Desperately want an iPhone but can’t bear the thought of AT&T’s nightmarish phone service in NYC?
As Nick Saint notes, the new ZTE Peel case essentially transform any iPod touch into an iPhone running on Sprint’s new 4G network.
With the ZTE, any iPod touch can surf the web, run apps that need the net and make phone calls over services like Skype and Line2. From there you need earbuds with a microphone or the stones to always been on speakerphone.
Ok, so it’s a little complicated to set up, but it’s worth it. The price tag for the ZTE’s unlimited 3G data service is $29.99 a month. Add in unlimited talk and text over Line2 and you’re looking at $39.99 a month.
The same package from AT&T would cost $134.99 a month, with a 2GB cap on the data users could consume.
The sad fact is that AT&T and Verizon have such a size advantage, and phone contracts are so difficult for consumers to disengage from, that the dominant carriers can offer an inferior product at uncompetitive prices and still maintain their market share.
This is the kind of creative move Sprint, currently a distant third behind AT&T and Verizon, needs to make if it hopes to finally break that pattern.