A year after AT&T unveiled its NumberSync solution, T-Mobile has taken the wraps off a similar service dubbed DIGITS, which allows subscribers to use one phone number across all of their connected devices. For the time being the Magenta carrier will launch a limited, opt-in beta program, with DIGITS becoming fully available to everyone sometime in early 2017.
Just like NumberSync, DIGITS allows customers to use their T-Mobile number across a variety of devices including other smartphones, tablets, wearables and even desktop computers (Windows and Mac are supported).
Once you register for the beta, the T-Mobile support team will get you started. After you go through all the setting up processes, you will be able to sign in with your phone number and find all your private info (messages, call history or voice mail) waiting for you on the device you logged in.
What’s more, customers are allowed to attach multiple T-Mobile numbers on the same device. So you’ll be able to access numbers from work, home or personal line via a single handset.
With DIGITS, you’ll be able to funnel all your distinct number under a single DIGITS number. With the service in place, users can receive calls to DIGITS even if the phone calls were originally placed to the home line, for example.
Here comes the interesting part, the new service works on AT&T, Verizon and Sprint devices. You will have to download the Digits app and calls will be made through the respective carrier’s network.
The DIGITS network-level solution is integrated into several phones including the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, but if you have any other phones don’t worry. Your favorite carrier also offers and Android / iOS app that can be installed on any device.
“Simply put, DIGITS is breakthrough technology that won’t be replicated any time soon. This isn’t the first time you can add extra numbers to a device, but this IS the first time you can do it all – multiple numbers on one device and one number on multiple devices – and do it with carrier-grade quality. DIGITS is your real T-Mobile number with every bit of the reliability, call prioritization, services and mobility you expect.”
Mike Sievert, Chief Operating Officer of T-Mobile.
The DIGITS beta trial is free of charge, but once it launches officially the service will be available for a fee. Although T-Mobile didn’t share any information about the specific pricing schemes.