BBC: A net phone called the iPhone has been launched by Linksys just weeks before analysts were expecting Apple to release a similarly-named device.
The wireless iPhone allows users to make free or low-cost internet phone calls using the Skype service.
It joins a growing market of phones which use wi-fi to make telephone calls instead of traditional mobile networks. (…)
Apple has neither confirmed or denied that it is working on a mobile phone but speculation has continued for months with many analysts predicting it will be unveiled in January in San Francisco.
Jupiter Research analyst Michael Gartenberg said the speculation around the Apple product – which was expected to be called iPhone – showed there was “pent up demand for something from Apple”.
Many analysts predict that Apple will launch a device which combines the features of a mobile phone with its popular iPod. (…)