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Apple offers nano-SIM design free of royalties, but there's a catch

By Rick · 12 replies
Mar 26, 2012
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  1. The future of tiny SIM slots everywhere hangs in the balance as Apple, Motorola, RIM and Nokia continue deliberating over what the next nano-SIM standard will be. Not content with other…

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  2. m4a4

    m4a4 TS Evangelist Posts: 887   +437

    If the whole point of coming up with a new standard is to shrink the card yet apple's design doesn't actually do that, I hope they lose. I say this because even without royalties, it has a complexity that would basically replace that fee that would get passed onto the consumer.
    Yet again it seems that apple is doing something because they think their way is better, even though it's only easier for them.
  3. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 1,685   +1,081

    It may also be that by hindering the ability of competitors to make lighter and thinner devices than Apple, that takes away a potential threat. Their newest device is thicker <b>and</b> runs hotter than the previous version - that could be used against them.
  4. i would suggest that the tray makes insertion/removal easy and removes the chance for error. Lots of people try to push them the wrong way wrecking the card and/or device slot area.
  5. Everyone seems to be overlooking that Nokia or RIM designs may not have an "external" tray, but inside the phone there will be something to hold their nano-cards on the right place and this slot will be using the same or more space than a tray.

    About backwards compatibility: The nanoSIM card to microSIM or SIM adapter can be made with a piece of paper found on your desk right now, perhaps some adhesive tape for an improved DIY adapter, or you can buy a plastic adapter. With Nokia or RIM designs, if ever possible, there will be no way to adapt your nano card somewhere else without a real adapter.

    That's why I will go with Apple Design, they are doing the best job so far.
  6. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    What we're NOT overlooking is that this is some ploy by Apple to screw over everyone down the line.

    See Apple is behind this. You look at "best job" and start getting a tingling in your groin, we see how they have run their business for the past decade, and how it affects consumers who aren't part of the collective. We see injunctions and lawsuits against products WE want to buy.

    So no thanks buddy.
  7. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +116

    I'm not too sure if the implied point about the tray mechanism came from Nokia as well, but if it did, I don't see the argument here, as the Nokia Lumia 800 also uses a tray design for its sim card.

    I also fail to see how a tray that is barely the depth of the sim card itself would cause issues with the design thickness of mobile handsets.
  8. Seriously, where is bin Laden when you need one? As far I'm concerned Apple should be burned to the ground. Why it is always those [beeep censored] screwing people worldwide constantly and there is nobody who can stop them. On yer bike Apple, get lost and never come back.

    Classic SIM work just fine. If you ask me mobile phones are already too small and many are well beyond ridiculously small. With next generation you will get free anvil and anchor chain from a battleship to attach it to the phone so you won't lose it in your own pocket. Miniaturization yes, but not for the sake of miniaturization.
  9. taimuraly

    taimuraly TS Booster Posts: 113

    I think there must be some catch. Maybe the sims will be royalty free but how about the tray design, what if there is a patent on that ^_^
  10. Funny how people make fun of Apple Fanbois and then you read all of these comments from Apple Hating Fanbois!

    Reality is---if Apple is offering the standard for free and it offers additional benefits above the previous standard than it should at least be considered. I don't see how any other company is getting screwed if they're being offered the design free of royalties.

    As the article stated above, look at USB...
  11. DanUK

    DanUK TS Booster Posts: 211   +9

    "For starters, according to Nokia, Apple's "nano-SIM" actually has the same width and length as a micro-SIM. Not only does this sound like a non-improvement..."

    Doesn't this make their idea pointless then?
  12. At this time, actually Apple offers free lisence :D
  13. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,515   +2,309

    This is Apple right? There's always a catch.

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