There are a whole range of apps that can be used to make phone calls from tablets and other devices without sim cards. As long as the tablet is connected to the internet (usually over WiFi) you can use Skype, WhatsApp, Viber, Facetime, Google Voice…the list is long. These can all be good solutions in a pinch but they are limited and over-complicated methods that also make returning your call, identifying yourself and managing all aspects of the communication more complicated than they need to be.
There are also a bunch of VoIP (voice over IP) apps that give you a way to make calls from your device. This is called a softphone app. You are using an ipad, computer or phone to make the call or send the message over the internet rather than over the cellular phone network. VoIP is pretty sweet. Only thing is that the traditional way of using VoIP usually involves being assigned land line numbers. Even in the case where you can get a mobile number assigned to your voice account, you can’t send and receive text messages or receive picture messages from the number.
If this all sounds like a headache, BenkoPhone is the aspirin.
With BenkoPhone you use the aforementioned approach of VoIP + softphone application on your device but you can send / receive text messages, picture messages and phone calls ALL from the same number, ALL using the data network, ALL from your personal tablet device (or even your phone or computer) without revealing your private number. Game changer!!!
On top of that, the calls all go through the BenkoPhone portal so you can log on and track calls and messages and collaborate with your team from anywhere in the world.
“But what about the iPad question this friggin’ article is supposed to be about?” I hear you say.
Well the answer is: yes. And the best way to do that is using BenkoPhone. Your iPad is probably really just a redundancy for when you’ve left your phone somewhere or it is broken or otherwise unavailable. This becomes pretty powerful when you think about integrating BenkoPhone into a team or an organisation.
Effective communication is about more than just placing and receiving a call or text message. If the process isn’t handled systematically then disaster lurks. BenkoPhone allows you to send messages and receive calls from your phone or tablet (or any other connected device) without giving away your number. It also gives you a system for organising and managing your communications so that your staff can collaborate and keep track of communications so that nothing falls by the wayside and every communication is followed up on. Try BenkoPhone for free!