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Thursday, May 07, 2009

Technology Win!

Over in that other part of the socioblogging world, Teppo asks why anyone still doesn't have an iPhone. And, despite his request to the contrary, cost seems to be a big issue for a lot of people. It's easy to see why, since the iPhone will cost you $200 up front, plus $70 a month for two years- you're looking at spending close to $1900 on a phone. Yikes! Trying to help out, Kieran suggests buying an iPod touch instead, since it has basically the same upfront cost, but no stinkin' service plan, and can still do e-mail and so forth. I like this idea, since I hate talking on phones and would love a mobile e-mail/planner device. At the same time, it's a little annoying that if I ever start needing a mobile phone again, I couldn't use the iPod touch.

Or could I? As it turns out, the current second generation iPod touch has a microphone port built in, as well as WiFi access and bluetooth. And do you know what that means?

Skype on the iPod.

Turns out, people have been doing this kind of thing since the 1st gen iPod touches were out. Now that the second gen is here, however, and skype has produced an app, all is right with the world. Seriously:

The same as a cellphone? No. Less capable? For certain. But, that said, it's about 85% of the device for about 12.2% of the price. And that's a bargain in anyone's book.

Just thought you'd like to know.

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