RIM accuses Apple of dirty tricks as ETSI postpones vote on Nano SIM

By , Mar 30, 2012

Apple’s push for a new SIM card standard dubbed Nano SIM is in troubled waters as BlackBerry maker Research in Motion has sent a letter out suggesting that foul play may be afoot. Meanwhile, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) has postponed vote on Nano SIM due to a dispute between Apple and Nokia over Nano SIM patents.

RIM’s letter claims Apple’s own personnel register themselves as working for the competition in order to try and rig a vote that will decide the outcome of a bid to make the Nano SIM a new standard.

The Canadian firm believes that members of Apple’s team have registered to vote claiming to work for Bell Mobility, SK Telekom and KT Corp. If true, Apple may have some answering to do…

RIM, itself on a death spiral these days, is now asking ETSI to ensure that proxy voting is not allowed when the vote takes place in around 30-days, with an aim to ensuring that Apple cannot rig the outcome.

RIM’s letter is available over at CNET and it even goes so far as to name the people involved. Three appear to work for Apple (UK), whilst one is listed as having worked for Vodafone before switching to Telekom Austria.

If Apple is indeed trying to rig proceedings and has thus been found out by RIM, this would be an interesting development in a quest for Nano SIMs.

Apple is pushing its Nano SIM variant that is a third smaller than the Micro SIM and requires a tray. It should help make future iPhones smaller and lighter as even the already miniature Micro SIM is too bloated by Apple’s standards.

No matter how much they want it, though, fixing votes (if true) just ain’t cool, man.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1325852380 Milo Peng

    y need nano sim when micro sim is already small enough?

    • http://twitter.com/Chindavon Chindavon

      My guess is the more you can shrink any hardware component, the thinner the iphone can possibly get, even if it’s minor?

  • http://twitter.com/Chindavon Chindavon

    RIM is in desperation mode. How about evolving their phones and OS, instead of sitting on their hands saying boo hoo and blame others for their failures?

  • Anonymous

    If Apple is caught being guilty, let them burn at the stake. ;)

  • http://twitter.com/CunOTHERside jose carlos

    I’ve always said and will con. Apple corp. are all GANGSTERS not option but fact!

    • http://twitter.com/Chindavon Chindavon

      For a bunch of Ganstas, they know how to make killer products. There’s a reason why people don’t buy cheap plastic devices that lag and inferior.

  • http://www.facebook.com/numbnoise Anut Joe Pruksuwat

    If I understand it correctly, the nano sim has the same size with the micro sim. The only different is the material. This means once you are using the nano sim, you cannot use that sim card with any other micro sim phones.
    When apple first use the micro sim, there were people releasing the sim cutter and ways to cut out the normal sim card, but it’s the nano sim, then you can’t modify it because the material is different.
    Correct me if I understand it wrongly though.