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RIM, Motorola submit compromise nano-SIM design

updated 10:38 am EDT, Fri May 18, 2012

Uses Apple's design as template

RIM and Motorola have submitted a new, compromise nano-SIM design based on a concept from Apple, reports say. The new design has the same outline and contacts as Apple's proposal, but with a notch on one side making space for what RIM calls a "push-push" mechanism; pushing in the card once secures it, pushing it in again pops it out. Apple's idea may have been less practical, requiring a tray to hold a card steady.

Nokia opposed Apple's original design on the principle that it violated a "no jamming" rule. The length of the card was said to be too close to the width of modern micro-SIMs, making it possible for a person to accidentally wedge Apple's nano-SIM into the wrong slot. In response, though, Apple created a slightly updated design with new dimensions.

Apple has previously expressed its own opposition to adding a notch, suggesting that it would increase time-to-market by shrinking the space for silicon. It remains to be seen, therefore, what kind of traction the RIM/Motorola design might have. The European Telecommunications Standards Institute is scheduled to have another meeting on the nano-SIM standard on May 31st, at which point a decision should be reached on submitted concepts.

by MacNN Staff



  1. SJBMusic

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Working together?

    Well, not exactly, but working on improving other designs rather than just starting over from scratch. Sounds win-win to me.

  1. Arne_Saknussemm

    Joined: Dec 1969


    2 Dying companies working together -

    on a very successful one's design?

    Something smells really bad here...

  1. facebook_Terrin

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    Joined: May 2012


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    Apple's design probably allows for thinner designed phones. The push mechanism is likely thicker than a tray. Design is about balancing trade offs. Further, Apple wants to implement the standard immediately on its next phone. RIM and Microsoft know that the particular change with the notch will not let Apple do that.

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