Samsung on Thursday unveiled two new dual-SIM smartphones, the Galaxy Y Duos and the Galaxy Y Pro Duos. A phone with two SIM card slots offers a number of benefits; it’s perfect for two people hoping to share a single phone in emerging markets, but it’s also great for business travelers that want to use one account for personal matters and a second as a business line. The Galaxy Y Duos runs Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and has a processor clocked at 832MHz and a 3-megapixel camera. The Galaxy Y Pro Duos offers similar specs but has a smaller 2.6-inch display and a full QWERTY keyboard. Both phones will initially launch in Russia. The Galaxy Y Duos will then roll out into Europe, CIS, Latin America, Southeast and Southwest Asia, the Middle East, Africa and China. The Galaxy Y Pro Duos will launch in Europe, CIS, Latin America, Southwest Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Samsung’s full press release follows after the break. More →
Images of what appears to be the unannounced Nokia C2-06 have been leaked by Hackintosh India. Judging from the photos, the C2-06 will be a new S40 device with a slider form factor that’s capable of accepting two SIM cards at the same time. A dual-SIM phone is a good option for frequent travelers, or for two people that want to share a single device with two phone numbers. The device appears to have a low resolution touchscreen as well as a slide-out full alphanumeric keypad. Given the lack of amenities like Wi-Fi or 3G, we suspect this Touch and Type phone will likely be launched in emerging markets. Hit the jump for two more images. More →
It appears Motorola isn’t willing to part ways the MING smartphone design as a pictures of a previously unseen Android smartphone with the iconic design have emerged out of China. Pretty much everything about this phone is a mystery, although it is rumored to be codenamed North Sea, run Android 2.1 plus MOTOBLUR 1.5 and feature a 5 megapixel camera that can shoot videos at resolutions up to 720p. Interestingly, there appears to be not one but two status bars which could mean this is a dual-SIM device. Not that this would be a huge surprise given the prevalence of such devices in China, it’s just that we’ve never seen such an Android phone from a big-name manufacturer. Would anyone be super sad if this thing is confined to China? More →
UK-based mobile service provider Geodesa Limited just made a pretty exciting announcement and we can only hope this is the start of a continuing trend. For those unfamiliar with Geodesa, the company’s core product is the GeoSIM — a SIM card with attached service that does away with insane international roaming charges across a pretty massive expanse. It’s newly announced upcoming product, the GeoSIM Dual IMSI SIM card, will take things one step further and provide two local phone numbers — initially one US and on UK number — on a single SIM, thus facilitating free incoming calls in both regions and hugely discounted outgoing calls / SMS. Blurb time:
We are really excited about this ‘market shaking product’ which is generating a great deal of interest from customers and resellers already. In the past, travellers roaming on a US network have had to pay for incoming calls on their mobiles and paid higher charges for making calls. From mid April, all that will change when we roll out GeoSIM Dual IMSI. The USA will effectively become part of Europe in terms of the GeoSIM call rates and free incoming calls. GeoSIM customers will be able to call and receive at the current rates available in Europe or the US no matter which side of the Atlantic they are on.
Interest piqued, frequent fliers? Yes, ours is as well. The GeoSIM Dual IMSI SIM card (guys, work on that name a bit please) will launch in April and we’ll definitely keep an eye on Geodesa to see how the service is received and when it might expand in terms of available number locales.
LG has announced its first ever dual-SIM device. Featuring a 3″ WQVGA display and a 5 megapixel camera, the tri-band KS660 is being touted as a great business tool as it allows users to have access to both their business and personal lines with the same device – no battery pulling or fumbling with SIMs required. The major drawbacks to this phone are that it lacks both 3G and WiFi. Also, if you’re a stylus hater don’t even think about the KS660 because it has one tucked away on the right-hand side.
- 105mm × 55mm × 14.9mm, 115g
- Tri-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE (900/1800/1900 MHz)
- 3″ WQVGA (240×400) TFT touch-screen display w/ feedback
- 5 megapixel camera w/ autofocus, flash, and video recording (720×480)
- 50MB in-built memory
Not expected to be released for North America or Western Europe, the KS600 should drop in China, Russia and a few other Russian satellite states in Q1 2009.
[Via engadget mobile]