Exclusive: Why you’ll never see a dual-SIM iPhone 8 or Samsung Galaxy S8

Apple’s iPhone 8 will undoubtedly be touted as “the best iPhone we’ve ever made” by Tim Cook in September, and Samsung will claim the same for the Galaxy S8 on March 29.

But one feature both phones will lack is a dual-SIM card slot, according to major carrier and phone manufacturer sources who’ve talked exclusively to TechRadar.

Why is that? Why can’t the best phones come with this highly beneficial, money-saving feature for international travelers? Aren’t these phones supposed have all the bells and whistles?

“The truth is, carriers make too much money off of international plans,” said one US carrier rep who spoke to TechRadar at MWC 2017.

“Their profit evaporates as soon as a second SIM card is present. You’re not going to see it on the biggest phones.”

In other words, it’s not the greed of Apple and Samsung, but of the networks that deliver their phones to customers – and even the leading phone manufacturers need to kowtow to major carriers.

Why a second SIM slot saves you money when traveling

If you have two SIM slots, you can use your regular, everyday phone number for calls and texts in the first slot while abroad, and reserve the second slot for data from a local SIM card.

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