Dual SIM phones have existed for many years but they couldn’t become mainstream – probably they aren’t meant to be mainstream anyway. It’s hard to say if their price is the reason or simply people don’t need them.
As a whole, these devices are more expensive and it might turn out it is cheaper to buy two or even three separate devices than get a dual/triple SIM. However, thanks to some recent (more or less) budget models from Nokia and Samsung, this might change.
Who Needs Triple SIM Phones
Dual SIMs aren’t the most you can get. There are also triple and even quadruple SIM phones. You might be asking who needs that many cards but actually there are people who do have that many numbers – and use all of them.
For instance, with dual SIMs it is common to separate calls into business and personal. You use one number for making/receiving business calls and the other for personal calls.
However, if you have SIMs from different carriers or simply want to have two business and/or two personal numbers – i.e. one for your closest business partners/friends and one for everybody else, then dual SIM is still not enough.
Similarly, if you are abroad and you need one local number, while still keeping your home numbers on, dual SIMs might prove insufficient. In this case, triple and quadruple SIM come to the rescue.
What Triple SIM Phones Are Available on the Market
You can’t say the market is flooded with triple and quadruple SIM phones but definitely there are a bunch of interesting models to pick from. For instance, Motorola recently announced the launch of a triple SIM for the Brazilian market. The device is a very decent one and its price is quite competitive.
Another cool triple SIM device comes from LG. For now it is available in Russia only but if it becomes popular, you can bet it (or other similar models) will become available everywhere.
As for quadruple SIM devices, this phone from Otech F1 might be the best choice. It’s price might be on the high end but if you really need it, most likely you will be able to afford it.
Multi SIM phones aren’t much bulkier than standard single SIM phones, so size isn’t an issue. What is more, it can be expected that when Nano SIMs (LINK) become widely used in the near future and thanks to the fact that their small size saves space inside the device, maybe dual and triple SIMs will also see a boost.