I just met with some chaps who will, they tell me, have a dual sim Android handset hitting the marketplace “in the very near term.”
I pressed them further, but they would only commit to “quite a few weeks away” and in terms of cost, “it will be very competitively priced”.
“Sub $200?” I pressed, “Well [nodding] it’ll be very competitive priced.”
So this is very exciting news for the handset marketplace.
The company in question is an independent manufacturer — and they’re seriously innovating.
I can’t wait to see what they deliver.
Dual Sim will be, I reckon, a magic bullet for a heck of a lot of people. I am hugely attracted by the concept of being able to walk about with both a Vodafone UK and a T-Mobile USA sim in my phone. And then choosing which I want to use currently. Or using the likes of MAXroam or a PAYG sim.
I’m also interested as to whether it will be possible to have both sims running concurrently on the device. Or if that is going to confuse the operating system.
On the grapevine I’ve heard of a few other independent small companies planning their own Android handset launches soon. So as well as the megabrands such as HTC, Samsung and so-on, we should be seeing quite a healthy Android marketplace over the next 6-9 months.
Can you see yourself buying an Android handset with Dual Sim capability for a few hundred US dollars?