Holding onto the Canadian Numbers / Texts while in India (my solution)

I didn’t want to lose my number, have to redo all the whatsapp etc connections, and also all of the 2 factor authentication.

So I’ve found that Virgin Plus has a $15 a month plan which allows free incoming texts internationally. For for $180 a year (+$50 activation fee) I can have my Canadian number work worldwide. I’ve ordered the SIM and they’ll port my number over to it.

Satisfactory. Wish it was cheaper, but the international telephone system is archaic and pointless

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Did you try Google voice? You can transfer your number to google voice for $15 one time fee.

Roaming rate is around $15 / day though.