Looking to switch from Bell land line to Koodo Home Phone - Feedback on my Planned Approach

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Looking to switch from Bell land line to Koodo Home Phone.  Located in the rural Renfrew, Ontario area (~ 1 hour west of Ottawa).

Bit nervous about hitting "show stopper" issues with this cut over, and so intend to use in parallel for a month both the Koodo Home Phone with a new assigned Ottawa number (Koodo apparently does not have any local Renfrew area numbers available) and still keep the Bell land line account active - but not used. 

If after a month all is good with the Koodo Home Phone, I am then planning on requesting my existing Bell land line # to be transferred by Koodo Support to my Koodo Home Phone to use my existing local Renfrew Bell phone # instead and will discontinue the Bell land line account.  I realize I may have to pay a transfer # fee but if there are showstopper issues during the cut over encountered, it is no hassle to just switch back to Bell.   

In terms of setup my plan is to use existing house telephone wiring as is, and just disconnect the house phone wiring from the Bell demarcation point and instead plug it into the Koodo Home Phone Hub instead.   The house has only 1 phone line connection into the house wire which  is used with 3 portable Dect 6.0 V-Tech handsets. 

Questions:
Q1. Does above sound like a good approach?  Any other recommend tips or suggestions?
Q2. The Koodo Home Phone comes with Unlimited Canada minutes.  My assumption is that this continues even after the $5/month promotion is over at which point I believe it is then $20/month (~ 1/3 cost of Bell land line).  Is my understanding correct?
Q3. Has the Koodo Home Phone promotion been extended past Dec 1st?  I just checked today (Dec 2nd) and it still appears to be offered.

Thanks in advance,
Terry
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Posted 8 months ago

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Q1: Yes, your plan sounds great. If you could visit a Koodo kiosk, it will be even better as they would do it personally with you, avoiding some troubles with online ordering.
Q2: The promo is for 12 months (1 year). after that it will be 20$, that is what they offer. You still have to buy the hub and koodo SIM ($40+$15) with the Koodo WHP.
Q3: I still can add the WHP into my account with the discount, so I think the promo is still on.
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Thx Azure123 for the suggestion and feedback.  Will try the Koodo Kiosk route first.  Tried BestBuy.ca locations in past without much luck as they have little or no knowledge of the Koodo Home Phone but perhaps a Koodo Kiosk will.
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Yeah, let us know if you are happy with it.
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I got a Koodo home phone last year and like it enough to keep it after the promo ended. 

There are some potential issues you should know in advance.  You cannot use this "line" to send or receive faxes, even if you have a fax machine.  And it is frequently very difficult to hear people when the other party is using a VOIP phoneline.  That can make customer service calls  which use VOIP phones,  not old fashioned Bell landlines, really hard to understand.  Be aware, too, that the hub requires electricity to work.  There is a battery built in but it won't last long at all.  Maybe for one or two quick calls on an old fashioned corded phone that itself requires no electricity. SO if you are subject to power outages in your area, this could be a consideration.  Before you buy, you should confirm whether or not you will be able to port over your current Renfrew number (this may not be possible if they don't have any Renfrew numbers currently).  That could be a deal breaker if you can't keep your number and have to have an Ottawa number (long distance call for your friends in Renfrew?)

With the exception of calling business' help/order desks, I find calls as clear as on my old Bell line and the HUB worked well with my 2 cordless phone sets.  I eventually bought 2 extra handsets  for the larger of my cordless phone pkg  so that I could have phones on all levels of the house  and in all the main rooms.

Every month I am grateful to have the HUB versus Bell.   Bell was charging me $45 per month for a basic line with NOTHING else.    Now I have voice mail, call waiting, caller ID and unlimited long distance in Canada and I pay only $20.  So, for me, the Koodo Phone is a big win.

Hope this helps. 
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WCS you could always port your bell number to a voip service like voip.ms and have them forward your calls to your whp number. A cheap workaround considering how little per month VoIP.ms charges. This is how I kept my number when I switched carriers. That way I didn't have to tell anyone my new number. Everything was just as it was.
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Just wondering which VoIP are you using? I may have to do this someday
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VoIP.ms