I am travelling to the US for up to 6 months. How do I handle my add on for data and text and call past the first month?

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I have a monthly phone plan and use a Samsung Note 2
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You would just keep adding it every month. Although if you're going for that long I suggest going with Roam Mobility. Koodo's roaming plans aren't designed for primary long term use.
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If you are going for an extended stay:
1. Unlock your phone. Buy a spare Koodo pre-paid SIM for use when you get back. SIMS are currently not being shipped from on-line sources, so take one with you.
2. Once you have arrived stateside, get a Tracfone (or other provider) BYOP SIM kit and activate it. This gets you a US number and some very cheap minutes/data.
3. Port your current Koodo number to a VoIP service such as CallCentric that offers about 2 cents a minute for calls and offers North American forwarding. This will park your number in a safe place, but close out your current Koodo account. Point your incoming calls to land on your US cell phone.
4. When you are ready to return to Canada, activate a new prepaid Koodo account online with a new number using the SIM you purchased before leaving. If you want a post-paid account, you will currently have to do that at a Koodo retailer upon your return, so you will miss some coverage until you can pass Koodo’s credit test and get activated. A prepaid account for the first month or so can be activated stateside and will serve as a useful bridge. The cost of the pre-paid SIM is credited against your account, and when the minutes/data dry up, you can then port that number to post-paid.

The +++ of this arrangement:
1. The calls to your current Canadian number get forwarded transparently at no cost to your Canadian contacts. If you move at some point in the future, contacts in your current area code can still reach you at local rates.
2. You gain a local US phone number: believe me, any US friends you have will not spend $$$ on Canadian long distance to contact you three doors down.
3. I recommend Tracfone, because calls  to Canada are at their standard US rate... no long distance charges, though their customer service can be a little shaky.
4. You save the Koodo seasonal hold fee of $15 per month while you are away.
5. There is no interruption in service.
6. You can buy a VoIP SIP box and have a landline at VoIP rates with your current Canadian Koodo number anywhere that there is an ethernet connection.
7. You will have one SIM for Canada and another for the US. Used appropriately, you should never have to pay for roaming again.

The --- :
1. Text messages will not automatically transfer with CallCentric or most VoIP providers. However, most Canadian plans let your contacts text your real US number at no extra charge, so for texts your US and Canadian friends will need to add your real US number to their contact list.
2. Your current Koodo account will be closed, and any remaining balance will have to be paid.
3. There can be a lag of around 48 hours in porting your number, so you may need a Koodo roaming plan for the first few days.
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Although unlikely with your current Koodo number if ported, some VoIP providers do pass through SMS messages to your distant phone.
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I had no idea of the hold fee. I was away for 3.5 months and kept paying the full rate.  Darn .... is there a button in self-serve?
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Latest customer service improvement is that you have to call in to get the seasonal hold feature, and it's only applicable after 90 days of full-freight service.

I guess that some folks were using the system in some way that was not originally intended.
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thank you, Bob.

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