Industry insiders suspected Apple was going to make a big announcement yesterday about a cell phone-game combo with its own music-playing handset. Of course, we all suspected the phone could be called iPhone, as the url iPhone.org currently sends folks back to the main Apple page and it just seemed like the next natural next step for the company.
Much to the surprise of many, including yours truly, Linksys, (owned by Cisco Systems), announced it will release its very own iPhone. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Cisco's had the name since 2000, when it bought InfoGear Technology, which had the rights to the iPhone name.
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According to a press release from Linksys, the iPhone will enable compelling internet services, allow consumers to know when their contacts are available for calls, and offer access to personal content like music, movies and live video cameras.
The iPhone Dual-Mode Internet Telephony Kit for Skype, $99.99, embeds the popular communications client into a cordless phone base station that is attached directly to the home network via Ethernet, making it easy to place calls to other Skype users, mobile phones, or landlines without turning on a computer.
The iPhone Wireless-G Phone for Skype (shown above), $219.99, makes Skype portable by integrating it into a Wireless-G handset, allowing consumers to place calls from anywhere they can connect to a wireless access point.