how can you forward your canadian number to a mexican number?

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Hi I will be spending a few months at a time back & forth Canada-Mexico, and need to keep and receive calls from my Canadian number.  I will get a Mexican cell number from which I have unlimited calls to Canada and tons of data. I am seeing that the $3 call forwarding option doesn't work, and then there is this VoIP thing. I am not up to speed at all with technology and all these apps.  Help!!! loll

I have an iphone 6, and want to buy the apple ipad pro.  I am thinking of putting my Canadian number on an old samsung with a basic plan just to keep the number, and put the Mexican number on my iphone.  How can I forward my number?  Also, does anyone know if I need to get the tablet Wifi + Cellular (about $300 more) to be able to receive calls?  Trying to get up to speed with icloud, calendar sharing, and figuring out this cell thing! Thank you so much in advance! :-)
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I think you can only forward your Canadian number to another US or Canada number (+1)
You could however, install fongo or any VoIP provider, get a free Canadian number and forward to that number. While you are in Mexico, with data you can receive calls with the voip number.
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Thanks I will look into the voip, i'm not familiar with these yet.
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I recommend Fongo, it provides free Canada-Canada calling and the quality is quite good especially on iPhone. You could have to pay for texting and US calling, if you would like to.
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D.O. N.O.T. F.O.R.W.A.R.D to anything but a Canadian number on any Canadian cell carrier.

I spend 5 months a year in USA near Mexico. What works for me:

1. Port your current Koodo number to CallCentric.com (or another VoIP provider). This locks in your current Koodo number and closes your current Koodo account. You will have to settle any tab balance.

2. Buy a Koodo prepaid SIM with a new number for the time you will be in Canada. $15 a month + buy the airtime you need. CallCentric forwarding of your current number to Canada costs nothing. You only pay for the Cdn airtime and data on your prepaid SIM as needed.

3. Buy your Mexican SIM for the time you will be down there. You have a better idea of the plans available. CallCentric forwarding of your current number to Mexico costs under 3 cents Cdn a minute.

Advantages: your current number becomes a hub for anyone to contact you wherever you are. Canadian and Mexican phones will simultaneously ring, as well as other numbers you might specify.

Disadvantages: you will have to swap SIMS, unless you decide to buy a separate phone for Mexico, which may be a preferable option to match the frequencies your supplier will be using. This arrangement does not automatically work for texts, since most VoIP carriers don't support it. Texts have to be communicated to and from cell handsets without intervention.

Tablet is a separate issue entirely. Koodo does not have tablet data plans, but your Mexican supplier may. It's a fool's errand to try to get calls on a tablet in a foreign country unless you have constant access to wifi and want to get involved with more third party software. (Do you really want to drag around a tablet + a phone in case someone calls?)

Use the phone(s) for calls and wifi for the tablet. In a pinch, you can use the phone as a wifi hotspot to feed the tablet, but meter your usage carefully.
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Thank you so much Bob for your answer! Very informative!!

Once I get my mexican number on my iphone i plan to use this phone for the time i'll be in Canada also.  The plan has unlimited calls & texts to Can-Mex-USA.  So porting my number closes my koodo account...good to know!  Now i need to choose between Call centric, Fongo, Google voice, Skype, Ooma!  Some forward to Google voice then to Skype then to Mx number.  I find your option more simple and interesting.

I wanted to use my tablet for pictures while we're roaming around and was hoping to be able to receive calls on it, as I have a business, and not drag my phone.  It didn't even occur to me that one would need tablet data plan, thanks loll!!  I was trying to figure out how to use my cell data plan on my tablet without dragging my phone.  This is where my question about the tablet with Wifi-Cellular comes in.  I know you can pair the phone and tablet at home, but it doesn't seem like it will work if i'm out and about with just my tablet, if i don't have the Cell feature.  Any comments?

I'll see if they offer such a plan that shares phone-tablet.
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Your iPad can be set up to receive incoming calls to your iPhone if both are on the same Wi-Fi network. 
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Thanks David.  I'm trying to figure out how to use my cell data plan on my tablet when i'm out and about without dragging my phone.  Is this possible do you know? This is where my question about the tablet with Wifi-Cellular comes in.  I know you can pair the phone and tablet at home, but it doesn't seem like it will work if i'm out and about with just my tablet, if i don't have the Cell feature.  Any comments?  TIA
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I found the answer for data plans on tablets... you have to buy the Wifi + Cellular tablet, it gives you your phone data on your tablet, not the ability to make calls haha!!

Ok now i have data on my tablet everywhere.  If I get i.e. Skype i can make calls.  I just need to figure out the right VoIP between Call centric, Fongo, Google voice, Skype, Ooma to keep my existing Canadian cell number.  I'm getting there!!  Any comments would be appreciated! :-)
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Caroline, I am very interested in what you have found out.  I also have a Mexican phone plan (so much cheaper for phone and data - we Canadians really do get ripped off), and want to "port" my Canadian number to my new phone, so I can get incoming calls from family and friends during the summer months when I am home.  They could also call me while in Mexico on my Canadian phone number.  I have been using Fido and have put my number on "hold" for $7 per month, while I am away to preserve the Cdn. number.  But I have to figure something out fast now.  Any help would be appreciated.  I am also not tech savvy, so find the whole process a bit intimidating and confusing.
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Follow Bob the Electrician’s advice above, Sue. You can’t port a number from a Canadian carrier to a Mexican carrier.
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Sue, me neither i am not very tech savvy! I was going to port my number, but then i heard some horror stories of them loosing your number! I got overwhelmed with not understanding everything, so for this trip i just put a mexican sim in my iphone and put the cdn sim in another phone, and called back any missed calls to my cdn number. It’s not ideal and i do need to address this by fall. My thing is i don’t want to pay for minutes to my ported number, as this will get very expensive. I don’t know if such a thing exists. Let’s ask Goran how that works, i’ve heard a lot of good on Fongo. :)

Tell me does your mexican number work in canada? It’s really not funny how much we’re getting ripped off in canada!
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As she said you'd need to port it to a voip provider. I personally use Fongo and it works well. Or you can use voip providers that provide a whole new number if you don't want to transfer your number out of your current provider.
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Thanks Goran for your comment. I read on Fongo but don’t find if you have to pay by minute for the calls to your ported number? Is the port permanent? Thank you much!
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To backtrack a little bit: let's assume you've taken the first step and ported your current number to a full-featured VoIP. You can install an app like Zoiper on your tablet and phone (Android or iOS) and make and receive calls using the VoIP number anywhere there is wifi or mobile data available. Those call minutes would come out of your local VoIP plan (no forwarding involved) and out of your mobile data on the tablet or iPhone as required where there is no wifi available.

It's up to you if you want to spring for a more expensive iPad with SIM capabilities. I would stick with what you have, and just check your VoIP voicemail to see if you have any missed calls while you were out of wifi range.

You could probably tether the iPhone and iPad, but that just complicates things and means you would have to lug around the iPhone anyway, so what's the point.
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