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eppur_se_muova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-18-06 11:43 PM
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iPhone surprises technology world (BBC) {NOT from Apple}
Edited on Mon Dec-18-06 11:43 PM by eppur_se_muova
A net phone called the iPhone has been launched by Linksys just weeks before analysts were expecting Apple to release a similarly-named device.

The wireless iPhone allows users to make free or low-cost internet phone calls using the Skype service.

It joins a growing market of phones which use wi-fi to make telephone calls instead of traditional mobile networks.

There has been intense speculation about Apple entering the mobile market for the last few months.

Wireless net telephones are growing in popularity because they offer a low-cost alternative to making mobile phone calls.


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more: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/6189145.stm

Evidently, Apple does NOT own the iPhone trademark. Curious.
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truthisfreedom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-19-06 12:00 AM
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1. Certainly they must have intended to appropriate it, or buy the name.
Hmm. I wonder if their lawyers are gearing up for a fight.
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originalpckelly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-19-06 11:05 AM
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10. No, in fact Apple doesn't own the trademark "iPhone" in America...
so it won't be called that. If the rumors are true, Apple has been developing this thing for years now. They would certainly not do something like that.
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Moochy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-19-06 01:53 AM
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2. put the i at the end
They could call it a Phone-i ...
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merwin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-19-06 02:01 AM
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3. Sounds too much like Phony
:)
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phrenzy Donating Member (941 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-19-06 02:52 AM
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4. iCom
Apple is (or would) most likely not make a name as obvious as that for a phone, mainly because I'm quite sure they will be trying to identify it as something 'more' than a phone. iCom or iTalk or some such thing would be more likely. They didn't call the iPod 'iMusic' or the iSight 'iCamera' etc...

Not only that, even if they were - they could go w/ their new paradigm and call it simply the 'Mac Phone'
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Pab Sungenis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-19-06 08:37 AM
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5. If they called it Mac Phone
they'd probably get sued by McDonald's.

Oh, and iTalk is taken. Wonder what name they'll use.
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-19-06 10:46 AM
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6. iYakYak? or iBlahBlahBlah? n/t
Edited on Tue Dec-19-06 11:06 AM by SoCalDem
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phusion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-19-06 10:48 AM
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7. iYadaYada n/t
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nolabels Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-19-06 10:51 AM
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8. The Non-PC phone maybe
Apple may have a niche with it's iPod but treading into a already saturated market with only a marginally inventive product sounds like quicksand
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reprobate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-19-06 01:17 PM
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12. ICOM is a long time Japanese maker of communications equipment.
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VegasWolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-19-06 11:00 AM
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9. Since when does Apple own the copyright or trademark for all possible words
that start with the lowercase 'i' ??????
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Pab Sungenis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-19-06 12:33 PM
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11. It doesn't.
Witness the one I cited above: "iTalk" by Griffin Technologies. It's just that "iPhone" was the nickname a lot of the geek press were using to refer to Apple's upcoming VoIP WiFi Phone.
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VegasWolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-19-06 01:44 PM
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13. Yes, I know, I was being facetious!
:toast:
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stlsaxman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-19-06 05:53 PM
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14. Skype is flat-out the best service in The World.
If you've never heard of it before- waste no time in going to www.skype.com and checking it out.

"The World talks for free".

Americans automatically think- "If there isn't a multi-national conglomerate reaming me for its services- the product MUST suck!"

Skype RULES!

:headbang:
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Melynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-19-06 07:55 PM
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15. I'll call Apple's phone, the wonder phone
Because all products by Apple are wonderful. :-)

Now pass me the Apple Kool-Aid.
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