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1 GB of data for $30 per month

Sprint is taking a step into Apple territory with the impending launch of the ZTE Peel, a case for the iPod Touch that allows the device to connect to the mobile carrier's 3G data services.

BoyGeniusReport received a screenshot from a tipster that confirms the new accessory. Here's what we can decipher: The Peel will launch on November 14, and will run $79.99 (no contract required). Monthly service from Sprint runs $29.99 (again, no contract required) and includes 1 GB of data, with overages running 5 cents per megabyte. 

The Peel case supports second- and third-generation iPod Touches; it can support up to two devices via WiFi. It will not work properly in Sprint's roaming coverage.

BGR is speculating the possibility of the Peel being delayed, considering it doesn't support the fourth-generation iPod Touch. Time will tell.

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$80 device just to pay $30/month for 1GB?
By Sylar on 11/8/2010 10:42:32 AM , Rating: 2
What's the point? May as well just get a smartphone with a data plan at this price. What am I missing here?

RE: $80 device just to pay $30/month for 1GB?
By Connoisseur on 11/8/2010 10:46:54 AM , Rating: 1
What you're missing is the mandatory $70 a month for voice + txting from AT&T bringing the total monthly costs to $100 for a smartphone. Only Sprint's data plan offers unlimited voice, txt and data for less ($70). But for people who only want the data plan this is a great deal.

By Sylar on 11/8/2010 11:02:11 AM , Rating: 2
I've never used sprint or AT&T so I don't know much about their pricing but it's safe to say that everyone including itouch owners likely already have a voice plan and a separate cellphone that they use alongside the itouch. In this case, they are already paying whatever monthly fee it is for voice.

I'm thinking, they could just upgrade to a smartphone(instead of paying $80 for this device) and(for Verizon at least) add a $30/month data plan which for all intent and purposes is currently unlimited rather than 1GB.

Texting is still optional last I checked.

But honestly, I don't know much about this stuff, just doesn't seem worth it IMO.

By kmmatney on 11/8/2010 1:37:47 PM , Rating: 2
The iPad 3G plan is $25/mo for 2GB of data - so this isn't really a good deal yet.

By heffeque on 11/8/2010 9:48:48 AM , Rating: 2
Wow... it's 4 € in Austria to get 1 GB of data... 30 dollars seems pretty expensive in comparison :-S

RE: Wow...
By sdsdv10 on 11/8/2010 7:18:39 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, the state of cellular service competition and pricing in the US is...

"the suck" :P

Only 2nd/3rd Gens supported?
By DCstewieG on 11/8/2010 10:27:42 AM , Rating: 2
How does this work? Does it provide the connection through the dock connector? I would seriously consider this for my 1st-gen Touch if the only problem is that it wouldn't quite fit right. I don't see why I couldn't use it with wi-fi.

RE: Only 2nd/3rd Gens supported?
By PrinceGaz on 11/8/2010 12:32:02 PM , Rating: 2
The device probably provides a wifi hotspot which you can connect to just like any other. That's how the MiFi works in the UK, which by the way is £10 (US$16) for 1GB, or £15 (US$25) for 3GB, so US$30 for 1GB seems rather steep.

Way ahead of this...
By osalcido on 11/9/2010 12:50:25 AM , Rating: 2
I'm already using a Clearspot 4g with my Ipod Touch. I'm able to stream Netflix, use Facetime, etc. all without any type of download limit.

Though I have to admit it would be way more convenient than having a device in each pocket

Slap 4G on it and make the battery last around 4 hours and I'll be sold

"We shipped it on Saturday. Then on Sunday, we rested." -- Steve Jobs on the iPad launch
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