local calling area... to where?

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I live in St Catharines, Ontario. I have (300) local minutes on my
plan... I understand that I have to be in my local calling area to make or take calls so as not to be charged long distance. But from my "home base",  HOW FAR can I make a call? I mean if I call a number or someone outside my local calling area, is it considered long distance?
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Posted 2 years ago

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How long have you had this plan? Koodo has not offered plans with limited local only minutes for close to 5 years now. The minutes on any current plan are Canada wide, with the exception of a couple of prepaid base plans. Even on these plans, the only thing restricted to local calls is the unlimited evening and weekend calling.
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Just moved to koodo last 27th of December. it's a promotion, someone from koodo said and it is already expired. Only local calling (300minues), not canada-wide.
Well, they have promotions now for tab plus if you check their plans, $10 less each plans (for 300 local minutes) if you don't like unlimited canada-wide.
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Hey Timo... do you know HOW FAR can I make a call? I mean if I call a number or someone outside my local calling area, is it considered long distance?
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Thank you guys... "sometimes you already know the answer but still preferred to hear opinions from somebody else..."
Then i have to be careful about making calls, especially if the area code is the same. Like 905 xxx yyyy. I think I better not put 1 before the area code so as to warn me if I'm making a long distance call.
I don't want to switch or change plan since I am paying $21 extra for my phone every month.
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How can we find out what our local calling area is without asking Koodo?  I have friends that are looking at signing up with Koodo and they want to know how far in our area the calls will be local and I can not find this out for them.
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deb, go to http://www.localcallingguide.com and do a search based on Rate Centre (known to most of us as "city"), and use the Rate Centre where you will be PHYSICALLY located when making the calls.  that page will show you where you can call to for free
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My suggestion is "Do not get any plan with local minutes".

You might save around $10 per month with this local minutes plan. But long distance charge is $0.5/min.
If you made more than 20 minutes of long distance call in a month(billing cycle), you will pay much more overage charge.
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Thanks Jru.  I actually found that rate centre and other than it being really confusing I know that I can call to places like 250-878 and 250-493 without long distance charges from Vernon BC so the guide doesn't appear to be accurate.
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Tony, was your plan on the Tab Plus, $59/mo plus a $21 Tab Charge?  If you got it in December 2015, it's a Canada-wide plan.  Koodo didn't have ANY local plans at that time.  So you don't have to worry about Long Distance, you have Canada-wide callilng
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Nope. It's $49/mo (plus $21 tab charge), Koodo employee said that plan was a promotional and already gone. With 300 LOCAL minutes and 500 mb of data.
I purchased my phone from a mobile shop and not from the Koodo kiosk. I thought I got a great deal but only disappointed when someone from Koodo confirmed that it is not canada-wide minutes but the other way.
Still thinking of paying off my tab probably in the next few months so I can switch plan (?)

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