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It may not be as sexy, but this iPhone was here first
Apple iPhone = iPWNED?

Everyone knew this move had to be coming. While Apple may have popularized the little "i" with products like iMac, iBook, iPod, iTunes and iLife, the iPhone name has already been taken. Cisco has owned the trademark for iPhone since 2000 when it was purchased from Infogear. Infogear originally filed for the trademark in 1996 (well before Apple jumped into the "i" business). Cisco just recently ushered the name into service with a new line of VoIP devices marketed by Cisco's Linksys division.

Although Apple and Cisco have been in talks for quite some time over the iPhone name, no agreement was ever reached. Nevertheless, Apple boldly decided yesterday to announce the iPhone at MacWorld. Cisco isn't too happy about the move and has filed a lawsuit against Apple, Inc.

"Cisco entered into negotiations with Apple in good faith after Apple repeatedly asked permission to use Cisco's iPhone name," said Mark Chandler, senior vice president and general counsel for Cisco. "There is no doubt that Apple's new phone is very exciting, but they should not be using our trademark without our permission."

Cisco isn't going down without a fight on this one and it intends to fully protect its line of iPhone products. "Today's iPhone is not tomorrow's iPhone. The potential for convergence of the home phone, cell phone, work phone and PC is limitless, which is why it is so important for us to protect our brand," said Chandler.



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RE: How can this happen?
By glennpratt on 1/11/2007 9:09:30 AM , Rating: 4
So you've never wanted an Apple product before, but you want a phone with no 3G, no QWERTY, no wireless email/calender/contact sync (eg Exchange ActiveSync) and you want to pay $599 for it?

Sounds like Apples been right up your alley all along.


RE: How can this happen?
By RamarC on 1/11/2007 10:51:24 AM , Rating: 1
you must not have seen the demo at apple.com. the qwerty keyboard is virtual... you type on the screen. it supports cingular's edge (an alternative to 3g). if you want to go faster, it has built-in wi-fi. and there'll definitely be sync to outlook later since it's built on osX and a quick port of an existing app is all that's needed.

the built-in web browser is leaps and bounds better than any that i've seen in a small phone (fat smartphones not included). the sms ui tracks the conversation. and the widgets should sprout a 3rd party development community.

the iphone has unique and innovative features that make it more usable and more flexible than any other phone/handheld. as for paying $599, expect that to be discounted to $199 with 2 year agreement. geez, my samsung a900 had a list price of $350 but I paid only $80 for it a year ago.


RE: How can this happen?
By Pops on 1/11/2007 12:49:39 PM , Rating: 2
If you had seen the demo you would know the $599 price is WITH the 2 year contract. It would cost more without.

I think its a really slick phone, and I too have never wanted a single Apple product. I was really impressed with the demo until they showed the side by side of the contacts/calendars etc with the other phones. They looked exactly the same.

So I think the only place it really excels over other phones is the touch screen and large storage.


RE: How can this happen?
By Johnmcl7 on 1/11/2007 3:49:49 PM , Rating: 2
I wouldn't count a virtual keyboard as having a qwerty keyboard as they are no substitute for a proper qwerty thumbboard. In this area I find HTC to be excellent with their vertical slide out keyboard which gives good spacing between the keys without having to increase the size of the phone dramatically.

As for web browsing, I assume you've not seen Opera? They offer versions for most platforms now including smaller handsets such as the K800i which work extremely well. Also, on the larger side the Iphone is behind other devices of this type due to its lower screen resolution - it should offer at least 640x480 if not more.

John


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