I have had a US cellphone number for roughly 15 years. I recently moved to Europe for a permanent job. I'm interested in keeping my US cellphone number so that family in the US can call, and I can still use the number when I visit the US 2x a year.
I can't afford to carry ATT monthly service along with my cellular service in Europe, so are my known options:
- Convert to prepaid: I can port the number to a prepaid provider and just "top off" the number every so often so that it stays active.
- VoIP: port the number to Vonage or Oomla. I'll have to pay a subscription, but these are much less than ATT monthly fees
- Google voice: I currently have Google Voice, but I'm a huge fan knowing that Google randomly decides to "turn off" or cancel certain features of products it provides. (For example, it might turn off call forwarding or other options at any time.)
Alright travel aficionados and tech nerds... What are my best options here?