Nokia is all set to launch a dual SIM phone line next year, according to an insider with a track record of Espoo leaks. That’s great news for business bods who like to switch between work and play, but why isn’t Nokia going down the Google Voice route for call juggling?
According to Eldar Murtazin, Mobile Review’s man who leaked most of Nokia’s 2009 line up well ahead of schedule, a Nokia dual SIM mid-end phone line will go on sale from the second quarter of next year, between April and June.
That’s good news for those who like to switch out SIM cards for the 9 to 5 and the weekend without having to use two different handsets (Something some Samsung and Acer handsets also offer), but it’s a surprisingly old fashioned approach for a company pushing ahead with wireless payment and always on background charging.
If Nokia wants to style itself as a service provider as well as a handset manufacturer, why doesn’t it attempt something along the lines of Google Voice? The call handling service only works in the US at the moment, but has already proved a software approach to filtering calls can work.
We’d love to see a Nokia Ovi service along the lines of Google Voice, transcribing voice calls and redirecting calls to different phones at the same time. In the meantime though, we’ll just have to make do with a Nokia dual SIM phone instead. More when we hear it.