Apple’s new iPhone offers dual SIM support, allowing users to have two mobile numbers and providers on one device. The concept may be foreign to US consumers, but dual SIM has been a standard function in Chinese phone brands. In fact, as several tech observers claim, Apple may have added the function specifically to compete in the China market. So why do so many Chinese consumers need two phone numbers? Qiu Yihan, writing for NetEase’s WeChat wemedia account Wellestudio163, provides an eye-opening dive into how the development of China’s telecommunications industry led to this phenomenon.
In this summary, you will learn
- Why Chinese consumers need two SIM cards in one phone, and
- How competition among telecom companies shaped the industry and consumer choices.
About the Author
Qiu Yihan writes for NetEase’s social commentary WeChat wemedia account Wellestudio163.