Moving inside N.S but now long distance calls??

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Hello. I recently moved from Cape Breton to Halifax. Have a Koodo (iphone 6Plus) plan with nationwide calling. Moved into an apt building. When they put my number in the lobby call box, it is now a long distance call and cannot be completed without dialing "1" first. Landlord says they can't add a "1" in front of my number in their system. Do I need to change my number (prefix) or is there something else that can be done? Right now, no one can call from the lobby to get me to let them in.
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Dennis, Mobile Master

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Sure you can change to a local Caper number on self serve
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Thanks Dennis but I Do not want to change to a Caper number...have that now. What I need to know is if my Caper number can be used in Halifax, without people incurring long distance charges?
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You can use Caper number in Halifax since you have Canada wide plan.
For your friends, coworkers tho.. it’s all depends on what plan they have. If they have a plan with local number only then, they have to pay for long distance charge
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Whether a number is considered long distance or not is determined exclusively by the number. The area code and the exchange are associated with a specific area. This cannot be changed.
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This is a strategy that I have used with success in the past. Port your old Caper number to a VoIP service. Get a new local Halifax number for your Koodo phone. That's the one that will also be installed on your entry board. Have the VoIP service forward or simulring incoming calls to your new local number.

Old Caper contacts can still dial the old number and reach you without long distance charges and ditto for locals calling your new Halifax number. It's a win-win.

You'll be surprised how your call volume will shrink if people have to pony up for long distance.
In terms of picking a VoIP service, some are free but CallCentric is very inexpensive and full-featured.