The end of SIM cards? ARM outs iSIM, integrated directly into the chipset

ARM, the architect of all chips mobile and frugal, is onto the case of the disappearing SIM card. You see, the current nano SIMs are too big for it, and it knows that phone and Internet-of-Things manufacturers could use this space for things like, ahem, larger battery packs, to name one.
That is why ARM, which doesn’t own a chip foundry, but creates the underlying architecture behind all those processor cores that end up in Qualcomm’s Snapdragon, Apple’s A-line, or Samsung’s Exynos chipsets, now comes with an iSIM solution. What would an iSIM (integrated SIM) be, you …


Apple's iPhone 9 and Xs to only come with Intel modems, dual SIM support in the cards

Amidst reiterating that the rumored 6.1″ LCD iPhone 9 will account for 50% of Apple’s 2018 iPhone crop sales, famed analyst Ming-Chi Kuo added a few more notable details about this year’s portfolio in three memos to clients of its research shop KGI Securities.

First off, Apple is apparently done with Qualcomm for good, and all three upcoming new iPhones this year will be equipped with Intel modems. Thus, unless Qualcomm wiggles back in the supply chain due to some patent suit agreement, there won’t be the differences in download speeds and signal strength that we are witnessing …

Samsung Germany's Galaxy S9 support page hints that Dual SIM feature is coming to Europe

Some models of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge came with Dual SIM capabilities. This was offered in the form of a hybrid SIM tray (pictured above) that allowed users to employ the second SIM card holder for a microSD card instead. In 2016, the Dual SIM variation using the hybrid SIM tray was available in the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Last year, the hybrid SIM tray was again offered in select markets on the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+. 

What about this year? Thanks to Samsung Germany’s early posting of its support page for the Samsung Galaxy S9, we can tell …

Dual SIM Galaxy S9 and S9+ models listed, may sport dual VoLTE as well

Not that it comes as a huge surprise, but the Galaxy S9 may land with a dual SIM version for those who need hooking up to more than one carrier or plan. Samsung has filed for regulatory approval of a dual SIM handset denoted as SM-G9608, with the “8” in the end standing for a Taiwan model. 

There are two more dual SIM versions listed there, too – an SM-G9600 for China, and the eventual Galaxy S9+, with an entry number SM-G9650. Given that the Galaxy S8 is SM-G950, and the S8+ is marked as SM-G955, there is every chance that these dual SIM devices listed in the databases …

Deal: Unlocked dual SIM Samsung Galaxy S8 drops to $570 ($155 off)

Samsung’s Galaxy S8 continues to sell well more than six months after its debut on the market. The phone’s price has dropped considerably lately, which is another reason that people are tempted to buy it.

Customers who’ve been waiting for a good deal on the Galaxy S8 might want to check out the latest offering coming from an eBay seller. Perhaps you’ve seen the smartphone selling for the same price, but the deal is still newsworthy if you haven’t yet bought the Galaxy S8.

So, it looks like the unlocked, dual-SIM Galaxy S8 is now available for purchase on …

New Android Messages update adds Duo integration, new message indicators, RCS for dual SIM phones, and more

Google’s Android Messages has received a new update. The patch log of the new version 2.7 doesn’t contain details about any changes, but a teardown of the APK file has revealed a few notable additions. 

One of the important features coming with the latest update is integration with Google Duo. If you have contacts that have Duo installed, their respective title bars should now include a video camera icon. 
Android Messages will also indicate how many new messages you’ve received when you re-open a conversation. Last …

Deal: Unlocked dual SIM Samsung Galaxy S8+ drops down to $585 on eBay

The Galaxy S8+ will not remain Samsung’s latest flagship for too long now since the South Korean company is already working on the new Galaxy S9, which is expected to go official in February.

Until then, there will be plenty of opportunities to score a good deal on the Galaxy S8+, and even after Samsung introduces the Galaxy S9 next year.

One of the more recent Galaxy S8+ deals is now up and running on eBay. It concerns the unlocked, dual-SIM version of the flagship, which is now available for purchase for $634 outright. However, if you apply the code PSHOPEARLY at …

Dirty dozen: top 12 best dual SIM Android phones (Mid 2017)

Sometimes one SIM card is just not enough: being able to have two numbers active on a single phone is liberating for those who have a second line reserved for work, but what are the best dual SIM phones around?
While dual SIM phones were not as common in the recent past, in the middle of 2017 there are a bunch of great options to choose from. There are high-end flagships offered with dual SIM connectivity and affordable phones for those on a tighter budget.
We take a look at the top options and list them right below, …

Hi-Fi version of the LG G6 with Quad DAC and Dual SIM capabilities surfaces in Singapore

Just the other day, we told you that the LG G6 variant sporting Quad DAC would soon be available in regions outside of Korea. One country that is greeting the device with open arms starting today is Australia. Another country that will be offering this version of LG’s new flagship is Singapore. A couple of images we received today from a PhoneArena reader show the LG G6 with labeling on the back promoting the Quad 32-bit DAC. The other picture shows the Quick Settings screen on the handset, which contains an on/off switch for the Quad DAC feature.

The Quad Digital-to-Analog converter in …

Best dual SIM phones (2017)

If you are in search of the best dual SIM phones currently available in the US, we think we can help you. In this article, we have a selection of notable handsets that offer dual SIM capabilities and other nice features – from expensive to cheap models, so you’ll probably find what you need, no matter the budget. 

Even if you don’t normally have two phone numbers, owning a dual SIM smartphone can be useful in some scenarios, including when traveling aboard: you won’t be needing a second handset in case you want to use a local prepaid card …