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Master Geek
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Topic # 15118 5-Aug-2007 14:43
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Hi guys,

I currently have two cellphones, my own personal phone on Prepay and a Blackberry for work. Having to carry both phones around is a right pain, but I don't want to use the same phone number for both personal and work calls.

Here are the benefits from my current setup:
- I can turn off my work phone when I'm not at work, and still receive personal calls and TXTs on the other phone.
- I have two separate phone numbers, so my colleagues only know my work number.
- If I move to another position somewhere else, I can still keep my personal phone number.

Here are the cons from my current setup:
- Two phones to carry around
- Two chargers to carry around

I'd prefer to keep my phone on Prepay if I can, although I can make personal calls from my work phone at company rates if need be, by prefixing the number with ##. Apparently, this doesn't work with TXTs though.

These are the workarounds I've thought of so far:
- My Motorola E398 has functionality to support multiple lines with separate ringing options for each  (and I assume the Blackberry Pearl does too). I asked Vodafone a while ago if it was possible to put both phone numbers on the same SIM card, but they said it couldn't be done.
- I've thought about using call diversion to forward personal calls from my phone to the Blackberry, but most of the traffic through my personal phone is TXTs rather than calls, so they'd still stay on my phone until I checked it next.

Do you guys have the same issue?
What do you suggest?


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Ultimate Geek
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  Reply # 81388 7-Aug-2007 04:08
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I carry two mobiles too

A Nokia N73 and a Nokia 5070 and soon will be replacing my 5070 with a w580i

I understand your problem

There's no way of having two phone numbers in sim card but there's a way to fuse the two sim card together and put it in your sim card slot so that you can switch between the two sim card just by restarting your mobile.A menu will come up allowing you to choose

I don't know if you can actually do it in new zealand but I know that in hong kong you have to ask a shop to cut it for you because the cutting has to be precice or it may damage the sim card.

called a dual sim card holder i think..

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Ultimate Geek
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  Reply # 81389 7-Aug-2007 04:11
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Still the best way is to have two mobiles

Both of mobiles are nokia so it uses 1 chager.

However because I have 2 batteries for both of my 2 mobiles I bought two desktop charger.

Probably you should invest on a brand which you like and just buy 1 brand only that way batteries are easier to replace when they are flat

Both of my mobiles are nokia so comes with 1 charger but the battery is different so I had to buy two desktop chargers and 2 batteries seperately.

A desktop charger allows you to charge the battery by using your current wall charger.You lay the battery on top of the charger and and stick the wall charger to charge up the battery in the battery charger.This way you won't need to charge the mobile up everytime the battery becomes flat.You can always leave your desktop charger at home .At the end of the day replace the one that is charged up from the desktop charger with the one on your mobile.

Thats what I do

although I invested on a Zap portable energy D14

It is a battery which comes with several adaptors and cables that allows you to charge your mobile up when your mobile becomes flat.You simply charge the battery up carry it with you and when your mobile becomes flat you plug the correct cable and adaptor to your mobile and charge it up.

My father also bought me a quick charger which uses two AA batteries and just lets me keep talking when the battery runs out however it cannot charge up the mobile.

These are the alternatives you could think of with the battery problems


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Master Geek

  Reply # 81454 7-Aug-2007 13:54
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Mobile phone with dual-SIM capability, also can use both SIM cards together, with two signal bars on the screen. China mobile has got heaps of this phones lately.

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