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Turn Your iPod Touch Into An iPhone

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Turn Your iPod Touch Into an iPhone with its Plastic Packaging

We’ve shown you the software you need to turn your iPod touch into an iPhone, and reader Kevin has taken it a step further, modding the iPod’s packing materials to turn it into a “phone” you can hold up to your ear.

I’m using VOIP on my iPod touch, but I was annoyed by the mic attachments available for my 3rd generation iPod, like this one. I bought 3 of them and they were all defective. Plus, even if the mic worked you have to change your “speaker out” settings each time you use it, which would be a pain if you used it often. That’s what drove me to think of this mod: with a bit of tweaking, you can turn the plastic packaging from an iPod touch into a phone-like device you hold up to your ear. Even with the earbuds near your ear (and not in them) its plenty loud enough. Here’s how to do it.

Modifying the Original Apple iPod Touch Packaging

Turn Your iPod Touch Into an iPhone with its Plastic Packaging

The inner tray from the 3G iPod Touch packaging has rather sharp corners (and edges), so the first step is to round the four corners on the back surface of the tray to 1/4″ radius or larger. Next, on the same surface, create two grooves spaced 3/4″ from each other in the end of the tray that has a recess for the power button. The contour of the groove should match the shape of the earbuds.

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