Sprint turns iPod Touch into a bulkier iPhone

Sprint ZTE PEEL

Apple's iPod Touch is arguably the best MP3 and media player on the market. However, what it does lack are the features of it's older brother, the iPhone. Sprint's ZTE PEEL aims to close that gap.

The ZTE PEEL is a special 3G enabled case for the iPod Touch that gives the device a constant connection to Sprint's 3G network. The device also allows the iPod Touch to act as a wireless hotspot for up to two devices. This, essentially, turns the iPod Touch into an hotspot enabled, VoIP capable, iPhone. Of course, there's a catch. The case will add considerable bulk to the ever-so-thin iPod. But, as we've come to expect with added functionality, there's usually some sort of tradeoff.

According to a Sprint press release, the ZTE PEEL will be available on Sunday, November 14th for a hefty $79.99. The data plan for the device doesn't require a contract and will run $29.99 a month for 1GB of data. There's no mention of any higher tier data plans, so it doesn't seem likely that there will be one. It's also unclear which iPod Touch versions are supported by the device, as Sprint fails to mention any specific model. It's possible that it will work for all of them. However, it's best to ask a Sprint representative before taking the plunge.

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The iPod Touch is not "The Best" but the Most Hyped media player. I have had a better user experience on my Android. Which can accomidate a 32GB SD card, plus I can swap out as many 32GB SD cards as I want. Way cheaper than paying the mark-up Jobs likes to put on his shiny "i" devices with pricey addons. Real technology fans don't buy Apple products unless they have a real need for them. To buy an Apple product to "be cool" means you need to buy some self-esteem coaching and not an Apple product.

DATmafia said,
The iPod Touch is not "The Best" but the Most Hyped media player. I have had a better user experience on my Android. Which can accomidate a 32GB SD card, plus I can swap out as many 32GB SD cards as I want. Way cheaper than paying the mark-up Jobs likes to put on his shiny "i" devices with pricey addons. Real technology fans don't buy Apple products unless they have a real need for them. To buy an Apple product to "be cool" means you need to buy some self-esteem coaching and not an Apple product.

some of the people really buy apple product to be cool,because there is a reason why mac has grow astounding in the past couple years,not only for that but many software emerge to support MAC platform during this year with adobe audition,AutoCad,Steam and the list goes on and on so it's not whether up to real technology fans won't buy Apple product instead a better platform for new user to experience.Cool product is a bonus for consumer but you won't find it a lot on other technology or hardware company.

Arceles said,
The best player... I dunno.

Still one of the best portable media devices that happens to run a smartphone OS without being a phone itself.

rm20010 said,

Still one of the best portable media devices that happens to run a smartphone OS without being a phone itself.

The new Archos models are a close second though. The 32 and the 43 are both pretty nice (I don't think the 43 is shipping yet though). The problem I have with them is that with their specs for the price, you might as well just get an iPod touch. I'd love to see them release a 32 model with the specs of the 43 (I don't like the larger screen).

rm20010 said,

Still one of the best portable media devices that happens to run a smartphone OS without being a phone itself.

It's just the most sold, and as far as I know Cowon is going to get one player with android os... that's gonna rock for sure.

rm20010 said,

Still one of the best portable media devices that happens to run a smartphone OS without being a phone itself.


there's the Phillips Gogear Connect , the Creative Zen Touch 2 and all the Archos Model

roadwarrior said,

The new Archos models are a close second though. The 32 and the 43 are both pretty nice (I don't think the 43 is shipping yet though). The problem I have with them is that with their specs for the price, you might as well just get an iPod touch. I'd love to see them release a 32 model with the specs of the 43 (I don't like the larger screen).

Interesting, never knew about the Archos 32.

Arceles said,

It's just the most sold, and as far as I know Cowon is going to get one player with android os... that's gonna rock for sure.

Money rules the world so if its the most sold, it gets to claim its the best.

Wouldn't mind having a cheap Android Mp3 player to mess around and write a few apps for. Got any links for that?

ILikeTobacco said,

Wouldn't mind having a cheap Android Mp3 player to mess around and write a few apps for. Got any links for that?

Well there's that Galaxy S player from Samsung...though I don't think you can consider that as "cheap."

/- Razorfold said,

Well there's that Galaxy S player from Samsung...though I don't think you can consider that as "cheap."

Isn't that like $250. Not gonna pay that much for a device that I want to play on just for the sake of messing with it. At that point I might as well get a phone.

Arceles said,
The best player... I dunno.

+1
I disagree with the
"Apple's iPod Touch is arguably the best MP3 and media player on the market"
statement although the author did say "arguably". There are better media players (audio output quality)

aftas said,

+1
I disagree with the
"Apple's iPod Touch is arguably the best MP3 and media player on the market"
statement although the author did say "arguably". There are better media players (audio output quality)

Precisely this, after a lot of reviews... even my sony nws545 has better output quality, yet... barely I can do anything else with it because only plays music and x264 baseline low res video. But my rooted G1 handles the other task.

rm20010 said,

Still one of the best portable media devices that happens to run a smartphone OS without being a phone itself.

The operating system on the iPhone was ported from the iPod Touch and phone features were added. The iPhone is based on the iPod Touch...just likt the iPad is only bigger. The iPod Touch platform existed before the iPhone, but Apple simply released the phone first.

Seems like a good idea to me, especially if you don't want an iphone or to be contracted, it would be extra neat if it served as an additional battery