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RIM Accuses Apple Of Nano-SIM Foul Play

As reported last week, RIM, along with Motorola and Nokia, has been warring against Apple in a nano-SIM stand-off. According to RIM, Apple has been deploying unfair voting tactics ahead of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ESTI) vote.

The BlackBerry manufacturer sent a letter to the ESTI this week accusing three Apple employees of re-registering their affliation. "Over the last few days", RIM wrote in the letter, "we have observed a number of representatives from one company changing their affliation over night and registering to the meeting not representing their employer or any of their affliates but representing a completely different company."

The letter lists the example of three Apple UK employees; one switching to Bell Mobility, another registering as KT Corp, and yet another as SK Telecom.

RIM's concern is that Apple seems to be looking to gain extra numbers for the ESTI vote on the nano-SIM technology. The Finnish firm, Nokia, currently holds the most number of votes at 92.

Apple's nano-SIM design, which requires a tray to hold the SIM, as in the iPad and iPhone, is thought to be favoured by most European Carriers.