Seasonal service on yearly visit!

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Seasonal Use Of Koodo. I need a phone to use for my annual visit to canada for 6-7 month. Buying a phone outright am I tied to a Rogers, Wind Bell,etc? Can I stop and still keep the number for next annual visit?
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Ivan, Mobile Master

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You have 2 options in regards to keeping your number:

1. Place the number on seasonal hold. This costs $15/month. You can only reactivate with a plan offered by Koodo at the time of re-activation. Any expired plans are lost forever. This is a rather expensive option.

2. Port your number to a VoIP service like Fongo (one-time $20 fee, if I recall correctly). Then, upon your return, port the number back - should be no charge on Koodo's end. In the meantime, you can use Fongo to call (and receive calls from) Canada for free from anywhere in the world with their app (Windows/iOS/Android). Texting is $2/month.
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Is there a reason you need to keep that #?

I'd suggest getting a pre-paid card when you visit.
It's what I do when I go to the US on my annual visits. I get a new US # each time but that's fine for my uses.
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Or you could combine the two ideas. Get a new number each time but also have a VOIP number that forwards to the Koodo phone. It will cost a little more since it goes through two services instead of one but you don't have to deal with porting and porting fees. People would call your VOIP number and it would ring on whichever mobile you are using (or multiple phones but no need to get fancy at the moment).

For people who call you often you give them the new number after the first call so you don't have to route through the VOIP service. Added bonus - usually VOIP can call a Canadian or American number for the same rate. So you when not in Canada you could route to a U.S, number (or international but it costs more).

If your usage is low the speakout suggestion may be your best option.

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