Why no two-line cell phones?
I recently switched from occasional cell phone use to making my personal and business phones cell phones (Cingular, two Motorola V180's). I was surprised to find that there are no two-line cell phones available. I've been using two-line cordless (land line) phones for 10 years. They are readily available and very useful. Now I have to carry two cell phones for the two numbers instead of only one phone that handles both numbers. Why aren't two-line cell phones being made?
Re: Why no two-line cell phones?
your v180 can ony accept 1 sim... 1 sim 1 phone number... I have heard of dual sim kits available for some models... check with the manufacturer or an after market supplier
I just found this in a wifi-forum.com message. I don't know if it's true. Does anyone know...
a GSM carrier can easily provision any SIM for dual-line service and all GSM phones have this ability. While I know of no current US carrier who offers this service, a number of foreign carriers do (e.g. SwissCom, SingTel, T-Mobile (D)). Some US
carriers used to provide this as an option. I know Iowa Wireless did and beieive that Omnipoint and P'tel did. It's just a business decision the US carriers made to not offer it. You might actually find a few customers still running around with this as an optional feature on their grandfathered accounts.
I really didnt want to mention it...but yes it is possible....however... it would be a billing nightmare... speaking as a person who explains cell phone bills for a living ( I am a care rep for former ATTWS) I can only imagine double-indeminty of 2 phone numbers on 1 bill...(shudder)...the average person has a hard time understanding 1 invoice let alone dual service invoices......I'm not talking about Billy-Bob Redneck either.....
There used to be a company in Lower western Kentucky that offered 2 line cellular telephones and there was also coverage in Nashville TN, until a new company, i believe alltell bought the GSM market, and sent all customers a 300.00 check and said have a nice F*****G time b/c they are no longer offering that service!!
Why No Two Line Service?
I have two active phone numbers (actual two line service) with my Motorola i90c through Nextel and is billed very clearly.
What I am looking for is a Blackberry/Phone or Palm/Phone that has 2 line service.
Does this exist?
If not, can I retro fit one of these phones to acquire two line service?
Thanks for your help!
also in 2 line cell phone limbo
I too am looking for a two line (or more) cell phone with all the PDA fixins...not necessarily Palm because the added challenge for me is that I am a Mac user and want to sync up with my address book, calendar and tasks from my laptop (and Palm claims it is going to Phase out support for Macs).
Currently, I have a Sony Ericsson P910a and it syncs (mostly OK) with my Powerbook but I need separate phone lines for business and person uses.
Would appreciate any new info and any insight as to an audience willing to listen to those of us with these needs...government, manufacturer, service provider?
Me too, I am looking for a phone which offers the possibility to insert two SIM-cards, and that both would run simultaniously. So the owner could use his regular SIM card, and have at the same time a SIM-card of unitedroaming.com with which he can roam and receive calls in 60 countries worldwide for free. So he could receive (ans make) calls on both his regular line as well as on hte unitedroaming.com line.
I do not mean a dual-SIM adapter, bc then you would be limited to one active number at a time. I am looking for a device/phone which allows both numbers to receive/make calls at the same time.
I too am looking for a two line cell phone. I currently carry 2 phones - one for work, and one personal. They are both Cingular phones, but on different accounts. Is there anyone developing a phone that would accept 2 SIMM cards? I've read some speculation that the soon to be released iphone may have this capabilities. Anyone heard of this?
Has anyone used this for 2 line cell phones
I was wondering if anyone has used secondvoice dot com on here. Apparently they specialize on putting a 2nd line on a cell phone, but I wanted to see if anyone has tried this service yet. If you have please let me know as I would really like some feed back before I try it.
Hey there! I have used that service for over 2 months and its pretty cool, i have an interior design business and a graphic design business too, nice to keep them separate and with second voice that works out pretty good. I think its a good fit for business, should be useful to most people.
I just left a Sprint store after waiting two weeks for the new Palm Pre to come in.
As they were setting up my new phone I asked to make sure my 2nd line was there also. The girl said yes it is but it will be deleted! Much to my astonishment the Pre (and I subsequently for out no other Sprint or any other carriers support) a 2nd line of service in a cell phone.
I was using Nextel since it's inception ( which by the way was ruined after Sprint took over). I always had my 2 line phone. I have a personal line and a biz line. Now that I am ready to upgrade I find out the prehistoric i730 I use and Nextel are the only available 2 line possibilities? Motorola IDENS?
I was after a smart phone to synchronize my information from my desktop, the usual calendar, contacts, tasks all Outlook information. Seems I can do this and on the fly now but with only 1 line of service?
Why oh why is this?
Sad very sad no carrier offers what many small biz people would probably jump on.
What to do what do? Any Ideas?
lost in techy world! :?
PS A second line of service on a phone on the bill looks like any other bill with multiple phone lines on it. Not any confusion at all.
Funny, I've been uning a 2-lline cellular phone I picked up in Peru so I could use it there, while I had a "regular" telephone I used in the US. The 2 line phone was relatively inexpensive but using separate phones in two countries was a real pain in the a**. The last time I returned it bothered me that my us phone was expensive and the other not at all ............. the US phone I got had capacity to be used overseas in either the US or DR but that was off the wall in terms of cost.
I also thought that if I were arriving from the other country what would I do? So I went to a mobile company, had them test my Peru cellular, transfer my numbers got a years program for 2 sims, .2 of the cost per month ............. so now I only have one phone, just a phone, nothing special, hard to text, not much to brag about, but it works .......... I'm waiting for something better to come along ..................