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Two cell phones sharing the same number

by gbuntyn / April 25, 2009 12:52 PM PDT

Is it possible to have one number on two cell phones?
Either both at the same time or one at a time?

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Re: sharing number
by Kees Bakker / April 25, 2009 8:32 PM PDT

For a GSM the number is burned into the SIM-card. And your provider won't make 2 SIM-cards with the same number. But you can use that same card in different phones at different times.


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Possible in Europe
by LucJs / April 25, 2009 9:08 PM PDT

Depends on your operator. I have a phone built-in into my car, and another portable one. Both have a SIM card with the same number. Network routes call to the phone that last communicated with the network.

It's not ideal, you always have to switch-off one and then switch on the other one, if you want to make sure that the calls go where you want them.

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phone in US
by birdmantd Forum moderator / April 25, 2009 10:54 PM PDT
In reply to: Possible in Europe

Might be possible in Europe but not in the US. The billing systems simply will not allow two SIM #'s active for the same phone #. I also think that is considered illegal in the US (cloning).

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that's too bad... :(
by pianoplayer88key / April 26, 2009 11:29 PM PDT
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... a while back I was looking into the possibility of getting one of the regional unlimited $30-50/mo or so plans for local area calling from a place like MetroPCS, Cricket, etc, while retaining my T-Mobile prepaid for roaming, but both having the same number so people I have given my number to in the past wouldn't need to be given a new one. Also I was wanting a data plan, because I'm getting tired of being restricted to T-Zones, ESPN, ABC and CNN for web browsing on my phone. I was thinking it would be nice to have it set up so that an incoming call would ring both phones simultaneously, and whichever one I answered would determine which account gets billed for the call. And, if I missed a call, either it would go to the voicemail of the phone last used on a successful call (or one I attempted to initiate), or I'd set it up so my voicemail all went on one account.

Oh well... one can dream, I guess Plain

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Also check out Google Voice
by Pepe7 / April 27, 2009 12:10 AM PDT
In reply to: that's too bad... :(
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(NT) I too have the same dream...
by hiredan / November 30, 2010 1:03 PM PST
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yes it is
by ellis feigenbaum / April 27, 2009 7:35 PM PDT

It is absolutely possible to do on a cdma network, however if you just walk in to your local verizon they will never let you and will tell you it is impossible.
What you need is a friendly local wireless shop and for a fee( very often in cash under the table- you never heard this here) they can programme the same number into both phones.
I have found this useful in the past when I had a hard wired car hand set, these days i dont find it so useful.

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Verizon will spit such a scheme back out
by Pepe7 / April 28, 2009 1:02 AM PDT
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System audits on the current technologies eliminate such schemes. It won't work, certainly not more than very temporarily.


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