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1 phone, 2 numbers: Benefits of a dual SIM phone

Helen Larkin Blog, Mobile, Onecom

Do you have the problem of having to carry your work phone and personal phone around simultaneously? It can be clumsy, and often confusing having to switch between the two. However, there is a solution – Dual SIM phones. And with all new Samsung devices now coming with Dual SIM options, we thought we’d run you through the need to know info, so you can decide if it could be of benefit to you…

One handset

Perfect for those with both work and personal phones. You can have two phone numbers at once! Which means you won’t need to carry two phones around or keep switching SIM cards. Dual SIM phones are clever and will let you know which line a call or text is coming though, so you’ll be able to differentiate between if it’s a business or personal call before answering.

You’re not locked to a network

Dual SIM phones aren’t locked to a specific network which means you are free to sign up to any provider you like. This helps when travelling internationally without having to worry about unlocking your phone or buying a new one. Or you may want to take advantage of one supplier’s good voice plans, and another’s data plans – giving you the best of both worlds!

What type of Dual SIM modes are there?

There are 3 different types, with DSDS being the most popular…

  • Dual SIM Passive (DSS):

A Dual SIM Passive phone can use two different SIM cards, but only one of them can be active at any time. That means that when one SIM card works, the other is unreachable. To use the second SIM card, you need to activate it manually, and the first SIM deactivates when you do that.

  • Dual SIM Dual Standby (DSDS)

A hybrid between Dual SIM Standby and Dual SIM Dual Active. They are both active only if you are not using them. If the SIM cards are both in Standby mode, you can make and receive calls on any of them. However, once you take a call on one SIM card, the other becomes inactive until the first card is no longer being used.

  • Dual SIM Dual Active (DSFA)

This implementation allows you to make phone calls from both SIM cards inside your smartphone. It can also receive calls on either of the two SIM cards, at the same time. Both SIM cards are permanently active.

Want to know more?

If you are interested in finding out exactly how Dual SIM can benefit your business, please contact us at Onecom to talk it through with a member of our expert team who will be happy to answer any questions you have, and offer you a bespoke solution, 0331 355 241.