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    • easy
    • By easy 19th Apr 17, 7:48 PM
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    Dual sim phone, more complicated than I thought, anyone help?
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    • 19th Apr 17, 7:48 PM
    Dual sim phone, more complicated than I thought, anyone help? 19th Apr 17 at 7:48 PM
    Need someone who is a bit techy to help with this please.
    I have a personal phone contract with Tesco, had it for years, love it.
    I have a PAYG Sim from Three, which is used so that I can work from home/ have flexible office hours. It is a number which can be given to my company's customers, so they can call me. I don't use any data on it, and very rarely call/text out, as I have plenty of capacity to do that on my personal contract if necessary - or I call them when I am back in the office. I chose Three because any money we put on the sim doesn't expire after a month, AND because they have WiFi calling (Three in Touch), useful cos mobile reception in my house can be a bit dodgy.

    So for the last few months I've been carrying 2 phones about with me, a pain in the bum. I've treated myself to a shiny new Moto g5 which takes 2 sims. my intention was that my tesco sim would be my Primary sim - all outgoing calls/texts and data would use that sim, and the Three sim would be secondary, simply there to receive calls.

    BUT .... the Three sim won't work as the secondary sim. After a lot of faffing about and chats with three support over twitter, I find that this is because whichever sim is set as the secondary sim only uses 2g - and Three no longer uses 2g - so I can't make this work as I'd like to.

    So .. techy experts out there - do you know if any of the networks still support 2g, and have wifi calling (is that even technically possible)? If they also have PAYG which doesn't expire that would be icing on the cake - but I think I'm pushing the boundaries too far with that .

    I feel like a right chump at the moment, cos the dual sim phone was a right waste of money
    I try not to get too stressed out on the forum. I won't argue, i'll just leave a thread if you don't like what I say.
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    • devizes18193
    • By devizes18193 20th Apr 17, 4:09 PM
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    I have a wiley fox swift witch runs plusnet and three for data on sim 2 wich works fine on 3g/4g
    • d123
    • By d123 20th Apr 17, 6:34 PM
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    I have a wiley fox swift witch runs plusnet and three for data on sim 2 wich works fine on 3g/4g
    Originally posted by devizes18193
    You can have 3G/4G on both sims at the same time? Other users of the Swift (and reviews) have said it's 2G on the non-data sim...
    Dave
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    • bubieyehyeh
    • By bubieyehyeh 20th Apr 17, 10:10 PM
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    Your supposition is right, the G5 has had cost cutting and uses older dual sim hardware that only allows 2G on sim2.
    Originally posted by d123
    Oh that is a shame, I was considering MotoG5 for my next phone, no longer.

    I'm now hoping the nokia 6 has the MotoG4 like functionality after reading "Support 3g/4g dual sim dual standby" in http://www.gsmarena.com/nokia_6_starts_getting_android_711_update-news-24537.php
    Last edited by bubieyehyeh; 20-04-2017 at 10:14 PM.
    • mrcamp
    • By mrcamp 24th Apr 17, 11:48 AM
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    All the mentiones here are correct - Regarding most dual sim phones supporting 2G ONLY on sim 2. Rendered sim 2 on my ASUS zenfone 2 useless in the US when AT&T killed off 2G late last year. I have a Lumia 650 dual sim and it does not have this limitation. Any of the sims can do 3G/4G, but only one at a time of course.
    • d123
    • By d123 24th Apr 17, 12:23 PM
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    I have a Lumia 650 dual sim and it does not have this limitation. Any of the sims can do 3G/4G, but only one at a time of course.
    Originally posted by mrcamp
    That's what made the Moto G4 plus quite unique, it could do 3G/4G and 3G at the same time.

    It meant you could use a sim for data in one slot and a 3UK sim on 3-2-1 for calls in the second slot.
    Dave
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    • eDicky
    • By eDicky 24th Apr 17, 6:08 PM
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    I have a Lumia 650 dual sim and it does not have this limitation. Any of the sims can do 3G/4G, but only one at a time of course.
    Originally posted by mrcamp
    Any dual SIM phone can do that, with the SIM for data use being selectable and the other SIM restricted to 2G. I don't understand how your Zenphone was any different...
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