Dubious Claim of 3G in Next-Generation iPod Touch

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Dutch site AppleSpot.nl today reported [Google translation] that the next-generation iPod touch is set to debut in September alongside a new iPhone and will offer 3G data connectivity.

    According to the report, the new iPod touch will rely on a SIM card to access GSM networks and will be serviced by traditional carriers in much the same way as the iPhone, although presumably with some sort of data-only plan.


    The claim is a dubious one, and AppleSpot.nl has no track record when it comes to rumors, so we are primarily sharing the report for an interest and discussion. The topic of 3G capabilities for the iPod touch has arisen several times over the years, in part driven by the hopes of those who would like an "always-on" data connection without the need for an expensive iPhone contract. While Apple has released 3G-capable iPad models that function in a very similar way and offer no-contract data plans, there has been essentially no reliable information that Apple is indeed working on such capabilities for the iPod touch.

    Article Link: Dubious Claim of 3G in Next-Generation iPod Touch
  2. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
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    iPod + 3G = iPhone!

    They won't add it to the iPod!
  3. iLoveMyApple macrumors 6502a


    Oct 26, 2008
  4. dethmaShine macrumors 68000

    Apr 13, 2010
    Into the lungs of Hell
    Very positive of this.

    More iCloud - More Credit Cards - More Features - More iPods

    I think the next iPod will have 3G.
  5. orfeas0 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 21, 2010
    Athens, Greece
    The ipod has less ram, can't make phone calls, crappy camera, and doesn't look as cool :p.
    Maybe with the 3g ipod they're trying to create 2 different versions of the iphone, a cheap one that lacks some features and the expensive one with the full potential.
  6. hankolerd macrumors 6502


    Sep 19, 2007
    Seattle, WA
    Because iPhone requires voice contract. If you can get 2GB of data at $30/mo or less you can use Google Voice for unlimited texting and get a Skype plan (and link with your GV#) for $2-6/mo. Much cheaper than an iPhone Data+Voice+Text plan.:apple:
  7. itsalexaye macrumors regular

    Jul 7, 2011
  8. swarmster macrumors 6502a


    Jun 1, 2004
    Why not just negotiate data-only iPhone plans with the carriers? This would require a new case to fit the SIM, radio and antenna, and probably a bigger battery, basically making it a completely different device.

    ...a different device that they already make.
  9. iScott428 macrumors regular


    Feb 23, 2011
    Orlando, FL
    Ummm iPad mini? Basically what it sounds like...
  10. res1233 macrumors 65816


    Dec 8, 2008
    Brooklyn, NY
    This actually could make sense. iPod Touch WiFi and then iPod Touch WiFi + 3G. Pretty much the same as the iPad. I could see people buying it.
  11. malnar macrumors 6502a


    Aug 20, 2008
    Easy: some of us barely make any phone calls, so a dirt-cheap pay-as-you-go phone makes a LOT more sense, but we're stuck with the pretty expensive iPhone plan because we actually use a lot of data. My wife and I make one, maybe two calls a day each, and they're short ones. AT&T LOVES me and my wife. If there's a 3G Touch, I'm buying one for each of us as soon as I can get out of my iPhone contract, without a doubt. No problem using an ugly dumbphone. I like the Touch more than the iPhone, design-wise, anyway. Bring it on!
  12. Tyre macrumors regular

    May 23, 2010
    Baltimore, MD
    This doesn't make sense for the carriers. Then they will have people clamoring for iPhone data-only plans. I would much rather pay per minute since I rarely make phone calls. Also, with iOS 5 and iMessage, people wouldn't have to pay for text messages and could just use an iPod Touch or would do a data-only iPhone.
  13. jayducharme macrumors 68030


    Jun 22, 2006
    The thick of it
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    It would basically be an iPad mini. I think this would be more likely when Apple uses the new LTE chip and only has to produce just one model, presumably without a SIM card.
  14. Ugg macrumors 68000


    Apr 7, 2003
    My thought exactly. Maybe this is the iPhone 'lite' that's been rumored for so long. I only make a couple of calls a day, a few texts and use the 3G on my Virgin Mobile android phone for maybe a half hour a day. It doesn't make sense to pay $100 a month for the privilege of an iPhone.

