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US wireless carrier Sprint is slated to offer a kind of handset sleeve that could provide 3G wireless access to an iPod Touch, the Apple iPhone that's not a phone.

As noticed by Phone Scoop, Chinese manufacturer ZTE has submitted a Sprint-branded device to the Federal Communications Commission that can house a mini-tablet like the iPod touch and supply EVDO 3G service via WiFi. In essence, it's a WiFi hotspot that wraps around a WiFi-only handheld.

This contraption is dubbed the "Peel," an apparent play off the Apple name.

Sprint Peel

At this point, it has only been approved for Sprint's slower EVDO service, Rev. 0. It has its own battery, and the battery recharges via microUSB port.

With this as yet unannounced device – and a little help from Skype – you Americans can almost turn your iTouchs into an AT&T-free iPhone. But you may want to simply buy an iPhone and jailbreak it. That's now legal. ®

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