Hi, Ive been following this thread for quite sometime... I live in Hong Kong, adn this is one city / area of the world where everyone definately needs more than one SIM card, becuase living in HK can easily mean living in 3-4 other countries. I for myself, am travelling between Hong Kong (+852), Macau (+853), China (+86), Taiwan (+886) and Thailand (+66).
I constantly carry 2 phones on me. One is a blackberry and is my main line in HK - however the SIM card in my blackberry currently carries two numbers (a special service by telecom companies here to aid in our dynamic lifestyles called "1Card 2Numbers"); meaning one SIM card has an HK number attached to it as well as a China number. Meaning when Im in HK, my friends in China can call my China number and even when my person is in HK, I can pick up as a local call and vice versa - no long distance rate applies.
However, Im also using a lower model Samsung (D880) phone which enables dual GSM SIM card, but is not a smart phone.. I need this phone because I have another "1Card 2Numbers" SIM card, but this time, the bonding is not 'HK+China', but rather 'HK+Macau'. I then use the remaining SIM card slot for a Taiwanese SIM card that is roaming constantly while im not in Taiwan (as Taiwan doesnt have 1Card2Number SIM card services like China&HK&Macau has.
I have 1 blackberry with 1 SIMcard w/2 numbers (hk/china)
I have a cheap low model D880 Samsung with the 1st SIMcards w/2 numbers (hk/Macau) and the 2nd SIMcard w/1 number (Taiwan). So Im carrying 5 numbers in total on 2 phones.
So basically the only phone I have that I can use to surf in the internet is the Blackberry..which I will never give up because of its still unrivalled keyboard, and messaging speed / email reliabilities. I am unwilling and cannot possibly carry a 3rd phone. So as much as I envy with all my heart as ppl around me are playing nonstop with their iP4s (i hate iPhones with a passion!) or androids, I am still waiting for a proper android to be released with DUAL SIM (2xGSM) to be out no matter the cost... My heart nearly stopped when my cousin busted out the new i909 Galaxy , I picked it up and was so amazed by its weight and comfort. I thought the skies have parted for me... only to realise its a Dual SIM for 1 GSM+ 1 CDMA card!
Im not sure WHY these carriers keep making DUAL SIM phones for GSM+CDMA, but Im with you guys in declaring "I desperately NEED an ANDROID dual SIM card smart phone!!"
I thought I found one in the Samsung i9000 Mini Galaxy.... but I think its a fakefrom China... Maybe u guys can tell better than I.
BUT, I think I might have found a Dual Sim (2xGSM) smart phone.... however it doesnt use android, it uses windows instead.
Its the SH81iUC from Sharp. Jech, Please check it out and advise.