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goformike 05-04-2017 01:36 PM

Keeping a US phone number
 
Hi all,

I'm finally moving to Playa, and I hope to arrive next month. I plan to bring my unlocked android phone, and get a Telcel sim with a local number, and use Whatsapp. That takes care of my calling needs within Mexico, and for anyone who also uses Whatsapp.

I have a google voice number, and using the hangouts app, I have an alternate US based number on my phone. It currently works for me, but..........It is my recent understanding that once it is no longer tied to a US based number, my google voice number won't work. Can anyone confirm this?

My goal is to have a US based number to have as my contact number for people / businesses in the US. Ideally, it would ring on my cell.

Is this achievable? What do some of you American expats in Playa do?

Thanks,

Mike

roni 05-04-2017 01:51 PM

I do not know about Google, I avoid them as best I can.

I have a Skype number and make most of my US calls using it on my computer. Works well from home. I have the Skype app on my iPhone, but usually use Facetime when I need to talk to someone with it. The only person I regularly communicate with who has an Android phone also has an iPad, so we Facetime and she uses that.

The Skype app on your phone may work well for you. I do not leave it open on my computer cause there are spammy contact requests, etc.... I just open it when I want to call someone.

AndyW 05-04-2017 03:25 PM

It has been my experience that when I'm down there and switch over to my TelCel sim card, I can no longer make or receive calls on my google voice number, but I can send and receive texts.
If you don't need to be making and receiving calls calls while mobile, your google voice number will still work through you PC or Laptop

absoluteAL 05-05-2017 08:11 AM

I have MAGICJACK on my home and cell phones. Can make and receive calls from U.S. and Canada on either although cell will need WiFi to work.

goformike 05-05-2017 11:01 AM

Magic Jack looks like a candidate. Does anyone else use Skype on their cell with a Skype number?

Elote el Rey 05-05-2017 03:08 PM

I used to carry 2 cell phones. Now I have a dual-sim chip phone and use both Telcel and ATT gophone.

eccentrictinker 05-06-2017 03:13 AM

I moved my landline number to Googlevoice.

Googlevoice forwards all calls to my cellphone. Including G#d D@#n marketing calls, but I've had the number for 52 years.

It involves first transferring landline number to a cheap 'burner' phone, then porting to Googlevoice. $20 + about $20 for GV activation.

Lots of advice and videos on the Interweb.

Search....."porting landline phone number to googlevoice"

goformike 05-15-2017 02:54 PM

So I'm going with Skype with a US Skype number. Hopefully it works well enough. Thanks for everyone's input!

crmoores 05-15-2017 03:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Elote el Rey (Post 2178693)
I used to carry 2 cell phones. Now I have a dual-sim chip phone and use both Telcel and ATT gophone.

So do you have a different log in for each sim? Can you explain how that works?

Elote el Rey 05-15-2017 04:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by crmoores (Post 2179503)
So do you have a different log in for each sim? Can you explain how that works?

My phone accepts 2 sim chips and has dual standby. I receive calls from either number on the same phone. I can choose which number to use when I call out. I can use either companies data plans just by changing a couple of settings.

There are many different makers of dual sim phones. I am now using a BLU phone with 4g LTE data.

For me it is the only way to go.

AndyW 05-16-2017 11:40 AM

Incidentally... If you want to have a US number that works in Mexico without roaming charges, check out getting a number from T-Mobile. They advertise that you can use phone and data in Mexico at no additional cost.

roni 05-16-2017 12:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AndyW (Post 2179558)
Incidentally... If you want to have a US number that works in Mexico without roaming charges, check out getting a number from T-Mobile. They advertise that you can use phone and data in Mexico at no additional cost.

We have that deal with our Telcel phones - Amigo Sin Fronteras

WaterRat 05-16-2017 01:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AndyW (Post 2179558)
Incidentally... If you want to have a US number that works in Mexico without roaming charges, check out getting a number from T-Mobile. They advertise that you can use phone and data in Mexico at no additional cost.

Yep. Love T-Mobile.
When in Mexico, your T-Mobile phone remains a US phone. Calls to the US are dialed as though you were still in the US. Same for people in the US calling you.

When dialing Mexican numbers, you have to dial the country code, ect, but all calls to/from the US, Canada, and Mexico do NOT incur any extra charges.

Elote el Rey 05-16-2017 01:18 PM

T-Mobile, ATT, Verizon all offer a "Mexico" plan. They all have restrictions for use in Mexico. I know this because T-Mobile kicked me off their system.

TelCel has the same kind of restrictions on it use in the USA.

absoluteAL 05-16-2017 01:41 PM

I signed up for AT&T Mexico when they first came into Mexico. By paying two years in advance at the inception of my plan and service, I can call anywhere in Mexico, Canada and the U.S. at no additional charge. I pay what averaged out to $11 usd/month. I supplied my own unlocked phone and they supplied the sim card. When I go to the U.S., I just put in my AT&T Go Phone sim card and I use my phone in the U.S. I have retained the same number (AT&T Go Phone) number for several years now. They (AT&T Go) have different plans for usage.
So far, this has worked out great for me.


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