When Steve was announcing the new iPod Touch yesterday, a few of his words really struck me. He seemed to be stressing two things: It is almost the same as the iPhone, and it doesn’t need a contract. To my ear, that sounds like a pretty big slam to AT&T. Maybe I’m just reading a little bit into his inflection, but it sounded like he was pushing the new model with FaceTime pretty hard.

Now that the iPod Touch has a built-in mic and two cameras, it very much is a WIFI-only iPhone. With apps like FaceTime and Skype, you don’t need to buy an iPhone if you plan on making calls from home or work. This is pretty much the perfect device for non-telcom users like myself. Throughout my week, I am away from WIFI maybe two or three hours. Frankly, that’s better than the cell reception I get.

What do you think? Is this a move for Apple to slowly phase out the dependance on AT&T in the US? Do you think all telecommunications will be done through the vanilla internet one day? Sound off in the comment section of this post to have your voice heard.

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