AT&T (NYSE: T) extended its NumberSync service to the Samsung Gear S2, enabling customers to use their primary phone number on the smart watch for voice calls and text messaging. Existing customers can access NumberSync on the Gear S2 through a software update; the service will be available to new users upon initial setup.
NumberSync enables smart watches and other wearables to connect to the network directly rather than using a Bluetooth connection. Customers can use a single phone number across multiple devices even when their smartphone is turned off or otherwise disconnected from the network.
The Gear S2 is the first product to support NumberSync.
AT&T also announced a holiday promotion for the Gear S2, selling the smart watch with NumberSync for $99.99 with a two-year agreement. The device requires a Mobile Share Value plan, which starts at $30 for a new plan or an additional $10 with an existing plan.
Both T-Mobile (NYSE:TMUS) and Sprint (NYSE: S) have said they are developing similar offerings that can share a single phone number to multiple devices.
- see this AT&T press release
T-Mobile and Sprint, like AT&T, to let customers share primary phone number with connected devices
AT&T to let customers link their smartphone number to wearables and other devices through 'NumberSync' service
Article updated 12/16 to clarify the Gear S2 is the first product to support NumberSync.