Rumor: Next version of iPod Touch to have 3G connection

We still have about two months or more before Apple is expected to reveal what it has planned for the next version of its iPod line of media players. But the rumors have already started to hit the Internet.       9to5Mac.com reports on one such rumor that was first started on a Dutch language web site. It stated that the next version of the iPod Touch will have both WiFi and 3G wireless capabilities.

According to the story, the new version of the iPod Touch will work just like the 3G features do on Apple's iPad. It will be used strickily for data and is not supposed to be used as a phone. Obviously the iPhone, which looks and acts much like the iPod Touch, is also a phone as well as a media player. One big question is how the iPhone wireless carriers like Verizon and AT&T will react to a 3G version of the iPod Touch since Internet phone services such as Skype could allow phone capabilities with the iPod Touch.

Putting in a 3G antenna for the iPod Touch would be a useful thing for people who don't want to fool with getting an iPhone and paying for a long contract but would still like to use the wireless capacities of the iPod Touch outside of a WiFi area. We should learn a lot more when Apple announces its iPod line up for the holiday season sometime in September, along with possibly a new version of the iPhone itself.

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I'm using the hotspot feature on my Android mobile device (Froyo 2.2), which allows me to connect to the Internet on the iPod when not in range of a WiFi Access Point :-)

RangerLG said,
How much of a cut will Apple get with each data plan?
None. The carrier is providing the service. Apple doesn't make any money from carrier plans. They did at frst with ATT.

jasonon said,
wait why not just buy the iphone? if you are going to buy a silly data plan....

Till now, the iPod Touch 4g has everything an iPhone has except the phone module (voice+data), now it will get the data part. with data and wifi you can call with skype, so the only missing feature the is call normal phones

I don't understand it...

It makes perfect sense because without it iMessage is useless on the iPod touch. However, I'm not sure I'd buy an iPod touch on a data plan though, if I was going to might as well just get an iPhone. So for now, I'm happy with using my phone's WiFi hotspot with my iPod touch 4G and wait and see how this rumor pans out.

WiCkeD SaM said,
iPod touch would become a mini-iPad
Really? The Ipad is a gigantic iPod Touch. The Touch existed first. The iPad is the same device w/10" screen.

Hmm, what do you call an iPod that has a 3G connection?...

....an iPhone.

So, is Apple essentially fooling people into paying more money for a iPod when they sell their iPhones now??

PlogCF said,
Hmm, what do you call an iPod that has a 3G connection?...

....an iPhone.

So, is Apple essentially fooling people into paying more money for a iPod when they sell their iPhones now??

ATT and Verizon both have horrible service. Of course, this wouldn't change any if you were to have 3G because you would be tied to one of the two providers.

What would you avoid by using this over an iPhone:
1). Privacy. You wouldn't likely have to give your social security number, though you might.
2). Contacts. No one likes them, and most of us suffer through them for what is basically inferior technology six months to a year after you purchase it.
3). It is doubtful that the iPod Touch would cost over $450.

The last iPhone I had was about $299 for the phone and $129 (estimate) for the service (for two years). This isn't a deal.
$3395 for two years of the privilege of dealing with ATT. Never again.

azure.sapphire said,

ATT and Verizon both have horrible service. Of course, this wouldn't change any if you were to have 3G because you would be tied to one of the two providers.

What would you avoid by using this over an iPhone:
1). Privacy. You wouldn't likely have to give your social security number, though you might.
2). Contacts. No one likes them, and most of us suffer through them for what is basically inferior technology six months to a year after you purchase it.
3). It is doubtful that the iPod Touch would cost over $450.

The last iPhone I had was about $299 for the phone and $129 (estimate) for the service (for two years). This isn't a deal.
$3395 for two years of the privilege of dealing with ATT. Never again.

No. You get a brain, unlock with ultrasn0w, and then use tmobile. Then you have great service.

Steven Hutchison said,

No. You get a brain, unlock with ultrasn0w, and then use tmobile. Then you have great service.

Nope, this is data only, think the 3G on a kindle or iPad, it can't be used as a phone unless its something like Skype

azure.sapphire said,

ATT and Verizon both have horrible service. Of course, this wouldn't change any if you were to have 3G because you would be tied to one of the two providers.

What would you avoid by using this over an iPhone:
1). Privacy. You wouldn't likely have to give your social security number, though you might.
2). Contacts. No one likes them, and most of us suffer through them for what is basically inferior technology six months to a year after you purchase it.
3). It is doubtful that the iPod Touch would cost over $450.

The last iPhone I had was about $299 for the phone and $129 (estimate) for the service (for two years). This isn't a deal.
$3395 for two years of the privilege of dealing with ATT. Never again.

What cell phone provider do you use?

Steven Hutchison said,

No. You get a brain, unlock with ultrasn0w, and then use tmobile. Then you have great service.

So I have to wait how long every time Apple updates the iOS? This really doesn't stop the expense though. Sure, I can open a fake account, get a free phone and then close the account.

But seriously, why? The other options are buy the phone $600+, buy a phone off used phone or live with the service for two years at low expense rate and use Tmobile.

I have nothing against Tmobile, at least not in the past. However, given recent events I've pretty much lost faith in them (or at least I expect to be doing so soon).

As it stands right now, I am happy with my decision to sell my iPhone. I am not a big Android fan, but I am learning to live with it. It's at least better then BB (for most things) and Web OS, though I am not sure about Win Phone 7.

Steven Hutchison said,
No. You get a brain, unlock with ultrasn0w, and then use tmobile. Then you have great service.

If you're going to go to that much trouble then why not move from tha USA to one of many countries that have iPhones unlocked, sold completely (contract free) and fully supported?

azure.sapphire said,
2). Contacts. No one likes them,

Why are they your contacts then if you don't like them.

I assume you meant Contracts.

hmmm what will make this interesting for kids is the imessenger service, able to text friends all the time with no cost.

If this is the case, then how will the price of the ipod touch be any different to the price of an iphone?
Will more or less be the same.

It would be nice if they did that, but for me a MiFi carried in my pocket worked pretty well as a 3G connection for my iPod touch, until I had to sell it recently. Will be getting another one soon though.

KingCrimson said,
What I want to know is if they will be increasing the flash storage to 92GB?

It would probably be 16GB 32GB 64GB and maybe 128

KingCrimson said,
What I want to know is if they will be increasing the flash storage to 92GB?

92 GB is such an odd number where did u get that from? Pull it out yo ass?

they need a deal like amazon has with the kindle to get "free" 3G cell connections for downloading stuff like books and such