RIM, Nokia and Motorola have an idea of what a nano-SIM card should look like but, Apple, on the other hand, has an entirely different proposal that it thinks the industry should adopt. To address that problem, Motorola and RIM recently suggested a design for an industry-wide SIM that adopts technology from Apple’s proposal and combines it with a different format (pictured above). The firms likely decided to create a new nano-SIM in hopes that Apple would accept a standard instead of charging forward with its own tech.
Apple has pull. Its 4FF SIM design is backed by a number of carriers around the globe, including AT&T, Orange, Telecom Italia, Telefonica, Verizon, Vodafone and Deutsche Telecom, as well as Gemalto and Giesecke & Devrient. However, Nokia said Apple’s original design could make it too easy for consumers to accidentally insert the nano-SIM into a microSIM card slot, which would result in an accidental jam and, likely, a device return. Apple since corrected the design, The Verge said.
Apple has yet to agree to the brand new proposal. However, two meetings have been set for May 31st and June 1st in Osaka, Japan to try and finalize a new nano-SIM standard. Apple was disappointed an agreement wasn’t reached during an earlier European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) meeting in March, so we expect some headway will be made in May.
[via: The Verge]