The Dual SIM Mobile phone market is growing exponentially with each passing day. We hear the announcements of new dual SIM phones almost every day launched by local as well as global mobile phone makers. There was a time when the dual SIM market was mostly dominated by the ‘desi’ handset makers. Taking the cue from the success of dual SIM handsets in India, now the mobile giants have joined the big league too as we recently heard that Nokia, Samsung and Micromax have entered the dual SIM bandwagon in India.
In fact, the dual SIM phones are becoming more popular and there is big demand proportionate to the market in this part of the world. As people want different networks for their different needs and call usage, dual SIM phones become more relevant in light of the fluctuating tariff plans offered by the leading mobile operators in India. The companies have already begun to produce and push Triple SIM handsets in the recent times to lure the avid mobile phone users in India.
Although, its too difficult to sort out the best dual SIM cellphones in India, as the volume of devices being too big to handle, we have tried to list the new released handsets with some unique features and pricing other than the dual SIM capabilities. Feel free to suggest other devices which could have found their way within this listing.
Samsung Star DuosSamsung Star Duos (GT-B7722), the first dual SIM device offering 3G and 2G dual-active standby support, is now available in India. The new Samusng Star Duos dual SIM (GSM + CDMA) is a 3G-ready bar phone. The device comes with the options of two SIM cards, running 3G on one and GPRS/EDGE network on the other. The key features of this new Star Duos device include a 3.2 inch TFT touchscreen display, 5 megapixel camera with 4X digital zoom and LED flash support, QVGA video recording @ 30 fps and secondary camera for video calling. The handset introduces a 3 page extended menu with TouchWiz 2.0 UI. The Samsung Star Duos (GT-B7722) is priced at Rs. 10,710 in the Indian market.
Micromax X600Micromax X600 is another dual SIM GSM mobile phone that allows users to change the SIM just by rotating the phone upside down. This feature is enabled with Gravity Sensor technology incorporated on the handset. Micromax X600 is a 3.2 inch full touchscreen phone with 2 sets of hangup and call keys – one at top and the other at the bottom. It features a 2 megapixel camera and comes preloaded with the Opera mini browser, Nimbuzz and Facebook. Micromax X600 mobile phone is approximately priced at about Rs. 2,449 in India.
KarbonnK25Karbonn Mobile has launched Karbonn K25, an attractively priced dual SIM QWERTY phone featuring an optical trackpad. The new Karbonn K25 mobile phone comes with eye-catching features coupled with a stylish design. The Karbonn K25 phone is a dual SIM (GSM), multimedia phone and comes preloaded with social networking apps like Facebook, Twitter, Opera Mini, Yahoo Messenger and MSN. The phone is equipped with rich multimedia features, with hi-fidelity sound and different equaliser effects. It offers FM Radio, video recording, torch, expandable memory upto 8 GB, 2 megapixel camera and A2DP Bluetooth. The Karbonn K25 mobile phone is available at a price of Rs. 3,191 in the Indian market.
LG KS660 The LG KS660 Dual-SIM mobile phone is a Touchscreen triband GSM network ready phone which features a large 3.0-inch 262K colors color display, 5.0 MP digital camera, powerful MP3 and media player, integrated FM Radio with recording facility, memory expansion card slot and option for Hindi language in SMS and system menu. The LG KS660 mobile phone also features a unique scratch-proof display screen and it boasts of capacity of continuous 15 hours of music playback. The LG KS660 mobile phone is available at a price of Rs. 13,900 in the Indian market.
Nokia C1Nokia has also made its debut in the dual SIM segment with the launch of Nokia C1 mobile phone in the Indian market. All domestic brands such as Zen, Karbonn, Spice and Micromax are giving immense competition to global giants such as LG, Samsung and Nokia with their pocket-friendly and feature-rich dual SIM phones. Nokia has launched C1 handset that offers multiple SIM capabilities with a balanced feature set and relevant innovations at affordable price points. It sports FM radio and flashlight as well as a call divert feature, ensuring that the user does not misses a call from either of the SIMs. The Nokia C1 (C1-00) is priced at about Rs. 1,176 in India.
Motorola EX115The Dual SIM market in India is getting more competitive with the launch of new handsets by the global mobile phone makers. By far, the local handset makers were dominating the dual SIM market in India. Now the mobile phone giants have joint this league too to offer a stiff competition to the “desi dual SIM devices”. Now Motorola has recently introduced a new dual SIM phone Motorola EX115 in India. The Motorola EX115 is a stylish messaging phone equipped with QWERTY keypad. It sports a 3 megapixel camera and a 2.3 inch QVGA screen. The Motorola EX115 mobile phone is priced at Rs. 4,800 in the Indian market. Motorola glam is another newly launched phone by Motorola in India.
Spice D-1100The Spice D-1100 Candybar style India’s first Dual SIM Mobile Phone PDA is powered by Windows mobile 6.0 and it features 256K colors TFT color dislay, 2.0 Megapixel Digital Camera with 6x Zoom, integrated MP3 media player, GPRS and Bluetooth connection.Dual SIM (GSM+GSM) Spice D-1100 mobile phone allows in SIM-1 Tri-band GSM 900/1800/1900 MHz and in SIM-2 Dual-band 900 / 1800 MHz network connection. The phone enables user to carry two distinct phone numbers at the same time. The Spice D-1100 mobile phone is priced at Rs. 12,960 in the Indian market.
Intex IN 6633Intex Technologies has recently launched Intex IN 6633 dual SIM (GSM+GSM), QWERTY mobile phone in India. The feature-rich Intex device scores well on its appearance, tech specs and push mail features. Intex IN 6633 mobile phone sports a 2.3 inch TFT screen display, 2 megapixel VGA camera and video player with video recorder. The device is equipped with FM radio with scheduler, audio player with equalizer and games. Preloaded with 1300 mAh battery, Intex IN 6633 provides up to 4 hours of talk time and up to 260 hours of standby time. The Java-enabled Intex IN 6633 device comes with answer machine and push mail support up to 10 accounts. The device is currently priced at Rs. 4,000 in India.
Lava B5Lava B5 is another innovative dual SIM device that deserves attention. It’s the first dual SIM device with Alpha keypad with rupee symbol incorporated. This innovative keypad is neither traditional Multi-tap nor QWERTY; instead the keys are arranged in ABCD order to provide convenience for the users. The tech specs of Lava B5 include an A B C D keypads with QWERTY looks, a 2.2 inch QVGA TFT screen display and a 2 megapixel camera. The device comes with E-mail support, multi format video and audio player, FM, MP3 and MP4 features. Lava B5 mobile phone is available at a price tag of 3,700 in the Indian market.
Zen M25 mobile phones is a dual SIM device with standby time of 72 days or 1,728 hours. Zen M25 is the first dual SIM device with 72-day standby time, which is the maximum backup time for any device available in India to date. Targeted at rural areas where people face frequent electricity problems, Zen M25 comes powered with a 2500 mAh battery that allows users up to 16 hours of talk time and 72 days or 1,728 hours of battery back up time on the standby mode. Zen M25 handset supports two GSM connections. It comes with a 2.4 inch QVGA screen display, 1.3 megapixel camera and FM radio. Offering English and Hindi language support, Zen M25 mobile phone is available at a price of Rs 3,400 in India.