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The nano-SIM saga continues: vote postponed, RIM says Apple is cheating with proxies

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The nano-SIM saga continues: vote postponed, RIM says Apple is cheating
With both Nokia and RIM accusing Apple that it is trying to get unfair advantage by introducing proxy voters to the ETSI standardization body merely days before the final verdict, the nano-SIM standard vote got postponed.

Apple offered to licence all of its tray-loading nano-SIM patents for free, in order to alleviate Nokia's concerns that it will start charging patent fees once its solution gets approved. Nokia said that this is a mockery with its own intelectual property rights, as it has a nano-SIM standard offering and related patents itself.

Nokia has the most voting rights on the ETSI body, but Apple was registering proxy voters like its subsidiaries that comply with the voting requirements, and planted its own people posing as representatives from Bell, SK Telecom and KT. These are precisely the moves Nokia and RIM have been complaining about, and you can read the full text of RIM's letter below.

source: LesEchos via Engadget

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