While not everyone is a fan of dual-SIM phones, there’re those who actually know the good side of a twin-SIM phone and for sure, they’d like to have one such Samsung Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+.
Samsung has always been market conscious and hence the continued release of dual-SIM variants of all of its phones, however, these models rarely hit the west. The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge have dual-SIM variants, but these models are officially sold in other markets such as Asia, Middle East and Africa. As for the U.S. and UK, bumping into a carrier-based S7 or S7 Edge is still a dream.
Of course, Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ will also have dual-SIM variants, probably where the microSD card slot doubles as the second SIM slot. However, the variants sold in the U.S. and UK will keep the second slot dedicated to the microSD card. So, why would Samsung sell the same phone but with different hardware configurations based on markets?
According to Tech Radar, sources close to Samsung and a U.S. carrier say that the likes of Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular have a lot of influence in the overall design of the phones sold in the U.S. The story is the same when it gets to the UK, with the country’s top carriers preferring to sell single-SIM units of all flagships.
Apparently, carriers make a lot of money through international plans. When they sell you a phone that has support for a second SIM card, they’ll be killing these profits – something they could never do. Here’s the thing, when you travel abroad and you are probably using AT&T’s basic international plan, the carrier only gives you 200MB for $40. For 100MB more, you need an extra $20. Verizon, on the other hand, will give you 100MB for $25.
The point here is that with 200MB or even 300MB, you can do quite a small package of things and you’ll be off net. But if your Samsung Galaxy S8 or even Apple iPhone 8, for example, supports a second SIM card, you won’t need to rely on your usual carrier for data and calls while traveling abroad. All you need is to buy another SIM card for use in the country you are shortly visiting, which will be a lot cheaper for you. On the contrary, it will be a huge loss for these U.S. and UK carriers.
In fact, the publication goes further to add that the influence that carriers have is even greater, where you probably won’t see a factory unlocked Samsung Galaxy S8 in the U.S. until after about three or four months. At launch, Samsung will give the carriers a head start before joining the party with its own unlocked models. It has happened before with the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S6 and it is bound to happen again.
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