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Want to ditch my wireline home phone and add a 2nd line to my Koodo phone. Possible?


I am considering ditching my wireline phone which rings many phones in the house that anyone can answer. I currently have a Koodo family plan with 3 unique numbers on it. So, my question is this: Can I port my wireline phone number as a 2nd line with a distinctive ring to all 3 family Koodo phones, so that we would know if an incoming call on our Koodo phones is to our "family" number or to our "personal" number? Can a sim card handle 2 phone numbers, or are we restricted to one phone number per sim card/phone? For something like this to work similar to how our wireline phone works, there would need to be some sort of "call forwarding no reply" capability or some "conference call" capability (where more than one family member could join the incoming family number call at the same time). Please advise. Also, if not available, is this a feature that Koodo could introduce - to capture wireline family customers?

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Hello. Unfortunately, there's only 1 phone number per SIM card. And what you are suggesting is kind of unuseful... Sorry to say it that way, but it's not intented to be mean. If someone doesn't want to user their homeline, they will just give out their personal number to the person asking. And then if someone calls, well he'll call the person he wants to speak to. Wouldn't it be more logic like that? What I suggest, is that you slowly leave your homeline behind and start using your cellphone more and more. You'll save money long term!
OK, thanks Robert. So, the current state-of-the-art technology for sim cards only allows one number per sim card. So, unlike for wireline phone service, I can't have two lines with two unique numbers with two distinctive rings coming in to one wireless phone. Maybe the sim card technology will evolve and we'll see this in 10 years - which would surely disrupt the wireline and IP phone markets. I am all for saving money, but I still want 2 numbers assigned to one wireless phone. Guess I'll have to keep my wireline phone a bit longer, or if I want to save some money, switch my wireline home phone to an IP phone service. My longer term preference is to have two numbers on my wireless phone - one for family use and one for personal/business use. I have a somewhat similar setup working right now on my BB10 with personal email and business email (2 email accounts coming in to one phone) and it works great! So, I want the same thing for phone numbers. Guess I'll have to keep dreaming - at least for a while - for the sim card technology to catch up. Thanks again for your response.
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Actually the technology is here, just not used yet. What is dual SIM technology? Actually in the dual Sim mobiles the transmitter and receiver (transceiver) are separate for both the Sims. Just like two phones working in a box .... http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_dual_sim_technology_work And I think the S4 has this.
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Robert wrote:

Actually the technology is here, just not used yet. What is dual SIM technology? Actually in...

Dual Sim devices is very popular in China. Phones from there are more likely to have dual sim capabilities. This variant of the Galaxy S4 is for China. Also with dual sim phones, since both sims are transmitting and receiving, your battery life is significantly reduced
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I've had two phone numbers on one SIM before. When used with a Canadian phone it prompted for the SIM password when it booted. One password selected the American phone number while the other password selected a United Kingdom phone number. It was actually kind of annoying since if you forgot the passwords you would get locked out of the phone. You could not use both numbers at the same time - you had to reboot the phone to change the phone number, but you didn't have to put in a new SIM. @FunWithPhones It sounds like Koodo doesn't have the service you are looking for but you may want to look at a VOIP service. For example, you could have someone who calls your landline number ring through to all of your Koodo phones. It can be a little tricky if you're not technically inclined and there will likely be a per second charge (usually quite low) so you will want to consider if the solution would work for you before changing your home line.
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Moonmack wrote:

I've had two phone numbers on one SIM before. When used with a Canadian phone it prompted for th...

Fongo might indeed be what you need 🙂
I would suggest looking into a VOIP provider. I won't endorse a specific one but with my VOIP.MS account I have one number that gets forwarded to my cell phone and my fiance's cell phone, as well as a VOIP desk phone plugged into my router at home. You can even do neat tricks, like caller ID matching. For example when my mother in law calls it only rings my fiance's cell phone and not mine. Downside: the service is 2c/minute for call forwarding, + 99c/month for the number. It's actually rather cheap in the long run compared to a traditional phone.
I suggest you move your home phone number to Free phone line (www,freephoneline.ca) for $25 one time fee. Then forward that number to your Koodo phone. No monthly charges or forwarding fees.
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Keith Richmond wrote:

I suggest you move your home phone number to Free phone line (www,freephoneline.ca) for $25 one...

Given that the last reply to this post was a month ago, it probably wasn't necessary to contribute to it at this point.
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Keith Richmond wrote:

I suggest you move your home phone number to Free phone line (www,freephoneline.ca) for $25 one...

Sounds suspiciously like a spam post to me...
Keith Richmond wrote:

I suggest you move your home phone number to Free phone line (www,freephoneline.ca) for $25 one...

Sorry, not meaning to spam anyone. I ditched my home phone this way some months and just wanted to share. Works well for me, and I get no benefit if anyone goes the same route.

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