Sprint Brings 3G Connection to iPod Touch
One of the few things differentiating the iPod Touch from the iPhone is the iPod's inability to connect to a carrier network for data or calls. A new device for the iPod Touch changes all that.
The ZTE Peel looks like a one of the myriad battery-extender packs that have been made to snap onto Apple mobile devices and provide extra juice. Instead of battery life, the ZTE Peel works in conjunction with the Sprint network to bring wireless connectivity to the iPod .
"When combined with Sprint’s 3G network, ZTE PEEL turns an iPod touch from a portable device limited by the availability of Wi-Fi to a mobility tool free to browse the Web and use applications anytime, anywhere while on Sprint’s 3G network," said Fared Adib, vice president-Product Development at Sprint, in a company statement.
The concept is similar to the MiFi and other mobile hotspot devices that take cell phone network signals and convert them to Wi-Fi signals for Wi-Fi-only devices.
The ZTE Peel has some limitations though. It only allows two devices to connect to wirelessly connect at once. It also costs $80 for the hardware. Sprint offers a contract-free connection, but the price is higher than some other data plans: $30/month for 1GB.
However, the benefits are clear. The ZTE Peel basically turns the iPod Touch into an iPhone, and it saves the user the hassle of using the notoriously troublesome AT&T network.