So what would you have thought if I told you that there would be two different products coming out around the same time that added extra functionality to the iPod Touch and both had the word “peel” in the name. Well it happened folks and I can’t tell who copied who, but up until today I had never heard of the ZTE PEEL. But no matter because the folks at GoSolarUSA have and they want to set the record straight on this one so consumers don’t accidentally purchase the wrong product. Despite its similar sounding name, the ZTE PEEL that is now available through Sprint is designed to give iPod Touch users “anywhere, anytime” access to the Internet via Sprint’s 3G network. The ApplePeel 520 does much more than that.
According to Sprint, the ZTE PEEL hardware that encapsulates the iPod Touch costs $79.99 and the data plan is $29.99 per month with a 1 GB limit. Due to Wi-Fi compatibility, the device can also serve as a mobile hotspot and allow users to make calls using VoIP after purchasing additional hardware. The ApplePeel 520 device, however, differs from the ZTE PEEL in that it provides iPod Touch users with the ability to place voice calls and text messages over mobile phone networks, turning the media player into a powerful smartphone.
So the long and short of it is that all the ZTE PEEL does is allow folks to browse from the iPod Touch via Sprint’s network and can make VOIP calls with additional hardware and software. The ApplePeel 520 on the other hand will allow users to turn the phone into an actual smartphone device that can make calls over the carrier’s mobile network, no VOIP necessary. We are still waiting to hear from GoSolarUSA on what carriers and networks they will support. Another simple way to tell them apart is that the ApplePeel 520 is not currently available while the ZTE PEEL is. Now you know the difference, so don’t be misled and buy the wrong product.