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GoSolarUSA is the company that, after having signed a deal Tuesday, is now the U.S. distributor of the quirky Apple Peel, a device which can be attached to your iPod Touch and gives it iPhone functionality.

“The brothers who invented this Apple Peel probably ran down a list of how many ways could they annoy Steve Jobs,” said Jonathan Hudis, chairman of the American Bar Association’s Trademarks and Unfair Competition Division.

The brothers are Chinese, and their company, Yosion Technology, makes the small Apple Peel, which is made up of a dock connector, battery and SIM. It’s projected to cost $60 and wraps around the iPod Touch, giving users voice call and text message functionality on the Touch.

Of course, the device has to be jailbroken first, something that doesn’t sit well at all with Apple, which bundles the iPhone with a rather expensive two year AT&T plan, a financial drawback that can be avoided with the Apple Peel.

But the story takes a slightly shocking turn when you find out that GoSolarUSA doesn’t plan on just selling the device online, but has been in contact with Micro Center and will try to start talks with Radio Shack, Wal-Mart, Best Buy and Fry’s Electronics.

If they manage to convince even one of these companies to sell the gadget, Apple’s reaction should be worth watching.

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