Originally Posted by Sailor Deb
Thanks Bill. That looks like a great site. I do have a 5S that is unlocked. My AT&T account can be kept open for $10/month allowing me, I think, to have my number forwarded to the new SIM #. I will write to them and ask. They seem to be very helpful.
I'm glad that it might be useful for you.
It sounds like you are figuring out the best options for your needs.
We use my unlocked iPhone
when we travel there. [Our current cruising grounds are within 100 miles of the Canadian border...]
What we do as we enter Canadian waters on the boat is:
- Leave a voice mail announcement letting folks know what's up...
- Shut down phone
- Remove the US AT&T SIM
- Insert my Bell Canada SIM
- Reboot phone
Sometimes we just leave a message that the US number will be unavailable until... [and we update a controlled access document that is shared with family
and friends. That doc contains all of our current communication options and instructions...]
If we need to have calls to the US SIM routed to my Canadian SIM, we provide our Google
Voice Number in the voice mail announcement left [above] and/or forward the US SIM to our Google
Voice Number [GV#].... The GV# will accept calls from one or more numbers, forward to the number we program, and doesn't charge high fees
[if any] for Int'l forwarding... [i.e., That way we avoid any Int'l long distance charges on the US SIM from forwarded calls to a Canadian number...]
However, every time we do this we need to investigate what changed since the last time, so take this as a strategy statement that may not be technically accurate today... [It's been a year since the last time...]
I hope this all makes sense and might be helpful.
Cheers, and good luck with your adventure!