AT&T announces mysterious "NumberSync" to save you when your phone isn't around

AT&T announces mysterious "NumberSync" to save you when your phone isn't around
AT&T has announced "NumberSync" which seems to be focused on being the solution for when you forget your phone, lose your phone, or your phone battery dies. AT&T didn't explain the service too well in the announcement, but said that it would be a network-based service so it would be fully cross-platform (however, that would mean manufacturers need to work with AT&T to support NumberSync). AT&T says that with NumberSync, you'll have "freedom" from the following situations:

  • You will no longer need a fitness band and your smartphone to stay connected when you go for a run.
  • Forget your phone on the way to the store? You won’t have to turn around to be able to ask your spouse if eggs should be on your list. 
  • Stay connected with your friends on the soccer field on Saturday afternoon even if your phone is in the car.
  • And you can text your boss from across campus when your phone is sitting on your desk and she will know it is you. 

That makes it sound like NumberSync will not only support calls, texts, and voicemail on multiple devices, but may also be able to be accessed from a wide range of devices, perhaps even over the Web. AT&T said NumberSync will be "standards-based" in order to make it easier for manufacturers to add support, but there is a difference between "standards" and "open standards", and that difference is in having to work directly with AT&T. 

We should find out more soon, because AT&T said the first supported device would be released this holiday season.



7. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

So what exactly is the medium that you'll be using to communicate with when you forget your phone?? It has to be something electronic. I forget my phone in the car at the soccer game.. now what? I simply send a message using ______ with the same phone number. What is it? A laptop? A watch or smart band?

4. LordCaedus

Posts: 85; Member since: Nov 01, 2013

Verizon has this with text messages and their Verizon Messages app. I can send and receive texts from any device that I sign into my Verizon account on. Even my laptop.

6. AlikMalix unregistered

Don't need Verizon, iOS does it, even calls. My old phone rings with my new one at the same time even though it has no sim, I can pick up the call, text, and FaceTime. Same for iPad or any Mac.

2. Bernoulli

Posts: 4364; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Do I smell a new wave of cloned Sim cards incoming? I think yes.

1. DRS1977

Posts: 681; Member since: May 27, 2015

My Google Voice number already rings my cellphone, home phone, tablet, laptop and PC. But, it would be cool to have two or three cell phones with the same number. That way I could take a cheap rugged waterproof phone to the beach or hiking and leave the GS6 at home.

3. galanoth

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

But that's for people who have been giving out their Google Voice number instead of carrier number for a long time. I've had the same carrier number for 15 years so having to tell everyone I got a new number would be a little tedious.

5. DRS1977

Posts: 681; Member since: May 27, 2015

You make very a good point. I've had my same number for about 15 years as well, but my Google Voice number for maybe 3 years. But I will say that having a Google Voice number is nice because you can give it to everyone and keep your personal number for more select people. This new thing will be kind of cool because I can a Galaxy and an iPhone at the same time.

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