Smartphones supporting multiple SIM cards, allowing users to juggle plans and coverage in order to get the best value for their mobile dollar, are nothing new; we’ve been seeing such handsets in markets across the globe for years now. Recently, though, there’s been a wave of new interest, and we’ve seen lots of evidence from companies like Nokia that make it clear that dual-SIM support isn’t going away any time soon. But beyond dual-SIM, smartphone companies are already pushing the limits to allow their phones to support three individual SIM cards, and today we have a couple such handsets to share with you.
The newest one is the Samsung Galaxy Star Trios – a fitting name, considering the company’s Duos dual-SIM branding. LG beat Samsung to the punch a little, and word of its own Optimus L1 II Tri broke last week.
While tri-SIM support is interesting on its own, the rest of the story here sort of spoils the appeal; these two smartphones may support more SIMs than the other kids on the block, but that’s really all they’ve got going for them. Both the Samsung and LG handsets are seriously low-end, each with tiny QVGA screens, 512MB of RAM, and other meager specs in the same vein. At least they’re cheap, with the LG priced at what works out to around $127, and the Samsung $165. Even still, that might be too much for what you’re getting, especially when compared to phones like the Moto G – of course, there’s no tri-SIM support there, so you’re going to have to prioritize.