Turn your iPod Touch into an iPhone (sort of)

The iPod Touch is basically a slimmer version of Apple's iPhone, but without any 3G wireless connection. Now the same company that previously marketed a 4G-based iPhone add-on sleeve is doing the same thing for the iPod Touch.

Today, FreedomPop announced it is taking pre-orders for the iPod Touch Freedom Sleeve for $99. The sleeve itself will work with the with third and fourth generation iPod Touch models. It also has its own lithium polymer battery, which News.com says should run for up to six hours. It also turns the iPod Touch into a wireless hot spot for up to eight more devices.

The Freedom Sleeve is supposed to connect to the 3G and 4G networks of Sprint and Clear. Even better, FreedomPop will give users 500 MB of free data per month. So if you use the iPod Touch mainly at home on your local WiFi network, but take it outside occasionally, the free wireless data plan could come in handy if you just want to check some email or do some quick web surfing.

FreedomPop also says people can get an extra 10 MB of free data per month for the Freedom Sleeve each time they refer a friend to their service, up to 1 GB. They can also get extra free data via special offers. Users have the option of purchasing data for $10 a GB per month and the device is scheduled to ship later this summer.

Source: FreedomPop

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Hmmm... so you just get 500MB/month for buying the device? I suspect you need some plan and then you get an "extra" 500MB/month. 500MB/month is more than sufficient for my away-from-wifi needs. On AT&T I was on the 200MB/month plan and I typically was under that.

500MB free data? That's awesome. $10/month for a gig?

So for $10/month you can get 1.5GB of data (about what I use now).

$100 for the device. Pick up a used/refurb 8GB iPod Touch 4th gen for $130. $230 upfront + $10/month.

Seems like a great deal to me.

Nice idea but with most things, it won't take off. I'd rather have an iPhone and fork out the dough then have to carry around a receiver!

ingramator said,
Nice idea but with most things, it won't take off. I'd rather have an iPhone and fork out the dough then have to carry around a receiver!
What? Did you even read/watch the video? It's a sleeve. It makes the iPod Touch to a comparable size of any other phone at worse. FYI, your iPhone has a receiver in it so your logic fails from the start. The device looks to be the same size was a iPhone 3 at worst.

ILikeTobacco said,
What? Did you even read/watch the video? It's a sleeve. It makes the iPod Touch to a comparable size of any other phone at worse. FYI, your iPhone has a receiver in it so your logic fails from the start. The device looks to be the same size was a iPhone 3 at worst.

I never said it wasn't a sleeve... The transeiver would be of poor quality and would chew up the battery of the iPod because WiFi uses a lot of battery, therefore I would rather pay for the iPhone and have it all in one with native 3G support. Just my opinion.

"FYI, your iPhone has a receiver in it so your logic fails from the start." WTF I know the iPhone has a receiver in it... Otherwise I wouldn't say I'd rather have the iPhone with receiver then have the iPod + receiver.

Rudy said,
10MB / referral? is this a joke?
Invite 100 people and you get a free gig of data per month. That's $120 saved a year? You really complaining about something that's free?

ILikeTobacco said,
Invite 100 people and you get a free gig of data per month. That's $120 saved a year? You really complaining about something that's free?

so you save a $1.20 a month per referral.. that is pretty weak

DPyro said,
I just walked outside and seem to be soaked in it without paying a thing.

In some states, it is illegal to collect rain water.

ccoltmanm said,

In some states, it is illegal to collect rain water.


thats america, in some states its legal to marry your sister but not marry a homosexual couple