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Soon you'll be able to use the same phone number on multiple gadgets

Soon you'll be able to use the same phone number on multiple gadgets
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It's hard to believe that, with all the innovation we've seen in technology the past 20 years, almost none of us has a single phone number we can use on all our digital devices. You've got a number for your business, for your home and for your smartphone. If you've got more than one smartphone, that's another number.

Fortunately, frustrated phone users like you aren't the only ones noticing that all these telephone numbers are getting tough to juggle. Fortunately, cellphone carriers are working on a solution.

That solution will be a single phone number for all your digital devices, like smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, and connected cars. Just yesterday, AT&T said it's going to launch the free service NumberSync, which would let you receive calls using one phone number on multiple devices. Meaning, you give out one phone number to everyone and get calls and texts to the device you're using.

You won't even need to have your primary phone with you, or have it turned on to receive calls and messages. If you have a synced device, like a smartwatch, you'll get calls and texts no matter where you are. Suddenly, the dread of leaving home without your smartphone isn't so scary.

There's more good news. Both T-Mobile and Sprint say they're working on synced-phone-number plans.

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