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Is Public Mobile or Lucky Mobile the most affordable way to get a "physical" phone number?

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Is Public Mobile or Lucky Mobile the most affordable way to get a "physical" phone number?

In order to get a physical cell phone number (i.e not voip number, one with a sim card), currently I know you can get a free (occasional promo) or $0.99 PM/Lucky Mobile sim card (from ebay), and then sign up for the least expensive plan ($15/month) and possibly $2 off by setting up auto payment.

Is there any other cheaper way to get a physical phone number just to receive verification texts?

Thanks
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Sep 5, 2012
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naticom wrote: In order to get a physical cell phone number (i.e not voip number, one with a sim card), currently I know you can get a free (occasional promo) or $0.99 PM/Lucky Mobile sim card (from ebay), and then sign up for the least expensive plan ($15/month) and possibly $2 off by setting up auto payment.

Is there any other cheaper way to get a physical phone number just to receive verification texts?

Thanks
try fongo? incoming sms is free; was able to set up Whatsup with a fongo assigned number, I would try if first as an option.
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First check if that organization offers other verification methods (Phone call, email). Many do.
If that's the only organization that you receive verification texts from you might consider a different provider for that service, if available.
As @batcave mentioned above, Speakout711 is your least cost option but it (apparently) does not work outside Canada.
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Speakout, hands down. $25 top up doesn't expire for a year, you just have to keep an eye on your balance because they take out a 911 fee every month.
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I believe Piranha Mobile is the cheapest $0.70 (USD?) / month for a Canadian Number but you don't get to choose it nor can you port one in. It appears inbound calls are also free and $0.15/min for outbound.

I haven't used their service but am planning to do a Piranha Mobile + Fido Data sim after my Zoomer contract is done.
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Freedom has unlimited talk and text for $10 it used to be $8 a month.

For speakout it would suck if you port out your number and you get charged for incoming from all those spammer lately :/
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Interesting name...

Is there a minimum balance I have to maintain in the account?
genham17 wrote: I believe Piranha Mobile is the cheapest $0.70 (USD?) / month for a Canadian Number but you don't get to choose it nor can you port one in. It appears inbound calls are also free and $0.15/min for outbound.

I haven't used their service but am planning to do a Piranha Mobile + Fido Data sim after my Zoomer contract is done.
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From their FAQ, as long as you have enough balance to cover the costs ($0.70 USD) and have activity at least once every 420 days, then the number should be maintained. Again, I have not used their service, but am interested.
naticom wrote: Interesting name...

Is there a minimum balance I have to maintain in the account?
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naticom wrote: Interesting name...

Is there a minimum balance I have to maintain in the account?
US$20 is the minimum load. Also there is a $3.50 shipping fee for the sim so the total initial cost is $23.50.
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Do you guys rely on Piranha for time sensitive verification texts?
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wearysky wrote: Speakout, hands down. $25 top up doesn't expire for a year, you just have to keep an eye on your balance because they take out a 911 fee every month.
If I live in Quebec, can I use Speakout here? I see the network coverage map includes Montreal, but I also saw it saying service not available to Quebecers. Would they offer a phone number in Quebec?

This seems to be the cheapest option for someone who rarely uses the phone. I guess the next best alternative is Petro-Canada's service.
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gameon12 wrote: Do you guys rely on Piranha for time sensitive verification texts?
I actually do not use piranha but I would if I needed a Canadian sim/number.
RCML27 wrote: If I live in Quebec, can I use Speakout here? I see the network coverage map includes Montreal, but I also saw it saying service not available to Quebecers. Would they offer a phone number in Quebec?

This seems to be the cheapest option for someone who rarely uses the phone. I guess the next best alternative is Petro-Canada's service.
They don't offer it in Montreal but it can be used there according to this, it's on the Rogers network,

https://www.speakoutwireless.ca/speak/7 ... treal-514/

If you can't set it up with a 514 or equivalent area code, you could port it in.
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batcave wrote: I actually do not use piranha but I would if I needed a Canadian sim/number.

Really? Even after their recent several-weeks-long outage (see HoFo)?

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