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Dual SIM card phones to aid Christchurch recovery efforts

February 24, 2011 - 1.00pm

Dual SIM card phones to aid Christchurch recovery efforts

2degrees and Vodafone are providing Christchurch Earthquake Operations centre staff with dual-SIM card mobile phones to aid the rescue and recovery effort.

The LG 310 phones, which carry 2degrees and Vodafone SIM cards, will provide rescue staff with simultaneous access to both networks as they continue their investigation of premises around the city.

The benefit of ‘dual SIM’ mobile phones is that if one company’s network is not operating, the phone can make calls and texts on the other’s.

The companies have pre-loaded 200 of the phones with credit so they are ready to use immediately.

Although Vodafone and 2degrees operate their own separate networks in Christchurch, the underlying GSM technology is the same.

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