What should Apple's new phone be called?

What should Apple's new phone be called?

Summary: Thanks to blogosphere chatter over the iPhone Apple has a branding pickle. What do you do when the best name for an alleged phone is owned by Cisco Systems?

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Thanks to blogosphere chatter over the iPhone Apple has a branding pickle.

Not the iPhone you were expecting?What do you do when the best name for an alleged phone is owned by Cisco Systems? Linksys announced today its iPhone family of VOIP products and the move is sheer brilliance.

How many people will buy the Linksys iPhone thinking they are getting an iPod cousin? You just can't buy that buzz--and spark more Christmas giggles for folks following technology companies.

So what's Apple have to do? Since it can't push Cisco around it'll have to cook up another name even though it has the market cornered on iAnything (iTunes, iCal, iTalk, iPod etc etc). A few possibles: iCall, iFon, iWishIHadABetterName.

Another finer point: This name conundrum almost guarantees that Apple's iPhone (oops, I mean whatever it is) isn't going to be announced in January. It helps if products have good names--even if they come from Apple.

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Topic: iPhone

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  • iphone etc

    A telephone should be just that, no more.
    dhays
  • lawsuit?

    it seems to me that a lawsuit filed by apple regarding the iphone name could hold up. they have been using the same system of names for years now. cisco should have known better
    brokndodge9
    • Soory but no

      Apple does not and can not own the letter "i". Bottomline, they blew it.
      No_Ax_to_Grind
      • Blew it? Eh.

        Linksys has held it since 1996, so, okay, they didn't file for it then. Whoops.
        ceegh
        • Point being, no basis for a suit.

          Nothing to sue over.
          No_Ax_to_Grind
          • Well, that, and Cisco could just BUY Apple. :P [nt]

            [nt]
            olePigeon
          • Cisco doesn't have enough money to buy Apple.

            Apple is a thriving company with 10 billion in the bank and no long-term debt.

            Cisco could never afford them.

            Apple could buy Cisco though!
            BitTwiddler
          • Cisco is a 169 billion dollar company with ...

            ... an anuual revenue of 30 billion. I don't think either buyout is probable but Apple certainly cannot afford Cisco.
            ShadeTree
          • sure there is

            it's called "dilution of trademark". look it up.
            scottz29
  • And the winner is...

    iPod.

    Does "Pod" stand only for music? they added video, they'll add speech.
    anacardo
    • exactly...

      It seems to me that Apple is introducing a media player that can act as a phone not a phone that acts as a media player. Since it's an iPod first and foremeost why come up with another name?
      mgarfein
  • Apple should never introduce a phone

    If they did, what would bloggers endlessly speculate about, over and over, with no real evidence, for years and years?
    tic swayback
    • Stop making Macs?

      Or what?
      I'm not entirely sure Apple should care because they've been working on making the
      best digital hubs available for all kinds of information, including media like movies,
      images, music and podcasts. An iPhone, or whatever it will be called, seems like a
      logical step for this company we both admire.
      Mikael_z
    • The iTablet ???

      >>> what would bloggers endlessly speculate about, over and over, with no real evidence, for years and years? >>>

      :-)

      (though some Apple patents MAY suggest tablet-related features)
      MacCanuck
      • Case in point

        http://blogs.zdnet.com/Apple/?p=356

        Yawn, been there, done that. I guess there's always the Mac handheld speculation to fall back on as well.
        tic swayback
    • Do you mean like they have...

      with the concept of a useful OS they've talked about so long?
      xuniL_z
  • iChat Mobile ...

    iChat Mobile is my guess for an Apple branded phone, especially if in Leopard Apple adds VoIP to the original iChat program.
    olePigeon
  • Who cares . . .?

    It's all still rumor.
    999ad9
  • iP{od with Voice...

    hmmm...
    nomorems
  • iPod Voice & Video

    to go with iPod Video, iPod Nano, et. al.
    nomorems