As we today strive to achieve a balance between our professional and personal lives, the idea of having a dual-SIM phone would seem more than appealing to many. After all, wouldn’t it be a great scenario to have one device that can allow us to use two separate phone numbers at workplace and home, simultaneously?
And add to that the fact that the increasingly competitive price range being offered by telecoms service providers would be worth considering to go in for a dual-SIM device, wherein one can gain from different pricing plans for data usage on the move, as well as for calls and text messages to specific locations.
Many of you, we believe, would have been thinking of buying a dual-SIM phone that can support GSM and CDMA SIM cards at the same time. Keeping that mind, we have compiled a list, herewith, of nine affordable (priced not more than Rs.7,000) dual-SIM (GSM+CDMA) phones currently available in India. Read our earlier story on dual SIM cell phones in India
Price: Rs. 3,200
What you get: Measuring 107.7 x 44.37 x 14.5mm and weighing 100gms, the Micromax GC275 lets you use both CDMA and GSM SIM cards simultaneously, ensuring that your personal life doesn’t clash with your professional life.
This candy bar phone comes with a camera and a 4.4-cm TFT display that renders up to 65,000 colors. Apart from the customary stereo FM feature, audiophiles get a preloaded music player that supports audio files in multiple formats such as MP3, AMR, MIDI, WAV, etc. Plus, Micromax has packed in a video player (AVI/3GP/MP4) and recorder into this dual-SIM device. Users can wirelessly transfer songs and other files through Bluetooth. The Micromax GC275 GSM+CDMA dual SIM cell phone is compatible with GPRS and WAP. Read about the latest dual SIM mobile phones in India
The GC275 has a microSD card slot that allows you to expand the phone’s memory to up to 2GB. A Li-ion 800mAh battery is touted to deliver a talk time of as much as 6.6hours (GSM) and 3.5hours (CDMA).
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Model: KKT 30
Price: Rs. 3,539
What you get: The Lava KKT 30 is a dual-SIM (GMS+CDMA) device that supports Hindi language. Sporting a 2.4-inch TFT screen (262K color) and a 3D user interface, this phone comes with a 5-way navigation key–including a one-touch FM Radio button. A FM recording functionality makes it possible for you to record that favorite chartbuster ruling the airwaves.
Running on a Li-Ion 1150 mAh battery, the KKT 30 offers several multimedia features such as a multiformat music player (MP3/MIDI/AMR/WAV), a video player (with recording option), dual surround speakers and a voice recorder. You also get a 1.3-megapixel camera. The phone, which can store 800 phonebook contacts and 120 SMSes, has a microSD card slot that lets users expand the device’s memory to up to 8GB.
Connectivity options for the Lava KKT 30 GSM+CDMA dual SIM mobile phone include USB and Bluetooth with A2DP (a profile that enables you to transfer audio files from a phone or PC to a set of Bluetooth headphones or stereo system).
Price: Rs. 3,900
What you get: Get a local phone number for frequent traveling and avoid roaming bills with the Spice QT-56, which is a flexi dual-SIM device that gives one the option of going in for either a GSM+CDMA or GSM+GSM combination.
As its name suggests, this bar-shaped phone comes with a QWERTY keypad and a 2.2-inch TFT display that renders a resolution of 176 x 220 pixels. Social networking and messaging buffs can stay connected with their buddies and get real-time status updates, thanks to preloaded applications like Nimbuzz and ibibo.
On the entertainment front, there is an MP3 Player and a wireless FM with recording feature. You also get a digital camera with video recording and playing option. A microSD memory card slot allows users to enhance the device’s storage capacity to up to 4GB.
Sporting a bright LED torch, the Spice QT-56 GSM+CDMA dual SIM cell phone is Bluetooth-enabled, too. A 1000 mAh battery is claimed to ensure talk time of up to 3 hours.
Model: KC 750
Price: Rs. 3,964
What you get: Weighing 96.5gms and measuring 113x51x14.5mm, the Karbonn KC 750 features a 2.4-inch screen that supports 262K colors and has a native resolution of 240 x 320 pixels.
One highlight of this device is a built-in 3MP camera. Multimedia features come in the form of an MP3 player (MP3, AAC, WB AMR, Midi, AAC+, eAAC); a video player with recording option (MPEG-4, 3GP); an FM radio (one-touch FM key). Store up to 1000 contacts on the phonebook and as many as SMSes. An internal memory of 25MB can be expanded to up to 4GB.
Gaming fans can enjoy their favorite games, as the KC 750 is JAVA-enabled. Connectivity options for the Karbonn KC750 GSM+CDMA phone include USB, Bluetooth with A2DP Support and PC Sync. A 1050mAh battery is said to deliver talk time of 7 hours (GSM) and 3.5 hours (CDMA).
Model: D-88 Gold
Price: Rs. 4,355
What you get: The Spice D-88 Gold is a dual-SIM (GSM+CDMA) candy bar phone, measuring 107 x 47 x 15mm and weighing almost 90gms.
One of the USPs of this device is that it is compliant with the CDMA Development Group’s ‘Open Market Handset (OMH)’ initiative, meaning an user can buy and use an OMH cell phone across any OMH-compliant operator network. So you no longer have to be tied to a specific CDMA operator to use their service. All one needs to do is to insert any CDMA SIM Card, and voilà, the phone automatically detects its settings!
