Build it, and they will come. We suspect the same is true with shipping papers. Go Solar USA most certainly hopes so, as it has just inked a deal with Chinese developer Yosion to bring the much-hyped Apple Peel 520 to the US of A. For those unaware, this slip-on case effectively turns your iPod touch into an iPhone, as it equips your PMP with a SIM card slot and the software needed to make / receive calls and texts. Granted, it's not without its flaws, but for "around $60," it's not a half-bad alternative to handing over your cellular soul to AT&T. Both companies have reportedly agreed to work together to distribute it in the United States, but it's unclear when those shipments will start and how much it'll retail for once it arrives. Oh, and don't hold your breath for compatibility with the latest and greatest touch -- just sayin'.
GSLO: Turn Your Apple iPod Touch into a Smartphone
GoSolarUSA Brings Revolutionary Apple Peel 520 to the U.S.
NEW ORLEANS-Sept. 8, 2010-Does your iPod Touch suffer from iPhone Envy? Not for long: GoSolarUSA Inc. (PinkSheets: GSLO) announced a deal today with innovative Chinese developer Yosion to bring that company's cutting-edge Apple Peel 520 product to the United States.
Both companies signed a funding option agreement last week. Under the agreement, GoSolarUSA will work with Yosion to develop the Apple Peel 520, distribute it in the U.S. and secure intellectual property rights for the device worldwide.
When used with Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL) iPod Touch, the Apple Peel 520 functions as a protective skin that adds mobile voice and text messaging capabilities to the touch-screen media player. The startling new technology represents a more affordable alternative to purchasing Apple's pricier iPhone, and with 275 million iPods already on the market, the Apple Peel could be an instant hit. Yosion announced last week that September's initial manufacturing run is already sold out.
"We are so pleased to have reached this agreement with Yosion," said Tyson Rohde, President of GSLO. "We see the Apple Peel 520 as a stunning breakthrough in mobile technology, and we're proud to work with Yosion to develop this product for the U.S. market."
The Apple Peel 520 is the creation of 22-year-old Chinese programmer Pan Yong. The gadget slips over the iPod Touch's case and includes a battery, dock connector and SIM card. Once the proper software is installed, the Apple Peel adds the ability to make voice calls and text messages using the iPod Touch. When fully charged, the Apple Peel's 800mAh battery offers nearly five hours of talk time and 120 hours of standby use.