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Move Internationally but want to save US Phone

Discussion in 'questions. answers. conversations.' started by Wesley C, Jul 9, 2018.

  1. Wesley C

    Wesley C Member

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    Hello all,

    I am moving internationally out of the US, but would want to save my US number for many reasons. I have been looking some options from major carrries in the States but mostly out of my budget...I currently have T Mobile.

    Any thought on how to preserving my US phone number? I have heard internet service like Ting etc. But not sure how exactly does that work. Thank you so much for the input in advance!!!

  2. David W

    David W Well-Known Member

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    Well, TMobile's service contracts say that they have a right to deny/change/cancel your service if you're outside the "home" area too much so it'd be good to get off it.

    I think Google's ProjectFi might be a good alternative. You only pay for what you use and it works internationally. However, I dont know if it has a similar restriction about the home area.
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  3. Gia

    Gia Active Member

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    Is your move permanent or temporary? I lived in Switzerland for 30 months a few years back and I kept my US phone (maintaining minimal service) and purchased a local SIM card and phone which were really inexpensive. I relied on WiFi texting and WhatsApp for my regular USA phone traffic. I used my local phone for most of my needs. If this is a permanent move, I would highly recommend ditching your US service.
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  4. txtp

    txtp New Member

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    You can port your number to Google Voice to save it. That's what I did when I moved to France five years ago. It can be used for call/text forwarding to a different number, but it can get a bit confusing for the recipient, and I haven't used that function in years.

    I currently live in the Middle East. I ported out my number back to T-Mobile a couple of years ago when my parents got a buy three lines, get one line free family plan a few years ago. That's how my number is currently alive. I pop in my Sim Card whenever I'm back in the US.

    Another option is to switch your T-Mobile plan to a $3/month prepaid plan.
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