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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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"

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.

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)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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