A "dual SIM" mobile phone combines two SIM (Subscriber Identity Modules) cards into a single handset. The main advantage of this is that the owner of such a device may easily switch between SIMs and is able to use two telephone numbers while using only one handset.
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The "hot swappable" feature allows a SIM to be inserted into the phone while it is on, making it the most unique aspect about this unit. Both SIMs are active at the same time, so you can make or receive calls with either SIM. The phone also has 16.5 days of standby time and 4 hours of talk time. It also boasts of a 3.5mm audio connector, an FM radio, VGA resolution camera, microSD slot, multimedia player and Bluetooth.
Another phone in the impressive yet inexpensive Nokia line-up is the C1. A dual-SIM phone which allows users to switch SIMs with the touch of a button is very useful when travelling between countries or sharing a phone with a family member. The phone has 6 weeks of battery life, a flashlight and an FM radio.
The Motorola EX115 is a full QWERTY keyboard handset that looks a lot like a Blackberry or a Nokia E71. Features include a speakerphone, microSD card slot, Bluetooth, 3.5mm audio jack, microUSB v2.0, e-mail, instant messaging and an FM radio.
A stylish phone that features a backup battery time of 10.5 days. In addition, it features support for variable audio and video formats, playback at the rate of 30fps and a capture rate of 15fps for music and video formats that makes it one of the front runners in the dual-SIM phone race.
National Geographic Duet Travel Phone
Meant for international travellers, this dual-SIM phone comes with the pay-as-you-go National Geographic Travel SIM card allows affordable calling in 185 countries. It also allows you to take free incoming calls from over 80 countries and provides 30 minutes of free outgoing calls.
A touch-screen phone which features a large scratch-proof display, a 3-megapixel camera, an MP3 player, an FM Radio and a memory slot. It has an exceptional standby battery time of almost 25 days.
An entry-level phone, the Samsung W609 offers a 3.2-inch WQVGA touchscreen, dual-SIM card slot, 3G compatibility, Wi-Fi, 3.2 megapixel camera, MicroSD card slot, GPS and a 400 x 240 screen resolution.
A dual-SIM phone with pocket office, voice memo and a MP3 player, the Acer DX900 packs a punch. Weighing about 147 grams, it fits into the palm of your hand and has a 2.8-inch screen. There is an expandable memory slot should you need more than the 30 MB, and it already offers as well as GPS and Wi-Fi support.
Fly E 106 Touch
Although a relatively lesser-known brand, Fly has a wide range of dual-SIM phones. The E106 has standard features like an FM radio, MP3 player, Bluetooth, USB connector, GPRS and camera but it lacks in Wi-Fi and 3G functionality.
Emgeton Enzo 3G
Emgeton, originally a European music player brand, has come up with Enzo 3G, which weighs only 109 grams. The phone has a 2.2-inch display, GSM/GPRS/EDGE connectivity, MP3 and video player, Bluetooth, e-mail, VGA camera for video calls and 50MB of internal memory, as well as microSD card support for up to 4GB and a standby time of 10 days with a talk time of up to 5 hours.
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