March 20, 2016
Not much of a past cell phone user here, currently without one and probably going to take the plunge on something basic. I'm confused by some of the explanations at the official site and here and have a few very basic questions.
1. I live in the (west) 905 area code, from home can call local to 416 and am in a goofy cell area where I believe I'm sometimes seen as calling from the 519 area code. Can I choose my area code and if so, should I pick 416 ?
2. For calling, I'd mostly be located in the 905 and 416, periodically in the 519. How does it work in terms of whether or not my call is LD ?
3. With a Value Plan, are my incoming and outgoing calls (up the limit on minutes) long distance but covered, i.e. I only use up the minutes and don't incur additional LD charges ?
April 29, 2013
1 - call SO and ask about their LD rules in Ontario. Record the call or get it in writing if you want. (Here in BC all calls in 250 and 778 are local. That is most of the Province! Only Vancouver 604 is not included.)
2 - Purchase your SIM in 416 area. Otherwise, before activating SIM, call SO and request to be assigned a 416 number. They should be able to do it. Be patient if there are delays because it may not update instantly.
November 24, 2012
1. Yes, you can choose your area code. If you want a 416, activate your SIM online and choose Toronto. However, you're more likely to get a 647 or 437 number than a scarce 416. Where you purchase the SIM makes no difference.
2. SpeakOut has a generous local calling area for Southern Ontario. Calls between 416/647/437, 905/289/365 & 519/226/548 are all local. I had a 519 number and calls anywhere in that area (Toronto, Windsor, London, Oshawa, Hamilton etc.) were billed as local.
3. Value plan minutes include long distance across Canada. Once you use up the value plan, your minutes are charged normally: 25¢ to receive calls, 25¢ to place local calls, 45¢ to place long distance calls to other parts of Canada.
Remember that your local calling area doesn't change when you travel to different parts of Canada. If you have a Toronto number, calls to the 9 Southern Ontario area codes will always be local, even if you're in another province. Receiving calls is always local and calls to other parts of Canada are always long distance. If you're in Manitoba, calling Manitoba from a Toronto number will be long distance but receiving calls will be local.