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Old 03-08-2013, 01:48 PM   #1
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Dual Sim Card Phone

Does anyone have one of these? I have a few questions:

Is there a smart phone with dual sim cards?

If yes, can you have different service providers for the two different phone numbers?

Does it work without swapping cards each use (in other words, with no extra action on my part, would I be able to receive phone calls from either number at any time)?

If yes, does it allow texting from either number also?

Thanks. I'm trying to be a good employee and not abuse my company phone for personal use. It would be a lot easier if I could simply get a smart phone with two numbers....
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Old 03-08-2013, 02:57 PM   #2
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lots of dual sim smart phones, but not so much in the u.s.- you'll basically have to buy from overseas.

you can use multiple providers.

the details of how it works depends on the phone. some, you need to switch back and forth (either a button or setting), with only one sim active- this basically just saves physically swapping sims. some allow both to be active in standby, then idles one when you receive a call on the other. others are always active, allowing simultaneous connections.
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Old 03-08-2013, 03:38 PM   #3
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lots of dual sim smart phones, but not so much in the u.s.- you'll basically have to buy from overseas.

you can use multiple providers.

the details of how it works depends on the phone. some, you need to switch back and forth (either a button or setting), with only one sim active- this basically just saves physically swapping sims. some allow both to be active in standby, then idles one when you receive a call on the other. others are always active, allowing simultaneous connections.
I have two and what he said.

edit and nice thing about smart phones from overseas is most come with FM radio and many apps that aren't free on state side phones like answering machine on the phone.

edit 2 the bad thing about overseas phones is I don't speak Chinese it is hard to figure out some of the feathers as they manual is in Google translate while the apps are in good all USA engrish.

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Old 03-09-2013, 01:05 AM   #4
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My GF wanted a cheap smartphone. Last week she bought something called a Mobistel Cynus T2. Dual Sim, Android, huge screen, very decent camera, FM radio, for something like €180.

It works great and I'm considering getting one for me because I'm starting to hate the ecosystem around my iPhone.

I think it's called Micromax in other markets.
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Old 03-09-2013, 01:29 AM   #5
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Perhaps not quite what you're asking, but the Verizon iPhone 5 is a quasi-dual SIM phone. It has a slot for a SIM card, but Verizon does not use GSM, so it comes unused. The Verizon iPhone 5 comes unlocked, so you can slap the SIM card from another carrier in it and use it on that carrier.

Not sure how it works switching between carriers. I presume that you have to remove the SIM card to go back to the Verizon network.

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Old 03-09-2013, 05:18 AM   #6
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Thanks for all the answers.

As technological as we have advanced to, I'm surprised there isn't a wide selection of these out there. It seems simple enough to me to have user friendly, two number/carrier options on one platform that would allow you to select one or the other from the main screen. From the descriptions, it sounds like it isn't all that simple.

Like the man said, "I'm just a simple man in a complex world; or maybe I'm a complex man in a simple world..."
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Old 03-10-2013, 10:59 AM   #7
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It's because of an unspoken, unwritten agreement between phone makers and mobile operators. Were dual SIM phones to become commonplace, a lot fewer phones would be sold each year. This is also why dual SIM phones have inferior features compared to single SIM ones: low screen resolution, resistive instead of capacitive screens etc.
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Old 03-10-2013, 04:37 PM   #8
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The dual SIM phones are common in markets other than North America. I got a dual Sim Samsung Galaxy Y off *bay from a US vendor. Because they aren't sold here, you have to source the accessories such as screen protectors or cases overseas. The instructions were in English, Spanish and Portuguese, so it seems to be a South American market model.

I wanted an inexpensive unlocked dual Sim smart phone for travelling. It fills the bill perfectly.
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Old 03-10-2013, 05:39 PM   #9
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I always liked the look of the Motorola EX115

http://www.phonearena.com/phones/Motorola-EX115_id4725
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Old 03-10-2013, 05:56 PM   #10
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I always liked the look of the Motorola EX115

http://www.phonearena.com/phones/Motorola-EX115_id4725
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Old 03-10-2013, 05:57 PM   #11
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LOL. I don't work there anymore.
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Old 03-11-2013, 08:53 AM   #12
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What's her name, duc?
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Old 03-12-2013, 10:58 AM   #13
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