Apple patent points to iPod-to-phone conversion
The amazing news is that the application specifically names the iPhone as compatible with the transceiver. "The mobile device shown in FIGS. 2A and 2B, can be any type of mobile computing and/or communication device without limitation. For example, an iPod Touch.TM, an iPhone.TM, an Android compatible device and/or a BlackBerry device can be used."
There is already similar technology from Yosion, called the Peel 520. This iPhone case provides a battery, case, and SIM card, allowing the user to make voice calls and text messages from their iPod Touch. This new device from Apple could potentially enable any number of media devices as phones. It also might represent Apple's sidestep around their exclusivity agreement with AT&T. Here's hoping...
source: USPTO via Engadget
1. clevername (Posts: 1407; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)
It's finally here!!! The ever elusive verizon iPhone is an iPod touch!!! Lolz
2. RobC (unregistered)
That's actually a pretty good idea... but how does it use the CDMA technology? Wouldn't a subscription service be required or is it like the Kindle's 3G service using Sprint's network? I'd love to walk into Sprint or VZW and say, "I need a voice plan for my iPod Touch," just to see their faces.
3. mr. droid (Posts: 278; Member since: 21 Aug 2010)
it should be free. i would buy an iPod touch and this add-on thing.. then there you go! you have cell service.. (as long as you have wireless internet) I have been waiting and watching for a LONG time now.. the cell companies will have a downfall sooner or later.. all they will have is various internet services to keep them afloat. i had this feeling as soon as the first iPod touch hit the market. "watch, an app that is free of cost will soon be available and it will use open waves to make and receive calls, all free of charge." and thats the way it should be. i dont pay for television, just had to buy a converter box.. i dont pay for radio.. so why should i pay for cell service? same with internet. it should be a public service. as long as you can purchase a device to have it all on. heck, i have plenty of those. i have a bin full of phones.