If not iPhone, how about Apple iFon?

If not iPhone, how about Apple iFon?

Summary: I offered a few suggestions and a poll for renaming the iPhone in the likelihood that Apple loses its lawsuit with Cisco over rights to use the name. Apple calling the lawsuit "silly"  would indicate that Steve Jobs isn't interested in coming back to the negotiating table with Cisco.

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I offered a few suggestions and a poll for renaming the iPhone in the likelihood that Apple loses its lawsuit with Cisco over rights to use the name. Apple calling the lawsuit "silly"  would indicate that Steve Jobs isn't interested in coming back to the negotiating table with Cisco.

The winner in the poll was Apple Phone followed by iPod Phone, but not by a wide margin. Many readers offered their own suggestions, which may already trademarked by others. The most logical was a play on iPhone, iFone, but that is currently used by a wireless telecom company, a software PBX firm and a game company among others. My suggestion would be to stick with three primary letters (Mac, Pod) and go with Apple iFon. It doesn't immediately create a strong association with the concept of a phone, but Apple is very good at marketing its brands. And if the "iPhone" is so revolutionary, and not just a phone, then a new moniker, like Pod, may be doable. What do you think?

Here is a sample of the names from Talkbackers:

  • iFone 
  • iPfone
  • iMobile
  • iRoyalties 
  • iCom or iComm 
  • iPricey
  • MacPhone
  • XPod
  • telePod 

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  • The name "iFon" iSux

    Yeesh, no thanks. Right now, I'm sticking with Gizmodo's suggestion, most appropriate one out there, and calling it the "Jesus Phone".

    By the way, at this point, after all this hype (which you keep adding to), the name is irrelevant. Do you really think it matters anymore what they call this product? Do you think calling it a Fon or an Apple Dingley-Bingley will have any effect on sales?
    tic swayback
    • Name doesn't matter

      Name doesn't matter. People like ticy with more money than sense would buy anything with an apple name on it.
      Ticy can't wait for iBucket, iHemorrhoid Cream and not forgeting the iDiaper...
      Moosehouse
  • Ifon is non-starter, will just head back to court

    if Steve Job cannot win the rights to use iPhone, he cannot use iFon either. iFon will be seen as causing market place confusion with Cisco "iPhone".
    sinleeh@...
  • iPod phone sounds OK

    especially if Apple makes the next gen ipod look like the iPhone, which is my
    bet.

    The day Apple changes the name, however, is the day that Cisco will get zilch
    from Apple leaving them with a Cisco iPhone that will get a few sales, but not
    generate the net profits a payment from Apple for the name would.
    Ken_z
  • How about iCon?

    Not only because it's the standard that most converged mobiles will be based on, but because until they drop the price for a phone that isn't even 3G it's conning you out of your money!
    MBRoth
    • iCon

      iCon is the name of the Company that is the Distributer of Apple Products in Costa Rica... I don't think will be iCon

      I like Apple Phone (as told on another feedback) (as Apple TV instead iTV) jejejejeje

      Suggestion Apple MultiD (For Multidevice with a lot of functions that almost nobody will use) jejejej
      jorios_cr@...
  • I Like "Uberphone"

    Apple has the iChat and Mac Pro trademajks, so "iChat Mac Pro" would be legal.
    However I thought "MacPhone Pro" worked, but my favorite is Uberphone with the
    umlat over the U.
    pritchet1
  • I Like "Uberphone"

    Apple has the iChat and Mac Pro trademarks, so "iChat Mac Pro" would be legal.
    However I thought "MacPhone Pro" worked, but my favorite is Uberphone with the
    umlat over the U.
    pritchet1
  • How about aPhone,

    where a for Apple.
    CharlesWood_z
    • What about

      PODFON or ComunaPod
      dfruk@...
      • What about

        Stevetronic 4000

        or

        Steve-a-licious
        tic swayback
      • What about?

        MiPod
        malburley
  • Is there a letter i vanna

    cisco suit over apple of iphone is not silly nor trivia.

    What was up with "The nation of idaho"

    Sorry, I don't get it!!! I like jokes :)
    (was that a joke)

    and what's going to happen next? Are they going to trademark that vs the state?

    so that means anyone who has a letter i (small i mind you) will be threatened?

    so picture yourself on Wheel of Fortune...
    I can see Pat Sajack saying "these are the letters available - except the letter i brought to you by apple" , then some one forgets that and says "I'd like to buy a vowel... is there an i" and a trap door opens up and drops you into a pit where you are greeted by Mr. Jobs and a entourage of lawyer.

    Signs zee papers

    yeah, it could happen
    jgorycki
  • Enough i 's already!

    How about getting AWAY from i-everything and going with something like PodPhone or MacPhone. (They could sell these over the counter at McDonald's!)
    drumandvocalsguy@...
  • iFone

    I liked iFone, but we all know that apple would never take suggestions from online users
    96camaroz28@...
  • I like iFon

    I like iFon ...

    the funny thing about this whole thing is that CISCO would almost have certainly gotten more attention (ie, MORE sales) if they had just left well enough alone and let Apple's marketing efforts get a lot of people Googling and Yahoo!ing for "iPhone" !!
    ttocsmij
  • How about calling it "The Phone Formerly Know as iPhone"?

    It worked for the performer formerly know as Prince. ;-)
    dstreifling@...
    • New iPhone name

      I hope Apple loses this case. I'll start using that name the next day.
      davidr555
  • I still vote for iPwn

    cos they do, it does, and it's funny.
    sylph972@...
  • Why The i?

    It has "become" apparent through Steve Jobs' action (or inaction as the case may be) that Apple is declaring itself "supreme" lord and ruler of all things "i". Do not be surprised if in the near future Apple "attempts" to buy all usage rights to the lower case letter outright and begins charging user fees to all organizations and individuals worldwide. Educational institutions, charities, and churches could apply for "exempt" status however. But I believe Apple has "made" a strategic error in cornering the "market" on the letter "i". You see, as we all know very well, there is no "i" in "team". And if Apple's strategy is to use the "team" concept to "make" "money" in the electronics "market", then it will need to focus "more" on the letters "m" and "e". As you can see from the words in quotation, these two letters are an absolute necessity in the successful business "model". The new Apple "MePhone" not only gives Steve Jobs the letters he needs to be truly productive and profitable, but the word "me" is a "more" accurate description of what we want everyone else to look at when we spend 600 dollars on a phone.
    DMoore89031