Fourth Generation iPod touch Capabilities
" Can I get internet service for my iPod touch 4?" This is the question many owners ask when they get a new iPod. Internet connection is probably the most popular feature on this model and all previous touch models, as it’s one of the only things that distinguishes the touch from the rest of the iPod family.
The iPod touch 4 is not an iPhone, however. People often think it has all the same functionality as an iPhone, minus the calling plan, but it doesn’t. True, it is very similar, but it’s lacking in a big way - internet connectivity.
Any iPod touch device connects to a wireless network only. It does not receive a signal from a cell tower, as there is no antennae present. Thus, it cannot connect to the Internet with a service plan any more than it can connect to a 3G or 4G tower to make a phone call.
Any talking capabilities the iPod touch has comes through an app of some sort. If you use a chat service, like Oovoo or Skype, you must use a wireless connection to do so. It won’t magically connect to a tower just because you’re using such an app.
Your iPod won’t have 24/7 connection to a wireless source unless you keep it within range of a wireless signal at all times. Most owners who want this function have a wireless network in their homes. This can prove a problem, technically speaking, for those who do not wish to have a wireless network, or do not know how to install one.
So, can you get an internet service plan for iPod touch devices if you ordered one from Apple? Actually, no. Under no circumstances does Apple, AT&T or any other carrier provide internet services for an iPod touch device. So you can’t get an internet service plan even if you wanted to pay extra for one, because they don’t exist.