During the winter I am outside Canada. I would like to keep my phone number active, since I return each summer.
What I need is something like the cheapest plan possible: one that would keep my account alive and not cost a lot of money.
What should I do? Thanks.
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Thanks. I simply want to keep the account and number active while I'm away in the winter months. I realize that something like this is possible through PM's current offering.
But what I envisage would be a 'parking' plan (to borrow a term for the vehicle insurance industry). It would be the cheapest of all the plans and offer no services whatsoever: no data, no phone minutes. It would simply put one's account on hold (i.e. keep it active). The account could then be rendered fully active when one bought one of the other plans.
PM could put a limit on this, so that customers couldn't use the 'parking' option for hang on to numbers indefinitely.
i think as @Handy1 pointed out, no carrier provides that "parking" feature for free. PM has it for 90 days. There is numberbarn to park the number, there are also VoIP app like Fongo to park the number, not free ($25 to port in). And also, you gave up your current plan and rewards, and come back hoping for the same plan still here.
Kenneth, this 'parking' idea of precisely what I was hoping for. When I leave Canada in the winter, I switch my Canadian car insurance to 'parking'. (The vehicle sits under a pile of snow at a friend's all winter.) Then in the spring I simply switch back to 'comprehensive'. It just takes two emails a year. No muss, no fuss.
It would be nice if PM had something similar. As you say.
On another note, Public Mobile really need to start thinking outside the box and start offering "Parking" services when their customers leave the country for an extended time. For a small fee of course. If they want to retain customers, this is a way to do it. Don't do this and they'll find their way to another service provider.
Why are we smarter than the folks who run Public Mobile???
If you're currently on a plan that is no longer offered and you like it then changing to the $15 plan would lose the ability to get it back. Even a plan you're looking at now may no longer be offered when you get back. Of course there could also be better plans.
Also, it's possible that making that payment may trigger on the subscribed toggle just because they like it that way. Be sure to check for that when you make that payment.
That's good advice, Softec. The basic thing I'm trying to accomplish to be hang onto my PM account and number while I'm away from Canada. So I wouldn't want to return only to find my PM account was dead in the water.
In any case, I would have to look into this TextNow option before going with it. But from what you say, porting my number doesn't seem to be the way to go.
@Leuson with the porting out to TextNow, remember, once you ported out, your PM account is closed and you loss your rewards that you have cumulated. When you come back to Canada, you will need to buy a new sim card and activate a new account. It saves money for the time you are away, but you need to pay a little bit when you come back and start the rewards again.
But one thing, when you are away, you can still download VoIP app TextNow and just use that to make and receive free calls to Canada/US for free using the app (you don't need to port your number, you can just pick a new phone number from TextNow)
yes, Change plan still have option "Change Now" and "Change on Renewal"
When you want to change to $15 plan, do it before your trip and click "Change on Renewal". And again, make note of the first date of the suspension and the 90 days after that, come back and resume the account around 85th day and not later, just in case
If you plan to be outside Canada more than 90 days, the option of purchasing the cheapest plan possible which is $15 for 30 days then don't pay the next 2 months and continue this cycle till you come back to Canada. However, another way you can do this is to port your number to a VOIP app like TextNow which is free of charge. You just need to go on the app while on WiFi every few weeks and send a text message or make a call back to Canada over WiFi. Once again, it's free of charge. When you come back to Canada you port the number back at no charge. 🙂
@Leuson You can change plan to the $15 plan and then turn off auto subscribe letting the account go into suspended state for 90 days before it closes for good , so on 85 day make manual payment for 30 days and turn off auto subscribe again for another 85 days and just rinse and repeat as long as you need
Turn auto pay OFF/ON 3 easy clicks
Or if you know the 4 digit PIN number
this is what you need to do to keep alive the account:
PM only allows the account to be suspended for 90 days or your account will be permanently closed and you will loss the number
So, your option is to temporary suspend the account and reactivate for 30 days before the 90 days deadline
Here is what you can do (assuming your Available fund = $0)
'Pause' your PM Plan.
Change your plan to $15 Plan