Top News
Strasburg hits and pitches Nationals to 13-4 win over Braves  ||   New Hampshire lawmaker Werner Horn: 'Owning slaves doesn't make you racist'  ||   Indian warships to stay longer in Persian Gulf, but won't join US coalition  ||   Celebrate Krispy Kreme's birthday with $1 dozen deal, birthday batter-filled donuts Friday  ||   New Hampshire lawmaker Werner Horn backtracks after Facebook post: 'Owning slaves doesn't make you racist'  ||   Chevy breaks the mold with faster, more sophisticated 2020 Corvette Stingray  ||   Court docs show Hope Hicks in contact with Michael Cohen during hush-money discussions  ||   Celebrate Krispy Kreme's birthday with $1 dozen deal and birthday batter-filled donuts  ||   After night-long dharna inside house, BJP lawmakers take morning walk around Vidhana Soudha  ||   China home to one of worst human rights crisis: Mike Pompeo  ||   Pakistan to grant consular access to Kulbushan Jadhav: Foreign ministry  ||   India will become $5 trillion economy because of strong foundation laid by previous govts: Pranab Mukherjee  ||   2 inmates in New Mexico charged with attempted murder after attack on prison guards  ||   Coco Gauff, the 15-year-old who made a remarkable run at Wimbledon, to play Citi Open  ||   Former BC coach suffers brain injury in fall  ||   A city without water: Fort Lauderdale works to restore water service for 220,000 people  ||   Boone dubs Yanks 'savages' during rant in 6-2 win over Rays  ||   He threatened to bomb, shoot up Harvard's first black commencement. Now, he gets prison time  ||   The second 2020 Dem debate matchups are set: Which candidates will face off in Detroit?  ||   NIA quizzes editor of Kashmir daily in terror-funding case  ||            

Apple's Dual SIM is actually a way of life around the world  10 Months ago

Source:   USA Today  


SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — Aram Hardy lives in Moscow. But as a tech entrepreneur, he travels all over the world and,in fact, is planning to move to California. 

To juggle between the two worlds he lives in, he's used dual SIM cards on his Android phone for years, as do many people living in other countries like China and India. 

"I save money doing it this way," says Hardy, a co-founder of the Prisma app. 

Apple announced this week that the next edition of iPhones would offer the ability to use dual SIM cards – or subscriber identification module, the tiny chip you have to have inside of your phone to connect to a wireless carrier. Phones on the Android system have used them for years globally, and here in the U.S., Samsung Galaxy models have been available this way for quite some. 

Hardy's mom uses dual SIM cards to make local calls on one, international calls on the other. And he notes that many friends with 24/7 internet sites use two cards from different carriers. "That way, if one goes down, the other is up and running, and their business doesn't suffer," he says. 

Many travelers have opted to buy a local SIM card when they land in other countries as a way to use their phones while vacationing without having to pay exorbitant sums. Verizon, for instance, charges $10 a day to U.S. subscribers to use their phones while overseas. A local SIM card can cost around $30 for two weeks of use.

But with a dual SIM card in place, consumers could have their regular physical SIM card, and order a second, called an eSIM, which is available as an electronic download, before they leave.

This way, they would be able to still make phone calls, which most international travel SIM cards don't allow.

Roger Entner, an analyst with ReCon Analytics, doubts that U.S. consumers will care much about the dual SIMs, since they haven't shown much interest in the past. "It's great if they go visit Europe, but that's about it."


Apple pitched dual SIMs as a way to have one phone number for work, and another for home, but Entner doesn't see that clicking here. 

"Businesses will insist on keeping the device locked, they won't want an open gateway to their networks. Small businesses would be a smart use case though." (Costs would raise, as the phone owner would have to have two wireless plans instead of one.)

He believes Apple is doing this to make the iPhones more useful in China, where dual SIMs is a way of life, and other Asian countries as well. 

Greg Cohn, the founder of the Burner app, which rents new phone numbers to customers for $5 monthly, is thrilled to see the idea of a second line on your phone going mainstream. 

Sure, they can pick up a separate SIM when they land on a visit, but that doesn't  ensure they'll get all their texts, he says. 

Some on our Twitter feed pointed out that a second line could be a godsend for cheating  spouses who don't want the other to find out about their other lives, but Cohn says it doesn't work that way. 

"Everything is on one device, he says, with a complete history for both lines."

(He also notes that $5 a month for a second phone line via his app, for example, is a lot cheaper than paying $40 to $50 monthly or more for the second line through a wireless carrier.)

"This validates what we've been doing and not worried about this being a threat to us."

Meanwhile, while noting that Apple is making this move in a play for Chinese consumers, Entner has an easy answer for why dual SIM has been popular there and not here. 

"People are different all over the world," he says. "We're not Chinese."

More News
About Us Terms & Conditions Disclaimer
Advertise Contact
register and win

NRIS.COM is one of the premier NRI website that provides a range of resourceful services to Indian expats residing in the USA. Visiting the site you will find comprehensive information related to restaurants, casinos, pubs, temples, carpool, movies, education, real estate, and forums. The simple and easy to navigate format allows NRIs to gain information within a fraction of a second. Moreover, advertising through its column of Indian free classifieds in USA allow businesses to improve visibility of their brand.

MI NRI's Chat (0 Users Online)