How easy is it to switch networks?

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Last update: February 17, 2022
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Switching networks is a lot easier now for everyone in the UK and now you are able to change providers and keep your current number which means that ally our family and friends will still have your contact number. Find out how you can keep your number when you decide to switch networks.

Why do you want to switch networks?

It is perfectly normal for people to switch networks because of multiple reasons and some of the reasons are a personal reason or maybe another carrier offers better deals.

There are a lot of factors that influence a customer to switch networks such as price of a SIM only deal, the benefits of other network SIM only deals, the reliability or even the customer service of a carrier.

There are also carriers that have better roaming destinations and roaming deals with cool benefits that will attract customers to switch networks.

However, whatever the case is for why you want to switch networks it is normal for customers to feel that sometimes they are with the wrong network and need to make the change.

Fortunately, for all those customers who want to switch network, it has never been easier to switch networks and even be able to keep your current number when you switch to a new carrier.

Can you Switch networks?

Before you make the switch it is important for those who are on a lengthy contract for example a 12 month or a 24 month contract that if your contract is not finished you might have to pay off the rest of your contract.

Therefore, this could be costly for people as it might require you to pay a massive lump sum which will not be beneficial for you.

So, before switching find out how to cancel your current plan that you are on so that the transition from your old provider to your new one is easier.

It is a lot easier and faster to switch networks if you are on a 30 day contract because obviously your contract will finish in 30 days and you just have to give your current provider a 30 day's notice about cancelling and you'll be ready to switch.

So, make sure you check that you are eligible before you switch carriers by checking your current SIM only deal.

Can you keep the same number?

If you think that keeping your old number when you switch networks is hard, then you are mistaken because to keep your number when you move to a new provider it is really easy.

You need to request a PAC code (Porting Authorisation Code) from your current provider and to complete this all you need to do is to phone the customer service of your old network which the number can be found on their website.

Once you make the call for a your PAC code you will receive it within the next couple of hours and then you'll be on your way to making the switch.

If you don't want to call your current provider you can text them as well which is even easier now but customers must use their PAC coder within the 30 days of receiving your PAC code or you need you need to request a new one.

This is the easiest way to change providers but keep your same number, so get started now by contacting your current network and request for your PAC code.

Don't want to keep the same number?

Getting a new number is easier than keeping your old one because or you have to do is to switch providers and you will be able to get a new number.

Please make sure that you cancel your old number and current plan so that you do not have two contracts that you are paying for with two different providers.

Changing your provider without keeping the same number is as easy as texting as well so this process is really easy now and get a new number to start you of right with your new provider.

New network new plan

Before you do decide to switch to another provider make sure you do some research on what the best SIM only deals that interests you in the new provider and make sure it is the right deal.

For example, if you are currently on a 12 month plan and to change networks you have to pay off the whole plan before switching so in case you do decide to switch networks again maybe start of by choosing a 30 day contract.

So, make sure that you take your time in choosing the best SIM only deal that suits you and that the new provider is better than the one your switching from.

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