One smartphone is more than enough to make you feel like a time-poor babysitter. You must feed it, pay attention to every sound it makes, and keep it safe and protected at all times. So, when you decide that you need a second phone line (perhaps to separate your professional and private life), you are entirely determined to find a better solution than a second smartphone. Not only do we understand where you’re coming from, but we also have the solution you’re looking for.
Launched by Google back in 2009, Google Voice is a free telephony service available to all US customers. The service provides you a phone number that you can use for phone calls and text messages, affordable international calls, voicemail, and call forwarding.
All activity is synchronized online and accessible via a web-based application or a smartphone app. Some of the more interesting features of Google Voice include free voicemail transcriptions, the ability to set up personalized greetings based on calling number, or the support for group chats with photos.
Despite Google Voice’s attractive price of zero dollars, there’s a high demand by businesses, freelancers, and entrepreneurs for alternative telephony services. Some are concerned by the noticeable lack of updates Google Voice has received over the years, some want more features, and some have simply never hit it off with Google Voice.
Sideline is perhaps the most recommended second number app for Android, and it’s easy to see why. The basic version is free, yet it comes packed with useful features and a polished user interface. Sideline allows you to transfer your existing number and select any area code you want. Texting is free and so are custom voicemail greetings and voicemail forwarding. The cost of calling is determined by your carrier plan, and international calling to over 165 countries costs $15 per month per user. Other features, such as auto-attendant, Salesforce integration, voicemail to text, and others, are available as in-app purchases.
Flyp may be a young app, but it’s already making huge waves. Its two biggest attractions are the ability to have up to 5 phone numbers on a single device and the fact that you can call and text and Flyp phone number in more than 15 countries for free. Companies that spend a lot of money on internal communication can save a small fortune and still easily stay in touch with the outside world.
You can try Flyp for 7 days before it tells you to purchase an unlimited plan. US customers are currently charged either $7.99 USD for monthly subscribers or $79.99 USD for yearly subscribers. Included in Flyp’s unlimited plan are unlimited calling and texting, voicemail customization, and custom area codes.
Get a Dual-SIM Smartphone
Sometimes, a second number is thrust upon you in the form of an additional SIM card. While it’s theoretically possible to use the number that’s associated with the SIM card with the above-described apps, it’s infinitely more convenient to have the option to use it alongside your primary SIM card.
Best Dual Sim Smartphone (2017)
|Samsung||Samsung Galaxy S8 - Dual Sim||655|
|LG||LG G6 - Dual Sim||509.09|
|Motorola||Motorola Moto G5 Dual Sim||215|
|Samsung||Samsung Galaxy J7 LTE (2016)||209.96|
Dual-SIM smartphones can do just that, and they’re becoming more popular every year. Asian smartphone manufacturers rarely release a device without this feature because they know that it would stand no chance on the local market. Western customers seem to really enjoy dual-SIM card smartphones as well, motivating manufacturers to release more such devices.
And don’t think that only high-end smartphones have dual-SIM card slots. For example, the recently released Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 cost just around $200, yet it features a full HD screen, high-end CPU and GPU, excellent camera, and, of course, two SIM card slots.