Flashback: some crazy phones had three or even four SIM card slots

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The Benefon Twin Dual SIM, the first of its kind

How several SIM ports does your phone have? In some areas dual-SIM designs are rather prominent, though over the last few years eSIM (ingrained SIM) has actually begun replacing the second port for an outside card.

Many providers provide affordable roaming or there is no roaming in all (e.g. within the EU), so having the alternative to appear an additional card from a regional provider has actually come to be lesser. This is currently, a years ago some manufacturers werent certain just how several phone lines you might require in your pocket.

One? 2? 4? Allows begin with the loneliest number. As we clarified in a previous installation, the initial GSM phones had SIM cards the complete dimension ones, the sort of which you might have made use of on a payphone. They offered double obligation. They informed the provider network that to expense for the phone call. Second, they served as storage space considering that the earliest phones didnt have memory for telephone number or sms message.

So, the requirement for at the very least one SIM is relatively evident (though if you matured in a CDMA area you might differ). Exactly how around 2 SIMs? In the year 2000 the Benefon Twin was revealed, the globes initially dual-SIM phone. Well, twin really described the phone having dual-band connection, it is really the Benefon Twin Dual SIM that wanted.

The Benefon Twin Dual SIM, the first of its kind
The Benefon Twin Dual SIM, the first of its kind

The Benefon Twin Dual SIM, the initial of its kind (picture credit report)

Finnish driver VLP flaunted concerning its efficiency: Using 2 SIM cards in a solitary phone will certainly give our clients with a helpful and also wise means for incorporating the economic climates of our Citikka registration and also the international protection of GSM solutions. Citikka Q is specifically for individuals that regularly relocate outside the solution location of our Citikka network, claimed Mr. Erik Sjoberg, handling supervisor of VLP. Regarding we understand, Benefon Twin Dual SIM is the initial GSM phone out there with an os and also area for 2 SIM cards, considerably assisting in the phone administration of individuals with 2 lines.

” It offers remarkable worth included not just for clients of local Cityphone solutions however similarly for all individuals that, for any type of factor, are making use of 2 different cellphone registrations, included Mr. Jorma Nieminen.

As much as we can inform the Gigabyte Gsmart G1317 Rola was the initial Android to have double SIMs. Revealed in late 2010, it was introduced in April 2011. Keep in mind that ViewSonic likewise asserted initially when it revealed the ViewSonic V350 in February 2011, although that a person was upgraded and also the introduced pressed back to June.

Gigabyte Gsmart G1317 Rola, the world's first Android phone with two SIM slots
Gigabyte Gsmart G1317 Rola, the globe’s initial Android phone with 2 SIM ports

The initial three-way SIM phone that we can locate shown up in 2010, the Intex IN 5030 E Tri.do. This is a plain name for an impressive phone it sustained GSM+GSM+CDMA connection and also might take care of SIM cards from Airtel, Idea for GSM and also Tata Indicom at the very same time (3 significant providers in India at the time).

Intex IN 5030 E Tri.do, the world's first triple SIM phone
Intex IN 5030 E Tri.do, the world's first triple SIM phone

Intex IN 5030 E Tri.do, the globe’s initial three-way SIM phone

LG presented its initial three-way SIM phone, a function phone, in 2012. It was the LG A290. A year later on LG and also MediaTek revealed a cooperation to construct the globes initial 3G Android mobile phone.

One poster, HateU, commented: Triple-SIM? Are you joke me! I desire quad-SIM! Or else I need to acquire 2 various phones to my 4 SIM-cards. Embarassment on u LG!

Wish approved the Flying F160 from late 2010 asserted to be the globes initially Quad-SIM phone. And also it also had a specialized port for a microSD card. Thats not the entire tale.

Around the very same time one more phone appeared the OTECH F1. It likewise asserted to be initially, however theres no factor that both cant be. Looking at their equipment, its attractive clear that this is a whitebox gadget that was classified as a Flying or an OTECH phone.

The OTECH F1 (aka Flying F160), the world's first Quad-SIM phone
The OTECH F1 (aka Flying F160), the world's first Quad-SIM phone
The OTECH F1 (aka Flying F160), the world's first Quad-SIM phone

The OTECH F1 (also known as Flying F160), the globe’s initial Quad-SIM phone

Not long after individuals trying to find a Quad-SIM phone were ruined for selection a firm called T&T introduced 4 designs, each of which was valued at simply $30. They were fundamental attribute phones, naturally, and also did not conceal that they took layout ideas from BlackBerry, Motorola and also Nokia.

Quad-SIM phones on the cheap - just $30 a pop!
Quad-SIM phones on the cheap - just $30 a pop!
Quad-SIM phones on the cheap - just $30 a pop!
Quad-SIM phones on the cheap - just $30 a pop!
Quad-SIM phones on the cheap - just $30 a pop!
Quad-SIM phones on the cheap - just $30 a pop!
Quad-SIM phones on the cheap - just $30 a pop!
Quad-SIM phones on the cheap - just $30 a pop!

Quad-SIM phones on the low-cost – simply $30 a pop!

LG launched a number of Quad-SIM phones as well, the LG C299 and also LG A395 in 2013. Our data source does not have several phones that can fit 4 physical SIM cards. As we discussed previously, there isn’t much requirement nowadays, not also for 3. Possibly not also for 2 physical SIMs, offered the comfort of eSIM.

Did you ever before possess a quad or three-way SIM phone? Do you assume there is still a requirement for such gadgets, specifically an usage situation that angle be dealt with by eSIM?

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