What is the dual SIM and how does it work ?

Today, the dual SIM option has become commonplace in Asia. In Europe, more and more users want to enjoy it! The principle is simple: you can use several SIM at the same time on the same equipment.

Let’s see how useful it is and how you can enjoy it with Lebara!

Do you have a dual SIM smartphone?

First condition to be able to benefit from the dual SIM: have a compatible smartphone.

In general, when you buy a smartphone in Europe, it has a single SIM card slot. However, in recent years, a change has emerged: the dual SIM. Some smartphones now offer 2 slots for sim cards, they are called “dual SIM”.

Are you interested in the dual SIM options? Would you like to enjoy two Lebara SIM cards at the same time? Not all smartphones offer this option, so be sure to check before you buy your device.

The advantages of the dual SIM

Having two functional SIM cards in one device has several advantages.

Two numbers on the same smartphone

Owning a dual SIM smartphone means you can enjoy two separate lines in the same device. In other words, you save a lot of time and enjoy a significant comfort. You're just a few clicks away from one line to the next! Having two phone numbers is a definite advantage for professionals. Indeed, they can combine pro line and personal/private line without having to change device. The guarantee of tranquility!

An ideal option for commuters or expats

Are you a cross-border, expatriate or Erasmus student? Be aware that Lebara is present in several countries abroad. We are active in Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands and also in the United Kingdom. Dual SIM can allow you to obtain a Lebara France number AND a Lebara number from one of these countries. This option is particularly interesting for expatriates, students and border commuters who need to have a number of the 2 countries. Thus, you can be reached in all circumstances, benefit from a quality network and fulfill certain administrative conditions.

You can save money!

Having a dual SIM smartphone allows you to avoid the extra cost of a second mobile phone. The all-in-one is often one of the best everyday solutions!

Select your bundles according to your needs

Having a dual SIM allows you to choose two non-committing bundles to use according to your needs. You can choose one line for your Internet and International Passes, for example. Thus, you have a dedicated line for mobile internet or international. You can also choose one line for a mini or prepaid bundle and the other for a monthly bundle. Anything is possible!

How does a dual SIM mobile phone work?

To work properly with Lebara, your smartphone must be unlocked. This means that it must be unlocked and host any SIM card. If you purchased it under subscription condition from an operator, you will have to request its unlocking.

Is your smartphone unlocked? Then you can insert your 2 Lebara SIM cards. Generally, SIM 1 and SIM 2 slots are well delimited and visible. However, for some manufacturers, the SIM 2 slot can be confusing. Indeed, it was noticed that some “SIM 2” ports were intended to introduce an SD card. Be sure to set up your phone properly in this case.

After the introduction of your 2 SIM, it’s very simple! Sometimes you just need to define a distinctive color for the SIM and you can switch from one to the other in a few clicks. On Android, to set your preferences, simply:

  • access the phone settings ;

  • activate both SIM slots if required ;

  • on your screen will appear 3 preferences for: mobile data, phone calls and messages/SMS. The SIM selected will be active.


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