O2 has launched a new app for iOS, Android and Windows 7 PCs that lets you text and call from multiple devices and computers using your existing mobile number. UK customers on pay monthly contracts simply plug their details into TU Go to sync texts, calls and voicemails across their tablets, mobiles and computers.
The new service can be seen as a response to the rise in free texting and VoIP apps, such as Whatsapp, Skype and and Facebook Messenger, now so prevalent on mobiles and tablets. However, texts and calls routed through TU Go are still deducted from a user’s monthly allowance, even if a Wi-Fi connection is being used. There’s no charge to use TU Go itself.
O2 has been keen to emphasis the portability TU Go now gives its customers. “Customers can now take their mobile number wherever they like, even away from their mobile,” said Sally Cowdry, Marketing and Consumer Director. “TU Go lets you take a call on a tablet and pick up text messages on a PC… we’re letting nothing stand between our customers and their number.”
As many of us constantly have our mobiles to hand in any case, the new app may seem of limited use — unless you’re in an area with no data coverage and a strong Wi-Fi signal, perhaps. However, being able to view a combined timeline of calls, texts and voicemails from a computer or tablet with no extra effort does have a certain appeal, and if one of your devices runs out of battery you can keep texting from another.
Installing the app doesn’t affect the operation of your mobile phone, which will still receive calls and texts in the same way (even if TU Go is installed on the same device). To run the mobile app, you’ll need an iOS 5.0+ or an Android 2.3.1+ device; O2 has suggested that apps for other platforms are on the way.