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Topic # 231851 16-Mar-2018 11:23
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Hi all.

As a fire fighter I've come to rely more and more on mobile technology to be advised of calls, routing to incidents, hydrant locations, etc, etc.

At a recent call I managed to drop my iPhone X in the middle of the road absolutely destroying the screen. Yes, I should have had a fully protective case on, and I did have previously but it had interfered with the operation of the phone functions (blocking the light sensor making the screen go blank even when not held to my face), so I had removed it in preference for a slimline case and glass protector.

While insurance was doing its thing I bought the cheapest phone I could - one of those $50 Android Warehouse phones. It's been an interesting few days dealing with that, but at the end of the day it works adequately as a phone and mobile browser and at 1/40th the price it provides more than 1/40th of the functionality.

This has led me to ask how I might be able to get away with having two phones, one which is used in my private life and looked after, the other which is grabbed on call-outs and it doesn't matter if it is dropped, lost, or destroyed.

I would need both phones to basically mirror one another when it comes to phone calls, messages, etc. I suspect I cannot achieve this by using two sim cards connected to the same phone account, so what other options are there?

If I had a cheap/old iPhone and my iPhone X, apps such as FB Messenger, iPhone Messages, etc, could be installed on each and effectively mirror one another. It's really just the receipt of phone calls which could not be achieved on each at the same time. Is there an option such as getting a Google Voice account or something like that which would provide a single phone number but would ring on multiple devices? Obviously each phone would need it's own data account but that would be ok.

Any suggestions?


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  Reply # 1978554 16-Mar-2018 11:51
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You could enable call diversion on your iPhone X to an alternate number. You'd miss SMS, but you could set up iMessage & other apps (iMessage only if it's a different iPhone) with the same number.


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  Reply # 1978568 16-Mar-2018 12:07
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You could have a Skype subscription with a landline number and divert mobile number to that number. When someone calls you mobile Skype call will ring on every device you are signed in with your Skype account.


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  Reply # 1985804 30-Mar-2018 02:25
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Can't you just get the people who manage the fire callout system to program in multiple phone numbers? Im Assuming that the same callout already goes to multiple firefighters already. So this method would be the best if supported.

Otherwise Spark support simultaneous ring on a landline and mobile. Ask them If they can support it on 2 mobiles.

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  Reply # 1985814 30-Mar-2018 08:12
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I use to have a work phone and a personal phone. It was a hassle carrying both around at times.


With Vodafone (and this may work on other networks idk) you can set it up so it rings 5 times then diverts to another number (


Most people now use IM apps such as FB Messenger, Viber, Whats App etc... and you can set those up on multiple devices anyway so that's not a problem. For SMS text messages I had an app that would forward any text messages to my personal phone. 


I suppose in your case you can do what I do but in reverse.




The Apple Watch 3 LTE would be your ideal solution as it basically clones your sim onto the watch but it's not available here yet. 





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