News by Andrew Kameka on Tuesday July 31, 2012.
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The Apple iPod touch is supposed to be a Wi-Fi only device, but FreedomPop, a no-contract MVNO, intends to turn the iPod Touch into a mobile device capable of always-on data connectivity.
FreedomPop is launching a $99 sleeve-style case that connects the iPod touch to Clear's 4G WiMax network. The Freedom Sleeve then supplies 500 MB of free data each month, which can be increased to 1 GB through referrals and trading with other users, or paying $10 per extra GB used.
Freedom Sleeve effectively turns the iPod touch into an iPhone. The sleeve enables connectivity beyond Wi-Fi; its data costs are manageable; and users can connect to Skype or use FaceTime for free. Installing a VoIP client also can enable phone calls.
Hardware and software differences prevent the iPod touch from being a true iPhone replacement, but Freedom Sleeve provides a low-cost option for iPod touch owners looking to break from Wi-Fi limitations and gain a few more features in the process. The case also can serve as a Wi-Fi hotspot for up to eight devices.source: FreedomPop, via: GigaOM
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