Roamware Debuts Two Numbers Per SIM Service
A company called Roamware has announced the launch of a Temporary Number Service (TNS), which allows wireless network operators to temporarily provision an existing customer with a second, active number for their SIM card. TNS would let users who need two separate numbers access them from one device, rather than necessitating two devices or two SIM cards. In order to use the service, customers dial in a special code, select from several available temporary numbers, and then activate the service. Users can make/receive voice calls, as well as send/receive text messages from the temporary number. No information was provided about costs of the service, nor which network operators are allowing it.
Apple Watch Series 3 Supports Carriers' One Number Calling and Messaging
Apple this week announced the Apple Watch Series 3 with an optional cellular radio. The LTE radio makes it possible for the smartwatch to connect to cellular networks on its own, without a nearby iPhone.
T-Mobile Looks to Redefine the Phone Number with 'Digits'
T-Mobile today announced Digits, a new service that will let customers use the same phone number across multiple devices, or multiple numbers on a single device. The service makes use of T-Mobile's LTE network and works with virtually all connected devices, including phones, tablets, wearables, and computers.
Google’s New Pixel Phones to Ship with Embedded eSIM
Google today revealed that the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL handsets will include an optional, built-in eSIM card, allowing people to bypass the use of traditional SIM cards. According to Google, the eSIMs will be compatible with its own Project Fi service.
AT&T's NumberSync Uses Same Number Across Devices
AT&T today announced NumberSync, a tool that will allow multiple devices (phone, tablet, smartwatch) to rely on a single phone number. The idea is to allow customers to make/receive phone calls and send/receive messages from the account holder's primary phone number, rather than several different numbers like those often assigned to SIM-enabled devices even if they aren't generally used for calls.
Hasn't Nextel done that for years?