iPod Touch Phone? lol

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  1. RoYaLx

    RoYaLx Member

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    Just curious...I know this a little far fetched, but can you replace the WIFI antenna with a cell antenna to make an iPod Touch a phone?
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    jamil_d Active Member

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    Simply put, No.
  3. mitchell209

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    What he said.
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    Aznr00t New Member

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    No you cant lol
  5. pss

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    I'll administer the long answer.

    There is more to wireless technology than the antenna. Had you replaced the Wi-Fi antenna on the iPod Touch with a larger one, you would have nothing more than better Wi-Fi reception.

    Wi-Fi and cellular networks are different. Wi-Fi uses a technology called 802.11 and GSM phones use what I think is D-AMPS/EDGE. These technologies use different bands and chips and powers and are fundamentally incompatible. 802.11 is designed so it functions similar to a household cordless phone: D-AMPS is designed so it functions like a large-range two-way radio that can seamlessly switch between systems (the "cells").

    Besides that, there is also the issue of software. In order to communicate with the cellular network, you need what is called a "baseband" and this is part of a cellular communications chip which the Touch does not have. The baseband contains authentication data such as who you are on the network so they can bill you appropriately and verification that the device is even authorized to enter the network, as T-Mobile wouldn't want AT&T freeloading off the infrastructure they paid for.

    If you want to use the iPod Touch as a phone, you can download Skype, purchase a microphone and some skypeout credits, and use it at Wi-Fi hotspots, of which there are not many. If you want an iPhone, wait until your existing contract is up and just buy one.
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    Nburnes Well-Known Member

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    No.


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    leadergo Active Member

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    easier to get an iPhone. but as PSS said, the iPod Touch doesnt have a baseband chip, and it handles all the data and calls placed by the phone. iPod Touch was designed not to be used as a phone, but there are many other ways to do so, like Skype.
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    lol best reply yet
  9. holbikwolff10

    holbikwolff10 New Member

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    Well, maybe with some serious hardware modding putting in proper cards/chips (not software), and then some serious software modding, and you would have a really f- ...err, I mean messed-up looking Touch. And it still wouldn't be free. Really, just get an iPhone.
  10. 1YNQMWQVHZ

    1YNQMWQVHZ Active Member

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    Lol!

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