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    Awesome, thx for the hints re the AB number for tax purposes - do they require an address or anything or is it solely based off the chosen phone number?

    I think I’m going to opt for Koodo - Actually getting some credit with the Sim card is a nice touch, I noticed that the 7-Eleven option includes none with the $10 cost of the SIM, and I did find some information on their minimum top up amounts that seemed eerily similar to my Fido situation above. Additional 911 fee on SpeakOut is also an additional fee in the end not there with Koodo.

    Yeah, I may pay a tiny bit more in the end every month with Koodo but I’m getting the impression it’s going to be less hassle and worry in the end.

    As for needing confirmations and such of texts having been received, not a big deal as the implementation does respond with confirmations that texts were received and acted upon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pepper99 View Post
    Awesome, thx for the hints re the AB number for tax purposes - do they require an address or anything or is it solely based off the chosen phone number?
    On Koodo postpaid service tax is based on the number's area code independent of billing address, likely the same on prepaid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pepper99 View Post
    Fair enough, thanks, anyone know what their minimum topup is?
    If still needed, I believe SpeakOut is $25 with a 365 day expiry, but it looks like you've chosen Koodo anyway



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    Thx all. Ended up getting setup with Koodo because of the pre-auth payment discount, $15 increment refill values, 911 fee included, and simplicity. Took <60 seconds at a Koodo booth to get the SIM, it had $20 of credit on it already as mentioned (already ahead vs SpeakOut) and I set it up with a Banff AB number (just because I loved Banff) for tax purposes (thx for that tip!) and am up and kicking.

    Texts between my main cellphone with Freedom and the new Koodo number are flying seamlessly.

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    ^You made the Right Decision. With Koodo you Get MMS & Worldwide Texting where with speakout as far as I know its only Texting within Canada & the US

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    Quote Originally Posted by jattdesi View Post
    ^You made the Right Decision. With Koodo you Get MMS & Worldwide Texting where with speakout as far as I know its only Texting within Canada & the US

    Yeah, the international texting ended up being a good thing to have - I am doing some further automation with it now using IFTTT, and the app I'm using for such actually sends reply texts to confirm actions. Since the IFTTT phone number these texts arrive from is in the USA, these replies (albeit going into a bit-bucket somewhere) would have probably incurred extra cost had I used a different option.

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    Well, I'm back... The Koodo thing worked well since going that route..until now. My credit card was updated and since the old one no longer allowed Koodo Prepaid to auto refill, my service was of course cut off with a notice to update my billing info.

    Problem is...I can't login to update my credit card. I forgot the password and the "Forgot Password" link is borked - the actual email with the link to reset the password is taking anywhere from 8 to 17 (!!) hours to actually arrive in my Gmail inbox. By the time it arrives the link is expired and the website refuses to allow me to reset the password.

    Been trying for 3 days now and having the same result over and over again.

    Calling *611 from the phone yields a recording saying it'll cost me $5 to talk to a real person. Screw that.

    They're refusing all attempts to reach out on Twitter to actually just fix the problem.

    So, I guess they don't want my business anymore.

    Accordingly, I'm on the hunt for the cheapest text-only plan again. New suggestions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pepper99 View Post
    Well, I'm back... The Koodo thing worked well since going that route..until now. My credit card was updated and since the old one no longer allowed Koodo Prepaid to auto refill, my service was of course cut off with a notice to update my billing info.

    Problem is...I can't login to update my credit card. I forgot the password and the "Forgot Password" link is borked - the actual email with the link to reset the password is taking anywhere from 8 to 17 (!!) hours to actually arrive in my Gmail inbox. By the time it arrives the link is expired and the website refuses to allow me to reset the password.

    Been trying for 3 days now and having the same result over and over again.

    Calling *611 from the phone yields a recording saying it'll cost me $5 to talk to a real person. Screw that.

    They're refusing all attempts to reach out on Twitter to actually just fix the problem.

    So, I guess they don't want my business anymore.

    Accordingly, I'm on the hunt for the cheapest text-only plan again. New suggestions?
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