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  • Sprint Registers 3G iPod touch Case?

    FCC documents show that Sprint has registered a new 3G device that appears to be an iPod touch case, suggesting the possibility that the #3 US carrier may have an innovative strategy to bring Apple's smallest WiFi-only mobile device onto its network. PhoneScoop.com pointed out the FCC site showing Sprint's application for the ZTE Peel, which has an EV-DO Rev. 0 3G radio, a WiFi access point and a built-in battery with a micro-USB charger.

    Little information is available for the device, which is the right size for an iPod touch. Internal photographs do not show a dock connector, but there is a WiFi antenna, which indicates that the Peel is a 3G micro-hotspot that would allow the iPod touch - and presumably, other devices - to connect to Sprint's 3G network. EV-DO rev. 0 allows only 75% of the downloading and about 16% of the upload speed of Sprint's faster EV-DO Rev. A devices.

    The ZTE Peel is different from another Chinese-made device with a similar name that has provoked much discussion lately. The Yosion Apple Peel 520 is purportedly an iPod case with an Infineon baseband chip, an 800mAh battery that will give 4.5 hours of call time or 120 hours of standby, which when paired with a SIM card will turn a jailbroken touch into a full 3G cellphone. The Yosion device, will supposedly be available some time in the next week at a street price of 300-500 ($44-$74 US). Pictures and [ame="http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/3410dTBUsHQ/"]a demo video[/ame] are available on Yosion's totally unimpressive website.

    Sources: Cult of Mac, Engadget
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Sprint Registers 3G iPod touch Case? started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 46 Comments
    1. PWNsyst3m's Avatar
      PWNsyst3m -
      Quote Originally Posted by ownerofspam View Post
      My god you guys don't read or go to the sources.

      First of all, the one in the video is NOT the one that sprint is making. That is a DIFFERENT CASE that requires a Sim Card. Obviously, the one Sprint was making, which if you read the FCC Documents, DOES use CDMA technology. Clear on that? Good.

      Secondly, the Sprint one would not offer voice or texting, only data, and I'm assuming that the other case does the same. If so, there would be no native phone app, only VoIP apps which would look nothing like the phone app on the iPhone, and by the way, VoIP ARE approved by apple, and are one of the flagships for iOS4.

      Third, for those of you talking about the sprint case "Why does it have that charger on the side?" If you read, there is no dock connector in there. That charger is for the CASE ONLY. Why? Because that is what is harnessing your 3G signal, on its own battery. You would have to charge that every night separate from your iPod.

      Fourth, for you battery life people, this is what iOS4 already does to your iPT 3rd Gen, puts on persistent WiFi, which already dramatically reduces your battery life, so if you have that on, it makes no difference to your battery life.

      Please read you guys before you write comments that are easily figured out by reading the first post.

      I CAPITALIZED THINGS so you guys can skip to the important parts, since you obviously don't like reading non-important things, like the text around the pictures in the article.
    1. ownerofspam's Avatar
      ownerofspam -
      Quote Originally Posted by PWNsyst3m View Post
      I think I responded a little too late for anyone to actually see that who posted here before, but I hope some people will see it and either appreciate that I'm trying to solve all questions asked here in one go, or feel like an idiot for not reading the article.
    1. iAye's Avatar
      iAye -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dayvidpriddy View Post
      Please stop calling them "itouch" it's called iPOD TOUCH people!
      imho, b/c ppl like 2 abbrev.
    1. zozodouce's Avatar
      zozodouce -
      Quote Originally Posted by remag49 View Post
      way to steal att prized possession
    1. MindGem's Avatar
      MindGem -
      Looks good but the back looks failed.
    1. jossclark's Avatar
      jossclark -
      great idea. Thank you so much for the post. It's really useful.