More than 78% of Indians use dual-SIM mobile phones, a recent study by price comparison service Pricebaba.com has found. For the study , Pricebaba had tracked a total of 1126 mobile devices in the country. The Android operating system has emerged as the most popular operating system and out of the total products tracked by, 855 run on Android. The study found 695 dual-SIM phones run on the Android OS representing 81.3 of the total number of devices on Android.
Pricebaba also found that Karbonn has the most number of dual-SIM devices on the market with 61 followed by Micromax with 58, Lava with 56, and Xolo with 54. It is interesting to note that Micromax, Intex, Spice and Celkon offer only dual-SIM phones.
Pricebaba also found that the average price of a dual-SIM phones is 3.6 times less than a single SIM phone. The company cited that most phones in the lower price segment have two slots while the higher-end flagship phones do not. The cheapest Dual-SIM device was was the Micromax Joy series which starts at Rs 699 while the most expensive dual-SIM device was the HTC One E8 priced at Rs 32,000.
The Yu Yureka phone emerged as the most popular product which was searched on Pricebaba followed by the Samsung Z1 and Samsung Galaxy Core Prime G360H. The company had a larger data pool for this and based this on searches by 4.5 million users.
Anecdotally, Pricebaba found a few reasons for the popularity of dual-SIM phones in India. Some of them are:
- Separate work and personal life. Many people opt to keep their work and personal communication separate, thus having different SIM cards for different purposes.
- Frequent travellers and people who relocate to different cities prefer to keep different SIM cards for different cities. For some it is about retaining their existing number, for others it’s about saving money.
- Better plans & coverage. Even within the same city, users tend to prefer using two operators to maximise their savings, as two operators can have unique benefits (calls, SMS, data). For some it’s about maximising the network coverage.
- A lot of devices are Dual SIM. A large number of people end up owning a Dual SIM phone because there’s a good chance the smartphone they buy will have two SIM slots. They may not end up using two SIM cards.