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Parking my cell number with a VOIP CANADIAN BILLING

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Parking my cell number with a VOIP CANADIAN BILLING

Hi all,

I have Google Voice (GV) but since they are not ready for porting yet, I am looking to park my cell phone number with a VOIP that bills in Canadian funds. If they have call forwarding services that would be useful as well so I don't have to tell folks my GV number. Thoughts anyone?

VOIP.ms bills in USD which is unfortunate.
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You can park your phone number with voip.ms or Fongo.

voip.ms will charge you a monthly fee but I believe that the porting is free. You also pay for every call that you receive if you want to forward that call (as well as answer that call)

You can also port to Fongo. Fongo charges for the porting but the incoming calls and outgoing calls within certain Canadian area codes are free.
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I've looked into VOIP.ms but they charge in USD and my CC charges an exorbiant fee - I think it would be more than a monthly charge. Which is why I've made the specific request for billing in Canadian funds. I've looked into FONGO as well but do they charge in USD? I'm not fond of the porting fee but at least 2.79/month isn't too bad.
lmcjipo wrote: You can park your phone number with voip.ms or Fongo.

voip.ms will charge you a monthly fee but I believe that the porting is free. You also pay for every call that you receive if you want to forward that call (as well as answer that call)

You can also port to Fongo. Fongo charges for the porting but the incoming calls and outgoing calls within certain Canadian area codes are free.
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Pretty much all voip providers operate in USD. What's the issue?
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Allan in T.Dot wrote: I've looked into VOIP.ms but they charge in USD and my CC charges an exorbiant fee - I think it would be more than a monthly charge. Which is why I've made the specific request for billing in Canadian funds. I've looked into FONGO as well but do they charge in USD? I'm not fond of the porting fee but at least 2.79/month isn't too bad.
Fongo charge Canadian $$
porting fee $25
no monthly fee if you just use Fongo App
$2.79 / month is for if you want to txt
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I don’t understand the ask

You want to park your Canadian cell number and forward it to your Google voice number.

What’s the point? If everyone will be calling you on your Canadian cell number, you will be paying per minute and maybe long distance to receive calls on Google Voice.

Are you planning on using an all data plan? Just for Google Voice?
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Allan in T.Dot wrote: I've looked into VOIP.ms but they charge in USD and my CC charges an exorbiant fee - I think it would be more than a monthly charge. Which is why I've made the specific request for billing in Canadian funds. I've looked into FONGO as well but do they charge in USD? I'm not fond of the porting fee but at least 2.79/month isn't too bad.

Yeah I was guessing it might be something like that. Fongo only forwards to CDN numbers - no GV. Fongo has not proven reliable enough (for me and others in GTA). The Stack Mastercard option can help you out on the currency . Conversion rate is good and no FX fee. Or get into one of the credit cards that don't charge FX. Now you've got options
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Yah I'll have to look into this further then. VOIP.ms was the best solution I could find.

I don't want a phone plan but I need a phone plan by virtue of work. All I really need is data. And since I have one of the old 416 numbers, I want to park my number until GV allows for porting in Canadian numbers.

Thanks for the help everyone. RFD rocks!
gameon12 wrote: Yeah I was guessing it might be something like that. Fongo only forwards to CDN numbers - no GV. Fongo has not proven reliable enough (for me and others in GTA). The Stack Mastercard option can help you out on the currency . Conversion rate is good and no FX fee. Or get into one of the credit cards that don't charge FX. Now you've got options
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Allan in T.Dot wrote: Yah I'll have to look into this further then. VOIP.ms was the best solution I could find.

I don't want a phone plan but I need a phone plan by virtue of work. All I really need is data. And since I have one of the old 416 numbers, I want to park my number until GV allows for porting in Canadian numbers.

