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You Say iPhone, I Say...?

5:00 PM -- You say you're eager for the release of the iPhone? Well, today's your lucky day. Or maybe not. Would that be the long-awaited iPhone from Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) that many Mac-lovers have been slavering over for years? Or the just-released iPhone line from Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) division Linksys? (See iPhone Prepares for Launch.)

Turns out that the networking giant has held a trademark on the "iPhone" moniker for, like, almost a decade, and today it said it's launching a series of VOIP devices under that model name, including the "iPhone Dual-Mode Internet Telephony Kit for Skype CIT400," for a mere $180.

Actually, iPhones have been around since at least 1997, when Infogear -- acquired by Cisco in 2006 -- displayed a Web appliance of that name at CES.

So, what's now left for Steve Jobs if he does indeed introduce an iPhone -- excuse me, an Apple-branded mobile phone with music-storage and playback capabilities like an iPod -- at the MacWorld Exponext month in San Francisco? ApplePhone… MacPhone… PowerPhone… iFone…

Hmm, it's just not working for me.

— Richard Martin, Senior Editor, Unstrung

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