Conflict is brewing in the mobile world over the adoption of a new, smaller standard for the SIM card — the chip in each GSM phone that dictates which network you connect to and your cellphone number. On one side is Apple, which introduced the incumbent Micro SIM in its iPhone 4 and is pushing its own design for the new nano-SIM. Opposing Apple are Motorola, Nokia, and RIM, who believe that their design is technologically superior and less likely to cause damage to a handset since it's harder to improperly insert it. Apple has said that, should its design be adopted, it will license any related patents to its competitors royalty-free on condition that they reciprocate in kind. However, industry body the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (or ETSI) still has to decide which standard to adopt — follow the whole story right here.
- Sep 11, 2012, 4:37 PM UTC
Just one day before the latest iOS handset is expected to make its debut, the carrier mistakenly posted a blog article titled "First photos of Vodafone nano-SIM cards." In the post — which was quickly deleted but preserved thanks to Google Cache — Vodafone reveals it presently has a huge stockpile of 500,000 nano-SIMs in stock and says "the first devices have now been announced."
By Chris Welch
- Jul 16, 2012, 10:44 PM UTC
The Financial Times is reporting that European operators are "stockpiling" nano-SIMs ahead of the launch of Apple's next iPhone.
- Jun 5, 2012, 12:38 AM UTC
The long and contentious battle for the exact shape of the nano-SIM / Fourth Form Factor (4FF) technically came to a close on June 1st . The design firm Giesecke & Devrient has said that Apple's design is the one that was chosen by the ETSI.
By Dieter Bohn
- Jun 1, 2012, 2:30 PM UTC
- Jun 1, 2012, 11:32 AM UTC
ETSI has named the successful nano-SIM format, designed to be 40 percent smaller than existing SIM technology.
By Tom Warren
- May 22, 2012, 10:49 PM UTC
- May 18, 2012, 2:28 AM UTC
A new nano-SIM design proposal from Motorola and RIM seeks to strike a compromise between Apple's proposal and an older submission from Motorola, RIM, and Nokia.
- May 8, 2012, 6:15 PM UTC
SIM maker Giesecke & Devrient notes at CTIA that Apple's proposed nano-SIM design has been revised to prevent jamming in larger slots.
- Mar 30, 2012, 8:50 AM UTC
The ETSI vote scheduled for this week to decide on a new nano-SIM standard has been delayed by a month following patent-related disputes between the proposing companies.
By Vlad Savov
- Mar 29, 2012, 10:29 PM UTC
The battle over the future of the SIM card heated up yesterday when Nokia threatened to withhold 'essential' patents if Apple got its way, and RIM is now lashing out at the Cupertino company as well.
By T.C. Sottek
- Mar 28, 2012, 1:13 PM UTC
Nokia is now threatening to withhold the licensing of patents it believes would be "essential" to an Apple-led nano-SIM proposal to be voted on by ETSI later this week.
- Mar 27, 2012, 10:53 AM UTC
Nokia has claimed that Apple's nano-SIM proposal is simply designed to undermine its own standard, with a lack of patents to back it up. The ETSI will vote on the proposals later this week.
By Sam Byford
- Mar 26, 2012, 9:54 PM UTC
The Verge has obtained detailed information on the so-called "nano-SIM" proposals from Apple, Nokia, and RIM.
- Mar 26, 2012, 10:17 AM UTC
Apple has reportedly sent a letter to the other members of ETSI (the European Telecommunications Standards Institute) assuring them that, should they ratify its proposed nano-SIM standard, it'll happily license all necessary patents out to them without asking for royalties.
By Vlad Savov
- Mar 22, 2012, 1:18 PM UTC
Nokia takes Apple to task over nano-SIM proposal: 'does not meet all of the pre-agreed requirements'
Nokia has responded to a Financial Times report that it is battling with Apple over the next-gen "nano-SIM" standard.
- Mar 20, 2012, 11:08 PM UTC
The Financial Times is reporting that Apple is fighting with Motorola, Nokia, and RIM over the final design of the new nano-SIM standard ahead of an ETSI vote next week.
- Nov 11, 2011, 5:00 PM UTC
One of the originators of the SIM standard has designed a new "nano-SIM" that's considerably smaller than the micro-SIM it hopes to replace.