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Apple Peel 520 converts an iPod touch into a phone

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Apple Peel 520 converts an iPod touch into a phone
One of the most useful third party accessories for the iPod touch is coming to the US as Go Solar USA announced a deal to sell the Apple Peel 520. This nifty accessory from Chinese accessory maker Yosion is basically a case for the iPod touch which packs along a battery, dock connector, and a SIM card – the recipe to turn the music player into a full fledged phone.

We've already reported about another Peel previously as it was positioned to utilize Sprint's 3G network to provide the iPod touch with a 3G connection. However, the Apple Peel 520 takes it one step further by allowing owners to place voice calls on their iPod touch. Additionally, it features an 800mAh battery which should put out approximately 5 hours of talk and 120 hours of standby time. Now the only requirement to get it all to work is to have a jailbroken iPod touch on hand, but early reports indicate that SMS delivery can be hit or miss right now.

This thing is already shaping up to be quite popular as the first production run of the accessory is sold out, however, there is no time indication when it'll go live in the US. If you happen to be interested, you'll be glad to know that the Apple Peel 520 will retail for around $60 – something that's definitely reasonable.

via Engadget

Apple Peel 520 converts an iPod touch into a phone
Apple Peel 520 converts an iPod touch into a phone

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:48

1. Kyle (unregistered)

I'm sick and tired of reading iPhone, iPad, iPod articles. Why don't you guys make a separate Apple news website. Most of your readers doesn't care about this company.

posted on 08 Sep 2010, 13:42

3. The Boss (unregistered)

Then stop reading the articles douche.

posted on 08 Sep 2010, 13:42

4. cuberto fagola (unregistered)

Try some punctuality.

posted on 09 Sep 2010, 13:21

7. beaker77 (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 Jun 2010)

Was he late posting this? I think you meant to say punctuation.

posted on 09 Sep 2010, 15:17

8. DonkeyPunched (Posts: 321; Member since: 10 Jan 2010)

Lol, no...he mean punctuality.

posted on 08 Sep 2010, 12:51

2. Kyle (unregistered)

How about an article, that HTC Evo, has a GPS problem, which cause phone to restart.

posted on 08 Sep 2010, 19:09

5. BobbyTaba (Posts: 316; Member since: 11 Aug 2010)

I use my GPS all the time and it works perfectly. Ive driven ftom los Angeles to Sacramento with it and to Vegas and it works even when i use it at home

posted on 08 Sep 2010, 19:12

6. stuntz (Posts: 178; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

Kyle we have a fix for that.

posted on 30 Oct 2010, 00:36

9. toketeacher (unregistered)

I have an apple peel, and a few things you should know. First, of course, your ipod touch must be jailbroken. Here are some of the things I haven't read in the reviews.
1. The mic/earbuds you use to make calls will no longer adjust your volume unless you drill a hole into the case and access the ipod touch's headphone jack.
2. If you plug the headphone mike into that jack via the hole, you have volume control on the ipod touch, but cannot make calls
3. You have to fiddle about to get any sound on the headphones when using the apple peel's jack with earbuds and mic. I works fine with regular earphones without a mic. You really have to fuss with it if you want to hear what is coming over the phone, and often people will hang up by time you get it adjusted
4. You have to add area code to every contact to get SMS's to work.

Bottom line: If you don't use your phone much, and just want a phone option for the ipod touch when you carry it, then it is a fun hobbyist's toy. Not for serious cell phone addicts, or anyone who needs a reliable and easy to use phone daily. Wait until they get the bugs out of it. I am posting this because I wish I had this information before I purchased it, but don't see it discussed anywhere.

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