can i retain my UK number without a SIM contract?

mcp1

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Hi, 3 got fed up with me using my UK SIM in France and now apply £2 a day roaming charges so it looks like I need to end my contract with 3 and get a French SIM. I don't want to keep using my UK number in France but I'd quite like to hang on to the number somehow (as I've had it for decades) until i return to the UK in a couple of years. Is there a way of doing this?
 
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belodion

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Welcome.

So far as I know, a number cannot be ported - the term used - between different countries, but 3 will be able to advise.
 

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Thanks for your reply belodion. My question was worded badly - I don't want to keep using the UK number in France - I've updated my original post to make that clear.
 

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The advice still stands, contact your provider. I can keep(reserve) my # in Canada. Cost is $10/month for up to 6 months.
Guess you'd have to decide how important that # is to you.

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Not 10 dollars a month important lol.

OK thanks for the advice.

Better get a French SIM and a new number then. Wondering what's gonna happen to my Whatsapp groups - the ones I created and the ones I'm in?
 

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I believe you can change the associated # in WhatsApp. Haven't used it since my company went to Google chat so not sure.

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