If not an Apple iPhone, then what name

If not an Apple iPhone, then what name

Summary: Now that Apple's is now in litigation with Cisco over use of the iPhone name, Steve Jobs might have to come up with an alternative. For some reason, Jobs was ok with changing the name of iTV to AppleTV, so he must have an alternate name ready to go if he can't get back on track with Cisco.

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Now that Apple's is now in litigation with Cisco over use of the iPhone name, Steve Jobs might have to come up with an alternative. For some reason, Jobs was ok with changing the name of iTV to AppleTV, so he must have an alternate name ready to go if he can't get back on track with Cisco. Sharing the brand and having Apple and Cisco products interoperate, which was the apparent plan, seems like a confusing way to make everyone happy, and you can be sure that Jobs didn't find it compelling.

In an earlier post I suggested a few names. I have added a few more and put them up for a vote...

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  • iSmart

    iPhone looks like a revolutionary smart phone. therefore, my suggestion for the name is 'iSmart'.
    bhumkars
  • imobile

    i think they should call the new iPhone, iMOBILE :]
    brana48
    • Actually yeah

      This is actually the best name I've heard so far, throughout any of these "what should the iPhone be named now" stories on all these sites.

      Good job.
      @...
  • Phone Does Not Have To Be Spelled Correctly

    Other, Phone Alternatives Would Be iFone or iFon. Pending Trademark Status, Phone Spelled With An 'F' Would Work Fine. What Do You Think?
    DarthTurtle
  • iFone

    iFone
    funktrust
    • iRoyalties

      No you can't just misspell a name and infringe on a copyright/trademark. Just ask Mike Rowe who's website was MikeRoweSoft.
      BesWizard
      • Not Necessarily True

        With The Little Knowledge I Have Of Trademark And Patent Law, If You Have A Product And The Name Is Already Trademarked (i.e. iPhone, Windows, Microsoft, Machintosh, etc.) You Can Misspell It (i.e. iFone, Lindows (or Windowz), MikeRoweSoft, Mackentosh, etc.) Or Use Foreign Languages (i.e. iTelefono (or iFono), Ventanas, Microsuave, etc.). The Problem Comes Down If You Try To Either Use The Trademark As A Website (i.e. MikeRoweSoft vs. Microsoft) Or If It Would Cause Confusion (i.e. UTube vs. YouTube). Otherwise iFone Would Be Perfectly Legal But There Would Be Some Fighting. Unlike Mike Rowe And The People Behind Lindows, Apple Has Money So It Can Fight Its Use Of iFone All The Way To The Supreme Court. Mike Rowe And The Lindows People Were Fighting Microsoft, Which Has The Money To Pound Anyone Who Remotely Uses The Words *indows Or Anything That Sounds Like Microsoft. Remember In Todays World The Rule Of Law Is Squashed When Large Sums Of Money Is Involved. Just Ask Mike Rowe?
        DarthTurtle
        • Whoa Thats Hard To Read

          Wow, I tried to read that, i really did, I just couldnt. Why capitalize EVERY word?

          And you can still run into trouble with a name that sounds like another well known trademark (IE: -oogle, Lindows, and MikeRoweSoft)
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  • New iPhone name: iDo

    iDo
    What can you Do with this "phone"? You Do more than just make phone calls. What can you do? (not a bad pitch line, eh?)
    alagomar
    • iDooDoo

      Might be more acurate
      BesWizard
  • iP?

    kinda playing off of the whole internet IP thing?
    arodessa
    • and

      or the whole intellectual property thing that's making us think of new names in the first place :)
      @...
  • iCom/iComm

    For Communications
    jingbugle
    • iComm or iSmartComm

      As this is way past being an 'iPhone', it also is a WiFi communicator as well!
      randall.jordan
      • iCom

        I agree that iCom seems like a good name.
        dcook5
  • iMistake

    That would about sum it up!
    BesWizard
    • iSourGrapes for you.

      You like it?
      Cage88
    • or

      or the myBad
      @...
  • Has no one else thought of this???

    Come on... Seriously... Why did Apple even pursue iPhone, anyway??? I mean, there's iMac (not iComputer) - there's iPod (not iMP3) - why not iTalk (instead of iPhone)

    Look, someone even mocked up a commercial - <a href="http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-3168733759916419298">iTalk</a>
    SnifferSir
    • iPricey

      To the point but the marketing guys are going to kill it. Fact is just about everything iXXX is already copyrighted and Apple will have to cough up some coin to get the name they want. By preannouncing iPhone without securing the rights to the name, they just raised the price.

      What fools.
      BesWizard