ClosedVery insightful post from Cisco’s SVP & General counsel about the iPhone trademark negotiations with Apple:

“What were the issues at the table that kept us from an agreement? Was it money? No. Was it a royalty on every Apple phone? No. Was it an exchange for Cisco products or services? No.

Fundamentally we wanted an open approach (emphasis added). We hoped our products could interoperate in the future. In our view, the network provides the basis to make this happen—it provides the foundation of innovation that allows converged devices to deliver the services that consumers want. “

Makes you wonder how much longer Apple can continue with a walled garden approach. However, if Cisco was seeking some form of exclusive interoperability rights with the Apple iPhone, then maybe I can see Apple’s point (i.e. wanting to interoperate with a multitude of vendors/products).

[UPDATED: 2007-01-12] From Slashdot this morning:

“In an interview with the New York Times, Steve Jobs confirms reports that the recently-announced iPhone will not allow third party applications to be installed. According to Jobs, ‘These are devices that need to work, and you can’t do that if you load any software on them.’ In a similar vein, Jobs said in a MSNBC article that, ‘Cingular doesn’t want to see their West Coast network go down because some application messed up.'”


The pic is from Gaetan Lee at Flickr and just felt right :-)