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Hack allows iTouch to make VoIP calls

A handful of geeks have managed to make what appears to be the first iTouch call. They relied on a SIP (Session Initiation Protocol (opens in new tab)) application developed for the Nintendo DS gaming console to conduct the hack.

The user interface is very rudimentary and exposes the raw innards of the iTouch operating system. The software used SvSIP (opens in new tab), an application developed by a French developer, Samuel Vinson, which relies on SIP.

SIP is an open standard for creating, modifying, and terminating sessions with one or more participants and It is widely used as a signalling protocol for Voice over IP.

Right now, the application running on the iTouch does not make use of any Graphical User Interface, but this seems to be the next logical step, especially as there are already at least a dozen existing numeric keypads for the Nintendo DS SvSIP.

As yet, there are no plans to turn this home-brewed application, but the iTouch could suddenly turn into a rival for the iPhone, something that Apple surely hasn't foreseen.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.