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The iPhone was announced today—but not by Apple. In an apparent attempt to take advantage of the recent hype surrounding the “iPhone” name, Cisco’s Linksys division has introduced a new line of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phones under the iPhone brand. The wireless phones are designed to work with online services such as Skype and Yahoo! Messenger. “The iPhone family of handheld devices harnesses the power of the Internet to enhance voice communications, integrate compelling information services, and deliver access to multimedia,” the company said. Everyone from consumers to industry analysts have referred to Apple’s long-rumored iPod-based cell phone as the “iPhone.” Cisco has owned the trademark on the iPhone brand since 2000 following the acquisition of Infogear.

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BJ: I don’t bloody well care whether Apple is the supposed patent holder to said “iPhone” as the reality is whether Apple delivers a phone worth owning? To date I have not delivers into the music phones, PDA phones, et al, as none have piqued my interest enough to make me purchase one. I want a mobile phone that works well, takes abuse, and provides great reception. If Apple can deliver this, then I might be interested in the Apple Mobile (AM). But, first I will read all the reviews and wait to hear what end-users think regarding the phone before purchasing one. Apple is stepping into grounds here that are well developed by others, and will have to double time to get where they might want to go.

Posted by FahrenheiPod 451 on December 20, 2006 at 3:20 AM (CST)

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I agree, FarenheiPod 451. An Apple iPhone by any other name would still smell as sweet ... we hope!  :)

Posted by BJ Nemeth on December 20, 2006 at 1:33 PM (CST)

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well originally the ‘iPhone’ was called the iPhone or iChat Mobile…but iPhone sounded cooler and thus remianed while iChat Mobile died out…

Posted by Kuro Rai on December 20, 2006 at 6:12 PM (CST)

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Howsabout

iDial

Posted by Peter on December 21, 2006 at 8:54 AM (CST)

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how about iCellulartelephone

Posted by supafupa on December 21, 2006 at 9:30 AM (CST)

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