Wondering how to leave your mobile network? We've compiled a guide for how to leave the most popular mobile providers from EE to Vodafone.
Wondering how to leave your mobile network?If you've come to the end of your contractand are moving on to a new network you will need to request a free Porting Authorisation Code (PAC) to keep the same number. You may also need to get your handset unlocked by requesting an unlocking code from your old provider.
Since information on obtaining your PAC,unlocking codes and the charges involved is not always available on the networks' website, we've compiled a guide on how to leave the most popular mobile providers from EE to Vodafone.
When you switch to a new network you can take your mobile number with you. To do this call up your current network provider to request a PAC and then supply this to your new network within 30 days.
It's worth noting that every provider must adhere to the regulations set out by Ofcom which state that PACs are valid for 30 days and must be issued immediately over the phone or within a maximum of two hours by text message.
Handsets are often set up so that they are locked to the network that sells it. This means that you cannot use a SIM card from another network provider without getting the phone unlocked. You need to contact your network for an unlocking code and instructions on how to use it.
If you are considering moving network mid-contract it is likely that you will have to pay early termination charges on top of the unlocking charges outlined above. For tips on how to avoid termination charges in certain circumstances, read our consumer rights guide to .
EE, T-Mobile andOrange:
After 28 days Tesco Mobile will automatically replaceyourmobile with a free of charge unlocked phone if they cannot obtain the unlocking code.Tesco Mobile don't unlock PAYG iPhones within their first year of ownership.