Apple patent points to iPod-to-phone conversion

Apple patent points to iPod-to-phone conversion
A new Apple patent application might indicate that Apple is making a transceiver accessory that would convert an iPod into a phone, or enable the iPhone on another network. The patent application's reference to CDMA means this might be the elusive off-AT&T-iPhone (kind of).

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: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 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: Aug 21, 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.

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