updated 11:30 am EDT, Thu July 29, 2010
ZTE Peel to give iPod its own 3G data
An FCC filing discovered late Wednesday has signaled a unique Sprint plan to capture Apple device users. A ZTE device known as the Peel would serve as an iPod touch case but would hold a full 3G-to-Wi-Fi mobile hotspot in its back. The combo would give the iPod, and other nearby devices, an always-on 3G connection without needing a separate MiFi.
The Peel's capabilities aren't fully outlined, but it would have its own battery; there's no Dock Connector or similar attachment to whatever device it would hold. A mini USB port on one side would let owners charge from either a computer or the likely wall power adapter.
Sprint's filing hasn't given away its launch plans. ZTE would have to ship the device quickly to support the current iPod touch, as a new model could ship at the end of the summer and might force ZTE to change its design. [via Phone Scoop]