AP: iPod touch is poor man's iPhone | The Apple Core | ZDNet.com. I am truly a poor man, and the iPod Touch is truly a poor man's smartphone. While you need a WiFi connection to use it as a phone, the TruPhone application, combined with a WiFi connection, is just like a regular phone, and works great. The iPod Touch is only $229, and doesn't require phone activation or monthly charges. I have a mobile router that plugs in to my USB broad band wireless modem. I pay $59 a month for broadband wireless from Verizon Wireless, which works great, and works everywhere. It can be used with any computer with a USB port available, and, at $20 a month less than AT&T coverage on the iPhone, is a superior buy. The superiority of the Verizon network and service is a bonus. When I am mobile, I just turn on the Personal HotSpot (PHS), and, voila, a VOIP phone that will call anyone anywhere, cheap. And, you can connect up to 15 iPod Touches to the local network created by the USB modem. Say hello to my little friend.