Incoming texts while traveling abroad

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I am going to travel to Cambodia. I plan to put my phone on airplane mode and turn wifi on so that I can use whatsapp for messaging. I expect to incur no fees from koodo while my phone is in airplane mode. If I have an emergency and need to turn off airplane mode so that I can make a phone call or send a text, I realize that all text messages that will have been sent to me while my phone was disabled would all come flooding in at once. Would I incur fees for incoming texts when I turn my phone on while abroad? If I do not buy a prepaid international add-on, would incoming texts still be free of charge?
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Nowhere do you incur fees for incoming SMS. It's always free with or without a roaming package.

You can also just plain take your Sim card out of your phone. Sorry are you prepaid little confused by you saying prepaid international add-on as prepaid can only be used in Canada and USA atm.
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I realize I can take my SIM card out but since I will only be able to use my phone in a wifi area, I would like to leave it in just in case a situation arises where i may need to turn my phone on to use it.  I am on a monthly plan - I was referring to the 30 day add-ons for international plans (prepaid was a poor choice of words - sorry for the confusion).  

If I may ask one more question - is this true for all Canadian cell phone carriers?  That people would not be charged for incoming tests when they turn their phone on?  I have been reading online and have heard stories where people have been charged but they are old threads.  Was there a CRTC ruling that regulated this?

Thanks for such a quick response!
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Well you could keep it with you and pop it back in. But yes in airplane mode, you're fine. Even turn off the option to roam in settings for extra redundancies.

I cannot tell you for certain without looking atother carrier sites for free incoming SMS. Koodo FWIW does not and it clearly states on their roaming pay per use rates any zone is no charge for incoming, including satellite.
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I'm not sure about all the carriers but I know that in some cases Bell will charge $0.20/incoming text.
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Also wondering ... if I took my SIM card out, would I still be able to use a messaging app such as WhatsApp?  WhatsApp uses  my phone number so I'm not sure it would work without a sim card.
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Yes, you can use WhatsApp without your sim card. Your phone number is just how WhatsApp routes chat messages between you and your contacts.
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With Whatsapp it is tricky.  you need to re-verify your account.
https://faq.whatsapp.com/general/30028016
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You dont need to do anything special. That article just states that if you need to verify/re-verify you need to put in your sim card (as the verification sends you an sms in which you would need your sim card to receive). If you already have your account setup than all is good!
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The verify notification will keep popping up
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Thanks for the input.  I think I will leave my SIM card in and use wifi while in airplane mode. 

For the $40 international add-on, which includes texting, phone and data, does this allow me to send texts to Canada and to phone to Canada or to only text and phone within Cambodia to Cambodia numbers?  This seems like a stupid question - my assumption is that an international add-on means that I can call and text internationally. I guess my question is what are the limits on that?  From within Cambodia, just call and text to Canadian and Cambodian numbers?