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    Another one week in Canada, Google Voice, Verizon, Trac

    So I've read a variety of threads on the subject, the most recent of which here got deleted and continued in the Roger's forum (for reasons I don't understand). The others are a year old or more.

    I'll be spending six days in Toronto. The hotel has wifi, but I don't know how good it is.

    I use Google Voice as my main number. I've never used Google Hangouts, but I've just installed it and I'm willing.

    My phone is an unlocked iPhone 5 with a TracFone sim. I figure one theoretical option is to get a throwaway sim for it (Koodo?), but I've seen inconsistent stories on whether Google Voice will forward to it.

    My other device is an iPad mini with cellular and a Verizon sim. I'd prefer not to use this for phone calls because it's clumsy and I won't have it on my all the time, but if there's an easy way (such as just handing Verizon an extra $30US), I'll consider it.

    (I'm ignoring my backup Trac flip phone, because I figure that's a lost cause in Canada.)

    Convenience (as in easy to get from a hotel in downtown Toronto) and moderate price (as in under $50US) are my criteria.

    Many thanks.

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    I realize this is an old thread but wanted to answer for others. Google Voice cannot forward to a Canadian phone number. I found this out when I was trying to do similar to what the OP here wants. But, I found that with a strong LTE signal or WiFi, I had no problems making calls with Hangouts. I never received any So I cant speak to how reliable that would be. I think at worst, it would just go to GV voicemail. So, he could have used Koodo for the data connection.

    Sent from my Nexus 7 using HoFo mobile app

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    Thought I'd share my experience.

    I have a Google Voice account (and US Google Voice phone number), but I got it, not by verifying with a Canadian phone number, but with a US phone number. When people call my Google Voice number, I can receive calls if I have the Hangouts app on on my device, or if I have the associated Gmail account open on my web browser on my desktop/laptop computer. This will work anywhere in the world.

    While in the USA and Canada, I can place free calls to USA or Canada using the Phone tab in Gmail.com (in web browser on laptop/desktop) or using Hangouts Dialer in Android (and maybe on iOS too?).

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    Quote Originally Posted by GaryBy View Post
    I'll be spending six days in Toronto. The hotel has wifi, but I don't know how good it is.
    What did you end up doing? One option was to get a Cricket SIM at the $45 (after auto-pay) tier, as that includes voice/text/data roaming in Canada. You could then forward your Google Voice number to that, and cancel after the first month.
    Lumia 950 XL dual-SIM -- SIM slot 1: Rogers (small business flex data) -- SIM slot 2: Public Mobile ($120/12GB/90 day plan)

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