Small nano-SIM cards causing big industry stir, Apple willing to forfeit any related patent fees now

Small nano-SIM cards causing big industry stir, Apple willing to forfeit any related patent fees now
The nano-SIM kerfuffle is in full swing in Europe, since this week the ETSI standradization body is supposed to announce its verdict in France. Last week Nokia, RIM, Motorola and the others complained that Apple is trying to outvote them in favor of its own nano-SIM standard by registering subsidiaries with voting rights in the last moment.

Apple's solution for the upcoming nano-SIM standard is still tray-loading, which Nokia says is inferior to its own solution, since it occupies the same space as a regular SIM card, and jams into existing micro-SIM slots anyway. 

Apple's solution, which will benefit its current tray SIM card slot design, has received the backing of most major EU carriers, but the European Commission is known for putting the carriers in their places on numerous occasions, such as setting price ceilings for their roaming charges, so the backing doesn't mean much.

The lawyers from Cupertino are now willing to forfeit any patent licensing fees that Nokia and the rest were afraid will be collected by Apple if its standard gets approved, but in a letter to ETSI the fruit company says it wants reciprocity for the patents held by other companies regarding the new nano-SIM standard. 

Small card, big issues, a lot of popcorn to be eaten  until the the Smart Card Platform Plenary meeting later this week in Southern France.

source: FOSSPatents



8. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

I think the sim card model is outdated personally. Phones can now backup contacts remotely without any additional hardware needed.

9. nb2six

Posts: 298; Member since: Apr 27, 2011


10. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

It's not just contact backup, it's also network switching, equipment changes, and even number changes with the same device. I'll never willingly go to a non-SIM carrier, I switch my phones too often, and I like having phone backups that are a SIM switch away. I don't want to take my time and effort to go to a store to havea phone programmed each time I change it

7. hunted

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

Guys can someone tell Apple that sim cards are smaller than they think & not in brick size???

4. GuiltyBystander

Posts: 199; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

"The lawyers from Cupertino are now willing to forfeit any patent licensing fees that Nokia and the rest were afraid will be collected by Apple if its standard gets approved." Okay, I don't know why, but I'm having a hard time trying to believe this..

5. jacko1977

Posts: 428; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

its call blackmail approve this and pay nothing or dont approve it and pay us money

11. hepresearch unregistered

It goes something like this: EU: "Why should we force your standard on OEM's when you folks are going to have the patent for this standard, and treat it as non-FRAND?" Apple: "Don't worry! If other companies are willing to share their patents with us in exchange, then we are willing to forego any patent licensing fees... for now." EU: "Okay. Sounds good to us! Your nano-SIM is now the standard." Only 6 months later... Apple stops foregoing patent fees, and demands $20 per device... any device made for GSM/UMTS/LTE by any OEM. Another 6 months later... Apple's legal department comes around to collect... they begin suing every OEM that fails to license their nano-SIM patent. When many OEM's stop honoring patent reciprocity agreements with Apple as a result, Apple cries foul and demands FRAND rights to every other patent they have been using fee-free. The following month... the ETSI, the Federal Trade Commission, and the ITC tell everyone else to just pay all the money and share all the patents so that Apple can stop bothering them already. The next week... Apple calls a conference to remind the rest of the world that the color black, narrow bezels, touch screens, and thin rectangular phones and tablets with rounded edges were standardized by Apple years ago, and we now owe them a freakin' ton of money...

2. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

They should have listened to Nokia sim solution. Apple maybe good with iPhone stuff but Nokia/Motorola/RIM have more experience in mobile telecommunication.

3. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

i don't think they will listen.. they have too much arrogance.. but i start seeing the Apple vs the rest of world now..

1. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

OH YES! TOTALLY called this solution! I still think it's silly to have a nano SIM reader if it doesn't actually reduce space usage in the device, but hey, if Apple is willing to swallow its pride and not go after other companies for "patent violations" that it forced them into, fine by me.

6. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

yup agreed. i dont understand the point of the nanosim since it takes up the same room as a regular sim with that loading tray. . This move is just apple going "we know we lost, but we cant look like we lost, so lets just do this move to save face".

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