    I'm not overly fond of Google, but if Virgin Mobile doesn't get the iPhone when Sprint does and the 3G iPod is real, I'll gladly dump VM and buy an iPod.
  15. malnar macrumors 6502a


    Aug 20, 2008
    You can't get a data-only iPhone, and iMessage isn't going to cost anything extra - it's Apple's way of getting around the ridiculous carrier text messaging plans. It makes perfect sense for the carriers - it's another device they can sell plans for. There are plenty of people who would probably respond to this, like my parents who are reluctant to buy an iPhone but would like to have data availability like I have. (They, like I above, don't make many phone calls and just need something cheap for calls.)

    Remember, many questioned the need for an iPad 3G plan, but that's a pretty sensible thing to have available now too, isn't it? I know I questioned it but I sure wish I'd just forked over the extra cash for one so I had it available when I wanted it.
  16. troyblinka macrumors newbie

    Jun 11, 2008
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    I would drop my iPhone for a 3G touch in an instant and just use that with my skype account to makes calls. I would hook up the most basic phone to my cell plan as to not receive a termination fee and then just use that for emergency calling or what not.
  17. Dragonfly26 macrumors newbie

    Apr 14, 2011
  18. Alchematron macrumors 6502a


    Jan 22, 2007
    Maui Hawaii
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    I'm all for it!
  19. peacenfunk macrumors member

    Aug 29, 2010
    The idea of a 3g ipod touch could work really well not everyone has denspensible amounts of money to keep an iPhone going. Students would buy them. Especially with iMessaging it could give Blackberry Messenger a knock.
    I would probably get one. Would want a better camera as well on top
  20. Truffy macrumors 6502a


    May 9, 2005
    somewhere outside your window...
    I like this idea!

    "Why not get an iPhone?" As stated above, no call package. Nice for those of us who make few calls.

    "It's just a mini iPad!" Yes, and "mini" is the operative word, an iPad that fits in your pocket.
  21. itsalexaye macrumors regular

    Jul 7, 2011
    if your stuck in a contract then the iPod would be cheaper to get and use as a phone and just change your plan over to just data

    sounds good to me.
  22. peacenfunk macrumors member

    Aug 29, 2010
    An iPad mini would be good to replace the iPod touch if it had the same back casing as the iPad 2. My iPod touch is quite scratched and don't really like it scratched.
  23. amorya macrumors 6502

    Jun 17, 2007
    You can get an iPhone and just not get a contract… I hear they've even started selling them SIM-free in America now!

    What? Don't want to because they're really expensive? Now, why would a 3G iPod touch be any cheaper?
  24. MacNewsFix macrumors 6502a


    Oct 27, 2007
    Twin Cities
    All I seem to see in classes now days are students texting. In Europe, due to cost, texting is far more common for communicating than voice calls. Once you got back to your dorm room or cyber-cafe, you could use the Wi-Fi network for VOIP. Combine it with a voicemail service, like Google Voice or Skype, and it would be better than what was offered pre-advent of the cell phone.

    The budget-conscious student would likely find such an option appealing, especially if Apple is able to swing the month-to-month options available for the iPad. If Apple were to make it closer to a $50 option over the non-3G iPod Touch than the iPad's $100, I think it would be a big hit.
  25. rien333 macrumors regular

    Jun 29, 2010
    The Netherlands
    If you think about it, it seems pretty logical. It is kind of like a cheaper iPhone, which has been rumored for a long time. What is surprising me is the fact that the site kind of says "Our source is 100% correct and there is noway that there is not going to be a 3G iPod", which is pretty interesting.

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