What the iPhone Trademark Really Represents
At first glance, the recently resolved legal dispute between and Apple over the right to use "iPhone" was all about the name. But when we realize the similarity between the two products–that both Linksys' (a subsidiary of Cisco) and Apple's versions are about wireless communication–it becomes clear that there was much more involved. As Owen Thomas of CNN's Business 2.0 writes:
Most people use a regular handset to make calls at home, cell phones to make calls on the go, and special software or hardware to make calls on a personal computer. But as more calls move onto the Internet – a shift to technology called Voice over Internet Protocol, or VOIP – those distinctions are disappearing.
It's pretty obvious that no matter what happens, the Internet will play a big role in mobile communication. Especially when technologies like HSDPA are becoming commonplace, and software and hardware companies work to make VoIP available on your smartphone or PDA.