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Mar 26, 2012

How Apple Plans to Define the Industry Standard in SIM Cards

Last week Nokia, Motorola and RIM were squaring up to Apple over a disagreement about the future of nano-SIM cards. Now, Apple is proposing that its patented design could be used for free, by anyone—dependent on one, rather large, condition.

Currently there are two competing nano-SIM card designs, and Motorola, Nokia and RIM are nervous that Apple's design might win out and lumber them with expensive ongoing licensing costs. Apple's response to ETSI, the European Telecoms Standards Institute, is simple.

According to Foss Patents, Apple is happy "to grant royalty-free licenses to any Apple patents essential to nano-SIM, provided that Apple's proposal is adopted as a standard and that all other patent holders accept the same terms in accordance with the principle of reciprocity."

So, while Apple might be happy to make no profit from the concept, in return it demands an increased dominance and power over the market. More here.

10 comments:

YeamieWaffles said...

This is good news I guess although it's great to hear other companies are still fighting Apple, competition is never a bad thing.

Adam said...

Ywaffles is right, Apple is in their own little marketplace. There's no competition in thier company, just locked merchandise and wheelbarrows full of cash.

Stormtrooper said...

Normal SIM cards are small enough. I don't understand why they enforce new, unnecessary standard.

R said...

Sounds like an interesting plan from Apple.

!sense! said...

Monopoly

Trolske said...

Apple is still too arrogant and thinks that there is no f*cking way that the other standard will win.

Filip Demuinck said...

Like the picture with the colours. Respect for you being a girl writing about technology.

Greetings,
Filip

Leon Kennedy said...

this seems funny, I didn't think Apple made components for other companies

Steven T. said...

LOL Apple is taking over! I hope this sim is scratch resistant, and I should be able to store 8GB worth of shit on it.

Jim said...

Apple is just like Google, trying to take over everything!