So is this gizmo amazing or what? That’s obviously a rhetorical question because its pretty damn brilliant. I’ve had my trust blackberry bold 9000, my small and portable android enabled, Motorola Spice, and my versatile and entertaining iPod Touch 4Gen with me for over a year now and thus with already 2 phones and an iPod Touch, I felt it would be a waste to buy an Iphone 4 when all the features of the device were easily handled by my iPod Touch sans making actual phone calls. Furthermore, I couldn’t justify paying $400 more just to add the ability to make and receive phone calls (albeit SMS, and 3G data were also missing).
Then this device shows up on my desk and I’m like “Huh? What is this? … Wait a minute. This does what?? Seriously?!?! No way! That’s awesome. I’m trying this right now!”
*UPDATE* The Gmate now works for almost all android devices that have Android 2.0+ OS or higher. This includes both smart phones and tablets*UPDATE*
And suffice to say, my excitement was tempered by the fairly simple, but some-what time consuming process of installing the necessary software to allow my iPod Touch to be a full-fledged iPhone 4 that can receive and make calls and SMS and mms and also surf the web and use 3G.
And how about the approximately 35million iphone (4 and 4s) users around the world (plus the millions that are unreported but still using iOS devices) ? How can the amazing Gmate help them out?
Well that’s a fantastic question. Gmate can allow your iPhone 3G/3Gs/4/4s to also be Dual-SIM. Now that’s a fancy way of saying that you can use two sim-cards simultaneously. The benefits of this feature are great:
First, those who normally have a business phone or company phone that they have to lug around can enjoy carrying and using their iPhone instead. You can also keep a global roaming sim-card in your phone for travelers (either business or pleasure) and for those that don’t fall into the previous two categories, you can sign up for a cheap unlimited data plan on one sim-card and a voice plan with a company that offers superior coverage or a cheap unlimited talk/text plan but no data.
In other words, you can have your cake and eat it as well! For (a Canadian) example: I would sign up with Chatr’s unlimited talk/text plan for $25/month (after $10 monthly credit using autopay) and also grab a Wind or Mobilicity Unlimited Data plan for $25/month. Thus I would be getting unlimited talk/text/data plus the usual frills (voicemail, call waiting, call forwarding, caller ID, etc.) for about $60/month. Let’s compare that to a plan withBellorRogerswhich would be 200 daytime min, unlimited evenings/weekend minutes, 1GB of data, and 500 text messages for about the same price. Unlimited plans with those companies have prices in the stratosphere ($200+).
Anyways, the best feature in my opinion is the ability to convert almost any Apple device into an iPhone. And today’s In-Depth Guide will show you just how to do that:
Step 1: Go over here and order the amazing Gmate!
Easy enough step. I think anybody can do it. And $86 is a bargain compared to what Apple is charging for its most basic iPhone 4s (649.99-16GB) or iPhone4 (549.99-8GB).
Step 2: Jailbreak your device so that it has Cydia.
Don’t worry. Jailbreaking does not void your warranty (easily reversible). It’s also completely painless and simple to do provided that you are competent at following directions. Since you are now on Step 2 and are reading articles on our SW-Box Blog, I’d imagine you’re probably one of the brightest people on the planet J
How to jailbreak an iOS5 device: http://www.pcworld.com/article/242116/how_to_jailbreak_your_ios_5_device.html
Or you can google “How to jailbreak (iPhone/iPod) (OS number)”
Step 3: Within Cydia, add the Skyroam manager
So go to Cydia ->User-> Manage Sources -> Edit Sources -> Add Source -> http://m.skyroam.com/cydia ->Click Add Source
Step 4: Install Gmate App
Go back to Cydia -> Sources -> Skyroam -> Gmate –> Install -> Confirm
*Ignore any error interface boxes and click Okay*
Choose “Complete Upgrade” when you get the prompt
Step 5: Insert a SIM card into the Gmate Device
Step 6: Enable Bluetooth on iDevice and pair
The device default name is “Gmate” and the default pin (advised to change it within settings asap) is “1234”
Step 7: Start making/receiving calls, SMS, and browsing the internet all on your iPod, iPad, or iPhone
For those that have a smartphone, download Google Sync and sync your contacts with your gmail account (make one if you don’t already have). Then enable contact syncing within your iPod/iPad: Go to Settings -> Mail, Contacts, Calendars-> Add Account -> Gmail -> Sync Contacts and Voila! Now all your contacts are loaded onto your iDevice.
The entire process took me about 45minutes but I was using a VPN wifi access that was sludge, so with a decent internet speed (300kb/s +) you should be up and running within 10minutes or so.
If you have any further questions – Hit me up via comments below. If it’s a personal question you can email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out the Gmate in Action on Youtube!: