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Sprint to launch ZTE Peel 3G hotspot for Apple's iPod touch on Nov. 14

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Leaked documents show that Sprint plans to launch the ZTE Peel case for Apple's iPod touch this Sunday for $79.99, giving the media player 3G access and also sharing it over Wi-Fi with up to two devices.

A leaked document obtained by Boy Genius Report states that the ZTE Peel will debut in Sprint retail stores this Sunday, Nov. 14. The hardware -- which encases Apple's iPod touch -- will cost $79.99, and the data plan will be $29.99 per month a 1GB cap.

"Connect your Apple iPod touch to the Internet no matter where you are with the new ZTE Peel," the internal document reads. "This portable, secure and wireless devices is the first of its kind to be added to Sprint's portfolio of Mobile Broadband devices."

The Peel supports Apple's second- and third-generation iPod touch, but not the fourth-generation hardware, released in September. As pictured in the paperwork, the Peel does not have the correct placement on the back for the camera on the back of latest iPod touch.

For users who go over the 1GB-per-month data cap, Sprint will charge an additional 5 cents per megabyte. The plan also does not include roaming, and, like AT&T's iPad data plan, is month-to-month.

The Peel has its own internal antenna that will access Sprint's 3G network for Internet access. It shares that data with the iPod touch without the need for any additional software on the media player. The Internet connection can also be shared over Wi-Fi securely with WPA, WPA2 and WEP encryption.



Though Sprint does not sell any of Apple's products, including the iPhone and iPad, the company has attempted to connect itself to the Cupertino, Calif., company on numerous occasions. Sprint has featured the iPhone in a commercial for the Overdrive, its mobile hotspot, and also sold an iPad case that included an Overdrive, to allow Apple's touchscreen tablet to use its 3G network. Last month, Sprint's CEO said the popularity of the Wi-Fi-only iPad has helped sales of the Overdrive.
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Cool.
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Here's an idea to use this as a pseudo phone... Install Skype on the iPod Touch. This way you can use the local WiFi at your house / work / public spaces, but then use the cell networks when needed. 30-40 dollar a month cell bill? Its something to consider. Other thoughts?

(Seriously, why aren't all phones on VoIP now? All of our voice communications are digital transmissions on the air waves already!)
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Guess this might be worth a look. I don't like that 1GB limit, though.

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(Seriously, why aren't all phones on VoIP now? All of our voice communications are digital transmissions on the air waves already!)

There is a difference between cell voice and cell data. Although they are both digital the voice part is much higher quality and takes precedence over data. Packet drops are not so critical with data because it will wait and retry, however with voice, packet drop makes the conversation impossible. Furthermore if a tower or back haul gets overloaded, the data portion gets dropped before the voice is affected. Basically, voice is more important than data.

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I use Sprint because they have very cheap plans, especially with unlimited nights (6 pm) and weekend calls. Most of those I talk to at length (for hours sometimes) are either overseas or other time zones. So, I hardly use up my basic and bonus minutes. The only drawback is that you cannot cummulate your unused minutes.

It is good if you are in major cities, but even in Boston, there are pockets where you do not get good reception, buildings are a problem and no subway reception at all the moment you go underground. In some places in the US, I get so many drop calls -- you will be hit by roaming charges, if not included.

The price of the PEEL, at more than $80 including taxes is an issue.

Had this been "pay as you go", rather than month-to=month, then it might be worth considering. On the otherhand, with VOIP, the ability to convert the iPod touch to a "quasi-phone" might be worth it.
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5¢ per megabyte = $50 per gigabyte

Seriously... $50/GB? That's crazy expensive.

By the way, does anyone know how many MBs a typical 10 minute conversation uses?

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5¢ per megabyte = $50 per gigabyte

Seriously... $50/GB? That's crazy expensive.

By the way, does anyone know how many MBs a typical 10 minute conversation uses?

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102.5k per minute at 13kbs compression 8,000Hz GSM6.10

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There is a difference between cell voice and cell data. Although they are both digital the voice part is much higher quality and takes precedence over data. Packet drops are not so critical with data because it will wait and retry, however with voice, packet drop makes the conversation impossible. Furthermore if a tower or back haul gets overloaded, the data portion gets dropped before the voice is affected. Basically, voice is more important than data.

Also, the traditional landlines don't go out when power or cable fails.
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Whoever thought this idea up, Apple needs to grab. That is truly a cool product. Imagine if VZW had thought of this a year ago with a normal phone plan. Wow!
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