October 4, 2010
Swedish Operator Connects Families With a Single Number
A growing number of households are ditching fixed phones in favor of mobiles, but that's leaving callers with a problem: which mobile to dial if they want to reach any member of the household free to answer the phone. Swedish mobile operator 3 has a solution. PC World reports.
Operator 3 offers a service that allows a family to be reached on all their mobile phones using one number, which can be either their old fixed-line number or a new one on the mobile network.
The service is called 3Hemnummer Familj (3Home Number Family) and can be configured in three ways.
The first option is for calls to the family number to ring the mobile phones of all family members at the same time: the first person to pick up takes the call. The second is that calls to the family number are directed to each family members in turn, in a pre-set order. The last option is that the caller hears a recorded message inviting them to choose who to get connected: dial one for Francis, two for Eleanor, three for Sofia and so on.
The service can handle up to nine users.
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