Moving to a new province - Can I get a new sim card/number but keep my old number for when I return?

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Moving to Alberta and need to get an Edmonton number for everyday use. I'd like to keep my Vancouver number just in case for the future. Is that possible? I'd like to keep my plan, use it with my new AB number but keep the Vancouver number in stasis? Is the phone number linked to the SIM card? Do I just get a new sim card? I don't want an active account for the Vancouver number - Thanks! 
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Paul Deschamps, Mobile Master

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If you want to have 2 numbers you'd have to open a second postpaid if you want to keep your plan that's your only option.
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What is Postpaid? 
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Paul means a new postpaid (monthly plan) account, as opposed to prepaid, where you buy buckets of minutes or data which last until you consume them.
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Ah - gotcha -  If i'm ok with dumping my plan - it looks like koodo only offers $15 a month prepaid plans - which renew every month(?) instead of paying $15 one time and let it sit indefinitely?  
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Yes, there is a base cost to maintaining a connection. The $15 includes unlimited texting.
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You can port your Vancouver number to a VoIP service for a few dollars a month. That effectively closes your Koodo account (any tab balances must be settled) and you will start from scratch in AB with your desired local number there, and you must choose from a currently available AB plan.

In the meantime, your VoIP service can forward any of your Vancouver calls to your AB cell very cheaply, so you don't lose contact with Vancouver folks... as soon as calling you involves long di$tance, the calls will fall off quickly.

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If OP needs his original BC plan, he'll unfortunately have to live with the current BC number at least temporarily, and maybe wait till Koodo has a plan sale for AB. But porting out the number is the only way to claim it as his own if it's all that important, VoIP (even without call forwarding) is probably the cheapest way to keep it from being recycled.
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Thanks guys - I'll look into pushing it to twilio. It's a shame numbers aren't just people specific now instead of location based. I'm not leaving the country and Koodo includes Canada wide calling. Such an ancient and greedy system.  
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I guess it was an option after all lol.
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I'm trying to stay flexible instead of getting frustrated. Options are coming back on the table for sure.  Really not looking forward to losing my long used, never  spammed number for someones ex- escort burner number :) 
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 It's a shame numbers aren't just people specific now instead of location based. I'm not leaving the country and Koodo includes Canada wide calling. Such an ancient and greedy system.  

However folks who do not have Canada-wide calling expect calls to the same prefix to be without tolls. The iNum system has been attempting to create individualized numbers, but it hasn't  gained much traction yet.