Here’s what you need to know about one of the OnePlus 5’s most underrated features.
There are many reasons why you might want to pick up a OnePlus 5 — the price, the clean software experience, fast performance, or the bragging rights that go with 8GB of RAM. But one of the phone’s most useful features for travelers isn’t being heavily advertised. OnePlus’s latest phone, like earlier models, is a dual-SIM handset. And that can save you a lot of hassle — and money — if you’re a frequent traveler.
Here’s what you need to know.
Why use dual SIM?
Simply put, a dual-SIM phone like the OnePlus 5 lets you stay connected on two SIMs at the same time — one for 4G LTE data, the other for voice calls alone, with up to 3G connectivity support. There are a few reasons why you might want to do that. If you’re a businessperson, a dual-SIM phone can allow you to stay connected on your personal and work SIMs without carrying two phones.
Stay connected on your home SIM and use data on a local SIM.
If you’re traveling, a dual-SIM phone can let you stay contactable on your primary (home) phone number, while using a local SIM for LTE data. This gives you the best of both worlds — friends and family can still get ahold of you on your regular number, and you can still dial out using that number if you need to. Meanwhile, you avoid potentially expensive data roaming charges by using your local SIM for 4G LTE connectivity and local calls within the country you’re visiting.
If you travel frequently between two countries, a dual-SIM setup can save you the hassle of constantly swapping out SIM cards or juggling multiple handsets. Or if you live in a country where a single