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[Deal Alert] Dual-SIM Samsung Galaxy S9+ drops to $699.99 on eBay

We're not even two months away from the first day the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ officially went on sale, but we've already seen plenty of deals on these smartphones. Both of Samsung's latest flagship phones are solid contenders for the contents of your wallet, and now the dual-SIM variant of the S9+ is here to tempt you at $699.99 on eBay. That's the lowest price we've seen so far.

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[Deal Alert] Dual-SIM Samsung Galaxy S9 $659.99 (SM-G960F/DS) on eBay

The Samsung Galaxy S9 comes in slightly different variants, depending on which part of the world it was intended to be sold in. Whereas the version designed for the US market comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chip inside, Galaxy S9 devices sold internationally all feature Samsung's Exynos 9810 chips instead. Many consider the Exynos devices superior due to their edge in performance (and better development), but others prefer them because they're the only version that can be purchased with dual-SIM support.

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[Deal Alert] Dual-SIM Galaxy S9+ down to $754.99 on eBay

For a couple of years now, Samsung has sold their flagships with Snapdragon chips in the US and Exynos chips everywhere else. The performance (and development, interestingly enough) is superior on the Exynos models nowadays, and the dual-SIM capabilities of these SM-G965F/DS variants can often come in handy. You can now pick up a dual-SIM S9+ for $754.99, which is lower than previous deals we've posted about.

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[Deal Alert] Seller refurbished Samsung Galaxy S8 for $411.84 and S8+ for $483.84 (around $200 off), deals on new dual-SIM models too

The new Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ already came out earlier this year, but if you're not overly enticed by Samsung's new flagships or prefer to save a few hundred dollars and get something that's slightly less cutting-edge, you might consider purchasing last year's Galaxy S8 or S8+. If that sounds like you, you'll be pleased to know there are a few deals on eBay that'll net you an unlocked S8 or S8+ (either new or refurbished) starting at just $411.84.

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Thuraya announces X5-Touch, the first satellite smartphone

Thuraya Telecommunications Company announced the world's first satellite smartphone, the Thuraya X5-Touch, at its partner conference in Dubai today, according to a press release. Thuraya is targeting the phone at "users who frequently move in and out of terrestrial coverage," like government and non-profit workers.

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[Deal Alert] Dual-SIM Samsung Galaxy S9+ (SM-G965F/DS) for $769.99 on eBay

The Galaxy S9 and S9+, Samsung's flagships for 2018, went on sale last month (just three weeks ago, in fact), but you can already find good deals online if you don't want to pay the full MSRP. Just last week, eBay posted a deal on the Galaxy S9 and S9+ for $709.99 and $819.99, respectively, which comes out to between $10 and $20 less than buying directly from Samsung, plus any additional tax savings. Today, we've got another eBay deal on the dual-SIM version of the Galaxy S9+ for just $769.99, a total savings of $70.

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[Update: S9 now $674.99, S9+ $784.99] Deal alert: Dual-SIM Galaxy S9 $709.99, S9+ $819.99 on eBay

Many people swear by the Exynos versions of Samsung's Galaxy flagships, as performance is often better and there's more development. Others require a phone with the ability to use two SIM cards at once. If you belong to either (or both) of those parties, you may want to have a look at these deals for the dual-SIM Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ on eBay.

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[Deal Alert] Dual-SIM Galaxy Note8 falls to all-time low of $699.99 ($200 off) on eBay

We just posted a deal on the dual-SIM versions of the Galaxy S9 and S9+ yesterday, but now the Note8 has been discounted by the same seller. The current price of $699.99 makes this cheaper than both the S9 and S9+, and this is the lowest price we've ever seen for a dual-SIM Note8.

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Android Messages adds RCS support for dual SIM phones

A few months ago, Cody discovered in a teardown of Android Messages that the app would start supporting RCS on dual-SIM phones. Up until recently, if you had a device with a dual-SIM slot, you couldn't get the RCS features to work in Messages even if you had only one SIM inserted and it came from an operator who already implemented RCS. Now, support is finally rolling out to them.

We were first alerted to this by tipster Truls Monsen who was able to activate RCS in Android Messages 2.9.051 on a Moto G5 and G5 Plus for the first time, both unlocked devices with dual SIM support and having a SIM from Telenor.

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Google Phone v15 adds assisted dialing for international travelers, white nav bar, and possibly pre-call support for dual-SIM phones [APK Teardown]

An update to Google's Phone app began rolling out to users earlier today. Besides enabling the seamless video calling feature with Duo, which also works on v14, this update comes with a few additions of its own. The previously discussed Assisted Dialing feature for international travelers has been enabled and is ready to make life a little easier, and users on Android 8.1 will now see the white navigation bar that's been creeping into a few of Google's apps. If you're using a dual-SIM phone, you might also be getting the option to pick your SIM immediately before a call, though this might not be live yet.

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