The best dual SIM phones
If you want to take advantage of two good carrier plans at once, use one number for family and friends and another for work, or simply can't resist that great new data plan, but your contract still has mileage left in it, a decent dual SIM phone might come to the rescue.
For the first time in smartphone (or any phone) history, we get to have dual SIM devices that aren't light years behind the market flagships. In fact, we are getting those same flagships outfitted with two SIM card slots this season, and we have the proliferation of Android handsets in dual SIM havens like China and India to thank for that.
There's never been such a choice of dual SIM phones that are actually up for anything you'd use a modern day Android at, or such great value-for-money offerings that can connect to more than one cellular network at once. That is why we are rounding up the best dual SIM handsets money can buy this season, for the times when one Subscriber Identity Module just won't cut it.
The best dual SIM phones
10. Oppo R819 ($300)
Receive calls from either sim card at any time
Switch seamlessly between both sim cards while you talk
HTC Sense helps you manage calls, texts and data between sim cards s effortlessly
On-board Dual Network Manager allows you to select a preferred network and personalise the name of each SIM, eliminating any complexity"
Since you still have all the other bells and whistles, like a brilliant 4.7" 1080p display, BoomSound stereo speakers at the front, and 32 GB of internal storage, plus the phone allows you to get a call on the second card while talking on the first, the only deterrent to get it, if you are in the market for a great dual SIM device, is the high pricing.
A stand-out feature are the dual speakers "for excellent audio performance with or without headphones," which is not something you see on a phone every day, let alone an affordable phablet.
Not only that, but the phablet comes with an embedded stylus, similar to Samsung's Note line, and dual SIM capability, which hints that it is targeted towards emerging market customers which are jonesing for a phablet with two SIM cards and on the cheap. The stylus is tucked at the top, not the bottom like with the Galaxy Notes. but like them comes with dedicated Notes app for handwriting, and the dual SIM functions also gets an accompanying Hot Key for quick switch between networks.
We get a slightly increased screen diagonal - 5.25" vs 5" for the original Grand - and the svelter, 8.9mm profile of the Grand 2, compared to the 9.6 mm of the Galaxy Grand. The second edition is taller but slightly narrower than the original, which on theory should help one-handed navigation, but we'll know more when we get a review unit. The Grand 2 sports a faux leather back cover, similar to what Samsung did with the Note 3, indicating that this soft touch material is here to stay on Sammy's phones.
Other than those you get an 8 MP camera again with an LED flash, 8 GB of internal memory plus a microSD slot for expansion, HSPA+ and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity. The device is, naturally, a dual SIM phone, targeting it at emerging markets, and runs on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean out of the box.
46. chocowii (Posts: 327; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)
Dumbphones and smartphones should have different lists.
Spec wise, smartphones really wins.
Durability and battery life, dumbphones win.
2. pegasso (Posts: 140; Member since: 27 Nov 2011)
where are HTC Desire V, HTC Desire VC, Samsung Galaxy S Duos, Acer DX900, and many more...
28. pegasso (Posts: 140; Member since: 27 Nov 2011)
so many thumbs down?
i guess some particular fanboys just can';t accept the fact that there are better-equipped phones than their beloved phone out there...
but it's glad to know that PhoneArena pays attention to reader's feedback and update the list with HTC Desire V and Samsung Galaxy S Duos.
btw, you guys should check the Lenovo S880.
and maybe you can put it on your list too.
33. Long1 (banned) (Posts: 399; Member since: 18 May 2013)
What is the point of this articles, when most of them are not on the U.S. or EU market. Only import on full price.
U.S. and E.U. carriers will never let the big OEM to sell high-end dual SIM devices.
Samsung have no problem to put dual SIM on S4 or Note 3, but then they will lose the deal with the carriers. Even is Samsung sell it only at full price on the el.shops, the carriers will break the deal with Samsung.
Only low end dual SIM devices can go.
34. taikucing (unregistered)
in the world
50. rahul.niks (Posts: 57; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)
Do you think whole world resides in eu and us, i bet your geography is weak.
3. aokde (Posts: 186; Member since: 09 Jul 2012)
the NOKIA asha and the SONY XPERIA go are by far the two sexiest phones in the list!!!!!
17. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)
but that xperia tipo dual isnt dual standy... only dual sim one standby... like nokia do to their dual sim.. just hot swap, not dual standby.. i really dont know why sony go on this path... i mean a lot of android device now that is dual sim are dual standby!!
11. Martine (Posts: 102; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)
Sexy or not, the Nokia asha series are just plain dumb phones!!!!
13. aokde (Posts: 186; Member since: 09 Jul 2012)
well i don't know about this since i didn't use it, but i know that the XPERIA tipo dual is one SMART sexy phone :D
4. OpTiMuS_BlAcK (Posts: 411; Member since: 04 May 2012)
I never knew ViewSonic made phones... lol
5. fenixsama (Posts: 32; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
How can you say these are the best dual sim phones when there aren't any reviews made and most of them are not out in the market yet?
14. sebaa (Posts: 25; Member since: 30 Jun 2009)
The Galaxy Y Duos is out there, i have use it for couple weeks, the bad side is the screen is a bit wash out.
7. imran_khan0786 (Posts: 61; Member since: 21 Jun 2012)
Galaxy series is not a good dual sim phone. Its has lot of problem can't use whatsapp. When using whatsapp second sim will be off. Best dual phone is Asha 305 with new using interface. Excellent phone.
9. qwertypoor (Posts: 72; Member since: 09 Jun 2012)
I hope Nokia uses the asha 305 design again I like it!
22. pegasso (Posts: 140; Member since: 27 Nov 2011)
they've updated the article.
now HTC Desire V is on the list.
12. IgorEfremenko (Posts: 32; Member since: 30 Nov 2011)
I was expecting to see ZTE U960 as the best dual sim smartphone. Just read its specifications: Android 2.3 OS Qualcomm MSM8255 1.0GHz 3G GPS WiFi 4.3 Inch...
But here is the most important part: DUAL SIM ACTIVE STANDBY (i.e. it is the only dual sim android smartphone with TWO radios)!
15. jael206 (Posts: 122; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)
i thought all these phones are already dual-active standby..
49. rahul.niks (Posts: 57; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)
In which world do u live, Android 2.3 is out of this world in new smartphones, even someone gives that, come to India, you will find much better phones with kitkat and snapdragon 200 and 400 processors and dual sim and 1gb ram and still under $100 without any carrier subscription
54. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3202; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
You better check the date of comment bro... This is a updated rehashed article... I think PA should make fresh comments to avoid confusion.
56. rahul.niks (Posts: 57; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)
That's why, i am not checking that. N that's why i was too confused with these kind of comments like they are not from this world. Thanks buddy.
16. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)
my photo is the new acer phone! :) but gonna change it!
18. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)
the list is not a good one... first the tipo dual aint dual standby.. the asha line aint a smartphone and not dual standby...
the acer really is a good choice! i just hope that acer just raise the battery capacity to at least 2200mAh, 1500 mAh on a 4.3 qHD phone wont last a day... and thank for its processor for lowering it down...and i thought that they use mediatek's new chips!!
samsung already announce a new dual sim phone called the galaxy s dual.. i think its the s advance dual sim version... but great news about the phone is using dual core (qualcomm) and dual sim and ICS!!! i just hope not dual price! :) i'm hoping its only around $230 or php10,000...
19. jael206 (Posts: 122; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)
hey, i actually own a nokia asha 200, and it IS dual active standy
20. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)
oh sorry.. i thought its not dual standby... some of the nokia phones aren't like that!
21. jael206 (Posts: 122; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)
its ok.. but you are right about the tipo dual tho.. you need to make use of a key to switch from one sim to another.. which is kinda lame nowadays
23. jael206 (Posts: 122; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)
i could have voted for the xperia tipo dual, but changed my mind for not being dual active.. so my best bet of the bunch will go for the HTC DESIRE V!
24. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)
well actually htc one v sucks a lot! lame battery lae display...
have you ever heard of lenovo p700? i dont know why both gsmarena and phonearena didnt list them on lenovo phone sections (maybe because its triband, but i think triband works ok for me)...
P700 is ICS, 4" IPS display, ang 1ghz processor... they both of them are compared and there's no shocking that P700 wins because of much cheaper (only 10,000 philippine peso compare to htc one v 17,000!) and already has an IPS display and faster processor!
you can google/bing/yahoo search it (i dont know what search engine you use) and look for yugatech . com's website!
