Your phone number isn't just for your phone anymore
AT&T will let you share your phone number with tablets, watches, and more
October 14, 2015 – Soon, it’s possible that the sinking feeling of forgetting your phone at home could be a thing of the past.
Building on AT&T's vision that all devices should be connected, today we are announcing NumberSync, a service that will use the power of our network to link your compatible devices to your primary mobile number. This means in the future you’ll be able to send and receive texts, as well as make and receive calls, from your tablet or wearable using the same number that your family, friends and colleagues recognize. This will work when your smartphone isn’t with you, nearby or even powered on.
We know you may not want a different phone number for your other devices. Since NumberSync operates in our wireless network, it is not dependent on a Bluetooth connection to your smartphone. 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.
Because it is a network-based service, NumberSync won’t be limited to just one device or operating system. You’ll only need to check one voicemail box (assuming you have friends that still leave voicemails).
In the future, NumberSync will allow devices to have additional levels of mobile freedom:
- You will no longer need a fitness band and your smartphone to stay connected when you go for a run.
- Forget your phone on the way to the store? You won’t have to turn around to be able to ask your spouse if eggs should be on your list.
- Stay connected with your friends on the soccer field on Saturday afternoon even if your phone is in the car.
- And you can text your boss from across campus when your phone is sitting on your desk and she will know it is you.
AT&T is actively working with our ecosystem to integrate NumberSync with future devices. We’re really excited about bringing this functionality to market soon. We expect to launch NumberSync on our first device fairly soon with additional devices launching in the holiday timeframe.
We’re taking a standards-based, network approach that will make connecting a wide variety of devices easier to give you a better user experience. Our plan is for NumberSync to become the norm on a variety of our future connected “devices.” We’ll share more information on details soon, so stay tuned for updates.