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    Best SIM for inexpensively keeping a long-term number with occasional use?

    Now that Lycamobile pay as you go is gone, I'm wondering what the best SIM is for inexpensively keeping a US number long term (indefinitely) with very occasional use, all in the US, of texts and voice calls. I've seen a lot of suggestion of Project Fi but am hoping to find something with lower ongoing maintenance cost like Lycamobile used to be. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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    TruPhone, as djphilosopy said. You'll spend $30 to get started but that can easily last you ten years. And the company is legit and has been around a long time, and doesn't do anything sketchy or bug you to spend more.

    The T&C mention something about requiring some use every 90 days or so, but they do not enforce it. In practice I have a few numbers parked for years with barely any use.

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    I second this... TruPhone. Incoming calls and texts are free.

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    Quote Originally Posted by djphilosophy View Post
    How exactly do you order a plan from them? Do you have to call?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vanko987 View Post
    How exactly do you order a plan from them? Do you have to call?
    Go to that URL and click on Buy SIM.

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    You have to jump through some hoops, but yes, you can port your number to Truphone. I did so myself.
    My smartphone is a lot smarter than I am.

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    Google Voice.

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    I would second GV as a possibility- $20 to port a number to GV. There may be some downside that I’m not aware of, but worth exploring.

    I’ve had GV # used on Hangouts app on iPhone for several years with no issues.

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    I did that also.

    Just had a minor problem with the form but got it ironed out.
    Quote Originally Posted by Relztrah View Post
    You have to jump through some hoops, but yes, you can port your number to Truphone. I did so myself.
    Sent from my Luscious LG Fiesta 2

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    cocoa999, if you fill us in more on what you need, we can give you some guidance as to whether a Truphone SIM or Google Voice would be better for you. In short I'd say, if you need a SIM for a backup / glove compartment phone, you want the Truphone SIM. If you just want to keep the number and be able to make calls with it over the internet (no need for cell service), go with Google Voice.

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    FreeUp Mobile gives you 250 minutes or texts for free each 30 days. Only cost is the SIM. Uses AT&T network. You do need to log on to your online account once per month to choose the free plan to continue for next month.

    Sent from my moto e5 play using HoFo mobile app

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    Quote Originally Posted by millept View Post
    FreeUp Mobile gives you 250 minutes or texts for free each 30 days. Only cost is the SIM. Uses AT&T network. You do need to log on to your online account once per month to choose the free plan to continue for next month.

    Sent from my moto e5 play using HoFo mobile app
    You also need to use the phone every 60 days. From FreeUp T&C: We reserve the right to terminate accounts on the Free Plan that are inactive for 60-days with no usage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vanko987 View Post
    How exactly do you order a plan from them? Do you have to call?
    https://myaccount.truphone.com/en-US...stomizeProduct

    They send a 3 in 1 SIM. I don't know why they still ask you to select a SIM card size. We have one SIM from them somewhere, but haven't used it in a long time. $30 to get started. Truphone doesn't charge for incoming calls so if you're having a long conversation then text the person and have them call you.

    Truphone U.S.
    9˘ / MIN call landline
    9˘ / MIN call mobile
    0˘ / MIN receive calls
    9˘ / Send SMS
    0˘ / Receive SMS
    9˘ / MB data

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