RIM complains about Apple stacking vote for nano-SIM standard

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.

Source: SlashGear

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RIM complains about Apple stacking vote for nano-SIM standard


I still haven't seen the Micro-Sim being adopted by anyone else in the industry. Nokia praises the advancements which the nano-sim has to offer. Another article I was reading hinted that Nokia has another technology which is better than the nano-sim. They are rumors at this point unless something concrete shows up.
Regarding Apple's method of pushing their version, they are trying to get their subsidiaries as voting members for ETSI. This in itself is stacking the odds in their favor as you call it. Entice the competition to adopt your product by showing them its value instead of doing it the way your article tells us.

When you say everyone, I say just Apple products. Verizon and AT&T are both coming out with newer micro sim or LTE, but only for Apple products.

This is a bit disingenuous, Apple did not exactly offered to make their license the nano-SIM standard royalty-free. What Apple did was to offer to make their nano-SIM licenses royalty-free IF all other SIM related standards were also made royalty-free.
Since Apple still sells huge ammounts of iPhone 3GSs, one can easily see where that came from.

Maybe I'm wrong, but I thought has since stopped manufacturing 3Gs? Maybe it has a stock of them, but I thought new production has halted. If this is the case, then wouldn't one thing that all those 3Gs have already paid their royalty/license-fee?
Now on the topic of this mutual fee-free royalty, I agree with you. But I see it as a move going forward rather than one for products already released. This means that Apple releases the nano-sim and then someone else comes up with a better design, then Apple can use it fee-free.

Apple still makes the 8GB iPhone 3GS, and it is still widely available wordwide as an entry level smartphone.
In fact the iPhone 3GS was the third most sold smartphone of 2011, and it already sold 1.6 million units on the first quarter of 2012.

Apple has the +1 on everyone because their design is backwards compatible. You would be able to buy an adapter for you nanoSIM to fit it into a microSIM or regular miniSIM device.
The only thing is that everyone would have to payout for RIMs sim-tray design patent. So the idea of the nanoSIM design being free is a half-truth.

Stacking the deck was wrong when Microsoft did it to push their "XML" format as a standard, and it would be wrong if Apple is doing the same here.
Unfortunately, it works.

I don't see the point of just changing the size of the SIM. The micro SIM is small enough. If you take the volume that you get by using the nano and compare that extra volume with the phone volume, it's something under 0,01%... For what? Battery? Components? Maybe it's a way for customers to lose the sim cards... Why not also reduce the credit cards size? To much plastic....

And I agree with you completely! It could be Apple's ploy to get other companies to provide their capabilities royalty free. It's business after all.

The cost of Apple's proposal to the industry is royalty collection on other sim technologies. The cost to the consumer is the lack of royalty expenses. Sounds like a win for many with a cost to very few.

The nails are being hammered into the BB coffin. The Director where I work got fed up with her BB and bailed to the iPhone 4. She's MUCH happier and at ease since that change. This is happening everywhere. BB is on the decline and needs to be more concerned about losing execs to the competition. They're not going down with the ship.

Those clowns at RIM have bigger fish to fry than this nonsense.
They have been lapped in the smartphone AND tablet field, their stock price is in the toilet and they have SIM cards on their mind?