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Why isn't Dual SIM compatibility a major thing here in the UK?

Dual SIM compatibility seems almost mandatory in countries like China. Why isn't the UK big on Dual SIMs? And why does China love it so much!

Most Useful Answer Developer  Jan. 15, 2015 at 19:36

I think there are 3 main reasons why people use dual sim phones:

1) To save money. You can take advantage of different offers to do things like free texts on one sim, and super cheap minutes on another sim. Basically you can have your cake and eat it too when it comes to cell phone plans.

2) Work / Home phone numbers. People who have one phone number for work and one for home don't need to carry 2 phones.

3) Travel

I am going to guess that carriers in the UK don't push dual SIM models because they don't want you to take advantage of offers to save money. In China I think people are more used to buying their handsets outright, so the carrier has much less influence on what types of phones people are buying (and what they do with them).

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Developer  Jan. 15, 2015 at 19:36

I think there are 3 main reasons why people use dual sim phones:

1) To save money. You can take advantage of different offers to do things like free texts on one sim, and super cheap minutes on another sim. Basically you can have your cake and eat it too when it comes to cell phone plans.

2) Work / Home phone numbers. People who have one phone number for work and one for home don't need to carry 2 phones.

3) Travel

I am going to guess that carriers in the UK don't push dual SIM models because they don't want you to take advantage of offers to save money. In China I think people are more used to buying their handsets outright, so the carrier has much less influence on what types of phones people are buying (and what they do with them).

Onions99  Jan. 15, 2015 at 21:00

You missed the 4th reason

1 for the wife, 1 for the mistress....

dursty7  Jan. 15, 2015 at 23:26

It's a simple answer. Networks.

Most devices will only get launched in the UK if networks and retailers agree to sell them, and they dont want a user connecting other sims to the devices they sell. So they request the single sim variants & SIM free would be the only way you would see dual sim's coming into the UK. As SIM free is such a small percentage of the market then it doesn't justify any manufacturer to bring these to market when their biggest customers won't even consider them.

Betas  Jan. 16, 2015 at 06:36

As developer said,, the main reason is that different operators have different deals. In china for instance, china unicom offers cheaper data packages whereas china mobile offers cheaper minutes. Combine two sims and you will get the best of both.
In the uk we have accepted single sims and as there are 4 main operators, all offering very similar deals ( but being stingy with data) so it makes less sense for dual sims unless you need it for business.. And the exuberant cost of use abroad is also off putting for using our sims out with the eu but 3 are challenging this

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