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I have already lived in the Philippines for 18 years. Uninterrupted. However, there are people I do business with who still think I live in the United States. I don’t intentionally fool anybody, but, I don’t go out of the way to make people aware of where I do live.

If people need a shipping address or mailing address, I give them an accurate address. I have the United States address where people can ship things to me, send invoices, or whatever is needed. That mail will get to me no matter where I am. Packages with merchandise, samples, or whatever it is that I order will also get to me if they arrive at my US address.

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I think that keeping a presence in the United States is an important thing. Sure, many readers of this website live in other countries or lived in other countries, such as the UK, Australia, or anywhere else. While I am particularly addressing Americans this article, the same things can apply no matter what country you are from.

I don’t expect that I will ever return to live in the United States, but if I ever do, having maintained some presence in the United States, even though I’m not there, will be beneficial to me. Even if I do not return to the United States to live, there are some companies that do not like to do business with people who are outside the United States. Because of this, maintaining a United States address is important, beneficial, and helpful.

In addition to my United States address, I also have a United States telephone number. It is easy to get a United States telephone number, or a telephone number in any other country you wish. This could be done through Skype. It costs money to get Skype in number, but it’s not too expensive. As I recall, I think I pay around $60 a year for my phone number service. In fact, I could get many different Skype phone numbers in different locations, different states, or different countries if I wish.

Last year, I found a mail service called Anytime Mailbox. I had been using a different mail service in the past but was never really happy with it. They did a good job, but their online presence was not very good, and they did not allow me to do things I would have wanted to do online. With Anytime Mailbox, I can really manage my mail, direct it where I wanted to go, get scans of the mail, instruct them to discard my mail, and many other things online. This is very important to me, and it also saves me money. If I had basically junk mail which I had received and had it forwarded to the Philippines, that would be a waste of money. But if I can find out what I have waiting there, and choose only the important items to send here, or to have scanned and emailed to me, that is a big money saver, and also very convenient.

One of the things that really impressed me about Anytime Mailbox is that they have locations available all over the United States. You can get a US mail address in any state, and in most major cities too. If not for that, I probably would not have made the change from my previous provider. Now, my United States telephone number, and my mailing address are both in the same location! I like that.

Anyway, I wanted to let everybody know about this because I think that Anytime Mailbox is a great solution for maintaining your US presence.

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Bob Martin

Bob Martin is the Publisher & Editor in Chief of the Live in the Philippines Web Magazine. Bob is an Internet Entrepreneur who is based in Davao. Bob is an American who has lived permanently in Mindanao since May 2000. Here in Mindanao, Bob has resided in General Santos City, and now in Davao City. Bob is the owner of this website and many others.

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This shall also be helpful info to me as I’m planning to return to new island in Cebu where my company is located! Hopefully, I shalt not return to California…
I Truely did leave my heart behind in the Philippines!!!! Blessings always Sir~~~P

Bob - Expat Answer Man
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Good luck with your move, Patrick!

Steve Ballantyne
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Steve Ballantyne

I find MagicJack allows me a US number, and I can answer it from Philippines. That mail company will really help me though. MagicJack also allows me to phone any North American phone number from the Philippines, very helpful and loved by neighbors and friends so they can easily phone family working overseas.

Bob - Expat Answer Man
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Hi Steve. I used Magic Jack for years. The problem I had with them was that I needed a piece of hardware. When my MagicJack device failed, it was not an easy thing to get another one here. With Skype, it is just software and easy to get here.

Michael L Sturkey
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Bob Martin I have been using MyTraveling Mail Box for over 18 years and I am happy with them. As you know there is a lot of good mail forwarding services out there. All the things you mentioned, I am able to do them with satisfaction at MyTraveling Mail Box.

Bob Martin
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One thing is for sure, Michael.. if you find something that works and you are happy with.. you gotta stick with it! 🙂

Steve Ballantyne
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Steve Ballantyne

Magic jack also has a cell app now. No hardware and very efficient. We use the dangle at home, which doesn’t need the computer anymore, and is also wifi. And we have the app in all our phones. To buy and activate for 6 years is uNader 80 bucks. I find it works on very weak signal, when Skype and Facebook won’t work.

Bob - Expat Answer Man
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I was unaware that MJ had an app now, thanks for letting me know. That is good news. When I was using MJ you had only one choice… use the Dongle!

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rblevy

My wife and I have lived in the Phils. for12 years. We also will remain here for live. Still I agree that a ”presence” in the U.S. is important. to that end I use U.S.Global Mail. We also maintain a US bank account as well as local ones,. and use Xoom to forward funds from the former to the latter. All this works well.

Bob - Expat Answer Man
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LIke you, I maintain US bank accounts too. I will occasionally use the ATM if I need funds from there, but usually just use those accounts (debit card) to pay bills or online purchases. I have used Xoom a couple of times as well.

rblevy
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rblevy

Side note. I cant believe the typos that l made in my original comment. Shame on me for careless editing.

Bob - Expat Answer Man
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I generally don’t allow the Spelling Police to patrol here. LOL

Cordillera Cowboy
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Cordillera Cowboy

Hello Bob,
Question for you. Do you incur any state tax obligation with your US mailing address?

Bob - Expat Answer Man
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The state where I have my address/telephone number has no State Income Tax, so no, no liability. I am not sure if that would be something that wuld kick in in other states, though.

Greg Brawley
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Greg Brawley

Having been here for some years now, I have pared down my US based resources considerably! I have no plan to live in the states again….everything I need is here! 🙂 However, I do keep a US credit card, a bank account and a US address. Just nominal costs, and I have had occasions where having that base has made for smoother transactions. Good article Bob….and good advice!

Bob - Expat Answer Man
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Thank you Greg. It sounds like you and I are on the same wavelength. 🙂

Jeff
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Jeff

Bob I am amazed, as always, with your timing. My Exploratory excursion (scouting permanent relocation) to Gensan is rapidly approaching and I have been recently looking for this service. And again as always, your insightful knowledge is making the road easier.

Bob - Expat Answer Man
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That is great to hear, Jeff. You can’t go wrong with Anytime Mailbox in my estimation. Good luck iwth your research and hopefully your move. Take care.

Ray Bacon
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Just to clarify, will this work as a legal address for my US bank as well? They require a US address, and I have been using my sisters. Thanks for the information.

Bob Martin
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I use it as my bank address.

Ray Bacon
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While we’re on the subject of forwarding, how do you forward packages to the Philippines? I have been using LBC’s shipping cart, but they are a little clunky at times. Great local delivery, but hard to communicate with.

Bob Martin
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I have a friend ship Balikbayan Bixes to me.

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