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Old 02.08.2016, 12:48
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two phones / one number?

Is there a way to have two phones that have the same number?

I have a large-ish Samsung Galaxy Note that is good for stylus input when I am in the workplace. But it's big for travel. So I am thinking of getting the nice and small Samsung Galaxy A3 for travel. (But I don't want to swap sim cards every time I travel because I travel a lot, so two phones / one no would be easiest.)
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Old 02.08.2016, 12:50
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Is there a way to have two phones that have the same number?

I have a large-ish Samsung Galaxy Note that is good for stylus input when I am in the workplace. But it's big for travel. So I am thinking of getting the nice and small Samsung Galaxy A3 for travel. (But I don't want to swap sim cards every time I travel because I travel a lot, so two phones / one no would be easiest.)
Swisscom does it. Not sure about the other providers.

https://www.swisscom.ch/en/residenti...xtra-card.html
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Re: two phones / one number?

Missed that, thanks!
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Re: two phones / one number?

You could buy a Skype number. Then you have a fixed number and then whatever device you log in with it will ring.
It can be PC, mac, tablet or phone (Android or iOS).

https://support.skype.com/en/faq/FA2...a-skype-number
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Re: two phones / one number?

Thanks. I didn't want to switch to a different number. But I didn't know about the skype number and it looks interesting for the future, maybe for specific groups of contacts.

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You could buy a Skype number. Then you have a fixed number and then whatever device you log in with it will ring.
It can be PC, mac, tablet or phone (Android or iOS).

https://support.skype.com/en/faq/FA2...a-skype-number
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Re: two phones / one number?

If you can't get two SIMs with the same number then just forward one number to another?
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If you can't get two SIMs with the same number then just forward one number to another?
And pay for a second line you don't need, plus potential additional call charges, especially if you're travelling.

TBH though, on those two devices swapping the SIM should be a matter of seconds only, so I really don't think it's a big deal, although I agree a second SIM would sometimes be nice if it's possible.
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Re: two phones / one number?

You could take a look at this.

The way they advertise it is as a holder for a second SIM which you then pair to your single phone - so one phone works with two SIMs.

But of course, if you put in your single SIM, you can choose which phone to pair it to at any time, thus getting two phones working (alternately) with one SIM. Indeed you can even pair it with a 'non-phone' such as an iPod and effectively make that into a phone.

Of course, you have to remember to charge it and carry it with you and pair it each time...and you may still need a 'dummy' SIM in each phone in order for them to boot up properly...
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Re: two phones / one number?

If you go with the swisscom 2nd sim get them to explain what they mean by

"— The extra SIM cannot be combined either with a Mobile Unlimited Data subscription or with a prepaid offer"

and how that relates to the plan you are currently on.
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Re: two phones / one number?

I have one of the Swisscom NATEL packages - an agent said that it's eligible for a second SIM.

However my enthusiasm for the service dropped when I discovered that
"CHF 10 per month ; One-time fee CHF 40"

wasn't referring to two alternatives, with one alternative being to make a one-off payment of CHF 40. Instead it's a CHF 40 startup fee followed by CHF 10 per month. Maybe Swisscom are able to justify that it costs significant money in the world of telecomms to provide a second SIM to a customer, but my default position is to be skeptical...
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Re: two phones / one number?

I think all providers charge for a second SIM service. You are paying for a service, in this case an entry in a intelligent network database. Your second SIM has a separate number which cannot normally be rung directly, when somebody calls you Swisscom have to do a lookup to see which phone/SIM/number is active and route the call to the correct handset.

Swisscom also suggests that only one handset is turned on, some other networks don't care and will send the call/messages to both phones.

10 CHF is pretty cheap for anything in Switzerland.
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Re: two phones / one number?

I just did a quick search and it seems there might be an app which does what you want. I can imagine you also have to pay for that. If you google what you need you'll probably find better answers, if you don't want to pay Swisscom.
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