Google Voice was able to let you do it to an extent for a while. AT&T NumberSync lets you do it now. And starting soon, everyone will able to spread and share their DIGITS around, presumably thanks to T-Mobile.
DIGITS is a new program that not only allows you to tie one phone number to up to five devices — your smartphone, smartwatch, computers and cell-enabled tablets — but also put up to five numbers onto any one phone so that you can combine work and personal numbers if you so desire. All devices will have the numbers’ call histories, messages and voicemail on them, no matter where you do your talking and walking.
T-Mobile claims that unlike Internet-based solutions, the Un-carrier can deliver better call quality and that the DIGITS app will work with other carriers’, including the other Big Three.
While DIGITS is available as an app for the following platform versions or newer:
- Android 5.0
- iOS 9.0
- Mozilla Firefox
- Google Chrome (Mac/PC)
T-Mobile has been able to natively integrate DIGITS functionality into the dialer of recent Samsung phones (Galaxy S6 and later flagships). It hopes to do so with more devices soon.
The Un-carrier is opening DIGITS up as a beta for feedback and tweaks and will proceed with commercial launch early next year. You can sign up for the beta here. Let’s hope things are kept fee-free as they are now.
If you like handling all your calls and texts in the place you’re most focused on right now and aren’t concerned about work-life balances that a multiple phone setup might afford or security concerns based on the intrinsic properties of any given phone or phones, then Google Voice was your cup of tea. So may be AT&T NumberSync. But hey, there’s DIGITS now.