Smartphones - Dual SIM

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Land Rover Explore

Land Rover Explore (SIM Free / UK) Designed for Explorers.  The Land Rover Explore is a tough and rugged Android smartphone built to withstand the elements...

Land Rover Explore (SIM Free / UK) Designed for Explorers.  The Land Rover Explore is a tough and...

£299.00 £358.80 (inc VAT)
Moto Z3 Play

Motorola Moto Z3 Play (SIM Free/UK) goodbye smartphone, hello smartphone+ With an all-new side-mounted fingerprint sensor and face-unlock features, the Moto Z3 Play delivers power and finesse in...

Motorola Moto Z3 Play (SIM Free/UK) goodbye smartphone, hello smartphone+ With an all-new side-mo...

£290.83 £349.00 (inc VAT)
Was: £362.50 £435.00 (inc VAT)
Xiaomi Mi 9 SE

Xiaomi Mi 9 SE – Overview The Xiaomi Mi 9 SE gives you flagship features, but in a more compact size. It has the latest...

Xiaomi Mi 9 SE – Overview The Xiaomi Mi 9 SE gives you flagship features, but in a more compact s...

£287.49 £344.99 (inc VAT)
BlackBerry KEY2 LE

Buy BlackBerry KEY2 LE SIM Free & Unlocked UK Following a fascinating 2 years, the BlackBerry brand has once again become an interesting name in mobile....

Buy BlackBerry KEY2 LE SIM Free & Unlocked UK Following a fascinating 2 years, the BlackBerry...

£287.49 £344.99 (inc VAT)
ASUS Zenfone 4

Asus Zenfone 4 ZE554KL SIM Free UK See a bigger and brighter world with the ASUS Zenfone 4. Featuring an advanced dual-lens camera system, this...

Asus Zenfone 4 ZE554KL SIM Free UK See a bigger and brighter world with the ASUS Zenfone 4. Featu...

£282.50 £339.00 (inc VAT)
Blackview BV9000 Pro

Blackview BV9000 Pro Overview (SIM Free) Reasons to buy the Blackview BV9000 Pro Android 7.1 (Nougat) 5.7" 720 x 1440 HD+ display at 18:9 ratio 2.6...

Blackview BV9000 Pro Overview (SIM Free) Reasons to buy the Blackview BV9000 Pro Android 7.1 (No...

£279.00 £334.80 (inc VAT)
Huawei Mate 20 Lite

Buy Huawei Mate 20 Lite: SIM Free & Unlocked / UK Own Tomorrow. The latest AI-powered smartphone from Huawei, the Mate 20 Lite features a quad-camera...

Buy Huawei Mate 20 Lite: SIM Free & Unlocked / UK Own Tomorrow. The latest AI-powered smartph...

£274.99 £329.99 (inc VAT)
Was: £249.16 £298.99 (inc VAT)
Honor 10

Honor 10 (SIM Free / UK) Not content to simply emulate the top brands, Honor is now in a position to start dictating new features for smartphones....

Honor 10 (SIM Free / UK) Not content to simply emulate the top brands, Honor is now in a position...

£274.99 £329.99 (inc VAT)
Was: £333.33 £400.00 (inc VAT)
Pocophone F1 by Xiaomi

Buy Xiaomi Pocophone F1 SIM Free & Unlocked High-end smartphones are expensive. Or at least that's what the major manufacturers would have you believe. In...

Buy Xiaomi Pocophone F1 SIM Free & Unlocked High-end smartphones are expensive. Or at least t...

£274.17 £329.00 (inc VAT)
Was: £290.83 £349.00 (inc VAT)
Energizer Power Max P600S

Energizer Power Max P600S Overview   Full of modern features, the Energizer Power Max P600S is a modern smartphone with plenty of features, available for a wallet-friendly price....

Energizer Power Max P600S Overview   Full of modern features, the Energizer Power Max P600S is a ...

£266.66 £319.99 (inc VAT)
Samsung Galaxy A50

Samsung Galaxy A50 – SIM Free Overview With its triple rear cameras offering stunning photo opportunities, and a 6.4” Infinity-U Display. The Samsung Galaxy A50...

Samsung Galaxy A50 – SIM Free Overview With its triple rear cameras offering stunning photo oppor...

£257.76 £309.31 (inc VAT)
Archos Diamond Alpha

Archos Diamond Alpha (SIM Free / UK) The Archos Diamond Alpha gives you a high-end specification with superb craftsmanship and design in collaboration with Nubia....

