I’m one of the many people who can’t afford an iPhone. OK, I’m a cheapskate as well. But a few years ago I discovered a neat app that turned my basic iPod touch into an imitation iPhone: the Skype app for iOS. The following post and video shows how to use the app to make calls from your iPod touch. I described this app (and more than 20 others) in iPod touch In 30 Minutes (purchasing options here), but I wanted to use this post to show more details and share the video of the app in action.
Skype, as you may know, is a popular desktop app for video and audio chats. It’s particularly popular among international users, as it allows Skype members to communicate for free across borders. The Skype mobile app for iOS (which works on iPods) has these features, but it also has another cool feature — the ability to call other phones, in the U.S. or overseas.
To use this feature, you have to buy Skype credits (a $5 in-app purchase on the iPod touch, or log onto Skype.com and use your credit card to purchase a minimum of $10 worth of credit). There’s also a twist with making domestic calls, or calls to the U.S. if you are located overseas — you have to enter “001” before the U.S. area code. You’ll need a solid Wi-fi signal as well. But you’ll be able to make a call on your iPod touch, without a cell phone or a two-year contract with Verizon, Comcast, or T-mobile.
It’s not a perfect solution. The Skype app doesn’t receive incoming calls, and you are tethered to a Wifi signal. But it’s a great tool for people without phones, or who are travelling overseas and don’t want to shell out for cellphone roaming services.
Here’s the video, which shows how to use the app on an iPod touch: