T-Mobile customers have to sign up to participate. At the same time, the Uncarrier also allows users to put multiple T-Mobile numbers on the same device so they can use their personal and work number on a single device. DIGITS is your real T-Mobile number with every bit of the reliability, call prioritization, services and mobility you expect. When signing up to sync a single device to multiple numbers, the site offered a series of seemingly random numbers to choose from.
T-Mobile says it is looking for customers to beta test Digits program and give feedback. "And it's always your same number, so when you call or text from another device, it shows up as you".
With the Digits project, the separation of phone numbers from physical devices means that call histories, voice mails, past text messages, and contact lists can be accessed from anywhere as well. The carrier is offering free calls using your phone number.
In what amounts to a re-interpretation of the term mobile number, the company says Digits will work with any device, from smartphones and tablets to computers and smart watches, and even old-school flip phones. Digits is now under beta for any willing participating customers in preparation for its full-blown release early 2017. T-Mobile claims it's been working on the new feature for years.
The service syncs your call log across all of your devices, and T-Mobile promises that your extra numbers are just as secure as using a main phone line. On the other hand, your recipient will not notice that you are doing that through a different device other than your smartphone. Say you have work, home, and a smartphone phone numbers in your life. If you have forgotten your own phone in your house, you can still use another device.
DIGITS will also let you put multiple numbers on one device - and seamlessly switch back and forth between your numbers. With DIGITS, you would funnel all of those behind a single number (your DIGITS).
Digits is built in to Samsung's latest smartphones, including the Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge, Galaxy S6 edge+, Galaxy S7, and Galaxy S7 edge. With Digits, the number is paired to the customer's account rather than the SIM card.
In the news room style vlog below, COO Mike Sievert and CTO Neville Ray give a fifteen minute run down on the details of the new program.
The app launches today in beta.
T-Mobile has just announced a new calling service called T-Mobile Digits, which is basically the Magenta version of the AT&T NumberSync. T-Mobile will be formally rolling it out to everyone in 2017, at which time it will also be associated with a small subscription fee, though T-Mobile hasn't clarified exactly how much the service will cost.