Archos Diamond Alpha (SIM Free / UK) The Archos Diamond Alpha gives you a high-end specification ...

£255.55 £306.66 (inc VAT)
Energizer Hardcase Energy 520 LTE

Energizer Hardcase Energy 520 LTE Overview   Robust yet stylish, The Energizer Energy 520 LTE is a rugged phone with a modern form-factor. Built with an IP68 rating,...

Energizer Hardcase Energy 520 LTE Overview   Robust yet stylish, The Energizer Energy 520 LTE is ...

£249.99 £299.99 (inc VAT)
Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018 Edition)

Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018 Edition) SIM Free Prices The Galaxy A series has been designed for those who want to have a premium smartphone, without all...

Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018 Edition) SIM Free Prices The Galaxy A series has been designed for those ...

Discontinued
Oppo RX17 Neo

Oppo RX17 Neo The Oppo RX17 is a good mid-range device with a very exciting set of colour options. You can unlock your RX17 Neo instantly...

Oppo RX17 Neo The Oppo RX17 is a good mid-range device with a very exciting set of colour option...

£233.33 £280.00 (inc VAT)
Xiaomi Mi Max 3

Xiaomi Mi Max 3 SIM Free Overview Google Services Clove only stock Xiaomi products sourced from their official UK or European distribution channels. As such...

Xiaomi Mi Max 3 SIM Free Overview Google Services Clove only stock Xiaomi products sourced from t...

£229.17 £275.00 (inc VAT)

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Dual SIM smartphones

What is a dual SIM phone?

A dual SIM phone is one which can hold two separate SIM cards. Dual SIM mobile phones began appearing in the early 2000s, the first being the Benefon Twin in 2000.

Why would I want two SIM cards?

So you can have two phone numbers on one phone! Not everyone needs this, however, it can be very useful.

If you run a separate mobile number for work then you can handle both work and personal calls and messages from one device.

Those that travel or call abroad frequently may also benefit from specialised tariffs on a separate SIM card. Not having to swap the card every time you want to take advantage of your deal is a great convenience.

Who manufactures dual SIM phones?

Most major manufacturers now develop some Dual SIM devices, although it wasn't always this way. Telecommunications companies put pressure on popular manufacturers not to develop them, as it offered users the opportunity to use other providers.

For some time it was the case that only lesser-known manufacturers were making dual SIM devices, although now the likes of Samsung, HTC and Sony have some dual SIM devices in their ranges.

Why don't you have many dual SIM phones from the more popular manufacturers?

As we are based in the UK, we are limited to the stock we can receive. Unfortunately, in major Western markets, the telecoms companies still pressure the phone manufacturers not to release Dual SIM devices.

Often this means that they are only officially released in territories where the telecoms companies hold less power or are not established brands, such as many South American, African and Asian countries as well as some parts of Europe.

Are there different types of dual SIM?

Yes! There are 3 main types: Passive (DSS), Standby (DSDS) and Active (DSFA). Almost every dual SIM device you will see for sale at Clove is Standby (DSDS).

1) Dual SIM Passive: Can only ever receive calls and messages on one SIM at a time. The secondary SIM card is, essentially, 'off' until the user chooses to switch to it. This is sometimes referred to as Dual SIM Standby (DSS), not to be confused with the DSDS below.

2) Dual SIM Dual Standby (DSDS): The most common type of dual SIM phone available. There is still only one radio and antenna on the phone, however, the processor is advanced enough to manage both SIM cards being on at once. In this case when a call comes in on one card, the other is put in standby and cannot send/receive. As soon as the call is ended, both cards are again 'on' and able to send/receive.

3) Dual SIM Full Active (DSFA): Less common and more expensive than DSDS. With these phones, there are two radios and antennae in the phone - effectively two phones in one. In this case, when a call comes in, the other card is still active and can also receive a call. With a DSFA phone, you would have the opportunity to see that you have a second call coming in and then choose whether to hold the first one or dismiss the second.

What types of Dual SIM phones does Clove sell?

Unless otherwise stated, we sell the DSDS (Dual-Sim Dual-Standby) type Dual SIM phones.

DSFA (Active) phones tend to be quite expensive and are often specialised for particular applications or targeted primarily at enterprise customers rather than standard consumers.

If a phone Clove stocks is DSFA it will be explained in the specification and product description, otherwise, assume all Dual SIM phones we have for sale are DSDS.

If you have any questions then feel free to contact us on 44 (0)1202 552936 or email sales@clove.co.uk