The best new dual SIM Android phones

The best new dual SIM Android phones
Phones that can maintain two carrier network connections at once have been around for a while, but haven't seen mass adoption anywhere but emerging markets, where those are very, very popular. So popular that there are local brands you've never heard of that make boatloads of them. 

The reason they haven't been very popular in developed markets are the usual lengthy contracts carriers here shackle you with, and the fact that they've mainly been feature phones so far. As everything else in the mobile world, the recent onslaught of dual SIM phones with Android is about to change the perception about those humble work horses that let you balance two network connections simultaneously.

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, and, with Android, you don't have to sacrifice on apps and features anymore, too.

That's why we've rounded up a few freshly announced brand-name dual SIM Android handsets in the slideshow below to help with your choice when one Subscriber Identity Module just won't cut it. All of these with maybe the exception of the HTC Desire 600, should be hovering in the sub-$300 price range without a contract, making them very affordable, too.

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37 Comments

1. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

The HTC Desire 600 looks cool in my opinion.

2. hiphop

Posts: 7; Member since: May 20, 2013

and we should buy htc devices now before Nokia wins in patent cases.. just a tip for Phonearena : w w w. fosspatents. c o m/2013 /05/ nokia-files-another-us-lawsuit-against. html

4. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Nokia is irrelevant to this article. :)

7. hiphop

Posts: 7; Member since: May 20, 2013

im sorry, i just said that we should buy htc devices now before these patent cases bloom again

15. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

why shouldn't they protect their property, invented by them? If nokia wanted to they could freeze the mobile industry due to their patents. They don't because they'r not apple. But if someone uses their property without permission trying to omit the law, they've got the right to defend themselves. Envisage that you've just invented something what could bring you milions. And it does. But then, someone come over and use it without asking you, ripping you off your hard-earned money. How would you feel? Wouldn't you defend?

18. chocolaking

Posts: 495; Member since: May 22, 2012

The desire 600 looks like a high end phone!

10. mafiaprinc3

Posts: 585; Member since: May 07, 2012

yes it does look good,but for the prices they are asking for them I would rather buy the blu life play or blu life one for $229 or $300 repectivelyhttp://www.gsmarena.com/blu_life_play-5359.phphttp://www.gsmarena.com/blu_life_one-5358.php still trying to find two really good dual sim phones

12. trustory

Posts: 132; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

thx for that

13. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Both BLU Life phones are not bad. Both phones have a quad core processor and running Android 4.2, I must say it's SUPER affordable!

21. amiroo

Posts: 269; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

desire 600 is most amazing dual sim phone .. sense 5 blink feed dual boom sound speaker gorgeous design great 8mp camera ips 2 screen i think maybe everyone pick up it over its competitors in first look.

37. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

I might get it if HTC put a 720p display like the HTC First. Even better with stock android though

3. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Cheap midrange and low handsets! S4 Htc One Sony Z LG G Nexus LG Oppo5 They all should be available with every feautres! You're paying £500+ for a handset ®

5. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Those smartphones you mentioned are high-end, these smartphones are mid-range. Not everyone can afford a high-end smartphone, these dual-SIM mid-range smartphones are meant to be affordable and for business man.

35. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

NOT EVERYONE HAZ INFINTE CASH LIKE YOU...

6. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

I wish more DS flagships were available, the Octa-core S4 with 2 SIMS is an awesome package, wonder why is it so unique in Europe.

8. wendygarett unregistered

Galaxy win for sure

9. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Micromax canvas hd...should be in the list...

24. Rehankhan

Posts: 323; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

what is Micromax?

25. WyclefJean

Posts: 44; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

Something not for you.

26. Rehankhan

Posts: 323; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

shutup butthurt indian

11. trustory

Posts: 132; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

Where can I buy the acer liquid e2?

14. 1eye4u

Posts: 35; Member since: Nov 17, 2009

Been looking at Tiger Direct, Amazon.com, etc but could not find most of these phones yet. Where can we buy them from? Also, the price I saw for the LG 7II (715?) was nowhere near the $280.00 mentioned, asking was around $450.00. COnfused!

16. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

I would love it if they made the galaxy note phones dual sim. That would make those devices almost indespensible to any future users that buy it. Including myself.

17. animestar

Posts: 10; Member since: Mar 09, 2012

Samsung Galaxy Win..Where can that be purchased in the USA?

19. syedej123

Posts: 71; Member since: Jan 08, 2013

Where is galaxy grand..? That phone is BIG hit in emerging markets even though I dont like that phone.

20. dirtydirty00

Posts: 428; Member since: Jan 21, 2011

or you can just carry 2 phones...?

22. cameogt

Posts: 88; Member since: Oct 18, 2012

how about a 5 incher quad-core dual-sim phone? check this out.http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=69ol_wUq9Hk

23. garz_pa

Posts: 154; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

How about the Galaxy Mega 5.8?

27. iami67

Posts: 334; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

I still dont see the point for these. Atleast not in the U.S. Maybe in europe and you travel a lot between countries. If your worried about service here just get a VZW and your fine. Or if we can have one carrier with two seperate numbers. But you still wouldnt need this just use google to get another number for free.

28. leaderpvp

Posts: 17; Member since: May 26, 2013

Desire 600 just made me WOW. The design is quiet outstanding ! =_= I just remember my Desire HD few years ago compared to SGS1 and now my dear One compared to SGS4, they all make "WOW" around compared to competitors. Respect HTC for a new start.

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