SocBlue turns your smartphone into a multi-SIM phone
Are you one of those who need dual-SIM capabilities but do not want to buy a dual-SIM phone? SocBlue’s dual-SIM adapter will do that for you in a package that’s no bigger than a credit card.
SocBlue is a dual standby SIM card adapter that lets you insert two regular GSM SIM cards, giving you SMS and calling capabilities on your Bluetooth-enabled phone, PMP or tablet.
The first thing you’ll notice about the SocBlue is its small and thin design. It is 85.6mm tall, 54.9mm wide and 7.8mm thick and it’s very light too. On the left and right are SIM trays that can be released using a pin similar to the one used on iPhones. On top is the power button and reset button and at the bottom is the 30-pin port similar to old iOS devices (comes with a cable). On the front is the device logo that lights up in white, blue and red depending on what cellular service you are using.
Setup is fairly simple and the instructions are easy to follow. iOS devices need to be jailbroken because you will need to add a repository on Cydia to install the SocBlue program. For Android, you will need an Android terminal and download a client. For this hands-on we used a jailbroken iPod Touch 4th gen running iOS 5.1.1.
Once installed you will see the SocBlue icon on your phone. Turn on your Bluetooth then open the app to connect to the device. You can then sync your SIM contacts to your phone and start sending texts and make calls right away using its own but very familiar phone interface.
The device vibrates when you receive calls and texts. As for quality, out of ten text messages sent only two were delayed. Call quality is good and reliable provided that you have a strong signal in your area. As for Bluetooth range, I was able to receive quality calls and on-time text messages as long as I’m in the same room with the device.
The only issue I had with the device is that there’s no clear indication if it’s running out of battery or already full when plugged to a power outlet. The only clue you’ll get is a small blue icon on the upper right to let you know that you’re still connected. With regards to battery life, I charged the device for two hours and I was able to use it for one whole day without any problem. Of course, that depends on usage. I’m more of a text guy so if you’re heavy on calls, expect this one to drain fast.
Overall, my experience with SocBlue is great. It’s really portable that you can just slip it inside your pocket or your bag then forget about it. With a selling price of Php4,500, this will surely handle your dual-SIM fix.
The SocBlue dual-SIM adapter is available via HotGadgets on Sulit.com.ph.