Own an iPod Touch? The dream of having a contract-free, data only iPhone is finally here, thanks to Sprint’s new Peel device.
iPod Touch owners may not be able to connect to AT&T’s 3G network, but, starting this Sunday, they’ll be able to plug into Sprint’s.
Sprint announced Wednesday that it will begin selling a gizmo called the “Peel” on November 14 for $79.99. The Peel, manufactured by ZTE, is a case for second- and third-generation iPod Touches that connects to Sprint’s network and acts as a Wi-Fi hotspot for up to two devices (phone services are not available through the Peel).
To go with the Peel, Sprint is offering a month-by-month (no contract) 1GB data plan for $29.99.
The Peel requires no software installation for use, and is compatible with Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Mac OSX. The Peel also offers advanced WEP security for its hotspot functionality.
Sprint is encouraging iPod Touch owners to try out the Peel by including a 30-day no-commitment, money-back guarantee–within 30 days of purchasing the Peel, users can return the hardware and be reimbursed for both the purchase and the activation fee. Restocking fees will also be waived, and monthly service charges refunded.
“When combined with Sprint’s 3G network, ZTE PEEL turns an iPod touch from a portable device limited by the availability of WiFi to a mobility tool free to browse the web and use applications anytime, anywhere while on Sprint’s 3G network,” said Sprint’s VP of Product Development Fared Adib, in a statement.
The Peel will be sold in Sprint retail stores, as well as directly on Sprint’s website, starting November 14. And for those of you wary of Sprint’s service–PCWorld’s network tests, conducted earlier this year in 13 major cities across the United States, showed that Sprint’s network has excellent reliability rates.