Introducing the iPhone-But Not from Apple

A joke making the rounds on the Web Dec. 15 said the iPhone will be released on Dec. 18.

Here's the punch line: It's true. Not only that, but the company unveiling the device isn't Apple Computer (AAPL). Instead, the manufacturer behind a series of new products bearing the iPhone name is Linksys, a unit of networking equipment maker Cisco Systems (CSCO).

The company is announcing a series of Web-enabled telephone handsets designed to work with Internet calling services such as Skype, a division of eBay (EBAY), and other services, including SIP Phone's Gizmo Project.
Registered Trademark

For longtime tech watchers, Cisco's ownership of the iPhone name shouldn't come as a big surprise. Cisco has owned the trademark on the iPhone brand since 2000, when it acquired Infogear—which had registered the name in 1996. Infogear showed an Internet appliance bearing the iPhone name at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in 1997. Cisco spent $301 million to acquire Infogear in 2000. It later acquired Linksys, a maker of consumer home-networking products, in 2003.

News source: businessweek.com

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A lot of sniping going on over this, but 'sensitive' name or no, this could be a nice product. It's not 100% novel, but does seem to be joining a market (hybrid phones) that's still growing, as the technology improves. I think Cisco's/Linksys's pedigree with networking kit makes it an exciting prospect. I'd be more likely to buy something like this from them than one of the recent outfits to get there first, say, Belkin. I own some Belkin wifi kit, and give me Linksys any day.

The cell phone market is saturated, it will be tough if not close to impossible, to reproduce an iPod-like hit. The iPod was successful because it created its own market. Prior to that, media players weren't selling that well because they were bulky and too nerdy. Cell phones are already sleek and come in just about any variety--including now ones that play media and games as well. So what is Apple going to do?

Every time someone talk about iphone i cannot help imagining a osx compatible smart phone.

That would be nice. Considering that these kind of devices tend to ignore the mac platform a lot.

Quote - Munkyman said @ #11.1
I have to agree. Apple are very good at marketing.

Yea they could sale pretty much anything and someone would buy it. Pretty much the majority of apples success is in their marketing ;p specially in the damn iPods.

There's nothing in the "iPod" name that restricts to being an MP3 player.... I bet it'll be something like the "iPod talk" or something.

I dun what is with you people, no one ever said Apples Cellphone would be called the iPhone. That was a rumor, and its real name has never been confirmed, for all we know it could be called iChat Moblie, I think they are just trying to get some attention due to the hype around Apples phone.

I never said they needed it, I'm saying they wanted it. Theres many people who want to ride of Apples products just for free advertising, for example anything with Pod in it thesedays.

a Canadian Company called Comwave Telecom Inc has a Service Called "iPhone" URL: http://www.comwave.net/CDN/iPhone/index.htm and has had the name for almost 3-4 years now..

For longtime tech watchers, Cisco's ownership of the iPhone name shouldn't come as a big surprise. Cisco has owned the trademark on the iPhone brand since 2000, when it acquired Infogear—which had registered the name in 1996. Infogear showed an Internet appliance bearing the iPhone name at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in 1997. Cisco spent $301 million to acquire Infogear in 2000. It later acquired Linksys, a maker of consumer home-networking products, in 2003.

I think Apple just got pwnt.

lol yup x)

Registered Trademark

For longtime tech watchers, Cisco's ownership of the iPhone name shouldn't come as a big surprise. Cisco has owned the trademark on the iPhone brand since 2000, when it acquired Infogear—which had registered the name in 1996. Infogear showed an Internet appliance bearing the iPhone name at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in 1997 (see BusinessWeek.com, 2/3/97, "A New Gig for Your Phone: Net Surfer"). Cisco spent $301 million to acquire Infogear in 2000. It later acquired Linksys, a maker of consumer home-networking products, in 2003.

Haha Apple.

Quote - Rutager said @ #3
When did Apple ever say that they were calling it the "iPhone" in the first place?

To correct you when did Apple ever say it was releasing a phone at all. There have been many numerous rumors for a long time and they've all been wrong. Maybe someday they will but it aint going to be called the "iPhone"

I can see Court Action coming soon..

a Canadian Company called Comwave Telecom Inc has a Service Called "iPhone" URL: http://www.comwave.net/CDN/iPhone/index.htm and has had the name for almost 3-4 years now.. They also have the iPhone Mobile URL: http://www.comwave.net/CDN/iPhone/iPhone_mobile.htm

iPhone Mobile ™
Wireless VoIP service is here!

Just $129
Call 1-877-iPhone-U

iPhone Mobile™ allows you to enjoy wireless communications wherever a wireless internet connection (WIFI) exists.

Simply turn the phone on and it will search for a WIFI connection on its own. Then simply make a call as you would with a cell phone. iPhone Mobile will work anywhere; at home, office, and around the world.

Best of all...there are no per minute fees. Talk as much as you like.

For security iPhone Mobile™ also stores five WEP security keys for secured WIFI connections.


Features:

Phonebook
Call Logs
Ring tones
Vibe
Calculator
Alarm
Calendar

What are you smoking? Cisco has owned the trademark since 2000 .... and Infogear had the name first in 1996.

Apple and your Comwave Telecom have no rights here. In fact, they are infringing on Cisco's trademark...

Quote - xxdesmus said @ #2.1
What are you smoking? Cisco has owned the trademark since 2000 .... and Infogear had the name first in 1996.

Apple and your Comwave Telecom have no rights here. In fact, they are infringing on Cisco's trademark...


Yea, Apple is totally infringing on Cisco's trademark, since, you know, they never said their phone was called the iPhone.

Who knows maybe they will call it the iCell or something lol.

But yeah sucks for Apple for being so stupid in the first place.

Quote - Swordnyx said @ #1.1
But yeah sucks for Apple for being so stupid in the first place.

How so? Apple has never actually announced that they are making a phone, much less that it would be called "iPhone". Both are just speculation, spread around by news sites who treat every rumor as if it were Gospel fact!

Quote - roadwarrior said @ #1.2
How so? Apple has never actually announced that they are making a phone, much less that it would be called "iPhone". Both are just speculation, spread around by news sites who treat every rumor as if it were Gospel fact!

Really? I thought even CNET said it was going to be called an iPhone.

Oh well I'm going to get one probably anyway, so why bother about what it's called. Such as the "Wii", it sosunds retarded but it is very innovative.

Quote - Swordnyx said @ #1.3

Oh well I'm going to get one probably anyway, so why bother about what it's called.

You're goign to get a phone that may not exist, just because it's made by Apple, you don't even know anythign about it yet, features, quality... nothing. and you're allready sure you're going to buy it...
you need to get de-brainwashed

Quote - Swordnyx said @ #1.3

Really? I thought even CNET said it was going to be called an iPhone.

Oh well I'm going to get one probably anyway, so why bother about what it's called. Such as the "Wii", it sosunds retarded but it is very innovative.

CNET is one of those sites that I was talking about in my previous post. In fact, I think they are one of the worst sources of information, partly because they appear to most people to be a legitimate source of information, but mostly do nothing but spread rumors.