Nano-SIM cards would be thinner and considerably smaller than micro-SIM cards. The Sources states that Apple has sent a letter to the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) Offering Royalty-Free Licenses for its Nano-SIM standard.
While the other tech giants were worried that Apple may use this patent in future litigation, Apple remarked that it would ”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,”. Apple’s decision to offer royalty-free usage of its nano-SIM standard shows that the company is more interested in building upon a standard, rather than seek to profit from it.
With the standard free to use, it sidesteps many complaints from its rivals — including Nokia, Motorola and RIM. Still ETSI is to take decision on later this week. And that decision will allow us to know which SIM Technology is going to take part in future smartphones.