The Essential Guide to Choosing a Dual SIM Adapter

If you are travelling internationally and wish to purchase a local SIM, then you might wonder where to keep your home SIM. If you have a dual SIM phone, then you can slot it in alongside, and remain contactable on both numbers. Most smartphones however are not dual SIM, including iPhones. The solution is to use a dual SIM adapter.

Dual SIM adapters allow you to use two SIM cards in a phone that was intended for one. This avoids the annoyance of having two phones in your pocket and allows you to keep your current handset. If you want to use an iPhone with two SIMs, then this is your only option.

Dual SIM adaptors are very cheap, but some are better than others, and there are two different kinds on the market, those that are inserted into the SIM card slot, and attach to an extra SIM that is clipped on to the back of the phone, and external adaptors that are connected via Bluetooth.

Internal Dual SIM Adapter

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Internal flex cable Dual SIM adapter

These plug into the existing SIM slot in your phone, and allow you to add another SIM on the exterior of the phone, without adding too much bulk so that it can still fit into a case. These tend to be unique to your phone, so you need to buy one that is specific to your model.

External Dual SIM Adapter

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The WorldSIM External Dual SIM Adapter


External Bluetooth Dual SIM Adapters are the more expensive option, these are credit card-sized devices that accommodate an extra SIM, and connect it your phone via Bluetooth. This SIM is then operated through an app, which allows your phone to also be used as normal with your usual SIM. You can place the device in a separate pocket, in your wallet, or in a bag, anywhere within around 10 metres.

I have looked at the best dual SIM adapters available on the market today and picked out three key recommendations:

NeeCoo Bluetooth Dual SIMCard Adapter

The NeeCoo Bluetooth Dual SIM Adapter allows you to add mobile functions to iPad or iPod devices, but also to add another SIM card to iPhones. This is compatible only with Apple products and requires iOS 7.0 or newer for iPhones.

It also has a useful second function as a remote control shutter for taking pictures away from your phone, and a built-in battery with 4 hrs talk time.

72 hours standby, 4 hours talk time

Buy on Amazon


dual sim adapter - hamlet

Hamlet iDualSIM Adapter

The Hamlet iDualSIM adapter is another popular option, including several bonus functions like remote self-timer and call blacklisting, all in a very compact package. Again, this is only for iPhone, iPad and iPod.

300 hours standby, 2 hours talk time

Buy on Amazon


dual sim adapter

Magic Internal Dual SIMCard Adapter

MagicSIM offer a range of internal adapters that are designed for specific phones. They often include a case which contains both phone and adapter, and allow you to switch between SIMs without restarting the phone.

Warning: Using this adapter incorrectly can damage the spring pins that hold the SIM in place. Exercise care when installing it.

About the Author

george gallowayHaving grown up in deepest darkest Scotland, George graduated in Media & Communications, and promptly escaped to a life on the road. He is currently based in Costa Rica, Where he writes mainly about travel, technology, and environmental issues.


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