EE has become the first network in the UK to launch smart number technology, making it easier to make calls and send texts across multiple devices by using the same number.
But what exactly is it? And how can you take advantage and streamline your digital life? Read on and we’ll tell you everything you need to know.
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What is it?
Smart number technology allows users to make calls and send texts from multiple devices using the same phone number.
That means tablets, smartwatches and even laptops can be used as a phone substitute whenever your handset isn’t close by.
How does it work?
Smart number tech uses Wi–Fi Calling, connecting with up to five different devices.
Calls can then be handed off from a smartphone to a watch, or from a tablet to a laptop at the press of a button.
Multiple calls can be made at the same time, meaning it’s possible to place someone on hold on your phone and call someone else on your tablet, a handy feature for business owners and on–the–go workers.
What devices will work with it?
At first, only Apple products will work with EE’s smart number tech.
iPhones dating back to the iPhone 6, the iPad Pro range, iPad mini 2 and up and iPad Air models will all play nice, as will the iPod touch 2017 and all models of the Apple Watch.
The latter requires watchOS 2 or higher, while EE advises iOS 10 or newer for iPads and iOS 11.3 for iPhones.
The tech also works with MacBooks, MacBook Pros and iMacs released after 2012, Mac minis released since 2013 and the iMac Pro.
EE has promised that the service will rollout to higher end Android products later thus year.
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Do all the devices need to be on EE?
No, only the primary device. That means you can have an iPad or Apple Watch on a separate network and make calls using your EE number, although these will be charged via the other provider and not EE.
Any calls made via EE on non–primary devices will come out of the main EE account’s call allowance.
How much does it cost?
There’s no extra cost to new and existing EE customers, with the service now available as standard to those with the aforementioned Apple devices.
It’s likely such tech will soon be widespread, as mobile and broadband networks begin to converge and make digital living much more seamless.
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