GooPhone is at it again with the world’s first tri-SIM smartphone
Last month we dug up a list of quad-core smartphones that can be had for only $100 SIM-free. They may not be packing Snapdragon CPUs or featuring all the lastest S-app functionality from Samsung, but they can be had on the cheap, really cheap.
GooPhone actually made a compelling clone to the iPad mini with the GooPad mini, which cost only $99 running Android Jelly Bean out of the box (which was a big deal last October). We do not know how much, if any, of that gear ever actually makes it to the US or Europe, but one type of device that does find a reasonably wide range of popularity is the dual-SIM device.
There are plenty of reasons why dual-SIM devices are popular, take advantage of better rate plans in different countries, even different times of day to use one service or another. What better than a tri-SIM phone to widen your repertoire of options?
The GooPhone X1+ is the world’s first tri-SIM device. It is running some version of Android and hardware-wise it looks to be a close knock-off of the Samsung Galaxy S III. Aside from that, we can see from the pictures that the GooPhone X1+ can also support a microSD card. We do not have any other specifications, but we are pretty certain it is using easy (cheap) to produce components to keep the price ultra-attractive.
GooPhone X1+ Tri-SIM smartphone
1. Gaurav008 (Posts: 274; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)
They beat LG to a tri-sim phone then, i guess..
13. cezarepc (Posts: 549; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)
LG released one first, it's called the LG Tri Chip C333 (released Sept. 2012).
Motorola MOTOKEY 3-CHIP EX117 is even older (June 2012)
Both are not smartphones though.
2. veer.d (Posts: 85; Member since: 12 Jul 2013)
there is already a four sim phone by a chinese brand
3. Maxwell.R (Posts: 164; Member since: 20 Sep 2012)
I noticed that, but they all look like feature phones. Could not find any tri-SIM or quad-SIM "smartphones".
4. kanagadeepan (Posts: 638; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)
Physical button + OnScreen ones, WTH are they smoking???
5. zennacko (Posts: 227; Member since: 16 Jun 2013)
LG quad-SIM phone :3
Also, 3 SIMs operating at together on a smartphone will drain a lot of its (already short by lack of enough R&D) battery, right?
7. Doakie (Posts: 1161; Member since: 06 May 2009)
With the all rounded corners of the home button and the location of the loud speaker it looks very much like a Note 2 rip off. But the much more rounded corners of the phone look like a Galaxy S 3. Funny combination.
8. corporateJP (Posts: 1548; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)
Who in the world is using three carriers at the same time?
Not that many, I tell you.
This is novelty, nothing more or less.
10. zennacko (Posts: 227; Member since: 16 Jun 2013)
In Brazil they have to use as many carriers as they can, just because the carriers are way too expensive in a contract plan, and they don't offer any service when it comes to other carriers, e.g. they get up to 500 minutes (on the most expensive plans) to talk to other carriers' numbers, while we get unlimited to talk to the same carrier numbers, if you exceed the minutes allowance? you'll tget to pay the overage of ~40 dollar cents/minute! As for data, well, there is no unlimited 3G plan (as 4G is available only on the cities with stadiums for the fifa world cup) and the maximum data plan you can get is 5GB IIRC, and a plan with 5GB, lots of minutes to other carriers and lots of text messages for free (or unlimited, maybe) could be more expensive than 200 dollars/month, and what kind of phone do you get for that? Usually the low-end smartphones with Android, such as Xperia J, or if your plan is a little more expensive, you get *discount* on the S3/S4 or the iPhone, which costs around $1200 16GB and $1500 64GB (and yes, prices already in Obama's Dollars, for your understanding) the 4S starts at $850...
So that's why they need multiple SIM cards, because the carriers won't give anything near the US carriers give (such as unlimited voice, to any number or carrier within the US, unlimited text messages, no tricks! and unlimited data, or a very large data package for a special low price)
9. Kevinphantom (Posts: 82; Member since: 17 Jun 2013)
You don't believe that but nearly % 80 of people here in middle east using dual sim phones
12. jacko1977 (Posts: 388; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)
Specifications of device are:
5 inch Display with 854*480 resolution
MediaTek MT6572 Dual Core Processor clocked at 1.2Ghz
4GB internal storage with microSD support upto 32GB
5Mpx rear camera and 2Mpx front camera
Android 4.1 Jelly bean
Supported frequency bands:2G GSM: 850/900/1800/1900, 3G WCDMA: 850/2100MHz
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n network and Bluetooth with A2DP support
Available in Grey and White colour
The price of device will be $149.99