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Mayor / Maire

Re: Going to Florida 72 year old senior all muddled up - please help.


@Lar wrote:

@RMF   Or to muddy the waters more, you could forget all the addons and use a smartphone app to make Wifi calls to anywhere in north America, from anywere in north America.  I use google Hangouts app which if you have an android phone may already be installed.  The only thing you will not have with this is a phone  number for someone to call back but that can be worked arouind with an email sent from them. Other members may have other apps they use which will get you call back number. Free wifi is everywhere now.  Best of luck.


@Larhas a great option for you. On your smartphone, download the free app called TextNow. You'll be able to send and recieve free texts and calls as long as you have a robust wifi connection. With TextNow, you'll get a number so others can call you too.

I know others use different voip apps and I can vouch for TextNow...it has worked great for me whilst I'm away.

Model Citizen / Citoyen Modèle

Re: Going to Florida 72 year old senior all muddled up - please help.

If you're on a higher plan, you could reduce your plan at next payment to $10, still keeps your account open but for fewer $. When you return, you can just activate your old plan whenever you run out of something you need.

Mayor / Maire

Re: Going to Florida 72 year old senior all muddled up - please help.


@RMF wrote:

When I was with Rogers, I used to have two cell phones one for Florida (am snowbird) and one for Toronto.  Now I have a smartphone and will be using the same phone by changing SIM cards.  (I will pay for Public all year as wish to retain number, that is not my question.)

 Ok.

 

My question is, for reasons I won't waste your time with, I may want to wait about a week till I change to my American provider after I arrive in Florida.  So can I use Public Mobile service in Florida and make calls to Toronto and send texts to Toronto on it and can I call other Florida numbers and send texts to Florida numbers.  If yes, do I need to make arrangements with Public in advance.  I am just sooooo confused about it all, i.e. how would I pay for these extras etc.  Thanks in advance for any assistance you can give me.

 

@RMF  Public offers an US Roaming Talk & Text add-on that you can add to your plan just before you leave for the US. The add-on costs $15.00 and will allow to make unlimited calls and send unlimited texts anywhere in Canada and the US for 10 days while in the US.

 

If you need help just click on the ? bottom right and ask Simon to help you with purchasing a US roaming add-on


 

RMF
Good Citizen / Bon Citoyen

Re: Going to Florida 72 year old senior all muddled up - please help.



@geopublic wrote:

@RMF wrote:

When I was with Rogers, I used to have two cell phones one for Florida (am snowbird) and one for Toronto.  Now I have a smartphone and will be using the same phone by changing SIM cards.  (I will pay for Public all year as wish to retain number, that is not my question.)

 Ok.

 

My question is, for reasons I won't waste your time with, I may want to wait about a week till I change to my American provider after I arrive in Florida.  So can I use Public Mobile service in Florida and make calls to Toronto and send texts to Toronto on it and can I call other Florida numbers and send texts to Florida numbers.  If yes, do I need to make arrangements with Public in advance.  I am just sooooo confused about it all, i.e. how would I pay for these extras etc.  Thanks in advance for any assistance you can give me.

 

@RMF  Public offers an US Roaming Talk & Text add-on that you can add to your plan just before you leave for the US. The add-on costs $15.00 and will allow to make unlimited calls and send unlimited texts anywhere in Canada and the US for 10 days while in the US.

 

If you need help just click on the ? bottom right and ask Simon to help you with purchasing a US roaming add-on


 


First of all, thank you sooooo much for all the replies. What a lovely community!!

 

I am aware of things like Whatsapp but it won't work.  I am involved in an organization where we send out a lot of emails and need replies.  Texting is used to say "Hey I sent you an email please respond" and it works really well.  Also I want to keep my Toronto cell number alive while I am gone, (tho I may temporarioly switch to a cheaper plan) because although the SIM card is not in the phone I am hoping this way I can still check for voicemail, as I can with my Florida number without the SIM card in......can I do that with Public Mobile if I pay all year round? (Not everyone knows I am away).

 

The 10 day add-on is looking good.  The reason I want it is I have Magic Jack which has

taken care of my Toronto calls in the past.  But the retirement community has just ended

their contract with Comcast after 15 years, and signed up with a new company.  When I go down instead of just ordering internet to be ready for when I get there, have to have condo rewired by new cable company so am trying to have a back up plan.

 

I like to have a little data, which I just turn on when there is no wifi to check my emails, so think the $20.00 plan would suffice nicely.  So can I call Canada directly without dialing another number first (like Tracfone makes you do).  Also if people in Toronto phone or text

me, will it be long distance for them.

 

Thanks again everyone and I WILL take Simon up on his offer!!




Great Citizen / Super Citoyen

Re: Going to Florida 72 year old senior all muddled up - please help.

