You wake up in the morning. Reluctantly. You pat around as far as your arm can go until you find it, your ‘trusty’ smart phone. It’s 5:55 a.m. You’ve staggered your alarms like a pro. Time to rise up and tackle the day. While you have your phone handy, which should you do first? Should you be a loyal employee and dutifully check your work e-mail? Or, might you rather send the good morning text to that certain special someone? After all we do know that good morning texts only work when you wake up to them, and bae wakes at 6:00 a.m. Decisions, decisions. If you can’t decide, then the fact that you left your personal cell phone rocking your personal SIM line to charge in the kitchen decides for you. You have two cell phones: one for work. One for play. No morning selfies.
But what if you could just press a button and have access to both phones lines on one device? Phones that come with 2 built in SIM card slots have been the answer to this question for quite some time. Dual SIM technology is neither complex nor super expensive to produce, but it does address the ‘first world’ problem of handling two phones units on a daily basis. Interestingly enough, dual SIM devices appear in market not considered ‘first world’. This has become a more attractive option for people with two work lines in recent years, and given the ever increasing size of phone screens, the appeal for a dual SIM solution becomes much more apparent.
Also, it does not zap your battery power. Though brief was my experience with the dual SIM Nokia Lumia 630, the battery did not seem to consume twice the battery power required to power a more conventional single SIM internet capable device. At least on Windows Phone 8.1, the OS labels a main SIM from which to pull data, and yet both numbers will function. Consider too the increased data coverage by having two phones lines from different carriers, or the additional convenience of having an unlocked dual SIM abroad.
Now I know I’m not the norm, but I do know that some people are provided with a work phone line for their occupation. Some folks set up personal lines for their freelance work. As a teacher, I like separating my personal line from my work line. The chances of sending a romantic text to a parent is too gut wrenching for me not to separate my cell phone ode to across two lines. But keeping tabs on two phones and keep them charged can be a hassle, let alone the issue of accidentally intermingling personal and professional communications.
In the end of the day, it seems as if cell phone manufacturers are more reluctant to experiment with or push up against the status quo of the America market. With such forces as Apple and Google dominating market share, experimentation without a pay off in sales can mean the death of your OEM.
But including dual SIM capability is not like choosing to load something other than Android on your company’s next device. The debate over the benefits of loading Windows Phone over Android is much very different from whether one should add a second SIM slot to his or her device design.