Changing phone number conundrum

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I reside in Alberta but planning to change my phone number to Toronto’s area code due to future employment. I still want to keep my current number on a free VOIP service such as Fongo in order to keep receiving calls on my current number. I cannot just simply move number to fongo and open a new line with Toronto are code because I have the 10 gb 60$ plan which I want to keep.

In essence, I want to change the phone number of my current plan and still want to keep the number that will go back into koodo’s database once I change my number to a new one. How do I do this?
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Paul Deschamps, Mobile Master

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Unfourtunatley you can't do that, once you port your present number anywhere else it will automatically close your Koodo account.
Now if you change your number you'll lose your present number as well.
There's no way to achieve what you want to do and keep your plan.
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David, Mobile Master

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Get a Toronto number from a VoIP supplier, and forward it to your Alberta number.
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As long as you keep your AB number active on Koodo you can stick with your AB plan.

David's suggestion is ideal, except that most VoIP providers can't/won't handle or forward text messages.

Another advantage is that all your current AB contacts as well as new ON ones can reach you with a local call. Most folks will stop calling is they have to pay for long distance.

You can drive through 4 telephone area codes and 2 countries within an hour where I live, so to keep things simple for contacts I have a main VoIP number and two DiD (dummy numbers that can forward calls) that all feed into my cell.
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Solution to BobTheElectrician's conundrum would be to choose one of the VoIP providers which does manage SMS, or treat your Toronto number as if it were a landline. So a business card might look like:

Manpreet Singh Saini
tel: 416-123-4567
cel: 403-123-4567

Those who want to text you will figure it out. Those who want to call can choose either number. Since texts are free to sender, no matter where th number is located, this should meet your needs.