Apple, Nokia engage in battle of SIMs

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Nokia has crossed swords with Apple in Europe over the new features and dimensions of the next generation Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) card named the nano SIM.

Verge, a tech website, said Apple wants European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) to agree to the Nano SIM proposal and approve it as an industry standard. The website says that Apple’s nano SIM prototype has the shape and size similar to that of the SIM area on the current micro SIM, which is used in phones like iPhone 4S, Lumia 800 and Motorola Razr. Nokia currently holds the highest number of votes at the ETSI. The Finnish mobile maker’s prototype is similar to a micro SD and is reported to be backed by industry giants like Research in Motion’s Blackberry and Motorola phones.

However, Nokia insists that its nano SIM has better design features and that Apple’s might not be a good option for phones as its SIM does not fit in properly due to the way it is designed. Full-sized SIMs are mostly used in cell phones but in the coming years the usage of micro SIM would be increasing. Nokia is working hard to promote its new ‘nano SIM’ making a mark in the market once it would be accepted as per the industry standards.

Reports suggest Apple has written to the ETSI and expressed its willingness to licence its nano SIM and relevant intellectual property to other manufacturers for free. However, Nokia insists that Apple doesn’t have any patents related to the design and to the nano SIM features.

“We are not aware of any Apple intellectual property which it considers essential to its nano-SIM proposal. In light of this, Apple’s proposal for royalty-free licensing seems no more than an attempt to devalue the intellectual property of others,” a Nokia spokesperson said in a statement.

The ETSI is yet to conclude the future SIM standards debate.

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