Do you remember a few months ago when we saw the ZTE Peel pass through the offices of the ol’ FCC? Well, it has now graduated to store shelves as Sprint has officially released the iPod touch-converting case for a cool $79.99.
As a quick refresher, the ZTE Peel acts not only as a protective case for your iPod touch, but it also grants the otherwise WiFi-only handheld access to the Sprint 3G network. In this way, it’s a little closer to being an iPhone without actually being an iPhone. It had some issues in the beginning with software, but we’re sure Sprint has gotten that sorted out with ZTE.
As an added kicker, the ZTE Peel (mated with an iPod touch, of course) can boast Mobile Hotspot functionality, allowing you to share your newfound 3G cellular connection with up to two Wi-Fi enabled devices in the area. You’re on the hook for all their data charges, of course, but it’s helpful having that option.
The ZTE Peel case for the iPod touch can be had for just $79.99 and that’s without a contract. That’s the good news. The bad news is that it’s being packaged with just a $29.99/1GB monthly plan, which doesn’t give you a heck of a lot of bandwidth. Further still, it’s not compatible with the newest generation iPod touch; you can only use it with the 2nd and 3rd gen models.
· Provides 3G Internet access wirelessly.
· Hardware design is meant for versions 2 & 3 of an iPod Touch to slide in and stay in securely in normal use situations.
· Universal Wi-Fi compatibility with 802.11b and 802.11g.
· Supports up to 2 Wi-Fi enabled devices to be connected at the same time.
· Compatible with Windows® 7, Vista®, XP® and Macintosh® OS 10.5 and 10.6.
· Advanced security through WEP 64 Bit (Open or shared).
· Simple to connect with Hands-Free Activation.
· Easy to use Admin UI.
· No software installation required.
· Internal antenna.
· Dimensions: 4.8” x 2.62” x .86”, 3.2 oz.
· Standard 900 mAH Li-Ion Battery, up to 3 hours of active use time.