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Zte Peel, Aka the Best Reason to Buy an iPod Touch, Now Available via Sprint

by Lambert Varias

We featured this add-on way back in July, and now it’s finally reached American shores, thanks to Sprint. Now under the ZTE brand, the Peel will be available through Sprint via a $30 (USD) a month, 1GB data plan. For those of you not familiar with the device, the Peel is an add-on that lets 2nd & 3rd gen iPod Touches connect to a 3G network. Combine this with text messaging and VOIP apps and you’ve got yourself a cheap iPhone.

sprint zte peel

This version though seems to be slightly different from the one we saw a few months ago. This one can actually act as a Wi-Fi hotspot for two devices, and Sprint didn’t mention that users need to jailbreak their iPod Touch to use the add-on. One thing that the previously featured Peel has over this one is that this version of the Peel only lasts 3 hours on a single charge, whereas the one we featured before actually had a second battery pack that boosted the run time of the iPod Touch.

In any case, it remains to be seen whether Sprint’s plan will become popular, and I wonder if Apple will have something to say about this should it cut into iPhone sales. The ZTE Peel data plan will be available on Sprint starting Nov. 14, 2010.

[via Sprint via Techland]




Comments (1):

  1. ZC says:

    No 4th gen? Kind of dumb that they wouldn’t make it for the 4th gen form factor, seeing as that’s what is available in stores right now.

    I think this one avoids the need to jailbreak by just serving as a WiFi hotspot. `No need to use the device as the phone when the numerous VOIP Apps will do that job. All this thing needs to do is provide the WiFi, and give you a microphone to talk into.

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