Not too many folks can honestly take advantage of dual-SIM phones, but for Europeans (as an example) that routinely travel between Germany and Holland, having space for two native SIMs can be a major lifesaver when it comes to roaming costs, and save you a bit of hassle from swapping cards in and out. The planet's first dual-SIM phone running Ice Cream Sandwich has launched at Mobile World Congress, the ViewPhone 4e from ViewSonic
, as well as the ViewPhone 5e.
Dual-SIM phones are expected to grow as users prefer to carry one handset for both private and professional use. They allow the use of two services without the need to carry two phones at the same time but yet maintain separate numbers, data and bills. In addition users can take advantage of different pricing plans for calls and text messages to certain destinations as well as mobile data usage, helping to save on expensive roaming charges while making mobile communication easier to manage. The ViewPhone 4s is a dual-SIM 3.5-inch (diagonal) widescreen Multi-Touch display smartphone running on Android 4.0 Ice cream sandwich. It offers high resolution super clear IPS panel and wide viewing angles. The ViewPhone 4s features a fast response time, 5M auto focus rear camera and VGA front camera making it ideal for video telephony while its innovative unibody design offers a longer lasting performance. The 960-by-640-pixel resolution at 326 ppi, 800:1 contract ratio and 500 cd/m2 brightness means the ViewPhone 4s offers a high quality and detailed display resolution. As with all other ViewSonic smartphones, the ViewPhone 4s benefits from a dual-SIM capability. The SIM labels can be personalised, the user can select different voice call, and message ringtones per SIM while the Contact List Separation keeps contacts separated and clearly identifies which messages relate to each list. The ViewPhone Android range also has a Multitasking function that allows the user to execute different functions simultaneously such as talking while downloading. Each SIM port is capable of performing independent tasks simultaneously. With an RRP of sub £325, it is ideal for customers interested in product performance, high quality and a stylish handset. European Launch in Q2 2012.
ViewSonic’s ViewPhone 5e is first 5” Capacitive multi-touch display to be seen at MWC, running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. With a resolution of 800x480 WVGA producing vivid and high quality images, this screen is hard to miss. This dual-SIM phone is no standard Smartphone, it comes packed with PicSel Smart Office, allowing the user to have full editing capabilities for Microsoft word, Excel and PowerPoint documents as well as market leasing file viewing for Adobe PDF documents and images. The ViewPhone 5e doesn’t stop there, the user can also view and edit files in cloud such as DropBox and Google docs, it has a business card reader and the application. With an RRP of sub £390, this is the best dual-SIM smartphone for business and personal use. European Launch in Q3 2012.
ViewSonic’s Viewphone 4e is an entry level Smartphone with a 3.5” capacitive touch display and at only 10.3mm wide is very much an active dual-SIM Smartphone. It runs on Android 2.3 gingerbread operating system, enabling the use of two individual network services at the same time. The ViewPhone 4e has a 650MHz processor, HVGA capacitive touch, 3M fixed focus camera and vivid colour display. Coming with a unique and stylish unibody design that allows the battery time to last longer than the average for a similar model, inbuilt FM radio and good quality streaming capabilities, the ViewPhone 4e does not compromise on its features. The ViewPhone 4e has a RRP of sub £260 making this a high quality Smartphone for someone looking for a media player device as well as an easy travel phone at a reasonable price. European Launch Q2 2012.