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Apple may be gearing up to release a version of the iPod Touch with 3G cellular connectivity built-in.

So suggests Dutch-language fansite AppleSpot without shaying who told dem and vot was being shmoked during de convurshashion.

It's certainly a bizarre notion since Apple would undoubteldy hope any iPod Touch owner wanting a 3G links out-of-range-of-Wi-Fi communications would buy an iPhone or an iPad.

Then again, an iPod enabled for data might make a lot of sense in the context of iCloud. Though, again, Wi-Fi would be sufficient.

And, short of design tweaks, there aren't many other features Apple can add to the iPod Touch that it might well bolt on 3G data access simply to refresh the product.

Conspiracy theorists will like this notion: a 3G iPod Touch as mobile messaging device that lets Apple do VoIP, video calling and instant messaging WITHOUT CARRIER PARTNERS.

Except, of course, where is it going to get 3G data access from?

Maybe it's time to dust off those old Apple-as-virtual-network-operator rumours...

Our own Apple source said of the Netherlands-sourced news: "If this rumour is true, I'm a Dutchman." ®

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