Have Your Phone Number Ring on Multiple Devices

It's interesting for some and important for others to have multiple phones ring on a single incoming call. This means when a certain phone number is called, several devices can ring at once instead of just one.

Maybe you want your home phone, office phone, and mobile phone to ring at the same time. This might be useful for work and personal reasons alike so that you're less likely to miss important calls. This setup also lets you choose where to talk based on the nature of the call.

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Traditionally, this type of situation calls for a PBX configuration, which is quite expensive both as a service and in terms of equipment. The huge investment it involves is a deterrent that has caused the concept itself to be rare.

Fortunately, some services out there offer phone numbers that let you have your number ring on multiple devices. With one number, you can configure a series of devices to ring whenever there's an incoming call. We're not talking about having one line with different branches and phone terminals but, instead, several different independent devices ringing, and you choosing which one to answer on.

Google Voice

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The free Google Voice service has revolutionized the "one number to ring them all" idea.

Google Voice offers a free phone number that rings multiple phones simultaneously, along with a package of many other features, including voicemail, voice-to-text transcription, call recording, conferencing, and visual voicemail.

There's a Google Voice app for Android and iOS devices.


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Phonebooth is a serious alternative to Google Voice and is also full of features. However, it costs money.

When you register for one user, you get two phone lines. It gives you a number in your area and lets you receive 200 minutes of calls. It also offers voice-to-text transcription, an auto attendant, and a click-to-call widget.

The Phonebooth service has a solid VoIP background behind it and therefore offers very competitive calling rates, comparable to other VoIP players on the market.

Use Your Carrier

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Some mobile carriers support this same feature of using your number with multiple devices. With these services, you can automatically forward incoming calls to all your devices, like your phone, smartwatch, and tablet.

AT&T's NumberSync lets you use a compatible device to answer your calls even if your phone is off or not with you.

Two similar devices include DIGITS from T-Mobile and Verizon's One Talk.

The same feature is kind of enabled on iOS devices like the iPhone and iPad. So long as the person is calling you over FaceTime, or you have a hardware that meets Continuity system requirements for the iPhone Cellular Calls feature, you can answer the call on your other iOS devices, including your Mac.

Install a Voice Calling App

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Some apps give you your own phone number while others aren't technically phones (because there isn't a number) but do let you accept calls from multiple devices, including your phones, tablets, and computers.

For example, these iOS apps that can make free calls can, of course, make and accept calls from other users of the apps, but because the programs are compatible with multiple platforms, you can essentially get your phone calls to ring on all devices at once.

As an example, you can install the FreedomPop app to get a free phone number that comes with the ability to call any landline or mobile phone in the U.S. Sign in to your account on your tablet and phone to have calls go to both devices.

These types of apps do not let you forward your "main" phone number to other devices.