Apple beats Nokia et al in the nano-SIM war

Apple beats Nokia et al in the nano-SIM warRemember a couple of months ago we were jawing about that stupid nano-SIM vote thingy? Nokia insisted that its proposal was sexier than Apple’s, but Team Cupertino looked set to win thanks to some cheeky maneuvering, yadda yadda yadda.

Well, the results are in, and the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) has ultimately sided with – shock horror – Apple.

What’s all the fuss about? I honestly don’t know, man. Apple has already said it’ll grant “royalty-free licenses to any Apple patents essential to nano-SIM”, so it’s not necessarily a money thing.

And does anyone really care about a stupid SIM card that’s only 40% smaller than the current micro-SIM? Nokia, RIM and Motorola clearly do. For some reason. Honestly, I reckon you guys – particularly Nokia and RIM – have more important things to worry about.

"Today's SIM card designs take up a significant amount of space inside a mobile device," squawked the ETSI. "This space is more and more valuable in today's handsets which deliver an ever increasing number of features." Sigh. Because all we care about is keeping size down. Battery life? Don't be silly.

A statement from the Finns reads: "Nokia continues to believe that the selected nano-SIM proposal is technically inferior and not suitable for a number of applications, but the ETSI Smart Card Platform Technical Committee has now made its decision.

"Nokia believes that the existing micro-SIM (3FF) will continue to be a preferred option for many manufacturers and devices and so ultimately the market will decide whether 4FF is widely adopted."

What an utterly ridiculous story.

via: PC Mag

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JanSt / MOD  Jun. 5, 2012 at 13:36

utterly ridiculous, indeed.

Repo  Jun. 5, 2012 at 16:33

SIMs are easy enough to lose never mind micro-SIM & now the nano-SIM. All Nokia etc have to do is to ignore anything smaller than micro-SIM and it's all completely irrelevant anyway.


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