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I will be traveling to spain. I can see on the website that calling from here (canada) to spain would cost 0.50$ a minute, I expect the same would be true the other way around, but what about using it to call from spain to spain? i might need to call someone over there. I will need to verify if my phone can block messages from canada over there while still allowing me those local calls.

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Hey, if you call from Spain to Spain its still roaming so you will get billed the $0.50/min same goes for message...the best option its to get a local sim if you going to call a lot...and here is hope Koodo come up with a better international roaming bundle
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Du wrote:

Hey, if you call from Spain to Spain its still roaming so you will get billed the $0.50/min same ...

That's incorrect Du! The op quoted the rates from Canada to Spain which would be international long distance. Bit when someone is in Spain the romaing rates are $1.50 per minute. Zone 1 rates http://help.koodomobile.com/coverage-long-distance-and-travelling/travelling
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Your rates would be different calling Spain from Canada vs. calling from Spain. Look at Zone 1 rates. http://help.koodomobile.com/coverage-long-distance-and-travelling/travelling
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oops , I mis-read OPs rate quote, good catch Rudy!
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It sounds like you don't want international service to or from Canada while you are travelling. Best bet may be to put Koodo on seasonal hold and get a local SIM card. http://www.spainexpat.com/spain/information/mobile_and_cellular_phones_in_spain/ According to above, you can use the phone locally and NOT be charged for incoming calls, maybe even those from Canada. Worth checking out if you are gone for any length of time. Look for a supplier that can deal with AT&T-compatible US phones. They will likely know nada about Koodo.
According to this, I should just leave the phone here. Most likely, this international add-0n, if I was to activate it today, would take effect next month, when I'll be back from the trip. My phone probably would'nt accept any foreign sim card anyway. Nothing ever works on that cheap Samsung Galaxy. Of course, I"m not going to buy a mobile phone over there just for a two-week trip. Let's just hope I don,t make any friends over there and don,t have anyone to call, lol.
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Au contraire... International add-on takes effect right away. Samsung Galaxy probably the most universally compatible phone as far as SIM goes. Follow step 1 and step 2 after clicking on [b]Travelling outside theses locations? http://help.koodomobile.com/coverage-long-distance-and-travelling/travelling Your decision as to whether price of roaming is worth the effort. But I tend to agree with you, for 2 weeks I'd really rather have a complete vacation and leave the phone at home.
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Im not sure which international add on your talking about. I feel like your talking about the International Long distance saver. Which only gives you the better rates on calls originating in Canada. Once you leave the country the long distance saver doesnt do anything for you as it all falls under roaming. Atlhough as Bob said, if you add it today, it will be added immediately.
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Follow step 1 and step 2 after clicking on [b]Travelling outside these locations?

That's the add-on I was refering to. I'll have to check out if a sim from over there would work, but since I have no idea were I should go over there for that, AND I would probably have to deal with this in spanish, which I don't speak, I'll probably not bother, lol. I'll get the add-ons, and only use the phone if I really need to, I guess. I don't know why these are not already included if they really are 0$ a month. Thanks guys.
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Stephane Bouchard wrote:

That's the add-on I was refering to. I'll have to check out if a sim from over there would wo...

It's a safety valve: Koodo forces you actively do something to get internatinal roaming going. Otherwise grandma might have a glass of wine too many and call the grandkids to wish them a happy birthday from the cruise ship at $7.00 a minute. If you're forced to add-on, at least you are warned about the $$$ it may cost. Buying the SIM will work, but you will have to pay to get your phone unlocked first.
the point is now moot anyway. got my phone stolen on the very first day of the trip. there goes my internet, my gps, my clock, my camera , my radio, my music, my games and my notebook in addition to the communication capability. joy.
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😞 bad news nobody expected, but life goes on. Look into some kind of back-up solution when you get your new phone. For me, vacation time = burner phone, until I am sufficiently comfortable with the locale to bring my own. Too much at stake. QED.
burner phones? never heard of that. some sort of rented phone? wish i had heard of that before. not sure if ill get another cell anytime soon, still have to pay balance on this one. anyway thanks for your help.
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Stephane Bouchard wrote:

burner phones? never heard of that. some sort of rented phone? wish i had heard of that before. n...

"Burner phone" is just a cheap prepaid throw-away voice/text phone that you can pick up in convenience or Dollar stores. Family Dollar in the US has been know to have them on sale for as low as $5 including a few hundred local minutes. Lots to choose from in the $20 range. Features definitely limited and not available in all countries.
Stephane Bouchard wrote:

burner phones? never heard of that. some sort of rented phone? wish i had heard of that before. n...

Never saw such a thing, maybe they dont exist in Quebec. I should get one while i'm still here, if they exist in spain.
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Stephane. If your phone is stolen, make sure you login to your self service and suspend your service right away.
I did as soon as I got some internet acces, which was not that easy without my phone. I had a choice of reporting it as lost or stolen. Im not sure what difference it makes. i wrote lost, although im pretty sure it was stolen, i hope that was not a mistake, but its not like some guy asked for it at gunpoint, it just dissapeared from my pocket. Too bad I can' t find one of those "locate a phone" service that works in Spain. I figured lost would give me a chance to reactivate the servce in case it was actually found, and report as stolen would not. thanks for the tip, anyway.

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