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AT&T NumberSync lets multiple devices share a primary phone number

by Todd Haselton | October 14, 2015October 14, 2015 4:00 pm PST

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AT&T on Wednesday announced NumberSync, a new technology that will allow multiple devices to share a single phone number. You might not think this is a big deal, but it actually is, and it’s going to become more of a big deal as additional connected devices, capable of placing phone calls, begin to hit the market.

Take the new G Watch Urbane 2nd Edition, for example. It allows you to place a phone call when your phone isn’t even in range. But are you really going to give out your independent smartwatch number to every single person? How will they know whether to call your wrist or your phone? With AT&T’s NumberSync, everything lines up – your smartphone line can ring the cellular radio on your smartwatch.

“Since NumberSync operates on our wireless network, it is not dependent on a Bluetooth connection to your smartphone,” AT&T said in a blog post. “Your devices don’t need to be near each other, and NumberSync will work even if your primary phone is turned off or disconnected from the network.

AT&T said it’s working to bring NumberSync to future devices launching in the holiday timeframe. No word yet if the G Watch Urbane 2nd Edition is specifically supported, but it seems like the right type of gadget to gain this kind of technology.

Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...