Network porting a number is a straightforward process that can allow you to retain your current number while switching providers, saving both time and money in the process.
In the UK, mobile number porting involves contacting your current network and receiving a PAC code so as to transfer your phone number directly from them to your new provider, known as donor-led porting.
Getting a PAC Code
If you want to move your phone number from one network in the UK to another, a PAC Code (Porting Authorisation Code) will be necessary. This nine-digit number allows your new provider to take on your existing SIM card and phone number.
Your mobile network provides various methods for you to get a PAC Code and one of these ways is texting “PAC” to 65075. However, other methods include calling them directly, visiting their store or filling in an online form.
Once you have your PAC Code, simply give it to your new network provider and they will take it from there. They will contact your old network and transfer your number within one working day of receiving your code.
Ofcom has established the Mobile Number Portability (MNP) framework so customers can retain their phone number when switching networks, making use of a PAC Code cost-saving as it will avoid an early termination fee upon switching networks.
Getting a new SIM card
As soon as you decide to port your number, the first step should be obtaining a SIM card from the network that you’re switching over. Sometimes this happens automatically with contract signing, while in other instances you might need to request one separately.
SIMs (Subscriber Identity Modules) are mini cards used to store data for GSM network phones. All major mobile networks such as EE and O2, as well as MVNOs like Mint Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile MVNOs rely on SIMs to connect handsets to their networks.
eSIMs are virtual SIM cards built into certain mobile devices that allow for calling and texting services without changing physical SIMs. They offer the advantage of being easily compatible with multiple network providers without needing to swap physical SIMs.
Porting your number can usually be completed within 24 hours, however, this time frame can differ between networks. While service on your old SIM will temporarily cease during this process, most networks will notify you via text when it has completed successfully.
Getting a ported number
Network Porting UK allows you to transfer your existing phone number from one service provider to another in order to save money by switching carriers and switching your bill over.
Number porting is a quick and painless process that can be completed anywhere – in-store, by call centre or online.
Number porting requires getting a customer authorisation code (CA) and performing an identity check to make sure the new phone provider can legally use your number. This process can be completed via telephone call or SMS code, typically it’s complete within minutes.
Make note that not every phone number can be transferred, in particular pay-as-you-go (PAYG), international phone numbers or landlines activated more than 90 days ago aren’t eligible.
Network Porting – Double porting
Telecommunications industry has become increasingly dependent on multiple parties cooperating together to deliver an integrated service. This can create issues for businesses who require porting or moving of numbers between carriers for better pricing or additional options.
One way around this problem is to double port your number from your current provider to a new one, which is an efficient and simple process that can save both money and time over time. Simply texting a PAC code from one network of your choice using their respective mobile phone number; once sent you can pick up your Pay As You Go SIM card and begin. It may take several days until your ported phone number shows up on the other end, but eventually, you’ll have an active and running mobile number!