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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. kingskid07's Avatar
      kingskid07 -
      I've always hated Sprint, but I gotta say... this is quite impressive. If this came out, I think I would actually go for it. What a smart move. I'm not certain of the reliability of their network as their calls aren't that great here in Richmond, Virginia. I suppose we'll have to see how this unfolds.
    1. thecork's Avatar
      thecork -
      I can't believe I'm the only one thinking this but...if you want an iPod touch and want to be able to get online and make calls, there is this small device that's called an iPhone that maybe a better suit...? Maybe I'm just being crazy here!!
    1. Bassface's Avatar
      Bassface -
      I gotta say that Sprint is making a really smart move here, and it's also really gonna support Apple too. I think that it's just AT&T who's getting screwed in this.
    1. skj8100's Avatar
      skj8100 -
      Quote Originally Posted by cultgti View Post
      I have never seen an apple device with the mini plug on the side.. some thing seems fishy?
      This isn't an apple device....

      Are you referring to the micro USB?
    1. skizo's Avatar
      skizo -
      That looks nothing like an iTouch case. Nothing at all.
    1. edoutmax's Avatar
      edoutmax -
      this thing might be just a wifi hotspot
    1. JonnyBoy123's Avatar
      JonnyBoy123 -
      Quote Originally Posted by cultgti View Post
      I have never seen an apple device with the mini plug on the side.. some thing seems fishy?
      I saw that too. Something tells me this "case" is a fake one. Ok Sprint might have gotten a case that happens to look like an iPod Touch would fit into it, but it is probly for a different phone! This guy probly saw the case, thought up a hoax he could pass off of an iPod running on Sprints network, developed his own VoIP app, and make a video about it! Now we have people thinking that we can call on our iPods? If this is true, who in the right mind would want to call from their iPod when there is no built in microphone on the device? Seems like a joke or a big waste of time.
    1. piston597's Avatar
      piston597 -
      Damn nice, my old iTouch can be used as a back up phone now,

      Quote Originally Posted by JonnyBoy123 View Post
      I saw that too. Something tells me this "case" is a fake one. Ok Sprint might have gotten a case that happens to look like an iPod Touch would fit into it, but it is probly for a different phone! This guy probly saw the case, thought up a hoax he could pass off of an iPod running on Sprints network, developed his own VoIP app, and make a video about it! Now we have people thinking that we can call on our iPods? If this is true, who in the right mind would want to call from their iPod when there is no built in microphone on the device? Seems like a joke or a big waste of time.

      Maybe that a charge port? I mean the iPod is in the case with the connector connected, so that branches out so you can hook it up to your computer without taking out your iPod? And one can easily add a microphone and speaker to the case, the makers might do that. this might be a hoax, or it might not, oh well.
    1. JonnyBoy123's Avatar
      JonnyBoy123 -
      Quote Originally Posted by piston597 View Post
      Damn nice, my old iTouch can be used as a back up phone now,




      Maybe that a charge port? I mean the iPod is in the case with the connector connected, so that branches out so you can hook it up to your computer without taking out your iPod? And one can easily add a microphone and speaker to the case, the makers might do that. this might be a hoax, or it might not, oh well.
      That's true I didnt think of that! But still I don't understand why this would be for sprint if this requires a GSM SIM card for the network to run. Sprint uses CDMA technology just like Verizon which do not use SIM cards just a satillite to connect to. A lot doesn't make sense here. If anything, this will work on a data plan for AT&T!
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      Why 3g? Sprint is on the 4g network.
    1. JonnyBoy123's Avatar
      JonnyBoy123 -
      Quote Originally Posted by tudtran View Post
      Why 3g? Sprint is on the 4g network.
      Again the case requires a GSM SIM card to run the network. Sprint does NOT use SIM cards, they use a CDMA sattilite based network, almost the same as verizon which is why the iPhone will never come to sprint or verizon due to different technologies. AT&T and T-Mobile do use SIM cards so this will most likely be compatible with those GSM networks only.
    1. squassss's Avatar
      squassss -
      Quote Originally Posted by Nehal3m View Post
      Instead of going after the Touch, why doesn't Sprint try to persuade Apple to allow them to use the iPhone? But then, at least they have an Apple device on their network...
      lol seriously? People are still trying to figure out why HTC gave the EVO to Sprint.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      So this would work with data only right? Depending on the cost, this might actually be worth it for many people. I know plenty who want just a data ready o[pd touch. They could care less about voice, but want to take it everywhere they go so an iPad is out of the question.
    1. piston597's Avatar
      piston597 -
      If a phone app is made in Cydia then just get unlimited data, with 3g unrestrictor, and you got phone everywhere you go over internet, like skype. And make a mic and speakers in the case and your set.
    1. PWNsyst3m's Avatar
      PWNsyst3m -
      Talk about innovation!!! I'm curious to see apples stance on this.
    1. southfrisco's Avatar
      southfrisco -
      That isn't an iPod touch. It looks like a Chinese iPhone knockoff. I mean, that device has a Phone app on it which is what that guy uses to make a call.
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      ^ of course its not a iPod touch IT'S A CASE
    1. remag49's Avatar
      remag49 -
      way to steal att prized possession
    1. Dayvidpriddy's Avatar
      Dayvidpriddy -
      Please stop calling them "itouch" it's called iPOD TOUCH people!
    1. ownerofspam's Avatar
      ownerofspam -
      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.