AT&T Testing NumberSync Technology on iPhones

by Istvan Fekete on November 10, 2015

AT&T customers will soon be able to answer or initiate a phone call from their Apple Watch, even if they don’t have their iPhone nearby, as the carrier is currently testing a new technology called “NumberSync” in the latest beta of iOS 9.2.

The NumberSync technology allows AT&T subscribers to share their cellular number with other connected devices. So, if you happen to leave your phone at home in the charging dock, no worries; AT&T has you covered, but you’ll need to wear the Apple Watch.

The connection to NumberSync was first spotted by 9to5Mac, so FierceWireless contacted AT&T and received the following statement in reply: “AT&T is testing NumberSync in the most recent iOS 9 beta,” AT&T said in a statement to FierceWireless. “We plan to launch the service in the near future and will have more info soon.”

To get this thing working, users running iOS 9.2 beta will need to open the Settings app, choose “Phone and Wi-Fi calling”, and finally tap on the option to “Add Wi-Fi calling for other devices”. After agreeing to the terms and conditions, Wi-Fi calling will be enabled for other devices tied to the user’s iCloud account.
NumberSync works on AT&T’s network using IMS technology, and call and text message resolution occurs within the network.

Last week, AT&T said that customers cold order the Samsung Gear S2 and LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE, which are the first two smartwatches scheduled to support NumberSync. The technology will launch in early 2016 at no additional cost.

AT&T is currently playing catchup with Sprint. The latter has already deployed a Wi-Fi calling service for its Apple customers alongside iOS 9.1.

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Written by: Istvan Fekete. www.digitcom.ca. Follow TheTelecomBlog.com by: RSS, Twitter, Facebook, or YouTube.

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