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If you’ve been paying attention to T-Mobile’s moves over the last few years, we’re sure you’ve notice they are ever-engaged in a quest to one-up the competition. With this in mind, it is no surprise to hear that the company has another ace up its sleeves in the form of the newly unveiled Digits.

So what is Digits exactly? In many ways, Digits is essentially just T-Mobile’s version of many existing services including Google Voice and AT&T NumberSync, but it isn’t without a few of its own unique tricks.

Like the competition, Digits lets you use a single phone number on multiple devices including other phones, tablets, wearables, and computers. Where Digits goes beyond its rivals is in the support of advanced call forwarding features that allow you to have multiple phone numbers on the same device, including temporary numbers that could be perfect for those that don’t feel comfortable giving their personal number away to just anyone.

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Another scenario where Digits could come in handy is for folks who want a separate business and personal number on the same phone. It’s also worth noting that your T-Mobile numbers will work even on phones running on Verizon, AT&T, and other competing networks. All you need is to install the official Digits app. This could be perfect for situations like if your T-Mobile number is your main line but due to coverage issues while traveling you need to use another carrier.

It’s true that many of the things that T-Mobile’s Digits allows can already be accomplished through a combination of Google Voice and other VOIP services, but by offering a single solution that also has “carrier quality” calling, Digits is certainly a compelling option.

For the time being, Digits is a ‘beta’ service that current subscribers can sign up for if they so choose. T-Mobile will be formally rolling it out to everyone in 2017, at which time it will also be associated with a small subscription fee, though T-Mobile hasn’t clarified exactly how much the service will cost.

For more details or to sign up for the beta, you’ll want to head on over to T-Mobile. What do you think of Digits? How does it compare to other options on the market? Let us know in the comments below?

Andrew Grush
Andrew is one of the three Managing Editors of Android Authority, primarily responsible for the overseeing of US team of writers, in addition to several other projects such as VR Source and more. He loves tech, gaming, his family, and good conversations with like-minded folks.
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