Today in Mobile

The European Telecommunications Standards Institute this morning approved specifications for the nano-SIM, adopting a form factor that is 40 percent smaller than the micro SIM Apple introduced with the iPhone 4 in 2010. The approved design appears to be more similar to Apple’s original submission than to any other submission, as my colleague Kevin C. Tofel notes here, which could help Cupertino better leverage its patent for choosing and switching service providers on a smartphone. Nokia responded by saying it will reverse an earlier stance and agree to license any applicable patents under FRAND terms. That isn’t the victory Nokia had hoped for, but it’s good news for vendors of hardware in Europe — and for the consumers who buy those phones.