How to turn your iPod Touch into an iPhone (without breaking the bank)

They might look the same, but word on the street says the iPhone is the real deal, while the iPod Touch is...an in-house phony.

iPhone and iPod TouchThey might look the same, but word on the street says the iPhone is the real deal, while the iPod Touch is...an in-house phony.

Ouch.

Now that might not truly be the case, but there are plenty of iPod Touch users out there that would like to, you know, once in awhile make a phone call (and prove to their iPhone counterparts that, yes, in fact, they are the real deal). Worry no more: Lifehacker's Adam Pash figured out how to make VoIP phone calls from your iPod touch (or iPhone) with a small freeware application called SIP-VoIP.

If you're not afraid of voiding your warranty for the ultimate bragging rights (well, ahem, short of actually owning an iPhone), it takes three simple steps: "Jailbreaking" or unlocking your iPod Touch, installing SIP-VoIP, and setting the whole thing up to make and receive calls.

If that sounds like a great way to spend a weekend, and you don't mind signing up for things on the Internet, read on for a walk-through with pictures...

Feature: Turn Your iPod Touch into an iPhone (Lifehacker)

...and then tell us what happened (or why you think the whole thing is a convoluted sham).

If I had an iPod touch, I'd give it a go, but my iPod nano doesn't look like it'd be very welcoming of such modification. (Pity!)

Which begs this question for iPhone and iPod Touch users: Was the ability to place calls a dealbreaker in choosing between these two devices? Tell us your story in TalkBack.

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