Dual-SIM smartphones estimated to make up a third of global smartphone sales in 2016

Dual-SIM smartphones estimated to make up a third of global smartphone sales in 2016
Although in some countries, such as the US, dual-SIM smartphones have yet to take off, it looks like this type of handsets is gaining more and more importance internationally. According to market research firm Strategy Analytics, about one in three smartphones sold at the global level in 2016 will be a dual-SIM smartphone.

Strategy Analytics estimates that global dual-SIM smartphone sales will reach 431 million units in 2015, and that this number will grow 19% to 514 million units in 2016. If the company's estimates turn out to be accurate, then about a third of all smartphones sold globally in 2016 will be able to rock two SIM cards.

Apparently, the rise of the dual-SIM smartphone is fueled by a rising trend in China and India, two of the largest smartphone markets on the globe. According to Linda Sui, director at Strategy Analytics, customers in these two markets are adopting dual-SIM smartphones in order to maneuver their way towards the cheapest possible rates for voice and data. Furthermore, dual-SIM smartphone owners are also able to tap into a better cellular coverage, since they can combine the coverage of two distinct carriers.

Among the largest smartphone makers on the globe, Samsung, Lenovo, and Micromax are said to be now focusing on marketing dual-SIM Android phones in both China and India. Apple makes a notable distinction from this trend, as the iPhone maker has yet to launch a dual-SIM smartphone.

Looking into the future, it's not entirely inconceivable for Apple to eventually tap into the huge dual-SIM smartphone market by launching iPhone versions that cater to the desires of customers in China and India. After all, this is a 500+ million unit global market we're talking about here, and it looks like the dual-SIM market will only go up in the upcoming years. On the other hand, Apple is probably the most conservative company out of all the smartphone makers currently out there. 

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6 Comments

1. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Apple isn't going to go dual sim, they're going to push their "no" sim (the integrated all carrier sim). That was they can keep pushing phones while skimping on components that add value but cost them money while pretending to replace that lost value with meaningless garbage value like super thin and light which they then tell their mindless drone army to like (who then like it even though they made fun of it just weeks before).

3. SitiNurbaya0

Posts: 153; Member since: May 22, 2015

Apple is idiot. They fighting over 1 cm2 of space (freedom). I wonder how fail their product if they launch with ZERO SIM.

5. aba71983

Posts: 807; Member since: Jul 24, 2014

As iPhone user, I would be happy to see an iPhone without SIM. Just register you own and personal number that can identify your complete name, date of birth, nationality to prevent terrorism.

6. SitiNurbaya0

Posts: 153; Member since: May 22, 2015

SIM card donot means bad. In Asia prepaid and postpaid as Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, China. People need to register their SIM card to work. No register, not working. In China, you need to register and have your ID be photo copy by them.

2. SitiNurbaya0

Posts: 153; Member since: May 22, 2015

Hi PA, In South East Asia: Indonesia, Malaysia and Philippine Dual Sim Card is also VERY POPULAR. With or without dual sim card phone, Most Indonesia people already have 2 or 3 or even 4 sim card (phone number).

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