Vote on Nano-SIM Postponed as Apple, Nokia, RIM, and SanDisk Battle it Out

Vote on Nano-SIM Postponed as Apple, Nokia, RIM, and SanDisk Battle it Out

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The European Telecommunications Standards Institute has postponed a vote on the nano-SIM standard as a battle rages between Apple, Nokia, RIM, SanDisk and others, reports FOSSPatents.

It appears that Nokia's overt unwillingness to license its potentially essential patents in the event that Apple's nano-SIM proposal is adopted and Sandisk's resistance to Nokia's proposal have resulted in an impasse. Sandisk, too, holds patents that may be essential to a new SIM card standard.

RIM has also filed a complaint with ETSI accusing Apple of trying to rig the vote by registering its employees as representatives from other companies.

Over the last few days we have observed a number of representatives from one company changing their affiliation over night and registering to the meeting not representing their employer or any of their affiliates but representing a completely different company.

Examples (as of 18:04 CET on 28/03/12) are:
- Jason Adams from Apple (UK) Ltd registered as Bell Mobility
- Dieter Volbert from Vodafone D2 GmbH registered as Telekom Austria AG
- Gavin Clark from Apple (UK) Ltd registered as KT Corp.
- Vinash Khausal from Apple (UK) Ltd registered as SK Telekom

Clause of the ETSI Technical Working Procedures provides that voting by proxy is notpermitted during a Technical Body meeting

The ETSI vote has been delayed by a minimum of one month.

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Vote on Nano-SIM Postponed as Apple, Nokia, RIM, and SanDisk Battle it Out
Kmjimac - March 31, 2012 at 12:53am
1800 views on article and only 2 remarks.... GO APPLE!!!
Mes - March 30, 2012 at 4:25pm
Stuffing the ballot box!! Not cool Apple. Very disappointed.
ratGT - March 30, 2012 at 10:28pm
On the contrary, this time I support Apple, because it's something that HAS to happen (SIM shrinkage) in order for technology to advance. And if Apple relied on the snail-retarded decision pace of companies such as Nokia, we would have to wait another 5-10 years. And that is a undoubted fact of the past, when Nokia used to rule in its business and it was them making changing calls in the mobile industry. THANK GOD for some of Apple's 'ballot stuffing', otherwise we would still be using Floppy Disks and parellel ports on our computers, or stylus pens and physical keyboards on Smartphones...