Here’s something interesting that I think might be quite useful. Think tethering without the fees and much more. I have to wonder how exactly, or I should say how long this might be around. The Gmate is a little device that you can stick a sim card in to enable dual sim capability or turn something like your iPod Touch into a phone via Bluetooth. You can also use it to access the internet with it, like tethering but not.

Apple users often experience the “if-only” scenario: If only the iPod Touch comes with voice/sms features; if only all iPads come with 3G option (but without another 3G contract); if only the iPhone supports dual-SIM, and so on. To answer such dilemma, Skyroam (http://www.skyroam.com), an emerging wireless company, introduces the Skyroam Gmate Transformer as the single solution.

The Gmate Transformer is a small, lightweight device where one can insert any SIM card, and route all voice/sms/Internet to the Apple device via Bluetooth. With Gmate, one can now use iPod Touch as an ultra-thin smartphone, making and receiving calls/sms or surf the net anywhere; Apple users can use the iPad to get on Internet anywhere, anytime without another expensive 3G contract; or enjoy dual-SIM feature on the iPhone, especially needed while traveling from country to country without expensive roaming charges.

Simply put:
1. iPhone + Gmate = Dual SIM iPhone
2. iTouch + Gmate = iPhone
3. iPad + Gmate = iPad with Internet/voice/sms

Since Gmate is a standalone device that communicates with the iOS device via Bluetooth, one can keep it hidden in one’s pocket or bag rendering it “invisible”, while keeping the iOS device free of any physical attachments. In addition, Gmate will soon supports various Android smartphones and pads, therefore covering more than 70% of existing communication devices in the market today worldwide.

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