Line2 (News - Alert) announced recently that its cloud-based phone service had become available for the Apple Watch. From the wearable device, users will be able to communicate in several different ways.
San Francisco-based Line2 offers personal and business versions of a cloud phone service that functions as a second line for a smartphone or other supported communication device.
The typical smartphone contains pretty much everything from an information and telecom standpoint that a typical person uses on a daily basis. The problem is that everything, whether work-related or personal is all lumped together; Line 2 provides an app that allows you to keep them separate. Prior to its availability on the Apple Watch, Line 2 supported Android, iPhone (News - Alert), iPad, Fire OS, Mac OS and Windows.
The personal or standard plan includes basic features for $9.95 per month. These features include unlimited inbound calling, and texting; 5,000 outbound minutes per month; group calling for up to 25 people; and a U.S. or Canada phone number.
For five more dollars per month, business users can get the same features as the standard plan plus a toll-free number; simultaneous call forwarding; the ability to add or remove several lines; auto attendant; and after hours call handling. Both the business and standard plans are available through a seven-day free trial.
The Apple (News - Alert) Watch version of the Line 2 app will allow users to send messages through hands-free dictation or from a list of pre-recorded responses. Incoming calls can be forwarded to a smartphone or sent to voice mail. Basic call settings like do not disturb, call forwarding, and ringer volume can also be controlled.
Neither Line 2 nor any of the major VoIP apps for the Apple Watch seem to support voice calls through their apps, however. This is too bad, because it would be useful for some applications where even having a smartphone on speaker is not a great option and a wearable would work better. A press release from Line 2 makes vague references to upcoming features, but offers no specifics. Those who hoped they could use VoIP apps to talk to their watches like Dick Tracy will have to wait a little longer.
Edited by Dominick Sorrentino
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