iPod Touch Case Gives 4G Access
Would getting an iPhone be a better deal in the long run?
Web2Carz Contributing Writer
Published: October 31st, 2012
Smartphones are all the rage these days, with nearly everyone having an iPhone or some sort of Android phone. Having an old Samsung flip phone or (gasp) a Nokia bar phone places you at almost legendary status—"Have you seen so-and-so's phone? It's a relic!" But for some people, it's still not quite in the cards financially, and for those people (who somehow still have the means to own 4th Generation iPod Touches), Freedom Pop has a fix—an iPod Touch case that allows 4G access, essentially turning their iPod into an iPhone.
The case retails for $99, and comes with 1GB of free data each month with each additional GB costing $10. There's no contract, but considering most wireless companies offer 2GB of data for $20, you're barely getting a deal.
The case, however, does work as a wi-fi hotspot for up to eight devices, so if you wanted to use the data plan for your laptop or tablet, you can do that too—that's where the case looks like it would be helpful. Unfortunately, you can't rig the case to pair with your wireless contract to be used simply as a hotspot, which detracts from its efficiency.
The company came up with the idea first for the iPhone 4/4S, but the iPod case makes a lot more sense, since while iPhones have capabilities for a cellular connection built in, iPods do not. The connection allows for basic email and text communication with iMessage, so it's probably best for younger people (read: teenagers who don't do much calling in the first place), but we can definitely see the market for the case.
Would you consider getting this case? Or would you rather just have a fully-functional iPhone, considering the price difference?