Apple's SIM Card Power Grab

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Last week we reported that Nokia, Motorola and RIM were squaring up to Apple over a disagreement about the future of nano-SIM cards. Now, Apple is proposing that its patented design could be used for free, by anyone—dependent on one, rather large, condition.

Currently there are two competing nano-SIM card designs, and Motorola, Nokia and RIM are nervous that Apple's design might win out and lumber them with expensive ongoing licensing costs. Apple's response to ETSI, the European Telecoms Standards Institute, is simple.

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According to Foss Patents, Apple is happy "to grant royalty-free licenses to any Apple patents essential to nano-SIM, provided that Apple's proposal is adopted as a standard and that all other patent holders accept the same terms in accordance with the principle of reciprocity."

So, while Apple might be happy to make no profit from the concept, in return it demands an increased dominance and power over the market. Savvy. [Foss Patents via Engadget]

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Wait? APPLE CAN PATENT THAT???? OK, cool that they're not going to charge royalties (so they say), but there exists a person in this world that will actually grant the Patent for a SIM card? A SIM card, something that I used to put into my Nokia Phone back in 1999. So they made it smaller, how does that make it patent worthy?