It has finally happened, we have a Multi-SIM service here in Brunei thanks to B-Mobile (Read the Borneo Bulletin article at Brudirect). Multi-SIM basically allows you to clone your SIM card to put in another device. This is great for people with 3G enabled devices: e.g. iPad 3G, Galaxy Tab, etc and want to be able to make calls / use data on those devices without having to sign up for another phone number or resorting to the tedious task of switching SIM cards.
There is a monthly subscription fee of $8 per SIM card and there are 3 configurations of the service:
- Multi IMSI i.e. primary SIM rings only;
- Simultaneously i.e. both primary and secondary SIMS ring at the same time; and,
- Orderly i.e. primary rings first. If rejected, busy, switched off or not answered, then the secondary will ring.
Multi-SIM is applicable for the following plans:
- Post-paid ZOOM $30 (with 2GB free data)
- Post-paid Smart Plan $35/$45/$55 (with 1.5/3/10GB free data respectively)
Sadly multi-SIM is not applicable for plans with unlimited data (e.g. Postpaid ZOOM $60 Unlimited & Post-paid Smart plan $65). There is no mention of OMNI users but since it’s an unlimited plan, I presume that it will not be supported either. I guess B-Mobile is worried that people will subscribe to the multi-SIM service and use the SIMs in an unlimited data fashion and thus would congest the network.
As an a subscriber to OMNI, I hope B-Mobile could consider another plan for users with unlimited data plans: single SIM get you unlimited data, multi-SIM gets a cap (of perhaps 200GB free beyond which they will pay per amount used as the non-unlimited data plans pay). This would at least give users with unlimited data plans an option to subscribe to this multi-SIM service and not be left out with the convenience that it brings.
So now with B-Mobile supporting this, I wonder if DST will follow