iPhone or GPhone

With Apple’s WWDC hours away, the rumor machine is in full gear. There is a lot of speculation about iPhone, the fabled Apple phone that may (or may not) change the wireless handset world. Chances of its appearance this week are slim, but the clock is ticking for Apple. So while we debate all that, here is another more realistic rumor.

Our friends at Engadget point to this report, about Alpha Networks, aTaiwanese company is prepping a GPhone, a WiFi phone based on Google Talk. Google sources say that branded hardware is part of the Google Talk plans, and a way to grow its ecosystem. These kind of devices would help GTalk get market traction. Or as Andy says, “squarely taking AIM at Skype.”