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Samsung has 'potentially serious issues' with nano-SIM vote

updated 01:35 am EDT, Wed May 23, 2012

Vote continues, despite Samsung's objections

Following last week's compromise between Motorola, RIM, and Apple resulting in a nano-SIM design submission, Samsung has filed a complaint with the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) complaining about the voting process on the final design. After an initial denial of Samsung's appeal, Samsung filed the letter with ETSI stating that Samsung believes the vote was advanced before enough time was allowed for discussion and "consensus building" within the organization. Regardless of Samsung's complaint, voting continues and is expected to conclude sometime this week.

Samsung's concerns began when companies, possibly proxy companies for Apple, were trying to involve themselves in the "vote by correspondence." Samsung's complaint is very similar to RIM's complaints from March in this regard. Samsung is embroiled in multinational legal battles with Apple. "How these ultimately get resolved remains unclear at this time," Samsung notes in regards to the procedural matters before ETSI, "Samsung is still taking advice and reserves its position and rights on what further action it will take."

If approved, the new design could appear in products as soon as next year. The current nano-SIM design isn't much smaller than the Micro SIM currently in use in the iPhone 4 and 4S. Apple had offered royalty-free use of their previously submitted SIM design. The design currently up for vote is a Motorola/RIM joint design that has more in common with Apple's proposal than either company's first suggestion to ETSI.

by MacNN Staff



  1. OldMacGeek

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Heh heh

    Ah. Consensus-building. In other words, "Nobody *ever* listens to me! Gosh!!"
    (goes off to sulk)

  1. DaJoNel

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Just like Samsung to bring their fat @ss to the party and mess things up.

  1. SockRolid

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Gettin' petty widdit.

    Poor old Samsung. Getting smacked down by Apple in courts around the world for copying. Losing billions of market cap on news that Apple is taking its DRAM business to Elpida. Not to mention the Apple display deal with Sharp. And the looming Apple ARM processor fabrication deal with TSMC.

    So what does Samsung do in retaliation? They get all passive-aggressive.
    Yeah, that'll show Apple who's boss.

  1. apostle

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Dragging their feet

    Samsung always seem to be dragging their feet. Whatever the issue, they need more time. When they're given more time, they still need more time.

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