T-Mobile Announces ‘Digits’ to Unlock Your Phone Number From One Phone

U.S. wireless carrier today unveiled a new service, called Digits, which aims to uncouple your phone number from your mobile devices and wireless service plans.

According to T-Mobile CEO John Legere, Digits makes it so that you can use your T-Mobile number across multiple devices like smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, desktop PCs and wearable devices.

Digits will also permit you to use multiple T-Mobile numbers on the same device, making it easy to combine your work, home and personal numbers on a single smartphone with calls and texts appearing from the same number.

“DIGITS is a simple, no-fuss breakthrough technology that lets you call and text from your number across multiple devices, and call and text from multiple numbers on one device. DIGITS is your real phone number, but it can do so much more.”
Out of the gate, Digits is built into some Samsung-branded Android devices, including the Galaxy S6 and later, but on iOS it will be available through a specialized app. It will also be available on Macs as well, which will work through the browser — as long as you use Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.

There’s a beta for T-Mobile ONE and Simple Choice customers beginning today, and you con sign up right here. It’s free now, but when the service launches to the public in early 2017, there will be a monthly fee attached.
“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,” said Mike Sievert, T-Mobile’s COO.

If Digits is used on a device without cellular service, or it’s not connected to T-Mobile’s network, you’ll receive texts and high-definition calls over a Wi-Fi connection. Regardless of the device you’re on, you’ll see your call log, messages, contacts and voicemail.


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