SUGGESTION - I would LOVE it if Koodo offered a service like Fido Roam

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I travel a lot so having something like the Fido Roam service (http://goo.gl/KrLIcc) would be awesome. $5/day in the US and $10/day outside the US would be such a hassle saver. Currently, I am forced to buy a local SIM card for the area that I'm travelling to and then use several forwarding services to forward my Canadian number. I use a lot of data so the current roaming packages are cost prohibitive for me. 
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Posted 2 years ago

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Julie, Official Rep

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We truly apreaciate your feedback John-Paul! We can't make any promises, but a lot of things have changed thanks to our customers ideas! Keep on sharing :)!
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If you are a cross-border habitué, get your main number ported over to CallCentric (or another VoIP provider). A few optional DID numbers will encourage your neighbours to contact you since your numbers will be local. Get yourself a prepaid (or other) Tracfone for the US. For $120, you can get an LG41 smartphone, a year's service and 1200 minutes, texts, and 1.2 GB of data with a US number.

The VoIP service will forward your calls to one or the other or both your US and Canadian numbers as you wish. If you want to get fancy, you could also get a dual-sim GSM phone to handle both networks.

The reason I mentioned TracFone is that Cdn long distance is included at normal rates while you are in the USA. If you are a not-too-heavy user like me, Koodo &TracFone prepaid plus usage, 2 DID's amd forwarding will cost about $450 Cdn per year all in. No roaming charges ever.

One month of the $10 a day roaming on Fido will chew that up within a month or so. And those days where you only do one call at $10 don't seem like much of a bargain to me.
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The Fido plan maxes out your payment at $50 for the US and $100 outside of the US. Even if you're in the US for a month you'll only pay you're regular plan fee + $50.

I could set up several DIDs, get a second phone, and another plan OR I could just roam and pay the extra $5/day.
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If you don't require your Canadian number but any Canadian number will do you can get an American prepaid line for data and use Fongo or Textnow. Or a WIND prepaid account fo the purpose of roaming in the US. I'm honestly surprised that the primary Canadian Carriers haven't started lowering roaming packages closer to Wind's yet. I know they have limited coverage in Canada but their American roaming is currently unparalleled.
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The problems are (A) I require my number and (B) I do a lot of travelling in Europe and Asia as well as other parts of the world. This isn't a US only thing for me.
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Is this for business ? Would you not have a business line or get comp'd then? Wind has roaming rates with the world saver add-on for several dozen countries at 20-25 cents a minute. Unfortunately you are just out of luck as wanting to conveniently us your line without any switching to local numbers or VoIP service like Fongo or others is going to cost a pretty penny no matter what. The EU is removing roaming charges entirely for next year. That's probably the first instance of a widespread no extra charge for roaming ever. There's T-Mobile as well with unlimited 2G data and texting in most of the world included. Talk is 20 cents a minute.
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I'll always prefer a local SIM since it will cost a lot less then everything else you can get while roaming. You can always use what was suggested above to make your life easier.
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Like I said initially, I do buy a local SIM and do use call forwarding services but they are imperfect and frankly a hassle. I just want to be able to go where ever I have to without worrying about swapping SIM cards, setting up forwarding services, etc.
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When traveling forward your business number to a voip service and then have it ring all your numbers wherever you go. Then you're free to use local Sims. You can then override the Caller ID so it always appears that you're calling from your own number. Use another DID as a DISA or call back number. Voip.ms can do this cheap
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