Thanks for the help everyone. RFD rocks!
You'll get more action here if you lay out your end needs. For data only checkout the huge Fido data thread at Fido 4GB / $10
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gameon12 wrote: You'll get more action here if you lay out your end needs. For data only checkout the huge Fido data thread at Fido 4GB / $10
I think he laid it out pretty clearly. He wants a data only plan which I think he already has. He is using google voice for all his calls since he can call Canada and US from it, receive SMS etc.

His local number is a 416 which he wants to keep and he needs to park it some place till Google voice allows porting in Canadian numbers into their system.
Allan in T.Dot wrote: I don't want a phone plan but I need a phone plan by virtue of work. All I really need is data. And since I have one of the old 416 numbers, I want to park my number until GV allows for porting in Canadian numbers.
I have had Google Voice since it launched. First I would never use it as a primary service. It is reliable, but the quality will never match a cell service. If you use your number for business, I would stick to a cell provider. Second, don't hold your breath for Canadian support.

It started with Calgary, but that loop hole eventually closed. Then a small window opened. and I was able to forward my google voice number to my local 416 number. So far so good.
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Gee wrote: I think he laid it out pretty clearly. He wants a data only plan which I think he already has. He is using google voice for all his calls since he can call Canada and US from it, receive SMS etc.

His local number is a 416 which he wants to keep and he needs to park it some place till Google voice allows porting in Canadian numbers into their system.



I have had Google Voice since it launched. First I would never use it as a primary service. It is reliable, but the quality will never match a cell service. If you use your number for business, I would stick to a cell provider. Second, don't hold your breath for Canadian support.

It started with Calgary, but that loop hole eventually closed. Then a small window opened. and I was able to forward my google voice number to my local 416 number. So far so good.
Sure we can make assumptions. How important is each of the GV and 416 for calls/texts (incl personal/business)? Anticipated monthly usage minutes in/out? Lots of use while in transit or mainly/exclusively stationary? WiFi availability? How important is messaging (WhatsApp, Messenger, etc)? Device details incl dual-SIM?

Nice on the 416 GV btw
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gameon12 wrote: Sure we can make assumptions. How important is each of the GV and 416 for calls/texts (incl personal/business)? Anticipated monthly usage minutes in/out? Lots of use while in transit or mainly/exclusively stationary? WiFi availability? How important is messaging (WhatsApp, Messenger, etc)? Device details incl dual-SIM?
Cell data is pretty reliable. VoIP on cell data not so much. At least in my experience. You won't have problems with SMS, WhatsApp, Messenger etc.

I use google voice through Hangouts, it works 95% of the time, but there are times I would experience a bad connection or a dropped call. If I didn't use my cell for business, I wouldn't have a problem using google voice as my primary line. But I can't afford to miss calls or sound like I am under water when talking on the phone.

Maybe with 5G, things will get better. Hangouts is probably not the best client for Google Voice either. But it works for me. I also use it on my google mini at home.
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Righto. In fact, that is what I am on and want to switch off my cell plan and rely on data only. Who makes calls these days when I already have a LAN line?
gameon12 wrote: You'll get more action here if you lay out your end needs. For data only checkout the huge Fido data thread at Fido 4GB / $10
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You don't find GV reliable or good call quality? Bc FIDO and Rogers service in my place/area sucks. Even when standing by the door. I've been more reliant on the Wi-Fi calling feature when I do use the phone. Hence the rationale of, why the heck do I even need a cell plan for calls that I barely make when I can just use a VOIP service for even cheaper.


Gee wrote: I think he laid it out pretty clearly. He wants a data only plan which I think he already has. He is using google voice for all his calls since he can call Canada and US from it, receive SMS etc.

His local number is a 416 which he wants to keep and he needs to park it some place till Google voice allows porting in Canadian numbers into their system.



I have had Google Voice since it launched. First I would never use it as a primary service. It is reliable, but the quality will never match a cell service. If you use your number for business, I would stick to a cell provider. Second, don't hold your breath for Canadian support.

It started with Calgary, but that loop hole eventually closed. Then a small window opened. and I was able to forward my google voice number to my local 416 number. So far so good.

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