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Poll: Do you use Dual-SIM Phones?

Relevance: 100%      Posted on: July 5, 2010

The introduction of triple SIM phones this year made me wonder how far dual-SIM phones have already penetrated mobile phone market. I'd like to do a poll on that just to see how's the handset mix look like. So out poll asks -- Do you use Dual-SIM Phones? Here's the options you can choose from: Yes, I use dual-SIM phones. No, but I use 2 or more phones at a time. Don't need one. I only have 1 number. I'm on triple SIM now. What's a dual-SIM phone? I've added this in our poll at the sidebar on the right.…

Why mobile phones have no AM Radio?

Relevance: 91%      Posted on: October 15, 2008

About a year ago, I asked the guys at Nokia Singapore why they don't have AM radio tuners to pair with the millions of FM tuner capable phones they develop. I thought the answer was in the north of physics, something that had to do with frequency modulation and amplitude modulation. I guessed wrong. The truth is, it's largely got to do with market demand. Who would want to use AM radio on their phones? I told them, AM radio is still hot and raging in the Philippines especially with regular folks that listen to news. The other day, one…

Game of Phones: If Mobile Phones were Characters in Westeros!

Relevance: 90%      Posted on: July 9, 2014

Smartphone geek? Game of Thrones fan? Some of us from YugaTech seem to be both, and we connected the lines between the two. Say hello to Game of Phones: If Operating Systems were Characters in Westeros! Click on image to enlarge (may contain spoilers) From the richest and the premium, the market-disrupting smartphones from North of the Wall to an army building up from Essos holding the powers of PureView and a few dragons - we have you covered. A lot of things won't perfectly fit as you'd expect, and a lot of houses aren't to be found here, but these are the…

Why the resistance to dual-SIM mobile phones?

Relevance: 90%      Posted on: March 29, 2010

For some time now, dual SIM phones have been hot among the masses. Majority of the handsets that have these are China phones or locally branded ones like MyPhone, Cherry Mobile or Torque. I actually wrote a similar entry last year -- Why Dual-SIM phones aren’t picking up? I remember, about 8 year ago, people would go to Greenhills and have their Nokia phones converted to dual SIM phones. It involved a replacement part attached at the back of the handset and makes the battery compartment bulging at the back. Then we got them dual-SIM China-phones that are uber-cheap with…

Why Dual-SIM phones aren’t picking up?

Relevance: 90%      Posted on: March 21, 2009

Someone asked me why I don't use dual-SIM phones instead of carrying 2 or 3 phones at a time. I said that if there were only high-end phones that support dual-SIM, I might consider using them. So the question popped up -- why aren't dual-SIM phones picking up? They've been here for years, even started with custom modules for Nokia 5110 and 6110 many years ago (the one that you turn off and on whenever you want to switch active SIM). Even today, there are very few manufacturers and even phone models that support dual-SIM. Of course, that does not…

Nokia responds: Entry into Dual SIM Phones

Relevance: 88%      Posted on: June 15, 2010

We had a couple of interviews with various top executives of Nokia SEA yesterday and one of the number of questions I asked revolved around their introduction of dual/double SIM phones. My questions were worded to the effect -- "why these and why now?". Executives believe they are not really late in getting into the dual SIM market considering that a lot of regions do not favor this kind of market. It's primarily because of telco subsidies and handset exclusivity (and thus, the seemingly limited demand for these types of phones). Likewise, Nokia believes that people who tend to use…

Poll: How often do you switch phones?

Relevance: 86%      Posted on: February 14, 2009

There was some theory going around that major phone manufacturers had to introduce brand new phone models every so often because survey says the average lifetime of a phone in the hands of consumers is about 8 months. I'm not sure if there is truth in this but based on my observations with friends and relatives, that number is not very far off. People tend to switch phones very often so manufacturers have to hurry up introducing new ones before each cycle ends. I'd like to take that theory into a test a do a little poll here -- how…

Smartphones out-shipped feature-phones last quarter

Relevance: 84%      Posted on: April 29, 2013

Last month we shared with you guys IDC’s prediction for last quarter that smartphones’ increasing popularity in the market will result to a groundbreaking overturn of it out-shipping feature phones for the first time in history. Well, the research firm was spot on their hunch as seen on their recent research result. There’s a 4% year-over-year growth in the global mobile phone market, with manufacturer shipping a total of 418.6 million units last quarter. But what’s astonishing in IDC’s recent findings is that more than half (51.6% to be exact) of the phones sold last quarter are smartphones which equates…

Microsoft Continuum for Phones, turns any display into a Windows 10 PC

Relevance: 83%      Posted on: April 30, 2015

Along with Microsoft Edge, Microsoft has also announced Continuum for Phones, a feature that allows Windows 10 phones to function like a Windows 10 desktop PC on any external display. What Continuum does is it allows a Windows 10 smartphone to connect to any external display and make it behave like a Windows 10 desktop PC. On that display you will be navigating very familiar interface which includes the Start Menu with tiles. From there you can use a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse to control the interface and run apps from your phone like MS Office and Outlook mail client…

Do you like glass-backed phones?

Relevance: 82%      Posted on: January 8, 2013

Glass backs are becoming a trend in the world of smartphones, but there has been a lot of talk about it on every corner. Some say it’s not practical at all, while some will continue to argue that it’s beautiful to look at and it gives the device a premium feel. Let’s take a look back at the iPhone 4. The iPhone 4 was one of the best designed phones that ever existed, and it still is. However, not everyone was happy about the glass design that Apple has implemented on the phone. Some complained about the susceptibility of the…