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Blackberry & Dual Sim?

Do you guys think blackberry are missing a trick by not adding dual sim capabilities. Blackberry's are mainly used as business phones by most people and these people usually have their work phone (blackberry) and personal phone (other) with them at all times.

Do you guys think it'd be a good idea if RIM integrated Dual Sim capabilities? So that people could use the phone for business and personal. Obviously with software that fits as well.

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JanSt / MOD  Jan. 29, 2013 at 17:27

And ruin any chances they have with networks? Maybe at a later point?
And how would companies feel about this, anyway?
Butyeah, personally I might be interested in a dual-sim BB. But it's no priority, tbh.

AhmadCentral  Jan. 29, 2013 at 17:50

You make a great point! Networks can be such pains sometimes :p

Its no priority for me either but its puzzled me why they haven't even attempted one before.

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 29, 2013 at 17:59

You make a great point! Networks can be such pains sometimes :p

Its no priority for me either but its puzzled me why they haven't even attempted one before.
True - BBs seem like the obvious devices for dual-sim. But I guess that new dual-mode in BB10 goes towards that without p*ssing of networks or tight-as*ed employers

CTPAHHIK  Jan. 29, 2013 at 18:26

Security. BB services are locked to a SIM card. Swap SIM card and all your BB services are gone. This would be a nightmare to manage.

I would love to have a dual SIM phone, but I'm afraid all my work apps will stop working.

AhmadCentral  Jan. 29, 2013 at 18:44

Security. BB services are locked to a SIM card. Swap SIM card and all your BB services are gone. This would be a nightmare to manage.

I would love to have a dual SIM phone, but I'm afraid all my work apps will stop working.


I'm not sure i quite understand this? the dual sim phone wouldn't swap sims. it would use them both at them time? So surely the BBS account would just be one but you'd still be able to use the two sims?

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 29, 2013 at 18:57

Security. BB services are locked to a SIM card. Swap SIM card and all your BB services are gone. This would be a nightmare to manage.

I would love to have a dual SIM phone, but I'm afraid all my work apps will stop working.

Ahem... what? It's tied to your registered email account. I have used my BBs with half a dozen SIMs... Are you talking about Enterprise services?

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 30, 2013 at 07:12

The main problem is network support. Networks pay $7-$9 per enterprise customer per month to RIM cor use of its software. $2 per ordinary customer. Now ask them to allow 2 SIMs per handset ;)

CTPAHHIK  Jan. 30, 2013 at 08:09

Security. BB services are locked to a SIM card. Swap SIM card and all your BB services are gone. This would be a nightmare to manage.

I would love to have a dual SIM phone, but I'm afraid all my work apps will stop working.

Ahem... what? It's tied to your registered email account. I have used my BBs with half a dozen SIMs... Are you talking about Enterprise services?


Yes, enterprise. If you lose your SIM and get a replacement you need to wipe and re-setup BB. Mind you this is same phone number and allegedly no changes on carrier network. I thought this is company security, but no, it's how RIM designed it. Two SIM won't work in this case. However, I don't think it's difficult to have another SIM just for calling. Obviously you cannot have two SIM with two BBS on them.

Another thing would be that RIM never intended to become mass phone manufacturer somewhere like India. They want to sell their phones to business folk that are willing to pay premium price for a phone that only works half the time :p

Stelph  Jan. 30, 2013 at 08:18

as i have to carry round a blackberry for work id also love to have a dual sim BB device, the work/personal account swipe feature is almost begging for a dual sim as well so its a shame its not an option

CTPAHHIK  Jan. 30, 2013 at 08:21

We are using Good For Enterprise to run work services on Android/iOS phones. Haven't used BB for over a year. Want to give dual SIM phone, Ahmad was talking about, a try and see if that actually works.

AhmadCentral  Jan. 30, 2013 at 19:41

Ok so for enterprise it may be difficult. But is still doable.

They could have released a dual sim version on prepay or something though. But i guess tbh they'd rather sell through the networks so i can see why that would stop them.

Although tbh i don't see why networks don't sell dual sim phones. There's not that many drawbacks and tbh they can lock it anyway.

CTPAHHIK  Jan. 31, 2013 at 08:18

There won't me much point in dual SIM phone, if it's locked. Even for traveling it's pretty much useless, because phones are locked to specific country. For instance, T-Mobile in Austria will not work in T-Mobile Germany phone. They are same company and it's quite normal to live in Germany and work in Austria or vice versa, yet you roam as soon as you cross the border.
This is one of the most ridiculous things about EU.

AhmadCentral  Jan. 31, 2013 at 09:03

Well what I mean is that the very least the networks could lock the phone like they normally do to sell on contract then charge a small fee to unlock the phone.

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