Verizon Launches New 'My Numbers' Feature for Adding Up to 5 Numbers to a Single Smartphone

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    Verizon today announced the launch of a new "My Numbers" feature designed to let you add up to four additional numbers to a smartphone with unlimited calling and texting, for a total of five phone numbers connected to one device.

    To add additional numbers to a Verizon account, customers will need to download the My Numbers app from the iOS App Store.

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    From there, Verizon users can choose the number to add from the available list, and it's ready to use alongside a device's primary phone number. This will allow customers to have one phone number for business and a separate phone number for personal use on one device.

    With each number, there are separate voicemail and text messaging boxes in the My Numbers app to keep content from different numbers from getting mixed up.

    According to Verizon, each number added to your smartphone will cost $15 per line per month.

    Verizon's "My Phone" feature is similar to what Apple is doing with dual-SIM functionality in its latest iPhones, but it's not cross-carrier.

    In the U.S., carriers (including Verizon) are not yet supporting the eSIM, which means the dual-SIM feature that allows for two phone numbers to be used at once is not yet available.

    Article Link: Verizon Launches New 'My Numbers' Feature for Adding Up to 5 Numbers to a Single Smartphone
     
  2. joshwenke macrumors regular

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    This is why eSIM needs to be adopted rather than individual carriers coming up with their own solutions. An iOS-integrated dual number system is a better option for consumers than an app from the carrier (this opinion is based on the quality of previous apps I've used from multiple carriers compared to the integration of carrier services into iOS).
     
  3. bigboyz12000 macrumors member

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    I have always wanted the ability to have a duplicate SIM. Why? So i can have multiple phones with the same #. Why? I have multiple phones haha! In all seriousness, I would like to be able to have a SIM in lets say 3 iPhones, grab the one i want daily and use it (that easy) Next time i grab the next phone in line and so on...
     
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    I wonder if this is Verizon's way of thumbing their business nose at eSIM.
     
  5. Analog Kid macrumors 601

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    I really need this feature right now. Spent half the morning looking at shady second line apps so I can firewall my main number from what I fear will be a marketing onslaught from a set of calls I need to make.

    This is enough to make me consider switching to Verizon...
     
  6. H3LL5P4WN macrumors 68000

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    Nothing is worth switching to Verizon, lol.

    Have you considered Google Voice?
     
  7. NtDs90 macrumors member

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    Will this work so I can get an Apple Watch with its own number? Four kids that are not responsible enough to have their own phones. Want to keep track of them. Yes I’m a protective parent.
     
  8. Analog Kid macrumors 601

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    ??!!

    I’m trying to avoid unwanted marketing, not plug into marketing’s main artery!
     
  9. H3LL5P4WN macrumors 68000

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    lol, I didn't think of that when I wrote it. I mean, you can create a throw away gmail account in order to get the Google Voice number. Would that help?
     
  10. OldSchoolMacGuy Suspended

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    This is their way of keeping people from making more use of other service providers with the dual SIMs. "Please don't leave us. Here's another option that involves giving us more money."
     
  11. H3LL5P4WN macrumors 68000

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    ...but you're going to stick a $250-350-ish wrist computer on them?

    Besides, I don't think the Apple Watch will do what you want it to do (without them having their own phones). Plus, when the Watch has to rely on it's cellular radio, it just devours the battery.

    Here, this will suit your needs just fine:

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  12. alphaod macrumors Core

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    I moved a second line into Google Voice. It's free, or cheap if I need to make international calls. I can also block numbers and then appear to be disconnected to future calls.
     
  13. Ertan macrumors newbie

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    In Turkey, Turkcell offers a similar app for two years, and this summer they added a second number feature (free service for an unkown period). I'm almost happy with it, it lacks sending text from the second number, you can't use its data plan neither, But I can place and receive calls within the application.
     
  14. Analog Kid macrumors 601

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    Silly human, thinking you can outsmart the Google. Google knows.

    Seriously, though, I’d probably go with one of those shady VOIP apps before giving Google another vector to my data...
     
  15. H3LL5P4WN macrumors 68000

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    That's why I suggested it as a throw away. So once you do your calling, you just close the account.
     
  16. spiddyman007 macrumors regular

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    So why would u.s. carriers support an esim in an Apple Watch but not in an iPhone. It’s stupid.
     
  17. Texas26257 macrumors member

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    Lots of Verizon hate but I never had one issue and customer service has been great

    I assume it’s the price but for me it’s the o my one with service in all of the areas I travel.

    My now my coworker had sprint hates them but in sprints defense she is always pst due and canceled so I think what she hates is that they make her pay
     
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  19. antdale macrumors newbie

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    T-Mobile already does this...welcome Verizon to the present...
     
  20. NtDs90 macrumors member

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    I did that wrong.

    A phone can easily be left at school. A watch is on their wrist. Plus calling to be picked up or texting. GPS if their in trouble. I have one kids that’s autistic. That would have come in handy a few months ago. Thank god the sheriff found her first.
     
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    @H3LL5P4WN has the right idea. If you think you're going to get unwanted marketing calls, a Google Voice line is the perfect conduit for those. I have several that I use just for that reason. They go nowhere and don't link back to me.
     
  22. smithrh macrumors 68020

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    Also consider the Burner app, works great, plus it works for texts.
     
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    Yeah I have the unlimited burner for $4.99 that provides unlimited calling and text so I’m not sure how this is any different... except price.
     
  24. luvbug macrumors regular

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    And folks around here think Apple's getting greedy?? $15/month to use phone number aliases that aren't functional across carriers. Thanks VZ, again, for gouging us.
     
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