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Nigeria and India Tops Countries With Most Dual SIM Phones

Dual SIM phones are no longer oddities. They can now be found everywhere and across all socio-economic classes. If you have ever wondered where dual SIM phones are used the most, here is a list of the top dual SIM phone countries in the world in Q2 2017.

In 2012, dual SIM smartphones were fast gaining grounds and there were already mid-range mobile phones with dual SIM functionality back then. We also published a feature article on that rise of dual SIM phones.

Fast forward five years to 2017 and no-one blinks about dual SIm phones any more. They have become a normal phenomenon all over the world.

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Why Carry A Dual SIM phone?

A dual SIM phone gives the user the flexibility to eat their cake and have it – enjoy favourable tariffs and benefits across two competing mobile networks. The benefits can include cost, quality of service, coverage, and more.

The first mobile phone to include dual SIM functionality was the Benefon Twin, in 2000 and hailed as “innovative” (source).

But it wasn’t until the mid to late 2000s that they began to gain grounds after small and often nameless Chines manufacturers began to push them hard. Then new and unknown smartphone manufacturers like TECNO were some of the earliest adopters. Major smartphone brands snubbed dual SIM phones till market demand forced them to shift position. The rest, as they say, is history.

Today, you will find dual SIM functionality in entry-level mobile phones, mid-rangers, and flagship level smartphones as well.

Which Are The Top Dual SIM Phone Countries In The World?

We have drawn up a table of the top 10 dual SIM phone countries in the world in mid 2017. The information is courtesy of DeviceAtlas who use share of mobile web traffic to draw up their statistics.


Dual SIM Phone Market Share

South Africa31.6%

Of course, mobile web traffic alone isn’t adequate to cover all scenarios. For example, there are millions of Nigerians and Indians with basic dual SIm mobile phones that have no internet capability. There are many with internet-ready dual SIM phones but who are not connected. So, the above table is not likely to represent the most accurate figures. But they are not misleading. The figures are a fair representation of the top dual SIM phone countries in the world.

The Pattern

Dual SIM phones are more prevalent in certain countries – emerging markets – than in more developed markets. The reasons for dual SIM adoption have been given earlier.

Personally, I use a dual SIM smartphone because of mobile data. Living in Nigeria means that one often has to switch mobile internet providers depending on location, dependability, and tariffs. My voice/SMS line is constant, but I require that second SIM slot in order to have flexibility for data.

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One comment

  1. I’m of the opinion that Nigeria should have been on the top list because almost all phones in Nigeria are dual SIMs.

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