The mobile technology is rapidly evolving, with new and exciting features being introduced by the leading mobile device manufacturersyear every year. From better batteries and wireless charging to depth-sensing cameras and Augmented Reality (AR) – the mobile devices we have today are indeed full of bells and whistles that we only thought possible in sci-fi movies decades ago.
But before these innovations become popular, there is one mobile technology introduced over two decades ago that is still extremely relevant and has proven useful among many mobile users these days – the dual SIM technology.
As the name implies, dual SIM technology is a feature that enables a person to use two SIM cards in one device at once. While the first phone to include such feature did not really gain traction among users, it in the late 2000s when dual SIM phones started to attract attention from the mass consumers. In the early 2010s, mobile device manufacturers such as Nokia, Samsung, and Sony started to introduce devices that support such capability, and the rest is history.
Today, dual SIM tech is a feature commonly seen in Android devices. According to the latest IDC Mobile Phone Tracker study, such a feature is extremely popular in countries with the highest number of users of Android OS, such as India, Philippines, China, and Indonesia.
On the other end of the spectrum are the countries with the highest iOS penetration, including the UK and the U.S. However, it is widely believed that Apple will join the bandwagon soon since they introduced iPhone XS that supports dual SIM tech in 2018.
However, compared to traditional dual SIM technology wherein the 2nd line uses a physical SIM card, the so-called “eSIM” technology that Apple has used allows the user to own a 2nd phone line that is already embedded in the mobile device itself. The advantage it offers versus a physical SIM is that the information stored in the embedded chip is rewriteable. This means that you can change the carrier for your 2nd phone line with just a simple phone call.
Dual SIM technology is a feature that we expect to fully gain traction not only among Android OS-saturated countries but in iOS-dominated nations in the years to come as well. If you want to learn more about the latest trends and updates in this mobile technology, check out the full infographic below from TeleMessage.