T-Mobile has unveiled 'Digits', enabling T-Mobile mobile number to work across virtually all the connected devices - phones, tablets, wearables and computers. Just like AT&T's NumberSync that offers unified messaging and calling across supported devices, the new feature ends the century-old telecom limit of one number locked to one phone.
Digits which is still on opt-in beta enables customers to make and take calls and texts on whatever device is most convenient. In addition, customers can just log in and, bam, their call history, messages and even voicemail, all from a single place.
For businesses, Digits will enable them to move to a mobile-ONLY workforce. Businesses can give their employees Digits to use on their personal smartphones – even if those phones are on AT&T, Verizon and Sprint, said T-Mobile.
To break free from the one-number-one-device limitation with many-to-many routing capability for calls, texts and data and to re-imagine traditional network authentication, T-Mobile said its engineers built an entirely new IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem) service management layer and Identity Management solution. Instead of authenticating devices through SIM cards, Digits gives customers their own identity.
Thanks to joint development between T-Mobile and Samsung, Digits has already built natively into the newest Samsung smartphones (Note 5 and Galaxy S6 and later). T-Mobile said it is already working with other device makers to integrate DIGITS natively into their devices. Until then, Digits is available through an app on Apple’s App Store and Google Play as well as via browsers on PCs or Mac computers.