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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.

Kees

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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
In reply to: phone in US

... 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
In reply to: that's too bad... :(
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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
In reply to: yes it is

System audits on the current technologies eliminate such schemes. It won't work, certainly not more than very temporarily.

-Pedro

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Same phone #'s different carrires
by Bubbabighead / April 19, 2016 5:02 PM PDT

Can two people have the same phone number, but different carriers. example Joe's phone # is (310)222-5555 his carrier is AT&T, and Billy Bob's phone # is (310)222-5555 same # as Joe's however, Ole Billy Bob's carrier is Verizon.

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That's an easy no.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 19, 2016 5:15 PM PDT

Sorry but just a short answer without offering to explain a long why. Mostly it's how the phone system works. It does not support this.

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Nonsense.
by Ilovemynote / April 23, 2016 6:04 AM PDT

One phone number on one active SIM card, period.
Let's look at how silly this is: If I'm calling that number, who gets my call? Joe or Billy Bob? Both. Who's annoyed? Everyone.

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Possible Victim?
by Knox Gibson / June 1, 2016 7:44 AM PDT
In reply to: Nonsense.

That's pretty interesting.

I've been receiving phone calls for about a week looking for a 'Carlos' in regards to shipping a car somewhere. I've probably gotten 25 calls or so (All from shipping companies), which made me assume this Carlos guy didn't want to give out his real number, but my wife just informed me that when our Vet tried to call me last week, he was just greeted with a Hispanic voicemail and hung up. Though when I try calling my number from my office, it still goes through to my voicemail. So something must be up. The plot thickens. Any suggestions?

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what you want is conferencing
by James Denison / April 19, 2016 6:15 PM PDT

Even Magic Jack offers that service. Various ways it works, but someone can call a number and then give it the numbers it wants added to the conference, so a multi-phone connection can be used. Check with your carrier.

Phone conferencing, low as $10 per month.

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No. Specifically, not on 2 SIM cards
by Ilovemynote / April 23, 2016 5:58 AM PDT

You can port your number to Google voice, (which is not on a SIM card) and keep your number on Google voice, using whatever prepaid sim you get from any carrier in the world. You can set Google voice as the primary on the phone for talk and text.

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