4/2/2012 12:33:33 PM
Nano-SIM battle rumbles on into the summer
The battle between Apple and Nokia over which company should take in the lead in making the next generation Sim card has been pushed back to the end of next month.
The European Telecommunications Standards Institute chose to postpone a decision on the matter on Friday. It will now be discussed during its next meeting in Japan, from 31 May – 1 June.
The battle is centred on the nano-SIM, which is a third smaller than the micro-SIM that is fitted into today's smartphones. Apple has offered a royalty-free licensing of its design but only if it is chosen as the standard.
This move angered Nokia, which has threatened to withhold some patents. The Finnish manufacturer argued its card is 23% smaller and more in line with trade standards. Nokia is backed in the battle by both Motorola Mobility and Research in Motion (RIM).
Editor: Graeme Neill