Self-employed consultants, small businesses, users of online services and people with relatives in the UK can take advantage of a new app which gives multiple numbers on an existing mobile phone.
London based start-up Swytch, has published an app that allows you to have multiple UK mobile phone numbers on your existing smartphone, without the need for additional SIM cards.
Launched in October 2015, the Swytch app means each number can be identified individually and used for both incoming and outgoing calls and texts.
Wherever you are in the world you can download the app, available for iOS and Android, and call and text using UK mobile numbers at local rates.
You can have a UK mobile number while abroad with no roaming charges. Businesses, freelancers and consultants based abroad can better connect with their UK customers.
There is no need to change your phone, SIM card or network operator if you need an additional phone number.
The app allows users to have up to five additional mobile numbers on one mobile device, all of which can be used for both incoming and outgoing calls and text messages.
The app provides a way for small, independent businesses, freelancers and the self-employed to add additional mobile phone numbers to an existing phone, giving control and visibility over each line.
Swytch is also for people who do not want to use their main mobile phone number for online services, such as dating websites, online marketplaces and recruitment agents.
It can be used in businesses that have international users that want local numbers and call rates, as well as people who want to keep their primary number private.
The app does for mobile numbers what Dropbox has done for files; it detaches the numbers from the SIM card and hosts them in the cloud.
Users can login to their Swytch account from any internet connected device and communicate from any of their Swytch numbers.
Chris Michael, CEO and Co-Founder of Swytch said: "The need for Swytch was born out of my own experience running several companies at the same time.
I struggled to separate communications between them, as I always hated the idea of carrying another mobile phone for each business; I couldn't find a solution."
Swytch may solve the issue of carrying two phones around for many of us. And that is good news for me.