While a single-SIM handset is more than enough for most people, there are any number of reasons why you might want a two-SIM phone. Perhaps you travel abroad a lot, regularly call friends or relatives in foreign lands, or just prefer to keep your work and personal lives separate.
Whatever the reason, there’s a great range of dual-SIM handsets on the market at the moment, with more and more hitting the streets each year – and today, we’re bringing you the pick of 2016’s very best options.
Nokia 222 Dual SIM
One quick look at the Nokia 222, and you’d be forgiven for thinking you were back in the brand’s late-90s glory days: it’s an extremely basic ‘candybar’-shaped phone with physical buttons on the front and a whopping 20 hours of talk time.
As such, it’s no good if you’re looking for all the modern smartphone features – but with a price of less than £30, the Nokia 222 offers incredible value for money if you’re looking for a simple dual-SIM phone for work or travel.
Incredibly, though, it does manage to pack some 21st-century tricks into its unassuming plastic shell: it comes with its own Facebook and Twitter apps and even a version of the Opera Mini browser – just don’t expect a modern browsing experience with its low-resolution screen and 2G connectivity!
While these features are nice to have, the 222’s real selling point is that it’s about as cheap a mobile phone as you’ll find nowadays, dual-SIM or not. While it’s clearly not going to be for everyone, for those looking for a cheap and cheerful two-SIM solution, you’ll struggle to do better!
Motorola G4 Play
While Motorola aren’t the top-end manufacturer they once were, they still produce an excellent range of mid-tier handsets – and the Moto G4 Play is an excellent choice for anybody who’s after dual-SIM functionality alongside all the features you’d expect from a modern smartphone.
From the outside, the Play is modern but unassuming: it’s made from rugged black plastic with subtly coloured trims and a five-inch touchscreen.
In terms of specs, it’s more than capable. That touchscreen packs a 720p resolution – not quite full HD, but more than enough for most users. A quad-core 1.2 Ghz processor keeps things snappy, and it comes with up to 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage depending on the precise version chosen. It also has an eight-megapixel full-HD rear-facing camera, and a five megapixel front-facing model for all your selfie needs.
In short, it’s a fully capable mid-range Android handset that would be a decent buy even without its dual-SIM capabilities. But alongside them, the G4 Play is an excellent choice for those who don’t want to compromise on features or break the bank.
If the G4 Play represents the mid-tier choice, the OnePlus 3 is without a doubt a high-end device – with a refreshingly low price tag.
OnePlus are a lesser-known name in smartphones, and outside of the tech world they’re still pretty much unheard of. But for those in the know, their 2014 debut the OnePlus One made major waves – although its lack of High Street presence and initially invitation-only offering meant comparatively few users actually managed to grab one.
Its follow-up, the OnePlus 2, was received less favourably – but the OnePlus 3 has put the young manufacturer well and truly back in the game. A quad-core processor and staggering 6 GB of RAM places it at the very highest end in terms of its internals, and a gorgeous 5.5-inch screen.
It’s plastic construction and no-frills design might not turn too many heads – but for this price, it’s a compromise many will be willing to make.
Neeco Me 2
If you’re an iPhone user who’s after dual-SIM functionality, you’re probably already well aware that no such iPhone exists – and, given Apple’s commitment to a consistently small and minimalistic product line, we’re unlikely ever to see one.
But all’s not lost. There are a number of external devices on the market that allow you to connect a second SIM card to just about any iPhone – and based on our research the NeeCoo Me 2 Magic Card is probably the one to go for.
This elegant little device is less than an inch thick, with a sturdy metal alloy construction covered with tempered glass for a high-end, smartphone-style finish. Pop a micro- or nano-SIM inside, download the accompanying app from the App store, and it'll connect to your iPhone via Bluetooth, allowing you to send and receive calls and texts on your extra SIM with no problem.
Of course, it’s not a perfect solution: you won’t be able to use your second SIM’s data allowance, for example, and then there’s the potential inconvenience of lugging the (admittedly small and light) device around with you wherever you go. But it’s not without its benefits: a hole punched in the corner allows it to double as a particularly high-tech keyring, and you can even use one of its buttons as a remote shutter for your iPhone’s camera.
Okay, so it's not quite the same as having a dual-SIM iPhone, but it's about as close as you're ever going to come – and for the Apple-obsessed die-hards among us, that's good enough.