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Is the Galaxy S23 dual SIM?

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Last Updated on April 21, 2023
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If you are someone who likes to swap between two different SIM cards, you may be wondering: Is the Galaxy S23 dual SIM?

Samsung finally launched the Galaxy S23 yesterday and released its features. So let’s see, whether the Galaxy S23 will have dual SIM capabilities.

At the moment, Samsung’s previous flagship model, the Galaxy S22 does come with dual SIM slots. Undoubtedly, it is a useful feature and the good news is this will continue on the new Galaxy S23!

However, according to Samsung, not all countries will have access to a dual SIM model. Although, we can confirm that it is available in the United States.

How do I use dual SIM on Samsung?

Dual SIM capabilities on Samsung phones are nothing new. Their competitor, Apple has only recently allowed their users to use two SIMs (physical SIM and eSIM) on their iPhones. But, Samsung is different. They’ve had dual SIM technology for some time now.

Depending on your country you will either have a dual SIM tray in your smartphone or a single SIM tray. On the dual SIM Galaxy S23 model, you have the following options: One Nano SIM and one eSIM, two Nano SIMs and one eSIM, or two Nano SIMs.

As you would expect, dual SIM trays allow for the insertion of two separate SIM cards in one tray. Samsung smartphones let you choose which SIM is the primary and which is the secondary, with the primary SIM typically being used for calls, messaging, and data usage.

As the name suggests, eSIMs allow you to access a mobile plan without the need for a physical SIM card. Instead of inserting your SIM card into your smartphone, eSIMs work by integrating the SIM technology virtually from the carrier.

To take advantage of Samsung’s eSIM capability you will have to activate it in your settings. By heading to “SIM card manager” and tapping “Add mobile plan” you will be able to activate your eSIM plan there.

In 2022, Apple actually ditched the physical SIM tray entirely on their iPhone 14 – only in the USA. However, looking to the future we do not expect Samsung to be as daring.

Does the Galaxy S23 Ultra have dual SIM?

Yes, just like the Galaxy S23, the S23 Ultra is dual SIM compatible.

What is the disadvantage of dual SIM in Samsung?

Using the dual SIM feature on your Samsung can have a few drawbacks. Firstly, it will cause your battery to drain faster as your phone may struggle to support both SIMs. Additionally, you may experience compatibility issues as some dual SIM phones don’t work with certain network providers and you may not be able to access all its features.

Final Thoughts

So there we have it! The Samsung Galaxy S23 does have dual SIM capabilities. Although, this is not available in every country.

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