By Tari Akpodiete on Mon, 08/30/2010
One thing I like about the new iPhone 4 has nothing to do with what it can do. Apple has done users the terrific favour of making it available directly from them UNLOCKED. While you have to pay full price, and won't get the cost subsidized by a carrier, it also means that you can now shop for the best deal voice+text+data you can find, possibly even avoiding a long-term contract.
This could be a long shot. But if this happens, it could obviously help drive iPod touch sales. This sort of device, a pocket-sized gadget with a full app platform, good web browser, and data-only 3G service simply doesn't exist yet. (On the sort-of-pocket-sized Dell Streak, even if you pay $550 for the full, unsubsidized device, you still need to sign up for AT&T voice service; you can't get data-only service, we've confirmed with the carrier.)