iPhone announced but not by Apple

The iPhone was announced today, just as Gizmodo promised. Except that the announcement came from Linksys (a division of Cisco Systems) rather than Apple. Confused? The explanation is quite simple. It turns out that Cisco has owned the trademark on the name since 1996. And they finally decided to use it.

The announcement was for an iPhone family of VoIP devices. 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. In short, Linksys iPhones voice solutions and products give consumers the ability to do more with their phone than talk. Devices will feature software such as Skype and Yahoo! Messenger with Voice and Yahoo search services.

Among the devices announced, the Wireless-G IP Phone (WIP330) also comes with the ability to access music, photos, and streaming video from sources on the Internet. Other devices include Skype services. For example, the iPhone Dual-Mode Internet Telephony Kit for Skype (CIT400) comes with a cordless phone base that connects directly to the Internet so that Skype features can be used without needing a computer.

Prices range from $79.99 USD to $369.99 USD.

So, Gizmodo promised us an iPhone announcement and they delivered. Now we just have to wait for the Phone from Apple.

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