How to switch network and keep the same number?

If you are stuck in a lengthy phone contract, spending lots of money each month paying off an expensive phone, you are probably counting down the days until the contract is up and you can look for a better deal. 

The best way to save money is to switch to a cheap pay as you go sim instead of a contract, but people are often reluctant to make the move because they think that it’s easier to stay with their current provider. Changing their number is one of the things that people worry about the most. They don’t want to go through all of the hassle of texting everybody in their contacts so they can update the number. You may also have to let organisations like your bank know that you have changed your number. People often stick with the same expensive phone plan because they think that it will make life easier for them. But did you know that you can change providers and still keep the same number?

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If you don’t know how to switch network and keep number the same, this quick guide will tell you everything that you need to know. The whole process is quick and simple, so you don’t need to stay with your current provider if you can get a better deal elsewhere. 

Table of Contents

1. Request a PAC code from your current provider

2. Contact your new network

3. Test your new SIM card

Request a PAC code from your current provider

If you are switching networks and you want to keep the same number, the first thing that you need to do is get in touch with your current provider and request a PAC code. PAC stands for porting authorisation code, and your new network provider will need this so they can move your number over. 

When you call up your provider, they will either give you the code right away over the phone or send it to you via text within a few hours. You will be asked some security questions to verify your identity so nobody else can steal your number. Before you call your network provider, make sure that you have all of your account information to hand. 

If you do not want to deal with your network provider, you can text 65075 to use the text to switch service. 

You will receive a 9 digit PAC code which is valid for 30 days. After the 30 days are up, you will no longer be able to use the code so you need to use it right away. If it does expire for some reason, you will need to call up and get a new one before you can move your number over. 

You cannot switch network and keep your number if the original number has been disconnected, so make sure that you request your PAC code before you cancel your old contract. 

Contact your new network

Now that you have your PAC code, you need to get in touch with your new provider. As soon as you give them the new code, the cancellation process will start immediately. They will get in touch with your old provider for you, so you can switch your network and keep your number easily. 

Once the network providers have communicated with one another, they will schedule the switch and it will happen automatically. It usually takes a few days for the number to be moved over, during which time, you can still use your old sim to make calls and texts. When the number is moved, the old sim will stop working and you can start using the new one. 

If you try to switch your number over the weekend, this can slow things down a little, so don’t panic if your new sim does not start working after a few days. Usually, if you give your new provider the PAC code on a Friday, you can expect the number to move over on the following Tuesday.

Test your new SIM card

When your number has been ported to the new sim card, you need to test it to make sure that the switch worked correctly. You can do this by calling somebody or getting them to call you. As long as the number is working properly, you can get rid of your old one and start using the new one as normal. 

You shouldn’t avoid changing providers because you are worried about losing your number because, once you know how to switch network and keep your number, you’ll see that the process is simple. So, why not start looking for better sim only plans and switch your number right away?