Originally Posted by mjtomlin
...I think Apple will introduce an iPod touch WiFi+3G ...
Ever since the $15/$30 per month 3G option for the iPad, I've thought a similar option for the iPod touch would be potentially more disruptive move than the original introduction of the iPhone. The low price mobile phone market dwarfs the segment of the market the iPhone competes in (see Asymco for the stats about China and other markets with huge potential).
This is the sort of move that was out of reach when Apple first entered this market. They had a difficult enough time recruiting AT&T and had to agree to four years of exclusivity. But the carriers have agreed to this sort of deal for the iPad, maybe it's time for a pocket version. A combination of Skype and Google Voice could provide the infrastructure but in general VoIP apps would be a fertile market for innovation. So the advantages of "always connected", the App Store, and telephony as an app all for as low as $15 per month. What's not to like?
I'm still skeptical that the carriers will play ball. But if they do (or if enough of them do) this would be a bigger announcement than the original iPhone. (Yes, adding a 3G radio to an iPod touch would raise the price but not by hundreds). Another bonus for Apple is that their competitors would be left scrambling again because they have neglected the non-cellphone version of their OS and hardware.