We are only a day away from Apple’s fall keynote event and rumors keep coming in hot. A new iPhone XS rumor has begun circulating, stating that at least one of the new iPhones to be unveiled during tomorrow’s announcement will have dual–SIM card capabilities.
Two recent images posted on China Telecom’s Facebook page, advertising the dual-SIM tray, feature added validity to the rumor..
The first image showed the iPhone XS with the aforementioned SIM trays while the second image showed a cartoonish Apple with two SIM cards on each side (see above).
While the dual-SIM card feature has been a persistent rumor, now we have actual proof that it will at least be incorporated into the Chinese version of the iPhone. If the U.S. version of the iPhone were to get a dual-SIM tray, what benefits would it bring to iPhone buyers?
The technology is not new, and the dual-SIM card feature has been available on Android phones for some time now. But the arrival of this feature on the iPhone is a most welcome addition. The dual-SIM capability may not relevant on this side of the pond just yet but it will have a great impact on the international level (and who knows, it might play an important role here in the future).
Benefits of Dual-SIM Phones
Switch SIM Cards with Ease
The dual-SIM card tray provides some wonderful advantages for those who require a local and an international SIM card. It is a common practice for those who travel a lot to switch SIM cards in order to avoid certain fees, like roaming, from their service carriers. Before, it was a whole ordeal having to switch from one SIM card to the other but that will no longer be the case, the SIM will be already inside the iPhone and all that is necessary is a quick Settings change and then you’ll be ready to go.
Having to carry a SIM card for traveling purposes is always a bothersome task. You always run the risk of losing that pesky little thing and who wants to worry about that when they’re on the road? Having the SIM card already in your iPhone means that you no longer have to worry about packing it in a safe location or losing it ever again.
Carrier of Your Choice…Maybe
While this may not be a feature that will be available in the U.S., the dual-SIM card does leave it open to flipping from one carrier to another in the near future. Local phone carriers may balk at giving customers the ability to switch carrier services but having dual-SIM card capabilities has the potential to make this happen.
This perk is not for travelers only; maybe you want to have a backup SIM card for whatever reason. Now you have an extra slot for support. Overseas, some users mix and match services as cost saving measure and while that is not quite relevant here, having a back up prepaid service for emergencies is not a bad idea. You still have your main service and a prepaid carrier with no strings attached.