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Cheapest way to keep US cell number while abroad - February 1, 2018, 02:26 AM

I have my US cell phone with me in EU where I will be for a while. Currently paying in excess of $60 a month to basically not use it, with T-mobile (as I have a local cell phone too).

What's the best provider to move my number to in order to be able to lower my cost and be able to receive texts and phone calls (for online banking purposes and the sorts).

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February 1, 2018, 05:44 AM

You could port it to Google Voice and then port it back when you return:

https://support.google.com/voice/answer/1065667?hl=en

This has a side benefit of allowing you to send and receive text messages on your GV number while you're in Europe.
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Find a friend or family that will let you port your number to their plan.. they'll probably like the benefit of having another number added to the line to lower their costs overall..

You'll probably pay like $25-30 bucks a month for unlimited everything..


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We recently had an instant on AT&T, where we converted number from postpaid to prepaid, without any monthly charges.

Now it can be reactivated by us, anytime when we want without losing the number. YMMV

P.S: GV is a neat option too(suggested above), quite a few good features in terms of portability.


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porting it to google is best plan
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You could port it to Google Voice and then port it back when you return:

https://support.google.com/voice/answer/1065667?hl=en

This has a side benefit of allowing you to send and receive text messages on your GV number while you're in Europe.
IIRC, once you port to google you can't port it out. Unless that has changed.


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Thanks guys, I shall look into the GV porting, didn't know it was an option!


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IIRC, once you port to google you can't port it out. Unless that has changed.
It's changed, you can port it back.


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Need more info. I've had GV since before it was GV and an independent co. called Grand Central.

So you can send your phone number to GV and have them hold it while you change carriers or suspend service, then come back at some later date and have your carrier retrieve the number from GV?

I've had the same cell no. since 1996 when it was so early I could choose my own phone number! Picked one that is super easy and I'd hate to have to change numbers or lose it.



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Need more info. I've had GV since before it was GV and an independent co. called Grand Central.

So you can send your phone number to GV and have them hold it while you change carriers or suspend service, then come back at some later date and have your carrier retrieve the number from GV?

I've had the same cell no. since 1996 when it was so early I could choose my own phone number! Picked one that is super easy and I'd hate to have to change numbers or lose it.
If you swap domestic carriers you just port it from say Verizon to att and vice versa.

If you go overseas and don't want to lose the number port it to GV then when you're stateside again you can port it to any carrier and still have the same number.

GV works with Google hangouts also so you can take calls overseas and text etc.


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If you swap domestic carriers you just port it from say Verizon to att and vice versa.

If you go overseas and don't want to lose the number port it to GV then when you're stateside again you can port it to any carrier and still have the same number.

GV works with Google hangouts also so you can take calls overseas and text etc.
Ah, thanks for insight.



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Just to be clear as I'm just now having time to try and do this: i can port (short for "move your number to where you want it) to Google Voice, that will allow the calls (AND TEXTS?) that would normally go to my cell phone to be handled by google voice and/or google hangouts?


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