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How to get a second number on your phone

150 150 Andy Munarriz

Looking to get a second number on your phone?

Whether you’re finally kickstarting your side business or just want some more privacy, having two numbers on your phone sounds like a no-brainer but how do you actually do it? 🔎

In this handy guide, we’ll go over the best options to get a solution up and running.

A quick bit of housekeeping, this guide will be focused on secondary UK mobile numbers, not landline numbers. ☎️

So at a glance what are your options to have two numbers:

• Another Number
• eSim

A few people would suggest Skype Numbers but we’ll cover why that’s different later on.

Looking to get a second number on your phone?

Whether you’re finally kickstarting your side business or just want some more privacy, having two numbers on your phone sounds like a no-brainer but how do you actually do it? 🔎

In this handy guide, we’ll go over the best options to get a solution up and running.

A quick bit of housekeeping, this guide will be focused on secondary UK mobile numbers, not landline numbers. ☎️

So at a glance what are your options to have two numbers:

• Another Number
• eSim

A few people would suggest Skype Numbers but we’ll cover why that’s different later on.

Another Number

What is Another Number ❓

Another Number is an IOS and Andriod app that gives you a dedicated UK second mobile number on your personal phone. The service runs through the Another Number app and works through your mobile network, data, and WiFi.

Another Number Features 🚀

Another Number offers the most bang for the buck when looking at second number options as you not only get a second UK number but a slick app that boasts additional features like voicemail transcribed to text and a switchboard to silence incoming calls/texts between certain hours (perfect for workaholics).

Another Number Experience 🤩

So how good is Another Number? Is it just another app that over promises and under delivers…well removing bias it’s the smoothest solution. It rings when dialled and calls when needed, pretty much everything you’d expect.

The final touch that many users seem to love about Another Number is the fact all your second number calls, texts, and voicemails are stored in the app; perfect for keeping personal and work communications separate. Your entire workflow in one place, not scattered across numerous apps.

Another Number Pricing 💳

In terms of pricing, Another Number is a simple monthly subscription via the App or Google play store. Plans start from £2.99/mo and max out at £9.99/mo for unlimited usage.

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Another Number

What is Another Number ❓

Another Number is an IOS and Andriod app that gives you a dedicated UK second mobile number on your personal phone. The service runs through the Another Number app and works through your mobile network, data, and WiFi.

Another Number Features 🚀

Another Number offers the most bang for the buck when looking at second number options as you not only get a second UK number but a slick app that boasts additional features like voicemail transcribed to text and a switchboard to silence incoming calls/texts between certain hours (perfect for workaholics).

Another Number Experience 🤩

So how good is Another Number? Is it just another app that over promises and under delivers…well removing bias it’s the smoothest solution. It rings when dialled and calls when needed, pretty much everything you’d expect.

The final touch that many users seem to love about Another Number is the fact all your second number calls, texts, and voicemails are stored in the app; perfect for keeping personal and work communications separate. Your entire workflow in one place, not scattered across numerous apps.

Another Number Pricing 💳

In terms of pricing, Another Number is a simple monthly subscription via the App or Google play store. Plans start from £2.99/mo and max out at £9.99/mo for unlimited usage.

Download Another Number

eSim/Dual Sim

What is an eSim ❓

So we all know what a sim card is, a tiny chip that slots into your phone that you can never find the tool to pop out, well an eSim is just a tiny embedded version of that in your phone. With an eSim you’ll effectively have 2 sim cards in your phone; 1 physical, 1 embedded.

Apple isn’t a fan of the phrase eSim and prefers the term Dual Sim…..very Apple.

How do you use an eSim 🤔

So unlike Another Number, an eSim will be a second number embedded into your phone and not run through an app, the service will require a contract and compatible device. Currently, the only main UK providers offering this service are EE and O2.

