Bloomin’ ‘eck, this whole nano-SIM thing seems to be getting blown out of proportion a bit.
You’d think Apple, Nokia and RIM were arguing over something massively important, but a nano-SIM is simply this: two-thirds the size of a micro-SIM. Is it really that big a deal, guys?
You might recall Apple was hoping to push through its proposed nano-SIM design, and while it was said to have the backing of European networks, manufacturers such as Motorola, Nokia and RIM expressed patent-related fears.
Team Cupertino promised “an unequivocal commitment to grant royalty-free licenses to any Apple patents essential to nano-SIM”, but that wasn't enough to satisfy the Californians’ rivals.
Throughout the whole debacle, Nokia has stressed the “technical superiority” of its design, and it’s unwilling to budge.
Mark Durrant, Nokia’s director of communications, yelled: "The principal issues remain the technical superiority of our proposal and that Apple's proposal does not meet the pre-agreed ETSI requirements. Apple's proposal for royalty free licensing seems no more than an attempt to devalue the intellectual property of others."
To make things even more complicated, RIM has moved to stop voting by proxy, and suggests that various members of Apple have tactically registered under different companies.
Ultimately, the vote has now been postponed for at least 30 days. I’m speechless.