The third biggest wireless carrier in the United States recently debuted a new program called T-Mobile Digits, and basically it will allow mobile users to set up and make use of multiple phone numbers across different devices, or even create and then use multiple phone numbers for a single handset.
With this latest move, T-Mobile joins two other major US mobile operators in letting people use their phone numbers for more than one handset. Indeed, industry leaders Verizon Wireless and AT&T are already allowing this sort of thing, essentially veering from the usual practice of having just one phone number tied to one SIM card. Such a set up would actually make sense nowadays, especially with the concept of the Internet of Things starting to gain some following. By using a single phone number across multiple devices, a user can be reached in various ways, either through his smartphone, tablet device, smartwatch, or even personal computer.
What the T-Mobile Digits program improves upon is the capability to set up more than one phone number and give the user the freedom to use those numbers on one device or multiple devices. Having multiple phone numbers does offer some advantage, especially when you want to protect your privacy, or create some separation between your personal contact number and business contact number.
Moreover, the phone numbers set up via T-Mobile Digits can even be applied to devices that run on different mobile operators, which means that enterprises can make T-Mobile phone numbers and assign them to their staff’s personal handsets, regardless of which carrier the employee is using. Needless to say, this can be pretty disruptive upon the competition, as echoed by Mike Sievert, the chief operating officer of T-Mobile. Strictly speaking, the T-Mobile Digits program is still in beta form, so other wireless carriers can breathe a sigh of relief. To date, the program is made available for free, but T-Mobile is planning an official launch in 2017, in which the service will be offered for a fee.
Back in October of last year, we reported that several major US wireless carriers were considering introducing a feature that would let their respective subscribers use one phone number for multiple devices. That year, AT&T beat everybody to the punch with the unveiling of its NumberSync service. Even though NumberSync supports close to 30 mobile devices, including Apple’s iPhones, it is still far from being compatible with most handsets out there.
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