Despite offering to license the nano-SIM standard royalty-free, Apple is getting flak from RIM for recruiting additional proxies in the voting process. Nokia had made similar complaints when Apple initially made the proposal to the European Telecommunications Standards Institute. Here's what RIM had to say about Apple employees taking voting spots for SK Telekom, Bell Mobility, and KT.
We kindly ask that neither shall a person of one company who is appointed to carrythe votes of another company be entitled to cast a vote on behalf of that company, nor shall a personof one company who is registered in the place of a person from another company and appointed tocast a vote on behalf of that other company, be allowed to cast a vote on behalf of that company.
Considering most handset manufacturers are still wrestling with the switch to micro-SIMs, establishing the next subsciber identity module standard is a long ways off. We haven't seen much in the way of alternatives, and until someone offers one, I'm having a hard time seeing Apple's submission being rejected. Of course, that's not to say that Apple's tactics for pushing their version of the micro-SIM are entirely fair, but does it make a difference if everyone adopts it in the end anyway?
Reportedly, ETSI voting on the issue will be put on hold for at least another 30 days.