I just need the ability to receive SMS when I travel internationally (in Asia) because I might need to travel a couple times a year with my new work. It's a shame that public doesn't work but I really don't want to change my number. I guess I would have to forfeit all my rewards then.
OK, so this is 'technically' not possible @dande , especially if you're moving to Bell or Rogers or another major competitor.
However, if you are moving to a TELUS group of providers (TELUS or Koodo), you may have a chance.
You'd need to first arrange it with them by asking them to draw upon your number to their service after you change it with Public Mobile and they may be able to if it was originally a TELUS group number.
Cooperation with the new mobile provider is crucial to giving this a chance of working. I wouldn't go ahead and change the number until they provide you with some reassurance that they can draw upon the number. And whatever you do, DON'T port your existing number to the new provider as that will close the Public Mobile account completely and it'll be history.
Good luck and let us know if this might be your situation.
@dande Sorry, but that's not possible because as soon as you port out your number, your PM account will close. You can choose a new number with the new carrier and give your son the PM number if you don't mind the number change?