Almost all the GSM phones released in North America have a single SIM card, but there are a lot of areas of the world where having a dual-SIM device is a big advantage. These devices can utilize two networks at the same time for calls, data, and SMS. For when two just isn't enough, LG is going to soon offer phones with three SIM slots.
LG is teaming up with MediTek to create the new triple-SIM devices, which will almost certainly never arrive in the US. We don't even have three legitimate GSM networks to connect to. The devices will essentially be capable of grabbing data from one network, receiving an SMS on a second, and having a voice call on a third all at the same time.
The companies didn't say if the triple-SIM device were going to be unique one-off phones, or tweaked variants of standard single-SIM models. But if you just love SIM cards, LG has your back. Full PR below.
HSINCHU, July 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- MediaTek Inc., a leading fabless semiconductor company for wireless communications and digital multimedia solutions, today announced the world's first triple-SIM technology for 3G Android smartphones. The cutting-edge solution, which comes in response to widespread demand for multi-SIM devices in emerging markets, was recently commercialized in Brazil by Optimus L4II smartphone from LG Electronics.
Building on the success of its popular dual-SIM predecessor, 3G Triple-SIM technology allows for three SIM cards to be used simultaneously. Each can receive calls, transmit data, send SMS messages and remain in standby mode concurrently without consuming excessive battery life.
A key feature of the 3G Triple-SIM solution is its high level of stability, which prevents the occurrence of dropped or poor-quality calls, and reaffirms MediaTek's reputation as the leading producer of multi-SIM chipset technologies.
"MediaTek has long provided state-of-art solutions for multi-SIM mobile devices. 3G triple-SIM is yet another example of that," says Brian Kwon, Head of Product Planning Group from LG Electronics. "Thanks to its groundbreaking technology, our new smartphones will significantly expand the connectivity options of our customers, and in so doing allow them to take advantage of multiple tariff plans."
Beyond its pioneering technology, the 3G Triple-SIM technology also serves as a turnkey solution for manufacturers through its built-in user interface, which enables end-users to directly adjust or turn off the multi-SIM function if and when desired.
"In many emerging markets, multi-SIM support has become an absolute requirement. By creating a comprehensive total solution packed with premium features and advanced technologies, MediaTek is not only catering to end-user needs, but also attracting the attention of the world's tier-one device makers," says Jeffrey Ju, GM of MediaTek's Smartphone Business Unit. "With our long line of exciting new products in the works, we expect to bring many more affordable-premium mobile device solutions to emerging markets and others in the near future."