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Putting a phone number "on ice"

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Putting a phone number "on ice"

Let's say I'm leaving the country for a while, perhaps 2 years. During this time I want to preserve my number indefintiely in case I would like to use it on my return. Is there a cheap way to do this? E.g., porting my number to a very long expiry pre-paid plan? If it worked out to say $10 a that would be too much, but something like $1 might work.
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Aug 21, 2005
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Port (transfer) it to a VoIP provider, $10/year. I have all my numbers with VoIP (3 in Canada, 2 in USA, 1 TF, 1 in a European country where I travel often) and I use them constantly. I don't use cell phone providers for voice or text, only for Data (mobile Internet). Here in Canada I pay $100/20GB/yr.
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You can also port to Fongo

https://www.fongo.com/how-it-works/

"Keep your number

No need to update your contact information with friends and family

For a $25 one-time fee, you can transfer your existing home or mobile phone number to Fongo. Purchase phone number porting by logging in to your Fongo account at www.fongo.com/login and selecting Online Store."

So where ever you are going, if you got a smart phone and wifi or data you can use Fongo App. People still can call you on your old #
and you can use to call people in Canada
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This is why the forums need better search functionality. This has come up several times in the last couple weeks.
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wearysky wrote: This is why the forums need better search functionality. This has come up several times in the last couple weeks.
^ this

forgot the title, but I remembered Fongo mentioned 10+ times...
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Port to voip.ms, then forward that number to voicemail. As soon as you get voicemail, you get email notification (I am talking about less than 3 seconds) with vocod message, exact time, and caller ID. You can even forward that Canadian number to your foreign numbe and be always on the reach and pay pennies for the actual usage of all you want is to keep the number, it will be just $0.99/month.
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Thanks all. Fongo worked great for me.

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