Do you want to receive private calls and business calls on different phone numbers but on one cell phone? Or, for that matter, have two separate private numbers or two separate business numbers on one cell phone? Then you need a dual-sim phone.
There are a number of dual-sim smartphones on the market but they can be pricey. The Prestigio MultiPhone PAP3540 DUO, on the other hand, is a dual-sim smartphone that operates on Android 4.1 JellyBean and costs only R1 179.
There are different types of dual-SIM technology. Some phones require a reboot to change between SIM cards but this Prestigio phone uses the DSDS technology. DSDS is the acronym for Dual SIM Dual Stand-by. When your are busy with call one SIM card, the other SIM goes on standby and redirects to voicemail.
[Reminder: SIM is the acronym for Subscriber Identity Module.]
For the record, the technology that allows you to switch between two calls without dropping either is called Dual SIM Full Active (DSFA), or Smart Dual-SIM. This is available on smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini Duo (which costs R5 340), HTC Desire 600 606W (R5 700) and the Nokia Asha 310 (usually more than R1 200). There are a bunch of cheaper DSFA phones but they are not smartphones. In a price/features comparison, the PAP3540 DUO really is value for money.
Prestigio MultiPhone PAP3540 DUO features
Apart from the dual-sim capability, the Prestigio MultiPhone PAP3540 DUO offers the usual features you’ll expect from a modern smartphone: Android operating system, touch screen, front and rear cameras, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS.
– 3.5inch LCD 320 x 480 Multi-Touch screen
– 154ppi Pixel Density
– 252k Color Depth
– Video format support: H.263, H.264, M-JPEG, MPEG2, MPEG4, RMVB, VC-1, WMV
– Audio format support: AAC, AC3, AMR, APE, FLAC, MIDI, MP3, OGG, WMA
– Image format support: BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG
– Mediatek MT6575 1GHz Single Core Processor
– 512MB RAM
– 4GB Internal Storage
– Android 4.1 JellyBean
– Front 0.3 MP and Rear 3.2 MP Camera with flash
– Bluetooth 3.0 + HS
– Wifi 802.11b/g/n
– Micro-SD expansion up to 32GB
– Audio jack
– EDGE/GPRS/GSM with GPS function
– DUAL SIM capability
– Prestigio eReader
– Mobisystems Office Suite
– 2000mAh Lithium Polymer Battery (5 hour talk time / 280 hours standy)
– Dimensions 118mm x 62mm x 13mm
– Warranty: 2 years
Here’s another example of dual-sim benefit: use 8ta’s free mobile-to-landline bundle to call home (or the office) but use another provider to stay in touch with friends via SMS or social networks.
So, there you have it. A full-featured dual-SIM Android smartphone for only R1 179. You can buy it now.
And if you want all these features on a dual-SIM smartphone with a bigger screen, have a look at the Prestigio MultiPhone PAP5000 DUO with its 5-inch WVGA 480×800 TFT display, also available in the cell phone category of the Essential IT Solutions online shop.