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Topic # 72841 3-Dec-2010 09:42
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I'm hanging out for a dual sim phone, something better than the Nokia C1-00 as I would like to be able to check emails/TM which I believe that phone cannot do (?). If such a phone came on the market I would sign up to 2 degrees and use them as well as my VF contract.

Last week I saw a new phone on Dick Smith's website, an active dual sim phone, there was no photo, and the description was a little mixed up - it made reference to it being an LG and Nokia, and I didn't catch the model number, as it was removed off their website the next day.

I asked Dick Smith what the story was, which they explained, and said it might be available by christmas, but didn't expand on what the phone was.

I then went into Harvey Norman, and was told that both 2 degrees and Vodafone are releasing active dual sim phones before christmas. Can anyone expand on this, I'd like to know models/price so I can research them.

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  Reply # 412399 3-Dec-2010 10:17
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Would be nice if there was a decent dual sim phone, but you will never see one because most phones outside of 3rd world countries are bought by the telcos and given to their customers for not much or no money. As they are the customers and dont want someone using another telco as well, they will not buy dual sim ones.

The few that you see are aimed at the developing market, which is a polite way for the phone makers to say 3rd world countries so they are featureless junk, and in most cases GSM only on at least one of the sims on the few that offer any 3g.




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  Reply # 412401 3-Dec-2010 10:22
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Hi I suspect One might be a Nokia C2 model, I understood this was being released in the last quarter of this year with 2 active SIMS. Still only GSM Though.



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  Reply # 412429 3-Dec-2010 11:26
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scheduler: Hi I suspect One might be a Nokia C2 model, I understood this was being released in the last quarter of this year with 2 active SIMS. Still only GSM Though.


The Nokia C2 would be great, now I have looked at its features, especially a hot swappable sim, means I can have 2 degrees sim inside, and swap between prepay and contract vodafone sim externally.

I AM going to sign up for 2 degrees, I'd do it today, but I'm waiting for the new phone to be released. I have already bought my new phone for the month and don't want to buy 3!

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  Reply # 412483 3-Dec-2010 13:17

richms: Would be nice if there was a decent dual sim phone, but you will never see one because most phones outside of 3rd world countries are bought by the telcos and given to their customers for not much or no money. As they are the customers and dont want someone using another telco as well, they will not buy dual sim ones.
o.O Can you re-word that?...


I'm waiting for a dual sim 850 UTMS phone, but it looks like I will be waiting a wile ESP since I am used to an iPhone.

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  Reply # 412486 3-Dec-2010 13:23
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The telcos are the customers of phone manugfacturs, not end users.

They make what telcos want

telcos dont want dual sim.

Its only in heavily prepay oriented markets like the 3rd world and NZ where you buy a phone outright as the normal way of doing things. In the US or EU, you go to your telco, and say I want a phone and they give you a decent phone for not much money when you go on a term with them.

Here you get $200 off a phone that is overpriced by $300 to start with so its still a net loss over buying outright.




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  Reply # 412621 3-Dec-2010 20:21
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I believe it's the LG C310 - says it's an active-active dual SIM 2G phone.




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  Reply # 412665 3-Dec-2010 22:06
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manhinli: I believe it's the LG C310 - says it's an active-active dual SIM 2G phone.


Yes you are right, I just found this:

http://www.smithscity.co.nz/item_page.php?itemId=232618

I have had an LG GW300 before and I thought it was a great phone, so this is probably almost the same.

A shame Smith City is not on the list of retailers to allow the Pay Monthly bonus, if they were I would be there waiting tomorrow when they open to sign up. I will ring and see if they do since they are a retailer.

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  Reply # 413549 6-Dec-2010 15:47
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Here is the official press release:


Just in time for Christmas LG Mobile is set to release its first active-active dual SIM handset, the C310, available exclusively through 2degrees stores, dealers and resellers.

Perfect for combining the many different facets of modern life, with LG’s C310 users can separate work from play or take advantage of different network’s plan benefits.

LG Mobile New Zealand Business Manager, Adam Gordon is excited to be launching 
a handset that gives users choice and power to define the way the link to multiple accounts.

“C310’s simultaneous dual SIM capability allows the user to have both SIMs actively in use, enabling them to receive calls and texts on either number at any one time.

“The C310’s active dual SIM gives New Zealand consumers the power of choice with mobile providers. The user can choose which SIM texts are sent from and which SIM calls go out from. By linking mobile data usage to the network with the best plan, the user can take advantage of different networks pricing plans across calls, texts and data without having to carry two phones,” says Gordon.

For international travellers the C310’s dual active dual SIM means one handset can be used for home and travelling, with two different billing accounts, making communicating abroad a breeze. And business customers could have one SIM that is paid for by the business and one for personal use.

The C310’s dual SIM capabilities allow the user the choice of being connected to both at once, or to deactivate one SIM and detach from work or play when it suits them, with the simple push of a button.

With an internal memory of 200MB and external of up to 2GB, the C310 also holds the ability to sync to the users PC.

LG’s C310 is available in stylish back with red trim, or White with Orange trim
It also features a large 2.4” colour screen and robust QWERTY keyboard for messaging power users.

The LG C310 is available exclusively from 2degrees from early December with a RRP $199.00.






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  Reply # 413666 6-Dec-2010 19:00
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Guess it's GSM only??




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