updated 01:00 am EST, Wed November 9, 2011
Requires jailbroken device, unlocks phone
The company behind a number of cases that have added or enhanced iPhone and iPod abilities -- including one that turned an iPod Touch into a full-blown phone -- are testing a new device called the Vooma Peel PG92 that works with a jailbroken iPhone 4 or 4S and offers the ability to use two SIM cards simultaneously, using an unofficial app to control them. The case, which also provides a battery pack, could be ideal for users who move between two countries frequently.
TechCrunch posted a hands-on with a pre-release version of the device, which used a copied version of Apple's owner dialer in the Vooma app, though it is reported to work without problems. The case, which also protects the iPhone, adds a back-up and what amounts to a basic cell phone embedded within it. The Vooma app in the iPhone ostensibly unlocks the iPhone by using the case-embedded phone rather than the iPhone's built-in one, allowing users to switch SIM cards at the push of a button.
Developed originally for those who travel between countries frequently (such as the US and Canada, for example, where the carrier options are entirely different), the Peel case overcomes two of the difficulties with the latest iPhone models -- the problem of a permanent, untethered unlock and the need to constantly swap out SIM cards as one passes back and forth between countries.
Interested users can enter an email address on the Vooma website to be notified when the device will be available for sale. Pricing and other technical information has not yet been announced. [via TechCrunch]