What device do you need for an eSim 🍎

So what phone will you need to run an eSim from? The following are eSim compatible in the UK:

iPhone XS Max, XS, XR, 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max and SE 2020
Samsung Galaxy S20 4G, S20 5G, S20 5G Plus, S20 Ultra 5G
Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL.

eSim Experience 👏

So, now we’ve discussed the requirements to get an eSim. What is it like to use? Well on an Apple device it’s great, it works flawlessly through IOS and has a very fluid experience.

An eSim is also great for combining two networks on one device, for example, EE at home and O2 in the office and therefore offers increased coverage options.*

eSim Pricing 💰

The only limitations of an eSim are traditional contract lengths and prices, it’s a commitment for someone who just wants to trial a second number service (plus you’ll need one of the latest and greatest devices.)

eSim/Dual Sim

What is an eSim ❓

So we all know what a sim card is, a tiny chip that slots into your phone that you can never find the tool to pop out, well an eSim is just a tiny embedded version of that in your phone. With an eSim you’ll effectively have 2 sim cards in your phone; 1 physical, 1 embedded.

Apple isn’t a fan of the phrase eSim and prefers the term Dual Sim…..very Apple.

How do you use an eSim 🤔

So unlike Another Number, an eSim will be a second number embedded into your phone and not run through an app, the service will require a contract and compatible device. Currently, the only main UK providers offering this service are EE and O2.

What device do you need for an eSim 🍎

So what phone will you need to run an eSim from? The following are eSim compatible in the UK:

iPhone XS Max, XS, XR, 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max and SE 2020
Samsung Galaxy S20 4G, S20 5G, S20 5G Plus, S20 Ultra 5G
Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL.

eSim Experience 👏

So, now we’ve discussed the requirements to get an eSim. What is it like to use? Well on an Apple device it’s great, it works flawlessly through IOS and has a very fluid experience.

An eSim is also great for combining two networks on one device, for example, EE at home and O2 in the office and therefore offers increased coverage options.*

eSim Pricing 💰

The only limitations of an eSim are traditional contract lengths and prices, it’s a commitment for someone who just wants to trial a second number service (plus you’ll need one of the latest and greatest devices.)

Skype Numbers

What is Skype Numbers ❓

So we have to give Skype Numbers a mention as it’s been compared to Another Number quite a few times. We’ll keep it short and sweet, Skype numbers only offer local numbers i.e landlines so it’s not a second mobile service.

Skype Numbers Pricing 😬

Plus you’ll end up paying two subscriptions with Skype, one for a Skype Number, and one for credit allowance – for unlimited UK calling it works out to be £20.15/mo.

Skype Numbers

What is Skype Numbers ❓

So we have to give Skype Numbers a mention as it’s been compared to Another Number quite a few times. We’ll keep it short and sweet, Skype numbers only offer local numbers i.e landlines so it’s not a second mobile service.

Skype Numbers Pricing 😬

Plus you’ll end up paying two subscriptions with Skype, one for a Skype Number, and one for credit allowance – for unlimited UK calling it works out to be £20.15/mo.

Should I use Another Number or an eSim?

Conclusion 🏅

Leaving bias at the door, which service is for you?

If it’s extended coverage you’re looking for and contract length isn’t a concern; an eSim is a great option, we’d recommend it in this user case. 📡

If you’re after a second UK number and want an easy monthly billing cycle with a dedicated App then Another Number is for you….plus it’ll work on older devices. 🤙

For more information on Another Number, please see below.

Should I use Another Number or an eSim?

Conclusion 🏅

Leaving bias at the door, which service is for you?

If it’s extended coverage you’re looking for and contract length isn’t a concern; an eSim is a great option, we’d recommend it in this user case. 📡

If you’re after a second UK number and want an easy monthly billing cycle with a dedicated App then Another Number is for you….plus it’ll work on older devices. 🤙

For more information on Another Number, please see below.

Easy, affordable pricing....

Easy, affordable pricing....

Another Number is an accredited Crown Commercial Service Supplier and our services are available on GOV.UK Digital Marketplace

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Another Number for Teams

Another Number is an accredited Crown Commercial Service Supplier and our services are available on GOV.UK Digital Marketplace

Download Another Number

Another Number for Teams

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