A Dutch language web site is reporting that the next version of the iPod Touch will have both WiFi and 3G wireless capabilities and new antennas.
According to the report, "The fifth-generation iPod Touch will work just like the 3G features do on Apple's iPad. It will be used strickily for data and is not supposed to be used as a phone. Obviously the iPhone, which looks and acts much like the iPod Touch, is also a phone as well as a media player. One big question is how the iPhone wireless carriers like Verizon and AT&T will react to a 3G version of the iPod Touch since Internet phone services such as Skype could allow phone capabilities with the iPod Touch.
It will work just like the iPad; you get a 3G enabled simcard from your provider and put that in you iPod Touch. Apple's choice of bringing 3G to the iPod Touch isn't all that weird, if it's true of course. Question remains how the providers will react to this, since the use of for example Skype will skyrocket."
Adding a 3G antenna for the iPod Touch would be a useful thing for people who don't want to fool with getting an iPhone and paying for a long contract but would still like to use the wireless capacities of the iPod Touch outside of a WiFi area.
With 3G, iPod touch-using kids will be upgraded to the always-on computing. They will be able to use VoIP apps like Skype anywhere there's WiFi or 3G coverage and carriers would surely welcome a new revenue stream by selling prepaid data packages and microSIMs to the youngsters.
[Via: Applespot, Thanks 9to5mac]