Only need service 6 months/year. What are the charges to keep my number?

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I only need 2 canadian phone for 6 months of the year I have 2 phones that are unlocked, if i want to keep my number what are the charges for the other 6 months
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Ken Melnyk

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What number exactly do you want to keep? Both of the numbers? Can you please be more detailed. Are you coming from Canada or elsewhere?
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The charges for the other 6 months are $15/month, which Koodo calls a Seasonal Hold. This basically saves your phone number. When you deactivate Seasonal Hold, you have to pick a currently available plan - your old plan does not reactivate.

A cheaper option would be to port out your Canadian # to a VoIP service when you leave and port it back when you come back. That way, you can actually continue to receive calls on that number (for free with some VoIP providers like Fongo) if you have a compatible phone/computer and their app.
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Unless you have a plan worth $60 per year just to keep, VoIP is the way to go. Get a Canadian number or port your existing one, and if you wish one from the area you travel, and point them both to what ever number you want - cell, landline or SIP client (e.g. on a computer or tablet) and switch whenever you want.

I have a 'Follow Me' VoIP number. Normally it points to my home phone number, but when we are travelling it points to my cellphone, the cheap phone I grab when in the USA, the SIM card I grabbed in Europe, the number of the hotel room I'm staying at for the week, the VoIP application on my phone, tablet, etc. The possibilities are endless. This allows me to give out one number for folks to remember, but I can receive the call at any number of my choosing.
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Only hassle with VoIP is that SMS may not work. Otherwise, Ivan and dfbutt are basically bulletproof if you choose the right VoIP and home and away mobile phone providers.

I list my CallCentric VoIP number as my main number and it gets directed to Koodo or Tracfone depending on where I am. Less than $10 a month covers this service and minutes used. Can also rent a "local" VoIP number for $3.00/month for whenever I need easy coverage for "local" callers. No SMS, but usually outgoing long-distance SMS is at regular charges.

If you are then in a position to cancel your cell numbers (own your own phone), less than $10 a month plus the one current phone service you use.

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