T-Mobile is in the testing period for its new DIGITS service which will ensure its user’s ease of access as it will allow them to use a single phone number across multiple devices.
The telecommunications world is a-changing. After the rise of the Internet and communication apps, service providers have been coming up with new ways of attracting users.
Most users are still dependent on the already classic service phoning and messaging systems. Others have reduced their usage of such services as they are favoring smart devices apps.
With communication apps such as Viber, Skype, or Google Voice gaining new users, T-Mobile will be introducing a new feature.
In a similar manner to that of the aforementioned apps, T-Mobile’s DIGITS will free a phone number from its single device usage. As such, users will be able to move their phone number across devices.
T-Mobile announced earlier this week, on Wednesday, that it will be testing the new DIGITS service. DIGITS will be based on existing and future phone number usage.
The service will ensure its user’s ease of access as they will be able to use their phone number from any Internet-powered device.
For example, a user will be able will be able to send texts from their laptop or desktop PC or make a phone call from a tablet.
All the calls will be connected by a shared mobile number. As the text or call recipients will receive the intended actions, a phone number or name will appear on their screen, as normal.
If said recipients return the text message or the call, this will also be received on the selected device.
Other similar services may already seem to exist and be offered by service providers. However, DIGITS differs from other similar services, such as AT&T’s NumberSync, through the following.
Whilst most similar services are based on secondary phone numbers, DIGITS will work directly with the actual cell phone number.
T-Mobile will also be offering, to interested users, the possibility of opening extra lines. These extra lines will be the basis for additional phone numbers, but will also come at an extra cost.
Starting this Wednesday, the feature will become available to interested users in its free beta version. The company has announced that a full, widespread service version will be made rolled out starting with 2017.
DIGITS will work through an app developed for the Android and iOS platforms. It will also function on laptops and desktop PCs through their web browsers.
T-Mobile is also working on releasing a wearable devices DIGITS version. As such, the service could come to work on Internet-connected wearables such as smartwatches.
It could also come to be available on older phones, such as flip phones, or phones that do not have an Internet connection.
The DIGITS service will offer a number of additional feature and options. As such, the user can select which devices will push phone number calls and texts. This option will be controllable through the app or from the T-Mobile website.
DIGITS will also come to offer a free international communications method. As the phone number will be mobile data dependent, the users can also choose to opt out of the international feature.
Mike Seivert, the T-Mobile chief operating officer, stated that the company is looking to break a century-old limitation.
As such, it seeks to offer a multiple devices access to a single phone number, similar to the modern social media accounts options.
Potential future pricings or a full roll-out date have yet to be announced. Users seeking to download the beta version will have certain limitation.
Besides possessing a postpaid T-Mobile account, DIGITS users will have to have a 5.0 or newer Android version. iOS device users will need a 9.0 or newer software version.
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