GooPhone is at it again with the world’s first tri-SIM smartphone

GooPhone is at it again with the world’s first tri-SIM smartphone
To one degree, it seems like an easy thing to pick fun of a company like GooPhone, known for making cheap knock-off clones of established flagship devices. It is an easy target to hit for sure, but at the same time, the price point of some of these gadgets can make one pause for a second or two (seriously).

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.

via: TechKitty



1. Gaurav008

Posts: 328; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

They beat LG to a tri-sim phone then, i guess..

13. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 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: 89; Member since: Jul 12, 2013

there is already a four sim phone by a chinese brand

3. Maxwell.R

Posts: 218; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

I noticed that, but they all look like feature phones. Could not find any tri-SIM or quad-SIM "smartphones".

4. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1278; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Physical button + OnScreen ones, WTH are they smoking???

5. zennacko unregistered 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?

6. justsayit

Posts: 256; Member since: May 09, 2013

world first tri-sim phone not from lg?

7. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 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: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 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 unregistered

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)

11. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

That is worse than Verizon pricing.

9. Kevinphantom

Posts: 82; Member since: Jun 17, 2013

You don't believe that but nearly % 80 of people here in middle east using dual sim phones

12. jacko1977

Posts: 428; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

Specifications of device are: 5 inch Display with 854*480 resolution MediaTek MT6572 Dual Core Processor clocked at 1.2Ghz 1GB RAM 4GB internal storage with microSD support upto 32GB 5Mpx rear camera and 2Mpx front camera Android 4.1 Jelly bean 2100mAh battery 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

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