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AShenCA wrote:
Feb 15th, 2017 3:40 pm
Metro Vancouver. Ive gotten a lot of deals at bestbuy.com. I even have a few US credit cards.
I make money in Canadian so I prefer to just pay with Amazon Visa or Rogers MC. I know there's Norbert's Gambit for those who have investment accounts but it's almost a wash with the cash back being offered by these cards.

okay, here's the link to that offer:
https://forums.redflagdeals.com/best-bu ... #p27475364
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So, first of all the second SIM for a penny is pretty much a waste since the second SIM can't profit from the friends benefit nor, apparently from data sharing either.

In any case yesterday I went and collected my new US SIMs (I already had a global SIM) and stuck into my Android phone - set the APN and all works well.

When I got back I checked and the app can both make and receive calls via WiFi and they don't seem to geolocate the way Rogers does. Not that it's a huge issue. And in any case I have a Fongo number AND a TextNow number of my phone, both also located in Montreal.

However the ability to assign a Canadian phone number to the Freedompop account is handy if you don't want to be running multiple apps - You can simply forward your Canadian cellphone to your Freedompop number and there are no issues with long distance charges and such.

Don't forget to activate the free 100 minute international calling plan so you can phone back to Canada without incurring charges

Of course with TextNow you can make calls to any Canadian or US number without any restrictions

I wonder which of the various apps is the best in terms of quality and data usage?

The question now is whether it is worth getting a bunch of extra SIMs solely for data sharing? Or do the anonymous 'friends' on my account generally agree to offer their data in response to a request?
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If I only need a few Gigs of data when travelling to US for 5 days (and not care about future free 200mb monthly data), can I not do the downgrade and just pay the initial purchase price? (just pop in the sim and use)
As far as I know it's free 1gb promo upon purchase right?
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SuckaB wrote:
Feb 16th, 2017 11:22 am
If I only need a few Gigs of data when travelling to US for 5 days (and not care about future free 200mb monthly data), can I not do the downgrade and just pay the initial purchase price? (just pop in the sim and use)
As far as I know it's free 1gb promo upon purchase right?
Yes, you get 1 GB free in the first month but remember the cycle starts as soon as it ships so plan accordingly.
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dealseeker wrote:
Feb 16th, 2017 11:35 am
Yes, you get 1 GB free in the first month but remember the cycle starts as soon as it ships so plan accordingly.
Thanks very much for the confirmation. After that 1gb, do I have to do anything to stop future charges? or can I just cut the sim and call it a day?
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Once you hit 600MB, and on Paypal billing agreement that is cancelled

Does data stop working? (good case) or does your SIM get cancelled? (bad case)
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fredsmith wrote:
Feb 16th, 2017 10:47 am
So, first of all the second SIM for a penny is pretty much a waste since the second SIM can't profit from the friends benefit nor, apparently from data sharing either.
I am not sure if that's the case. I have two global sims on the same email account and both of them ended up having 700mb data. I've used both sims before Christmas in Boston so I can verify both took data from a different pool of 700mb. Although initially it showed 700mb for one and 200mb for the other when I first signed up, sometime in end of november / early december it changed to 700mb for both which surprised me. Any one else experience this?
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SuckaB wrote:
Feb 16th, 2017 11:40 am
Thanks very much for the confirmation. After that 1gb, do I have to do anything to stop future charges? or can I just cut the sim and call it a day?
Actually, you need to stop using the account at 900 megs, since they charge a topup when you get within 100 megs of your limit.

Go online and get 10 friends and you'll move that number from 1 gig to 1.5 . . . . . and in subsequent months you'll have 700 megs available. So why cut up the SIM at all?

