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I need clarifying on sending receiving calls and text while vacationing in Florida. My wife is deaf and needs her phone to text with. I want to be able to text with her from my phone currently connected with KOODO and hers Telus as well back home from family with the possibility of calling . What is needed from both of us so we can communicate with each other and family while in the UNITED STATES keeping in mind both phones activated in Canada and want the cheapest possible solution please. Thanks in advance!!
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Hi Gary,

Koodo offers unlimited texting and calling options in the US. It all depends on the length of it. 20$ for 3 days, 30$ for 10 days, 45$ for 30 days.

You can find out more here:
https://www.koodomobile.com/add-ons
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You have no problems texting anyone from Canada to the US, it is free. Talking is a different matter, it will be long distance. From Florida your wife will be better off getting a SIM, and a number, from a US provider. If your wife has access to a free WiFi (McDonalds or similar) then you do not need anything at all, your communications would be free if both of you have Skype installed on your phones.
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Skype and other software solutions are nice as long as you are both near wi-fi at the same time. Doesn't mean you can send/receive texts to anyone else in the outside world at your/their convenience.

If you are planning on spending any extended time in the US, unlocking your Koodo phone and getting a Tracfone SIM and plan can make a lot of sense. There is no problem calling or texting to or from Canada from a Tracfone located in the USA over conventional cell channels or landlines. Very popular with snowbirds.

https://www.tracfone.com/direct/controller.block
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You can get a text at your leisure from whatever source, not necessarily in real time, but this is very often the convenience of texting.
I was not aware of the possibility to call from Canada with Tracfone and I would appreciate if you tell me how to find this option.
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http://www.tracfoneild.com/index.html#nav-basic-international

is a good place to start. After downloading their dialer app for Android smartphones,  Canadian calls are connected just as if they were US local.

On feature phones (non-Android) you have to dail an 800 number, wait for a prompt and then complete your Canadian number.
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I tried to install the app but it says "this item is not available in your Country". I think the best thing is a data only SIM that allows me to use Skype when I spend time down South. My phone has two SIM slots, I already have the Canadian SIM, next time I travel to US I will get a SIM for that part of the world and I will be able to call whomever, from wherever without getting tangled into the net of the greedy providers.
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The app and Tracfone SIM only work while the phone is physically in the US, just the way Koodo prepaid stops dead at the Canadian border. In any event, you have to install a Tracfone SIM and buy some prepaid data and airtime in order to use it.

I've never seen a data-only SIM ---- not saying they don't exist, but you will then be tethered to some US provider's plan.

Typically the second SIM slot will only handle voice and text. Best to check with your phone's manufacturer. Without data and a plan on the US side, you will have to stick to wifi and skype, etc.

Solution might be to keep Koodo SIM in main slot while in Canada, with foreign unused (Tracfone) in second slot. Swap the two positions when you hit the US border. You will be using the much cheaper Tracfone plan while your phone will still ring if someone calls you on the Koodo number. You can return those calls using your US SIM and plan without any roaming charges.

Tracfone SIM available at some Dollar General stores or from Walmart.com on-line only for a few bucks.

Hope this clarifies.
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