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Firefox OS 1.3 Arrives: Dual SIM Support, Continuous Autofocus, Graphics Boost 68

An anonymous reader writes "Mozilla today released Firefox OS version 1.3 to its partners for implementing in their smartphones. There are many new features for both users and developers, and the first phone to feature them is the ZTE Open C, which is available for sale as of today on eBay. First and foremost, Firefox OS users can expect dual-SIM dual-standby (DSDS) support, which gives you two lines on compatible phones, a popular feature in emerging markets. DSDS lets dual-SIM devices individually manage two different SIMs for calling, texting, or data through the 'SIM Manager' interface."
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Firefox OS 1.3 Arrives: Dual SIM Support, Continuous Autofocus, Graphics Boost

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  • Re:Dual SIm's Why? (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 09, 2014 @05:02PM (#46962605)

    Because there exist places where data plans are expensive and voice plans are selectively cheap. Say you regularly call people on two different carriers, both of which offer cheap plans with a "free minutes for calls between our customers" feature. Or you found one carrier with cheap data, but want to make your voice calls on another...

    Basically it's for those messy markets with some actual competition. So, not North America.

  • Re:Dual SIm's Why? (Score:5, Informative)

    by Frohboy ( 78614 ) on Friday May 09, 2014 @05:47PM (#46962919)

    Mod parent up

    Having lived in an emerging market (Romania) for six years, I knew several people who would carry around multiple feature phones, or a smartphone and a feature phone, just so they could use prepaid SIM cards from two different networks, so they could call all of their friends and family "in network".

    I was using a prepaid SIM from Orange, and for 5 Euros/month, I had 3000 minutes/month to other Orange numbers and 100 minutes/month to other networks/landlines. As it happens, everyone I wanted to call was on Orange, so I was fine. However, I knew people who would pay 5 Euros/month to Orange, and another 5 Euros/month to Cosmote. For 10 Euros/month, they had effectively unlimited calling to everyone they wanted to call, but needed to carry a second phone (or swap SIMs to call on the correct network).

No problem is so large it can't be fit in somewhere.