With more people traveling abroad, dual sim card phones have become very popular. This article outlines the 6 reasons why you need a dual sim card phone.There are a number of different companies that now provide dual sim card phones. The prices are finally coming down making these phones more affordable than ever. Now that we have stable mobile technology, a dual sim card phone is a must have for the frequent traveler.

What is a Dual Sim Card Phone?

Before we get into the reasons why you need a dual sim card phone, let’s talk about what a dual dual-sim-phonesim card phone actually is. A dual sim card phone is simply a cell phone or mobile phone that has two sim card slots to hold two sim cards. This means you can purchase a sim card when you travel or use one for personal use and one for business. Both cards can be registered to different networks and the phones are generally unlocked and are quadband phones.

How do Dual Sim Card Phones work?

When you have two sim cards in your phone, they will be using two different networks. For example, one might be your personal sim card for your local network. The second sim card might be one you purchased in an area you are visiting and will be on that local network. The type of phone you have will determine how this will work.

Data Roaming Option:

To avoid roaming charges you can turn off mobile data roaming on the sim card that is out of the mobile operator’s network.

Voice Roaming Option:

Switching off voice roaming will prevent you from receiving texts and phone calls. However, you can still send text messages and make phonecalls.

Forwarding Option:

To maximize availability of both sim cards and to cut down on roaming charges, you can forward one sim card to the other and vice versa.

Here are 6 reasons why you need a dual sim card phone

  1. It can replace that extra cell phone you’ve been carrying around when you travel
  2. Allows you to have access to both work and personal phone numbers in the same phone
  3. Makes keeping in touch while traveling a breeze
  4. Buying prepaid sim cards in foreign countries is easier than it used to be
  5. You can set it up to be your primary phone with all your contacts and email accounts so you can keep all your information in one place. Use the extra slot for a work sim card or a travel sim card.
  6. The Number 1 reason is no expensive roaming charges!!

If you are going to all the trouble of buying a dual sim phone, make sure that you get the most bang for your buck. When it comes to technology, my philosophy has always been to buy as much technology as you can afford. So decide how much technology you need vs. how much you want. If your budget is $100, find the best dual sim phone for that price. If you skimp on the features you need and end up buying a cheaper phone that is outdated, you will find yourself very frustrated and you’ll be looking to replace it sooner rather than later. You’ll more than likely find that the features you wanted in a phone you suddenly can’t live without!

A little cell phone terminology – Some terms you might need to know

Unlocked phones:  unlocked cell phones are phones that are not registered to a specific network or carrier. This allows you to put any sim card into the phone as long as the sim card itself is registered to a carrier.

Sim card: stands for Subscriber Identity Module; sim cards are small plastic cards that fit into a slot in your cell phone. The sim card will have a tiny little circuit board on it which holds the phone number, your phone carrier and your contacts. Sim cards are not storage devices. They have very little storage on them. Most sim card phones have an option that will allow you to transfer all your contacts to your sim card. Then you can simply remove the sim card and put it in another phone and you are good to go. For instance, if you buy a U.S. sim card for travel while in the U.S., you should be able to copy your contacts from your phone into your U.S. sim card.

Quadband: supports four different radio frequency bands and are measured in MHz. The 850 and 1900 MHz bands are used in the Americas; 900 and 1800 MHz are used most everywhere else.

CDMA: stands for Code Division Multiple Access frequency. This is a radio frequency built into the hardware of cellular phones that allow wireless communication. The technology is owned by Qualcomm.

GSM: Global System for Mobile Communication; the global standard for mobile communication. It has been expanded to include data communication (2G, 3G, 4G). Widely used throughout Europe.

Two different dual sim phone types: one allows you to switch between the two sim cards with the push of a button. The other type, called a standby dual sim phone, only allows one sim card to be active at any one time.

A dual sim phone should do more than simply allow you to use two sim cards for different types of calls. You also want to make sure it is a smartphone as well. Otherwise, how will you share those vacation pictures to your Facebook account? Or tweet where you are having dinner? 😉 This means that your sim card should have a data package so you can at least use public wifi.

You should also make sure that the smartphone is a relatively new model. Newer devices will have more up to date processors and more RAM. Having a high-speed processor and at least 1 GB of RAM  will allow you to surf the Internet quickly and open more than one application at a time without your phone freezing.

Another thing to keep in mind is battery life. If you know you won’t be able to charge up at least once a day, it might make sense to buy an extra battery. That way, you are always fully charged and ready to go!

So now you are probably asking yourself, where can I get a dual sim phone? I’m glad you asked! Check out the phones below. All phones are presumed unlocked, quadband and dual sim phones unless otherwise indicated.

LG A275 Black Unlocked GSM Dual SIM QuadBand Cell Phone

Here are some features:

  • Not a smartphone; no internet access
  • Talk time: up to 6 hours
  • Standby time: up to 300 hours
  • No QWERTY keyboard
  • FM Radio
  • SMS messaging

If you want a bare bones phone, this might do the trick. This is a great phone for the price if all you need to do is manage your phone calls and text messages.

Motorola MOTO E Dual XT1022 Unlocked GSM Dual-SIM Dual-Core Android Smartphone – Black[/easyazon_link]

Here are some features:

  • Android phone v4.4.2 upgradable to 4.4.3
  • Uses a micro sim card
  • Dual-Core 1.2 GHz Processor
  • 5 Megapixel camera
  • 4 GB internal memory
  • 1 GB RAM
  • MicroSD slot makes it expandable up to 32GB
  • Comes in black and white

This one is one of my favorites. It’s a very good phone for the money. With all the features of this phone, you probably won’t need to upgrade too soon. In my opinion, a smartphone should have AT LEAST 1GB RAM!

Samsung Galaxy S Duos II GT-S7582 DUAL SIM Factory Unlocked International Version – White

Here are some features:

  • Android 
  • MicroSD slot allows you up to 64 GB storage
  • 4GB Memory
  • 768 MB RAM
  • 2G and 3G
  • 5 megapixel camera
  • Messaging
  • Radio
  • Comes in black and white

*Unfortunately, it doesn’t work with Virgin, Verizon, Sprint, Cricket, Boost, or Metro PCS. If you are traveling to the U.S., consider using AT&T and T-Mobile.

While I’m a huge Samsung fan, I’m not crazy about the amount of RAM in this phone. Depending on what you are using it for, you could get by with it.

To check and see if your phone is compatible with the Verizon network, go to the link here.

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