25. jael206 (Posts: 122; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)
nice one from lenovo! how come the google results are mostly from philippines? is it exclusively for PH?
26. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)
umm...yeah... i think... its in my country (ph) and it beat htc one v in dust... coz i think lenovo just want to prove something first before entering the android wmpire of the world!! and its only triband so i guess it wont be available on US since ph and us have different frequencies!
35. taikucing (unregistered)
Nah, Lenovo is not exclusive for Philiphine. It's biggest market is Asia, but the supply sucks. Have you ever heard Lenovo P780? It has a monstrous 4000 mAh battery.
29. Wiked (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Oct 2013)
I am not sure what dual standby means. I had a telstra dual sim and could only use one card at a time, had to activate the second card which would de activate the first. I see no mention of the HTC one m7 802w which has 32gb of internal memory 2 gb ram, 1.7ghz quad core processor, 4mp camera, 1080 x 1920 pixels, 4.7 inches touch screen with a front camera for video calling
30. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5750; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
It is a shame the dual SIM phones aren't available in the U.S.
31. andregabeh87 (Posts: 13; Member since: 16 Jan 2013)
And about Motorola Moto G dual sim version? It's avaliable here in Brazil and some other markets.
43. t-dome (Posts: 1; Member since: 17 Jan 2014)
What other countries? Do you have a link of the news? I'm from Europe and I have trouble finding the dual sim version.
51. rahul.niks (Posts: 57; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)
In india, latin American countries mostly, not in developed markets, only emerging markets. Moto g and moto e outselling many domestic brands here in india, they are just like revolution here, both dual sim
32. tumchaaditya (Posts: 71; Member since: 21 May 2012)
Ohh boy you forgot XPERIA M dual which is very good mid-low range dual sim phone with specs to rival some mid range phones!
38. blattlaus (Posts: 60; Member since: 12 Dec 2010)
+1 The C2004 model of the Xperia M is the only dual sim phone that you can use with T-Mobile 3G in the US.
55. rahul.niks (Posts: 57; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)
Xperia m2 or Xperia t2 ultra are much better, but list will go on if every dual sim phone will be shown
36. loveHEAVYMETAL (unregistered)
where lenovo s920??
dual sim phablet
37. abhijithkumar.nit (Posts: 44; Member since: 09 Apr 2013)
I am looking to buy alcatel one touch idol x but I am unable to find it anywhere. Can someone help me in this regard?
39. kalamazoo (Posts: 5; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)
Go to JD-dot-com, one of the largest online retailers there, choose the English version, and search for Idol X. They just marked it down to $300, I guess Idol X+ is about to be announced. It's usually shipped as a gift with lower value, so as not to pay customs duties...
40. ycwinwin (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 Dec 2013)
can these two sim phones beat this three sim phone?
I saw one from Babiken on youtube
53. rahul.niks (Posts: 57; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)
I had a 4 sim phone, quad standby, i had a mobile shop here in india, but those are for those who actually need them for some purpose, like flexi recharge, but i don't recommend anyone. I have a dual sim phone with dual standby but instead of using dual sims, i have two separate phones, its kind of messy to use dual sims on same phone, many bad accidents could happen and can cause your break up with your girl
41. arenasand (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)
Try Allview, some of my colleagues have these dual-sim phones, they have good specifications and are affordable.
42. lascc61 (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)
Hi,somebody know where is possible tu buy one DUALSIM SMARTPHONE? and what is the best?? in US ??
52. rahul.niks (Posts: 57; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)
sir i don't know us market has these phones or not, but i guess they will have moto g dual sim version or moto e. If not, i think lenevo is launched there, so many lenevo phones are dual sim only, also if asus zenfones series and if you can't find them, go for Samsung duos, they are everywhere but Samsung is not good in mid range, they lag too much. My personal choice is moto g,if you can find it
44. DUALSIM (Posts: 1; Member since: 17 Jun 2014)
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48. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3202; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
How about clearing old comments and starting from new...
57. rahul.niks (Posts: 57; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)
PA, can't you just put this in a new article, lazy you
58. flipjzn (Posts: 146; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)
I have S4 mini duos and the battery life sucks. 4 months has gone and still no Kitkat );
I should have gotten LG G2 mini dual sim.
64. knudknud3 (Posts: 5; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)
Coming up Sony Xperia M with 4G and dual SIM active.