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.