AT&T Service Will Let Many Devices Share One Phone Number

Having numerous connected devices is supposed to simplify life, but too often it has the opposite effect. But now AT&T said it has a way to make things easier by enabling people to use the same phone numbers for all connected devices. The new service, called NumberSync, lets subscribers assign primary phone numbers to wearables and other devices via AT&TEUs network.

The new service should enable users to make and receive calls and text messages from all their devices, including tablets and smart watches -- even when theyEUre not within close range of the users' phones. That means those other devices can take the place of users' phones, for example, when they just want to wear smart watches and not have to carry their phones as well. Also, when users call family, friends, and colleagues, those people will recognize the users' phone numbers no matter what devices the callers are using.

Great Feature?

We reached out to Patrick Moorhead, founder and principal analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy, who told us the feature should help AT&T as well as users.

"This feature, I think, could be something that accelerates the use of tablets and wearables on AT&TEUs network," said Moorhead. "It enables a tablet or wearable to receive texts and calls from their primary smartphone versus needing a separate number for the device. IEUm really excited by this."

By going beyond a legacy numbering system to help subscribers make use of the Internet of Things, NumberSync could be useful in a variety of circumstances, such as when users forget their phones at home but are carrying other devices. Also, not having to rely on Bluetooth pairing to make calls will likely prove beneficial to many users.

By having a single user identity for all of a subscriberEUs devices, NumberSync could make essential services such as...

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