While other handset manufacturers like Samsung and LG have had their own dual-SIM phones for quite some time now, Nokia just made the announcement earlier that theyâ€™re joining the party with the Nokia C1 and Nokia C2 (and no, itâ€™s not the bottled tea drink).
Of course, as expected, the dual-SIM handsets that Nokia is releasing are pretty basic and entry-level units (think sub-Php2k Nokia 1100).
The Nokia C1 has 3 sub-models (C1-00, C1-01 and C1-02) with the C1-00 being the cheapest among the three at around Php1,700 before taxes. The handset can run on standby for 6 weeks â€” the longest in any Nokia phone ever. Not really dual but double SIM (meaning, one SIM active at a time).
And when they said basic entry-level phone, they really mean no features except the ability to make calls and SMS plus FM radio. Thatâ€™s it! Oh, and a built-in flashlight.
The Nokia C2 has a bit more features in it â€” Bluetooth, VGA camera, WAP browsing and GPRS with the FM tuner capable of FM recording. The price isnâ€™t very far from the C1 at around Php2,500. Both SIM cards are active with one of the slots hot-swappable (can be switched or replaced anytime even while the phone is turned on).
Being the highest-selling mobile handset brand, I think itâ€™s high time for Nokia to give in to market demand. As I said in my previous entry (Why the resistance to dual-SIM phone?), other local handset brands (including the China phones) have already made a killing selling dual-SIM handsets. One dual-SIM distributor even proudly announced theyâ€™re selling 20,000 units a month of the MyPhone (and thatâ€™s just one distributor).
Units will be out sometime in 3rd quarter of 2010.