Nokia Challenges Apple’s Nano-SIM; Says Does Not Meet “Pre-Agreed Requirements”



After initial opposition by Nokia, Motorola and RIM over Apple’s proposal for nano-SIM, Nokia has gone out of their way to explain that Apple’s nano-SIM does not meet pre-agreed requirements set by European Telecommunications Standards Institute for the new standard.

Nokia sent a lengthy email to The Verge, explaining Apple’s nano-SIM which requires additional drawer might not just meet  pre-agreed requirements set by European Telecommunications Standards Institute for the new standard but also will make it difficult for small manufacturers accommodating the standards.

The email reads:

Apple’s proposal does not meet all of the pre-agreed requirements for ETSI’s planned 4FF standard (the so-called nano SIM). The proposal from Nokia, RIM and Motorola does.

Nokia believes that our proposal has features which would make it easier for consumers to insert and remove the SIM without damage. Additionally, our proposed SIM has different dimensions from a micro SIM, one of ETSI’s requirements, which would avoid it getting stuck if inserted by mistake into a phone with a micro SIM slot. Apple’s proposed card is the same length as the width of current micro SIMs and so would risk jamming, leading to card and product damage.

We also feel that our proposal allows for more design options for the type of card reader, i.e. how the SIM is inserted into the device, to allow for a wider range of device form factors. Requiring a tray or SIM carrier would reduce design options and increase manufacturing cost, perhaps not significant for high end smartphones but it would be for lower cost devices.

The combination of our proposed card and the associated mechanics are smaller than those for a current micro SIM, allowing further miniaturization in devices. Though Apple’s proposed card is smaller than current micro SIMs, when combined with the associated mechanics needed in the phone, we don’t believe it represents a significant reduction in size. We believe that in practice it would mean it was just different from micro SIM, rather than smaller, which could be a barrier to broad adoption as an alternative to micro SIM, potentially leading to fragmentation.

In summary, Nokia believes that our proposed nano SIM would be easier for consumers to handle, enable a wider range of device designs and offer a true difference from the existing options with micro SIM. We look forward to continuing the discussions in more detail with our counterparts in ETSI.

Despite these accusations towards Apple, European operators are believed to have supported these new standards. Apple truly seems to be the leader when it comes to change and others have nothing but to follow. Nokia might too, even if, forcefully.

Apurva Chaudhary

Apurva is a self proclaimed techie. She is active twitterer and you can follow her on twitter at @unitechy. You can reach her at apurva@techknots.com, she loves reading mails.

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