“Just hours ago, RIM and Motorola submitted an updated proposal for the design of the so-called 4FF nano-SIM, a smaller replacement for the 3FF micro-SIM used in many phones today (most notably the iPhone 4 and 4S),” Chris Ziegler reports for The Verge.
“Debate between competing nano-SIM designs — one from Apple, another from a joint group of RIM, Motorola, and Nokia — has grown intense over the past several months within the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), the body ultimately responsible for SIM standardization worldwide,” Ziegler reports. “It turns out that Apple’s 4FF SIM is a joint effort with a significant number of voting entities: AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Gemalto, Giesecke & Devrient (which actually wouldn’t tell us which way it was voting when we spoke to it at CTIA), Telecom Italia, Telefonica, Verizon, and Vodafone, among others. The competing standard was underwritten by Nokia, RIM, and Motorola alone.”
Ziegler reports, “You can see which elements of which original proposal were included in the compromise — it’s 80 percent Apple and 20 percent RIM / Motorola… Nokia, interestingly, is missing from this most recent proposal, suggesting that it may have taken its ball and gone home; whether it’s in support of the revised RIM / Motorola solution is unclear.”
Much more in the full article, including illustrations of the various designs, here.
MacDailyNews Take: Apple will get what Apple wants and the iPhone also-rans will just have to deal with it.
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