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Hi all,

Is there a consensus as to the best way to handle data and phone upon arrival in Portugal?  I have read of some using Google Voice to keep their American phone number.  Has anyone had experience with VOIP in Portugal?  Is it reliable?

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Listening in...I need to solve this one too. Definitely need the US phone number for accessing accounts with 2-factor authentication. 

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Posted by: @gmgraves

Has anyone had experience with VOIP in Portugal?  Is it reliable?

Skype works fine. Internet reliability is the same as other western countries, usually problem free but can sometimes suffer the odd hic-cup.
Another alternative is to buy a cheap mobile and US PAYG sim for when you need a US number (I did this for a few years with a UK number when I first moved here, I just needed to send one text or make one call every 6 months to keep the sim active). 

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We have had a Google voice number since the service started over a decade ago.  We just switched all our accounts to that number. Some accounts had issues since it is not really a cell number.  In those cases we used Authly with the Google voice number for 2 factor.

We terminated our ATT cell plan once we signed up for Vodafone.  We have two cells with Vodafone plus Fiber Internet and TV.  We are really happy with all of our Vodafone services.   

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@jonesdn2020   hi.  I've looked at the Authy webpage but still not clear to me how it works as regards receiving 2 factor codes.  How does Authy work in conjunction with Google voice?  Can I link Authy to my (usa) Verizon number while I'm in Portugal? Thx.

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@jeanne I did not try authy with our US ATT numbers since we cancelled them. I imagine they work the same as our google voice since it is a US number. Authy is linked to any number so it just gets the sms and converts it to 2 factor for whatever web site allows authy.

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Thanks for the info!

Did you guys keep a bank account in your country of origin?  We will need to keep an account open in the US for a few items.  Did you have any difficulties with the two factor from US banks or credit cards?

My understanding of using Google Voice is that you can port your new GV number over to your existing cell number, thus keeping your existing number.  It seems the issue comes with the fact that most banks use SMS texts for two factor and Google Voice requires you text over their app.  Does Authy accept two factor from US banks?

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@gmgraves Sorry for the delay but your post was while we were back in the states picking up our visas. Yes, we have US bank accounts and credit cards. No issues using google voice except one credit card but we tied the google voice number to authy and got around it.  Authy is tied to any number you give it that it can send a sms for confirmation.

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@gmgraves Just thought I would mention that you do need a VPN for your computer and mobile devices. We connect back to Las Vegas servers just out of habit but we can use any in the US. We use Surfshark.

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