Line2 HD App Turns iPad 3G Into An iPhone

Line2 HD iPad app

Toktumi has released their iPad app – Line2 HD in the App Store. Just like Line2 for iPhone, which adds a second phone number to the iPhone, Line2 HD app gives your iPad a phone number with visual voicemail and if you’ve an iPad 3G, it turns it into an iPhone.

Line2 for iPhone was launched last September and according to TechCrunch has more than 50,000 paying customers.

Line2 HD for iPad includes the following features:

  • Your very own new local number (or transfer an existing number)
  • Unlimited US/Canada calls
  • Unlimited domestic texting in US
  • Conference call up to 20 people
  • Visual voicemail
  • Voicemail by email
  • Email support from within the app

Toktumi’s founder Peter Sisson told TechCrunch that they decided to launch an iPad app after they discovered that iPad was the top converting platform indicating that customers liked to use it even in the double pixelated mode.

You can checkout Line2 for iPad in action below:

You need to buy a subscription plan to use the app, which starts at $9.95 per month or $99.95 per year.

As Line2 is not currently offering in-app subscription in the app, it is getting one-star ratings in the App Store as users are getting confused with a login screen when they launch the app with no option to signup, forcing folks at Toktumi to put the following comment in the Customer Review section of the App Store:

Apple’s new guidelines prevent account sign-ups within this app, and they also do not allow us to link to websites or provide other signup assistance. Please do not one-star us because of this. This is not something we have any control over. We will be restoring in-app account creation once we add in-app purchases as required by Apple’s rules. For now, you need to figure out how to create an account.

Apple needs to seriously relook at their in-app subscription policy as it is hurting developers and more importantly degrades customer’s user experience. Line2 should also take the blame rather than pointing the finger at Apple and saying it is not in their control, they should have expected this and ideally should have launched the iPad app only after adding in-app purchases.

Anyways, getting back to the app, you can download it using this App Store link and creating your account using this signup page. Please note it seems to be available only in the US and Canadian App Store.

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Hat tip to TechCrunch!

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