Another highlight of this Spice phone is that it can–thanks to an integrated HID technology–act as a Remote Control for your notebook or PC. So if you want to edit that important PowerPoint presentation or access multimedia files in the computer or laptop, all you’ve to do is to click a button on the phone–and you get going!
True to its name, the Spice D-88 Gold’s finish frame, menu design, wall papers etc. are all draped in gold color. The device comes with a 2-inch, 262K TFT color display (176 x 220 pixels). The phone can store as many as 1000 contacts and up to 570 SMSes. Overall memory capacity can be enhanced to up to 2GB using a microSD card.
Other salient specifications of the Spice D-88 GSM+CDMA mobile phone include FM with Recording, Bluetooth with A2DP, a 1.3MP camera, Opera Mini Web browser, Java support and a Li+ 800 mAh battery.
Price: Rs. 4,800
What you get: The Olive Buzz V-GC800 is a triple-SIM device that allows you to carry two GSM and one CDMA SIM card simultaneously.
Measuring 115 x 51 x 16mm, this phone is largely targeted at the trendy youth who want to stay connected on a real-time basis. Preloaded apps for quick access to social networking hotspots like Twitter and Facebook, as well as a built-in Instant Messaging client help users chat, upload pictures and send status updates–all while on the move.
For surfing the Web, there is the Opera Mini browser, while one can check e-mails through a preinstalled WAP browser. The phone is GPRS-enabled as well. Read more about the Olive V-GC800 dual SIM mobile
You get a 2.2-inch color screen (320 x 240 pixels) and a QWERTY keypad. The Olive V-GC800 GSM+CDMA dual SIM cell phone can store 1000 phonebook entries, with the memory expandable to up to 4GB. Other key features include a 2MP camera (with video capture function); Bluetooth with A2DP; a digital audio player; video player; FM radio and a 1100 mAh battery.
Price: Rs. 5,100
What you get: The Intex In5050 is a dual-SIM (GSM+CDMA) phone that gives you FM Radio, a preinstalled audio and video player and dual speaker. The device can also act as a modem, allowing users to browse the Internet on a GSM network.
Weighing 88gms, the phone sports a 5.5cm 262K screen and has a 1.3-megapixel camera. The built-in video camera can capture stills at a resolution of 176 x 220 pixels. You can transfer files through Bluetooth (with A2DP) and USB. Related: Intex to launch India’s cheapest Android phone
A preloaded mobile tracker app on the Intex IN5050 GSM+CDMA dual SIM mobile phone allows users to locate their phone in case it’s lost. One can store as many as 1000 phonebook contacts. The device’s memory is expandable to up to 2GB via a microSD card. A 1200mAh Li-ion battery is touted to ensure a talk time of up to 160 minutes. Read more about Intex dual SIM mobile phones
What you get: Measuring 106 x 45.5 x 15.5mm, the black colored Videocon VC1424 is triple-SIM device that allows you to use two GSM phone numbers and one CDMA card at the same time.
Equipped with a 2-inch TFT display (176 x 220 pixels), the phone offers an MP3 player, an audio recorder, dual stereo speakers, as well as FM radio (with recording). A so-called ‘Background Noise Simulation’ functionality recreates the ambience of specific locations–such as restaurants, bus stands, etc.–by generating sounds and effects similar to those environments.
The VC1424 GSM+CDMA dual SIM mobile phone, which can store as many as 500 phonebook entries and 400 SMSes, has a microSD card slot that allows users to expand the memory to up to 4GB. If your phone has been stolen, then needn’t panic. This dual-SIM Videocon device enables you to lock the phone remotely and retrieve all contacts to another alternate number. After this is done, one can remotely wipe out all data from the stolen phone, merely by texting a message to the device from the alternate number.
Expect a 1.3MP camera with video recording feature. The Videocon VC1424, which is GPRS- and WAP-enabled, offers support for Bluetooth. A 1000 mAh battery promises a talk time of 3 hours.
Model: Duos 259
Price: Rs. 7,000
What you get: Measuring 115.5 x 48 x 15.9 mm and weighing 110gms, the Duos 259 is a dual-SIM phone that supports two card slots–GSM and CDMA. Like the Spice D-88 Gold, this Samsung device, too, supports the OMH initiative, meaning you can use it across any OMH-compliant CDMA network. Read about Samsung dual SIM phones in India
The bar-shaped Duos 259 comes with a 2.2-inch, 262K color TFT screen that renders a resolution of 176 x 220 resolutions. Access Stereo FM radio (with auto tune facility of as many as 30 stations) and recorder with a one-touch button. One also gets a built-in music player and video player, which support most file formats like MP3, MPEG4, 3GP, AAC & AAC+. You can enjoy games on the Java-enabled phone, too.
For photo enthusiasts, there is a 1.3MP camera with video recording option. The shooter supports digital zoom, and has multiple shot modes–including Single Shot, Continuous Shot, Mosaic Shot and Frame Shot.
Connectivity options for the Samsung Duos 259 GSM+CDMA dual SIM phone include Bluetooth, USB 1.1 and PC Sync Application. An internal memory of 40MB can be expanded using a microSD card. A 1140 mAh battery is said to deliver a talk time of up to nearly 5 hours.
There’s our list of the cheapest GSM+CDMA dual SIM mobile phones in India for you – hope it helps you take your decision!