Appleâ€™s dual-SIM feature for the new iPhones wonâ€™t really be useful in 2018.
When Apple unveiled its new iPhone XS, XS Max and XR, one of the features it touted was dual-SIM that will allow users to use two different SIMs on one iPhone. However, the feature wasnâ€™t available until iOS 12.1, which was released yesterday. Even though itâ€™s now supported by Apple, it still doesnâ€™t really mean much because carriers arenâ€™t supporting the feature from the get-go.
TechnoBuffalo reached out to three major U.S. carriers that support the featureâ€”ATT, T-Mobile, and Verizonâ€”for comment on the status of dual-SIM support and each confirmed that it will be coming later this year.
â€œAt this time we are working on creating the best experience possible,â€ said a T-Mobile spokesperson. â€œWe will have a solution available before the end of the year.â€
ATT previously said that carrier support would arrive by the end of the year, confirming support wasnâ€™t expected to be ready right away. Each carrier also said they are working closely with Apple to roll out the support in a timely fashion.
Itâ€™s probably for the best that support for dual-SIM isnâ€™t available right now. Verizon confirmed that if its customers activated another carrier line on a dual-SIM iPhone, the Verizon line would be â€œdegraded due to current software configuration.â€ In short, you canâ€™t use two different carriers on a Verizon iPhone or else performance will suffer. Verizon went on to say itâ€™s trying to resolve the issue quickly.
Sprint, on the other hand, is still the only carrier not supporting the feature. It did say it is working with Apple to offer dual-SIM support in the future, itâ€™s just not happening any time soon.