Can you have two phones with the same number? The answer is yes, it really is possible!
You can make this happen, thanks to the MultiSIM service offered by some mobile operators in the US, Canada, and other countries worldwide. We’re going to address a few different phone types, and carriers including AT&T, Verizon, Bell Canada, Rogers, and others.
Instead of having two different phone numbers, you might prefer to use the same cell number on two phones. Naturally, you can do this if you’re willing to add extra money to your rate. This function is known as a MultiSIM service. Check out later on if your carrier allows this service or something similar!
Now, before we dive deep into this article, it might be helpful
Watch the first 60 seconds of this YouTube video and then continue reading below. This video mentions T-Mobile specifically, but the same method could work with other carriers as well.
The MultiSIM service allows you to have up to four SIM cards with the same number so that you can make or receive calls from any card. If you have an Internet rate, you can access the web from any of these SIM cards. The best thing is, that you can send and receive calls and messages from all devices.
Make sure you don’t confuse the duplicate SIM card with this service, since when registering a new SIM, it makes the old card unusable. This would prevent you from using each SIM at the same time.
Keep in mind that if you turn on the ringer for all your devices, any calls, notifications, or messages will ring out on all smartphones simultaneously.
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One thing to note is that not all operators offer MultiSIM service. Vodafone is the only company in India with whom you can contract this service. Remember, it will involve an added cost.
Use the Same Mobile Number on Two Phones
As this service is relatively new, most of our Teleoperators do not provide this service as of this article’s publication date. Here are the ones that offer it:
Within Vodafone, the service has no upfront registration fee. The cost of the MultiSIM service is Rs.400 per month. According to the company website, the price of calls and other services follow the Price Plan’s tariffs of your Vodafone line. The minimum consumption of your contract will divide between all the cards. If you want to replace your SIM with a multi-device service, you can do it through the Online Customers Area.
T-Mobile is one of the only carriers worldwide to offer this type of service. So, if you are looking to use the same mobile number across two phones (or other devices), you can try using the service, “T-Mobile DIGITS.”
If you’re a T-Mobile user, T-Mobile DIGITS will allow you to share a number across multiple devices. For example, you could have the same cell number between two phones, a phone, a tablet, a tablet, and a smartwatch, whichever combination you prefer. All you need to do to set up this service is contact T-Mobile; they should talk you through your options.
Verizon doesn’t necessarily let you directly share a number between two phones, but it does support sharing a cell number between a phone and a different smart device. If the reason you were searching for this was to receive calls on both your phone and another smart device, try Verizon Number Share.
So, clearly, there are not many options for directly sharing a number between two phones, though it is possible with some work. If you want an easy way to share a cell number across multiple devices, you can download an external app. Here are some apps that can help you use the same number across your smart devices:
Google voice allows you to sign up for a different calling number from your current one. You can download the Google Voice app on any device that supports it, and in turn, you will be able to receive and make calls using that number. In effect, you will be able to use the same number on two phones!
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TextFree works similarly to Google Voice. You sign up for a new number and make an account. Download the app on both of your phones, and voila! You can use the same number.
Again, the same formula—sign up for a number, download the app, and start making calls. Of these three apps, you can decide which one you want to download based on their reviews and ease of use. Personally, I think GV has the nicest interface.
So, I hope you now know how to use the same mobile number on two different phones. I hope this article will help answer any questions you once had about this topic. If you still have questions, let us know in the comment section below! We will get back to you to answer as soon as possible.
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Alternative Ways to Use Two Phones with a Single Sim
Note: This method only works in the USA.
If you have a Google voice number, you can load it on as many devices as possible. Simply get a Google voice with a Gmail account and a valid mobile phone number for verification purposes only. You can then load the Google voice number to as many devices as you want. And the best thing is, these devices don’t necessarily have to be mobile phones. You can also use a tablet if you want.
So, when you configure it on multiple devices, and someone calls that particular number, all of the devices will ring. However, only the device that answers first will get connected to the call. Keep in mind that Google voice needs an active internet connection. If you want to go wireless, you can use the 4G data from SIM or WiFi. You can then use the Google Voice number or if you want to hide your identity, forward your cell phone number to it.
Many mobile phone companies provide another very handy feature – call forwarding. You can divert incoming calls from one number to another with call forwarding. Usually, you can configure this feature to route incoming calls immediately from one phone to another. But, in some cases, mobile phone companies provide this service only when you fail to answer an incoming call after a certain number of rings. Check with your service provider to find out what options are available, how to set up this feature, and whether they charge any amount.
However, when using call forwarding, keep a few things in mind. First, you cannot use the call forwarding feature to make a call appear from one phone number while it originates from another. Second, call forwarding routes all the incoming calls to another phone. You don’t get to choose which incoming calls to divert and which ones to keep on your primary phone. Third, the phone number of the secondary phone stays the same. It doesn’t automatically change to the Sim number enabled by this feature.
Dual SIMs or Secondary Sims
Some network service providers offer secondary SIMs. A secondary sim is basically a similar SIM that you put in a secondary mobile device. Secondary SIMs are capable of receiving phone calls. But only in situations when the primary phone is down for whatever reason. In this regard, it is similar to the call forwarding feature we described above.
Be sure to check with your network provider to know whether they provide a similar service in your location. Additionally, the name of these services also differs according to the region. It is also called dual SIM, duoism, or slave SIM in some places. So, don’t get confused by the naming convention.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is a SIM Card?
In simple terms, a SIM card is a Subscriber Identity Module. It’s a tiny, portable memory card that stores your user information. It contains a seventeen-digit code that identifies a user’s country, system carrier, and user ID.
Can I use the same phone number on two phones?
Technically, you cannot use the same phone number on two phones, but there are some easy workarounds, as discussed in this article. You can use the same phone number on different devices with these methods.
Can I have two separate phone numbers on a single phone?
Yes, that is very much possible. You can use two different SIMs in a compatible phone. These SIMs can be from different or the same mobile operators. Such mobile phones are called dual-SIM phones. Remember that you will have to pay for two different subscriptions then.
Can I use multiple phone numbers on a single SIM?
Not yet. It’s not possible, for now. But you may be able to do so in the near future. According to media reports, Google is set to introduce a new feature on the new Android 13 mobile Operating System. It will allow multiple mobile numbers to run on a single SIM. This will make it easier for users to move across multiple networks. Plus, it will save money for hardware companies as well by eliminating the need for a dual SIM slot.
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