If i put on "seasonal hold" will my call forward add on still do it's job?

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Michael Richardson

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No, because it suspends the entire service.
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You could suggest this as an idea. I know that the point of a seasonal hold is for those leaving the country for a while, and it wouldn't necessarily be feasible to forward internationally, but I think that the catch could be only Canadian and US numbers. That way you could forward to a VoIP service at least. It'd give some value over paying $15/month for nothing more than keeping your number, especially when you can do that by porting it away for cheaper.
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I like Ivan's idea. $15 for nothing is a rip off. Permit call forward via Sim card to a Canadian number when on seasonal hold. That is worth the fifteen bucks.
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Cart b4 the horse....

I give out my VoIP number as my main number. It forwards/hunts/simultaneous rings wherever I am: Canada most of the time, US while on winter vacation.

I can also rent a "local" incoming number so that my neighbour 2 doors down doesn't have to call Canada to reach me in Arizona, because he won't, of that I can assure you! Entire Canadian family calls me at local rates. (Depending on your family, this can be a plus or a minus).

All decent VoIP suppliers are equipped to do this quite cheaply. Whole VoIP shebang runs about $10 a month, including about 250 minutes of incoming/outgoing calls anywhere in NorthAmerica.

While I am Americanizing myself during the winter, the Koodo phone is put to sleep @ $15 a month and I use a SIM from ConsumerCellular. I don't have to cough up the tab balance. My contacts, apps and info are intact and I can pop in the Koodo SIM and awaken the phone a day or so before flying home.

On top of which, the sleep + ConsumerCellular fees in the US are cheaper than using the Koodo alone in Canada.
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great Idea. I have two lines, a home land-line and my cell I use for my business as well as personal. I also have a magicJack account to which I forward both my cell and landline, and then go down to the US to escape the winter cold.

(my wife has a cell that goes onto seasonal hold, so it is essentially dead for communications, but we still use it with wifi - email, browsing, magicjack - and gps for geocaching.)

I'm spending ~$30ish a month just to keep my cell number active. I don't use the cell down here due to horrendous roaming charges.

So you are correct, I have things backwards!

With your idea, I would publish the magicJack number as my primary, and then forward it to whatever device I had at the time, Canadian or US, and when in the US place my Canadian Koodo phone on seasonal hold and slip in a US SIM card.

I could pick up a SIM card for my wife's cell and then we have the US phone.

I'm also looking at a tracfone here in the US.

So many options ....
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Tracfone long distance to Canada a little complicated. You have to dial an access number, as if you are using a calling card. But if you have frequent numbers, you can assign a direct dial using a pseudo-888 system. Also, no text to Canada. You will have another phone to lug around.

Consumer does direct dial long distance for 4 cents a minute to Canada, and 4 cents a text outgoing, both values as surcharges to your regular minutes and texts. Works 100% with Koodo-sourced phone.
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An afterthought: if you cancel your service, you will most likely have to cough up your tab balance, and your SIM will expire in 90 days. If you are travelling, it will not be convenient to procure a new SIM and get re-activated.

As an aside, someone in another forum complained that calls forwarded to a US number were charged as roaming with Koodo, even though he had the appropriate forwarding and US long distance add-ons.

A compromise solution, without having to worry about forwarding charges: it would certainly not hurt Koodo much to dump incoming calls to a recorded forwarding message in voicemail, which is supposed to be free with any monthly plan anyway.

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