Originally Posted by jason98
The only problem with it will be a battery life while 3g is on. No way it's going to last for more than a few hours, thus you would not be able to use it as a skype/facetime "phone" available to receive calls round-the-clock.
I would assume they'd have to increase the battery capacity if they add 3G. they'd have to make the case bigger anyway to fit in the extera 3G components.
Originally Posted by noirdesir
But the fact will be that most people will hate to carry an extra device for GSM-coverage voice
I look at it from a slightly different perspective. It's not the voice device that's "extra", it's the data device that's extra. If you had two devices, one voice and one data, and you could take one or both with your when you walk out the door, which one would you leave behind more often? For me, the phone is a must-have and the data device is the nice-to-have. (Especially since a voice only device would be much smaller than any data device.) But when they are combined it's impossible to leave the larger data device behind and still take your phone with you!
A small, ultra-portable, non-smart phone and a 3G iPod touch (with a little bigger screen, thank you) would be the best set-up. The phone would be so small that carrying this "extra" device is not an issue. No concerns about data usage draining my battery and preventing phone calls from getting through. And I can leave the bulkier data device behind when I don't want/need to carry it (running, biking, high-theft environments, etc).
BONUS: You can then talk and surf the web at the same time with Verizon!
Originally Posted by 333en
Why do we need a 3G iPod touch? Isn't that what an iPhone is? How about they make a Wi-Fi only iPhone instead and drop the iPod touch completely?
If the data plan is a start-stop, pay as you go plan like the iPad, a 3G iPod touch would be a huge advantage over the iPhone. No forced $30/month data package like with the iPhone. A wi-fi only iPhone would be another useful product, but it wouldn't serve the same purpose as a 3G iPod touch.