If you’ve been looking around for a new mobile phone recently, then you might have noticed some dual SIM devices. Dual SIM mobile phones are exactly what they say they are, a single phone that allows you to simultaneously use two SIM cards. There are many reasons that someone may want to do this. People who are required to use a business phone but forbidden to use that phone for personal calls may carry a dual SIM phone to allow them to use both their accounts on the same phone. Similarly for people who often travel, and who may own SIM cards in two different countries. Basically, a dual SIM mobile phone will let you keep two active phone accounts. No matter which phone is ringing, you’ll be contactable from it. This is useful if you can’t afford to miss a call. It means that you don’t have to carry two phones around with you all the time. But it also means that you don’t need to switch SIM cards back and forth, thus risking missing and important call or message on the card that’s not currently in your phone. Dual SIM phones are a little expensive, but for some people the convenience of having more than one makes up for the extra cost. If you’ve bought, or are thinking of buying, a dual SIM phone, you should be aware that the set up process for it is a little different than with a regular phone.
Your Initial Steps
As with any new mobile phone, the first thing that you should do is plug your new dual SIM phone into the electric socket to charge. Leaving a new phone to charge for eight hours will ensure that you get the maximum battery life out of your device. While your phone is charging, make sure that you have both your SIM cards on hand, as well as any passwords or account codes that you may need to activate your SIM cards.
Choosing Your Primary Number
When your phone is fully charged, remove the charging cable from the phone so that it’s no longer connected to the electrical current, and then take off the back cover of the phone. Remove the battery and note the two SIM card slots beneath it. Take a look at the manual that came with your phone to see if your model automatically designates one SIM slot to be your primary number. If it does then put your primary SIM card into that slot. Your primary SIM card is the one that you use most often, and will be the default choice for making a call (although you will be able to switch between cards, it is simply the default for convenience meaning that you don’t have to choose which card every time). If there is no primary card slot, then don’t worry about it, insert the cards any way you want. When both SIM cards are in, replace the battery and back cover.
Turn Your Phone On
Once your phone is on, if you did not choose a primary SIM card before, you will now be prompted to do so. Simply enter the number of the SIM you want to be your primary card. And you should be ready to go. The primary card will be your default one for making calls, though a menu option should allow you to switch between the two. And calls will automatically be received from both accounts.