vicky says:

    I own an ipod touch first generation… Is there any way for me to use truphone??? Please help me out in this regard….

  6. lonbud says:

    @Vicky – I think you are out of luck. The Truphone app requires a microphone and if I’m not mistaken the 1stG iPod Touch is without one.

  7. venu says:

    look.. I have a first gen iPod touch and I want to find out abt how to make free phone calls across the world.. the earphones I use are an iPhones so they have a mic too.. please tell me abt wat I can do..

  8. me says:

    Actually, you can get a mic for the first gen ipod touch. i have a first gen with a mic and i have a working shazam on it too. you have to have a dock mic ( like the iVoice )
    So is there anyway to get truphone for the 1st gen?