I am studying abroad for the next two years but coming back home to Canada every 3-4 months. I was wondering, if I cancel my plan and resume whenever I come to visit or at the end of the 2 years, will I still be able to keep my phone number? I don't want to have to pay $40/month if I'm not there to use it but I also don't want to lose my phone number.
Thanks for the help
I could be wrong, but when you don't pay your bill you have 3 months to pay your bill before your account is shut down, including your number being unassigned to you. So my thinking is that if you can log in before 3 months, say the 88th-89th day and top up your account... you should be fine.
Another option, like some others said is to use an app like Fongo, TextNow or TextPlus.
Fongo would be your best option if you want really good audio quality (I find any other apps to be shotty at best) and then pay 1, 3, or 6 months for a texting plan either within Canada or Global.
When you come into Canada, get a data plan, at the moment I'd recommend either Chatr or Fongo Wireless.