Did you know? Apple was not the first company to sell iPhones

Did you know? Apple was not the first company to sell iPhones
Apple invented names like iPod and iMac, obviously also being the first to sell devices carrying these names. But things are different when it comes to the iPhone - by far Apple's most successful device to date. You see, iPhones existed long before Apple introduced its original iPhone in 2007, and people used them to make calls and access the internet. How's that possible? Well, read on to find out.

The world's first device called iPhone was released way back in 1998 by a California-based company called InfoGear, and was marketed as an "Internet Touchscreen Telephone." Obviously, this was no smartphone, at least not in the way we perceive smartphones today. The InfoGear iPhone was a desktop telephone featuring a resistive black and white touchscreen display (640 x 480 pixels, stylus included), a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, web and email access, and 2 MB of RAM - enough for "at least 200 email addresses." The device was sold for a bit under $500, and you had to pay a separate fee for internet access, starting at $9.95 per month (or $19.95 if you wanted "unlimited browsing").

But it seems that the InfoGear iPhone was ahead of its time. After a redesigned model introduced in 1999, InfoGear stopped making iPhones. In the early 2000s, the company was bought by Cisco Systems (currently the largest networking company in the world), so the iPhone name and trademark changed owners. Starting 2006, Cisco used the name for a VoIP telephone called Linksys iPhone.

In early 2007, Steve Jobs took the stage at that year's Macworld convention to announce Apple's first iPhone, and Cisco was quick to sue the Cupertino company for trademark infringement. However, the dispute was settled before the Apple iPhone hit the market (June 2007). While they didn't disclose financial details on the deal, Apple and Cisco agreed - interestingly - that they would both have the right to use the iPhone name. As you probably know, though, we haven't seen any Cisco iPhones since then. And, most likely, we never will: the iPhone is undoubtedly an Apple product now. 


references: Internet History Podcast, CNN, Cnet, Wikipedia

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30 Comments

1. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1183; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

LOL, haha, don't really know what to say

3. adityabnrj

Posts: 20; Member since: Nov 16, 2015

Guess Apple can't sue them for the name!! :P

5. AlikMalix unregistered

Yes because they already paid for it - puchased from Cisco, I think.

19. thunderc8

Posts: 98; Member since: Dec 15, 2014

Exacly , and not only they paid Cisco for the name iphone but for the name IOS as well as IOS was the name of the Cisco router operating system, when i upgrade old cisco routers the firmware is still under the name IOS. Oh and i shouldnt forget the name "Apple" they paid 500.000.000 english pounds to the original "apple computers" company, and the university for the stolen A7/A8/A9 cpu patent, and the settle they did with HTC for the iphone 6/s desighn, and the stolen SIRI etc etc Apple always pays for their "R&D" because it needs a lot of efort to try and find others tech/names to inovate.

33. AlikMalix unregistered

There's so much wrong facts in your post. Enjoy the tinfoil hat.

38. engineer-1701d unregistered

you forgot the ipad stolen and paid to use it, and iphone in brazil

29. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

They purchased the right to use the name. Yes, but only after they were sued. Typical apple!

4. AlikMalix unregistered

Let the trolls troll. But a rose by any other name would smell as sweet... Did you know that android was actually a name for a robot designed to mimic human behavior, not some program designed to collect personal information for advertising revenue? Did you know parent company of Google is called Alphabet, last time I checked, alphabet is a commonly used term to describe a full set of letters for any given Language. Did you know Samsung started out as a company that sells Fish? I can do this all day, history is very convoluted. What matters is who's on top today.

8. guests

Posts: 196; Member since: Jun 19, 2016

did u know apple nowadays is nothing more than a copycat company?? bet this is the 1st time u fanboys hear about it.

9. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

But BGR say otherwise. It's Samsung the real copycat. Not Apple.

10. guests

Posts: 196; Member since: Jun 19, 2016

'BGR'. lol u just insult urself by taking sources from BGR.

20. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

Hehehehe.

15. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 914; Member since: May 07, 2014

Not the first time. Apple was a copycat way before.

16. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 914; Member since: May 07, 2014

Did you know Samsung started out as a company that sells Fish? And look where they are now. Samsung makes the best LED TVs, Samsung makes the best smartphones (Apple copies them, split screen, phablet etc etc). Samsung made the world's latest building. Should I continue?

30. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

You're getting your Samsung's confused. Samsung Electronics is not he same company that builds the biggest cargo ships, who once has the world's tallest building, or has a military manufacturing business. These are all company's who pay to use the Samsung name. But yea, its not how a company starts, but how they finish. Samsung is never going to die. Wonder where Apple will be in 10 years?

13. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

@AlikMalix Ah! THIS!!! You just knocked out the Fandroids! Bravo! How about them "Apples", eh?!

18. phichart

Posts: 335; Member since: May 03, 2014

lol.. you are really butthurt...!

14. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

did you know that Apple was actually a name of fruit? did you know that mac was actually abbreviation of macaroni, just like on max and cheese? iPod, iPhone, iMac, iPad... slapping "i" on common word is their biggest innovation so far.. retina screen, facetime, safari, earbud.. what kind of name is that? lol...

21. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

There is Alphabet company belongs to a car incorporation, I think it is BMW.

32. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Did you know the McIntosh name was stolen? Did you know the iPad name was stolen? Did you know Apple stole "Apple" from another company? Did you know God named a fruit called an "apple"? Also McIntosh is a type of apple? Did you know Apple stole the Mac UI from Xerox? Did you know Apple is a Chinese company in the US copying everyone else's products just like many Asian country's do?

35. yoghibawono

Posts: 240; Member since: May 04, 2016

just going tio be copy-paste it here: 8. kumaran555 (Posts: 31; Member since: 07 Mar 2016) Apple copied everything; from their 'Apple' name, their 'Apple fruit' logo, the name 'iPhone', the name 'iPad', the name 'iOS', etc. Apple has been stealing other companies ideas for years Steve Jobs was the best at using other people's ideas. Apple is always copying from every brand. Steve Jobs said: "Picasso had a saying -- 'good artists copy; great artists steal' -- and we have always been shameless about stealing great ideas." Confirmed, Apple is a shameless copy company The name 'Apple' - The Beatles (Apple Corps Ltd) In 1978, Apple Corps hit Apple Computer with the first lawsuit. In a 1981 settlement, $80,000 was paid to the Beatles. i.imgur[dot]com/7vXNCpD[dot]jpg The name 'iPhone' - Linksys’ iPhone The Linksys iPhone was a line of internet appliances from Cisco Systems. The first iPhone model – released by Infogear in 1998 imgur[dot]com/BLp29vF[dot]gif imgur[dot]com/2cKQeeL[dot]jpg The Name 'iOS' - Cisco IOS The Name 'iPad' - Fujitsu iPad Japanese Fujitsu built a touch screen device they called "iPad", Japanese electronics company Fujitsau built a handheld computing device in 2002 — complete with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and VoIP support — called the iPad.

6. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

They were never first in anything !!!! Just kidding!! But yeah great genius steve jobs!!

36. yoghibawono

Posts: 240; Member since: May 04, 2016

ohh yeas first to admit ; Steve Jobs said: "Picasso had a saying -- 'good artists copy; great artists steal' -- and we have always been shameless about stealing great ideas. Then sue others who seem to use their stolen ideas. first! yay!

11. Ali.M

Posts: 12; Member since: Dec 23, 2013

LOL nothing belong to apple

17. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Apple is just a copycat nothing more nothing less!

26. SprintGuy26

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 21, 2011

damn, that was really neat to read...post more stuff like this PA why cant ppl just read something without hating all the time?..ya talk like Apple is Hitler lol, it just a damn cell phone company....

27. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Because idiots get mad at everything they dislike. What's the probability that any of the trolls you see here have had any substantial encounters with the opposite sex? It's somewhere around 5% if that lol :^).

28. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Apple per usual, steals a product name from another vendor; waits to get sued and then pays them to STFU. Hopefully Cisco got a cool Billion out of it since we will never know what Apple paid them. Though the iPhone name is cool, its sad they couldn't just come up with something less egotistical and more cool.

37. andynaija

Posts: 1259; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Hey do you know there's a fake account posing to be you right? Check recent PA news posts you'll find them.

39. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Yes I saw her. It's probate Mxy.

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