Hey, do you have any plans I can use internationally or in the states?

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David, Mobile Master

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Plans? No, but you can purchase add-ons which reduce your costs while travelling internationally. They allow a relative small amount of use, but it is often enough if used with care. For those needing larger amounts of texts, calls or data, unlocking your phone, and buying a local SIM is usually the better option.
Do you how it works to make calls? I'm in the units kingdom and I have add-ons and I received a message that it is working and I can make calls but when I call +1 like I should, it doesn't work. Anyways, thank you
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Would I have to buy out my phone if I did that? I don't know how much is left on my tab or how to find that out. Is it possible to unlock my phone and sort of put my plan on silent (so to speak) and then pick it back up when I'm back in the country?
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No you do not need to buy your phone out in order to use add-ons nor to buy a local SIM, which I recommend. In that latter case you would only need to get your phone carrier unlocked, unless you bought it unlocked originally. If you have an iphone, then it's cheaper to get it unlocked from Koodo. Other phone types it's cheaper to go somewhere like ebay to get the unlock code and they provide instructions. You can just keep paying for your plan or opt to put your plan on Seasonal Hold. It's 15 a month but you have to pick a new available plan when you go back. If you have a better older plan I'd suggest not doing that.
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Good advice from both the above. For short term travel, using a Koodo add-on makes sense. No $$ for unlocking and you get to keep your current plan and number, it that's of interest.

Longer term, there are many options, but those involve unlocking the phone and using a "foreign" number and SIM. If you decide to leave Koodo, even temporarily, you will have to settle your tab balance and you will lose your current number and plan unless you do the seasonal hold.

You can unlock and do some short term like Roammobility or get some other ideas from


Longer term in the US, it can be cheaper and easier to pick up a "burner" prepaid handset from someone like Tracfone. Gets you a local number. Texting and long distance to Canada are at local rates. Don't have to unlock anything or swap SIMS. Avaialable at Target or most Dollar stores.

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