how did this get here I am not good with cell phone
August 21, 2013 8:12 PM Subscribe
This is probably a question that has been answered before and I am just too panicky to figure it out right now, but what is the best option for saving my US phone number while I am abroad? Is Google Voice a solid option? I leave in two days, I use Virgin Mobile, and I want to save it indefinitely.
Additional small side question about Swedish phones (specifically iPhone use in Sweden), but mostly confused about porting a number for usage abroad.
posted by Papagayo to technology (11 answers total)
Can I port my number to a service like Google Voice the day I am set to leave and forward calls/texts to a Swedish phone number? I might be out of the US off and on for quite a while (will most likely be back next summer, but anticipate moving abroad again in the fall)--can I use GV on a cell phone when I'm Stateside and set it back to forward my calls when I leave, or is it one or the other?
My bonus little side question is, is it easy to get a Swedish phone number? Like, get-a-SIM-card-at-the-airport easy or is it slightly more complicated? Any specific companies I should avoid or use? Is data on an iPhone really expensive? I've never had a smartphone before (this iPhone was a recent gift that I haven't used) so I'm a little confused about the whole thing.
Please explain all this to me in incredibly simple terms. I've been looking through GoogleVoice help stuff, and while I'm generally a pretty smart individual, I'm really anxious and it's making me really confused about what are probably basic questions regarding forwarding calls/texts, potential costs, and whether I can leave this porting while I'm on my way abroad or whether I need to take care of this, like, yesterday (although I would prefer to have a phone for the last couple of days that I'm in the US).
What do, Metafilter, what do???