But don't forget to downgrade the plan or else you'll probably find it was cheaper to simply pay the $25 to Rogers for Roam Like Home for those 5 days. Also you can't call back to Canada without a charge unless you sign up for 100 minutes of international calling, though you can always use Fongo or TextNow for your phone calls and avoid that issue altogether
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SuckaB wrote:
Feb 16th, 2017 11:40 am
Thanks very much for the confirmation. After that 1gb, do I have to do anything to stop future charges? or can I just cut the sim and call it a day?
Cutting up the sim won't close your account but why would you do that anyway? You can still get 700mb free every month (200mb+friends). Just downgrade everything as mentioned in the thread, cancel future payment authorizations/use a prepaid card and you won't see any future charges.
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Thanks!

Next question :)

What's the best way to protect myself from future charges - move payment method to PayPal that is not assossiated with credit card? Or there is another way?

I know about downgrading everything but would like to get extra protection from charges :)

Thanks again!
AShenCA wrote:
Feb 15th, 2017 3:31 pm
Canadian Visa = Yes
Shipped to a Hotel = Ask your hotel, but yes.
SIM will get activated right when it's ordered/shipped.
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Zhopa wrote:
Feb 16th, 2017 2:04 pm
Thanks!

Next question :)

What's the best way to protect myself from future charges - move payment method to PayPal that is not assossiated with credit card? Or there is another way?

I know about downgrading everything but would like to get extra protection from charges :)

Thanks again!
Well start off by turning off auto top-up. That'll cost you US$5, but you won't get hit in the wallet if you go over your limits.

If you have an expired method they'll shut down your account. If you have invalid charges you can always dispute.
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Travellots wrote:
Feb 16th, 2017 11:45 am
Once you hit 600MB, and on Paypal billing agreement that is cancelled

Does data stop working? (good case) or does your SIM get cancelled? (bad case)
If FP cannot get their money once you are near the 100 MB threshold, your account is frozen. Once there is money owing, they will send to collections.
dealseeker wrote:
Feb 16th, 2017 11:53 am
Cutting up the sim won't close your account but why would you do that anyway? You can still get 700mb free every month (200mb+friends). Just downgrade everything as mentioned in the thread, cancel future payment authorizations/use a prepaid card and you won't see any future charges.
I would just keep it around. I can share up to 500 MB data.
Zhopa wrote:
Feb 16th, 2017 2:04 pm
Thanks!

Next question :)

What's the best way to protect myself from future charges - move payment method to PayPal that is not assossiated with credit card? Or there is another way?

I know about downgrading everything but would like to get extra protection from charges :)

Thanks again!
You can't protect yourself other than knowing your limit and staying within it.
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Zhopa wrote:
Feb 16th, 2017 2:04 pm
Thanks!

Next question :)

What's the best way to protect myself from future charges - move payment method to PayPal that is not assossiated with credit card? Or there is another way?

I know about downgrading everything but would like to get extra protection from charges :)

Thanks again!
Freedompop is not a free service, if you use it over your free limit, you should pay for it.
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Thanked everyone :)

I know it's not free service, just was wondering if they have ability to disable completely what I don't need (like blocking calls/texts on data plans here with Fido, for example).

Thanks again!
fredsmith wrote:
Feb 16th, 2017 3:34 pm
Well start off by turning off auto top-up. That'll cost you US$5, but you won't get hit in the wallet if you go over your limits.

If you have an expired method they'll shut down your account. If you have invalid charges you can always dispute.
AShenCA wrote:
Feb 16th, 2017 11:38 pm

You can't protect yourself other than knowing your limit and staying within it.
Amowagou wrote:
Feb 17th, 2017 12:01 am
Freedompop is not a free service, if you use it over your free limit, you should pay for it.
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Zhopa wrote:
Feb 17th, 2017 10:15 am
I know it's not free service, just was wondering if they have ability to disable completely what I don't need (like blocking calls/texts on data plans here with Fido, for example).

Set the data limit on your phone and forget about it.

Calls use about 0.6MB per minute out of your 700MB (or 600MB) limit. Texts use kbs per text. Both are rather meaningless. If you find yourself getting near that 700MB limit, buy another sim.

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