Wow that's a lot of info to filter thru to make a decision. As you don't mind paying for your phone while you are in Florida it is probably best to simply change your plan to the $10 50/50 call and text  set up to change on your next renewal date closest to when you leave... A day before is ok but just about anytime after...it will only cost $8 A month with Auto pay. The day you are leaving/entering the U.S. purchase the $15 us roaming call/text plan. You can have previously have added the funds +tax to your account so you just have to add it to your plan. The one slightly tricky thing to do would be to put your voicemail on extended absence.  You can then record a message with your Florida number for people to call or text you on. Just do this before you switch SIM cards and your roaming runs out. I can find the thread for you...but I'm sure one of the more techie users can do it faster than me. Fyi I took a screenshot of it so I don't have to look for it when I need it.

I dont have to ask you: "Where's your next vacation?"

Deputy Mayor / Adjoint au Maire

Re: Going to Florida 72 year old senior all muddled up - please help.

You can call 438-580-4001 from a different phone to check your voicemails remotely.

 

When you call press 2 for English.

Enter your cell number followed by # sign

Then when you hear your voicemail message start to play you have to press *sign

Then it will ask you to enter your voicemail password.

Then you're in your voicemail

RMF
Good Citizen / Bon Citoyen

Re: Going to Florida 72 year old senior all muddled up - please help.


@darlicious wrote:

Wow that's a lot of info to filter thru to make a decision. As you don't mind paying for your phone while you are in Florida it is probably best to simply change your plan to the $10 50/50 call and text  set up to change on your next renewal date closest to when you leave... A day before is ok but just about anytime after...it will only cost $8 A month with Auto pay. The day you are leaving/entering the U.S. purchase the $15 us roaming call/text plan. You can have previously have added the funds +tax to your account so you just have to add it to your plan. The one slightly tricky thing to do would be to put your voicemail on extended absence.  You can then record a message with your Florida number for people to call or text you on. Just do this before you switch SIM cards and your roaming runs out. I can find the thread for you...but I'm sure one of the more techie users can do it faster than me. Fyi I took a screenshot of it so I don't have to look for it when I need it.

I dont have to ask you: "Where's your next vacation?"


Sorry I am a bit confused.  I don't want my voicemail on extended absense I want to be able to check it once a week or so like I do my Florida voicemail.  

Great Citizen / Super Citoyen

Re: Going to Florida 72 year old senior all muddled up - please help.


@Jb456 wrote:

You can call 438-580-4001 from a different phone to check your voicemails remotely.

 

When you call press 2 for English.

Enter your cell number followed by # sign

Then when you hear your voicemail message start to play you have to press *sign

Then it will ask you to enter your voicemail password.

Then you're in your voicemail


Thanks @Jb456  can you give the sequence to disable voicemail on extended absence as well if she chooses?  But the external voicemail number eliminates the problem of wasting outgoing calls to voicemail on the $10 and $15 plan.

 

 

 

 

Great Citizen / Super Citoyen

Re: Going to Florida 72 year old senior all muddled up - please help.


@RMF wrote:

@darlicious wrote:

Wow that's a lot of info to filter thru to make a decision. As you don't mind paying for your phone while you are in Florida it is probably best to simply change your plan to the $10 50/50 call and text  set up to change on your next renewal date closest to when you leave... A day before is ok but just about anytime after...it will only cost $8 A month with Auto pay. The day you are leaving/entering the U.S. purchase the $15 us roaming call/text plan. You can have previously have added the funds +tax to your account so you just have to add it to your plan. The one slightly tricky thing to do would be to put your voicemail on extended absence.  You can then record a message with your Florida number for people to call or text you on. Just do this before you switch SIM cards and your roaming runs out. I can find the thread for you...but I'm sure one of the more techie users can do it faster than me. Fyi I took a screenshot of it so I don't have to look for it when I need it.

I dont have to ask you: "Where's your next vacation?"


Sorry I am a bit confused.  I don't want my voicemail on extended absense I want to be able to check it once a week or so like I do my Florida voicemail.  


Yes I'm sorry posted just after your response...thought you might not want to check voicemail rather direct callers calling your Canadian number to your Florida one. Enjoy the sun!

RMF
Good Citizen / Bon Citoyen

Re: Going to Florida 72 year old senior all muddled up - please help.


@Jb456 wrote:

You can call 438-580-4001 from a different phone to check your voicemails remotely.

 

When you call press 2 for English.

Enter your cell number followed by # sign

Then when you hear your voicemail message start to play you have to press *sign

Then it will ask you to enter your voicemail password.

Then you're in your voicemail

 

I always call remotely now, to save an outgoing call, but I call my own number then

press star and enter my password!!