Chinese firm Spreadtrum Communications has announced their SC6600L6 single chip solution that lets phone manufacturers build devices that can support up to 4 SIM cards, and best of all those SIM cards can all be active. This is good news for men who cheat on their wives, people who deal drugs, or … that’s all I can really think of. When news of the first triple SIM card device broke on the internet, I thought it was a joke, that no one would ever want such a product. Looks like even 3 SIM cards isn’t enough for some people, and they need that 4th one, just in case.
“The Quad-SIM solution is another invention resulting from our continuing effort of technology innovation.” said Dr. Leo Li, Spreadtrum’s President and CEO, “Spreadtrum is also the inventor of the world’s first dual SIM and triple SIM solution. We are dedicated to increasing the value of our products by providing attractive features to our customers. The Quad-SIM solution offers unparalleled flexibility for multiple-operator-market and business users who need to keep constant connection.”
Out of the top 5 phone vendors, only Samsung and Nokia seem to be making devices that tailor to the multi SIM market. It’s a big thing in places like China, Africa, Russia, India, countries where people count every penny they earn and will find whatever elaborate solution they need to, just so they can have enough cash left over for food and some sort of personal entertainment. Who is to blame here, operators for charging too much for their services, or governments for letting countries have such a wide gap between the rich and the poor? It’s silly to politicize a press release for a chip that will go in a device that will probably never reach American or European shorts, but you’ve got to wonder, why was such a product needed in the first place?