With the abundance of communication channels today, it is strange that very often we fail to communicate. And no, I don’t mean the lack of communication skills in some people. Rather, what I mean is that information is overflowing us and we frequently choose to disconnect from the rest of the world, thus making ourselves unavailable for communication.
For example, I have a strict rule – my mobile phone goes off at 10 o’clock in the evening. I work with people from all over the world, who live in various time zones, and it is not an exception to get calls in the middle of the night, which believe me is pretty unpleasant. Also, I have many friends who seem to think that calling at any time just to say ‘Hello’ is absolutely fine. No, it is not fine to wake me up just to make me listen to some stupid stories.
All the situations I told you about in the previous paragraph are pretty unpleasant and the solution is simple – get a second SIM only number you give to your closest only. This way, when you have two or more numbers, you can switch the more popular number off when you don’t want to be disturbed by useless calls, while the other number you have given to special people only is on and you are available to them.
The only problem here is that you need to keep it a secret that you have a second number you haven’t given to the majority of your friends and acquaintances. If they learn you have a second number, be prepared for a very bitter conversation – I am telling this from experience!
When you decide to get a second number, it is best if you get it as a SIM only deal, or if you plan to use the phone only for receiving calls, you might consider pre-paid as well. The only thing not to do is get a standard contract that includes a new device. You might need a new device for your second SIM card but a standard contract is a very expensive way to do it.
When you sign for a standard contract, your monthly fees for the same amount of minutes, texts, and data transfer are much higher than the fees you will pay under a SIM only contract. Since you won’t be using the second phone that much, it makes no sense to pay high fees for it. If you need a secondary device, you’d better use your old phone for the second SIM only number, or borrow from somebody else than go on a standard contract.
One of the inconveniences of having two SIM numbers is that you need to have two devices. Mobiles today are pretty compact, so you can carry them without much trouble but still, if you really hate this, or if you don’t want other people to see you have two different devices and probably figure out you have two numbers, you can get a dual SIM device. These devices are more expensive than single SIM devices but are much cheaper than two mobiles, so if you plan to have two numbers from now on, the investment will pay off.
The choice of dual SIM devices isn’t as rich as the choice of ordinary phones, but still there is at least a dozen of them. Your choice is more limited, if you plan to sign for a standard contract, which is one more reason to go SIM only. Pick the dual SIM you like, go to a mobile carrier, sign for a SIM only contract and your troubles with getting calls when you don’t want to are over.