T-Mobile's new DIGITS program, which allows the use of one phone number across multiple devices or multiple phone numbers across a single device, is set to launch for all customers on May 31, 2017. T-Mobile COO Mike Sievert announced the news in a video blog on Thursday.
DIGITS had previously been in beta, with tens of thousands of T-Mobile customers experimenting with different iterations of the service. Starting on May 31, existing T-Mobile customers will be upgraded to DIGITS for free, and can add an additional DIGITS line for $10 a month if they use AutoPay.
"Phone numbers are so yesterday—DIGITS are now," John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile said in a press release. "Starting next week, T-Mobile doesn't have phone numbers anymore—we have DIGITS. They're your REAL T-Mobile phone number but with none of the old limits."
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One of the main iterations will be the use of one's core T-Mobile number on many devices.
"Every single T-Mobile customer-if they want to—can put their existing T-Mobile number on virtually all of their connected devices," Sievert said in the video. So, in this iteration, users can have their texts or call routed to their PC or tablet for example.
Another example given in the press release would be the possibility of families porting their home phone number to each family member's smartphone, allowing them to cut the cord while keeping their landline number. Sievert said in the video that users could also put their number onto a friend's device if their phone dies, so they can still be reached in an emergency.
The second option is to use additional phone numbers on a single smartphone. As noted, each additional set of DIGITS costs $10 a month.
One of the core use cases presented for this option is for professionals who often need more than one phone number. Instead of setting up a second device, a business can give users a second DIGITS line instead, the release said. "DIGITS will even work on phones from Verizon and AT&T," the release noted.
"We're ending that awkward Two-Phone-Juggle," Sievert said in the release. "With DIGITS, you don't have to carry two phones to have two numbers. Now, you can use more than one DIGITS line on the same smartphone—for business, for life, for anything you need. That's going to save a lot of people a lot of juggling and a lot of money."
A second DIGITS line could also be used for Craigslist transactions, dating, or signing up for accounts online, the release said.
Additionally, customers who pay for the $5 per month T-Mobile ONE Plus feature will be given an additional DIGITS line for free, Sievert noted in the video.
The 3 big takeaways for TechRepublic readers
- T-Mobile is going live with DIGITS, a program that offers the use of one phone number across multiple devices or multiple phone numbers across a single device, on May 31.
- Business professionals can use DIGITS to add an additional line to their smartphone for $10 a month, without having to juggle a second phone.
- Families can use DIGITS to put their home number on all devices, cutting the cord without losing their landline number.
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