When changing networks, the whole process can cause some hassle and it leaves you feeling stressed 🙁
However, it can actually be quite simple and it starts with a PAC code if you want to keep the same number; this can be obtained from the provider.
With six numbers and three letters, there will be no charge as long as you email the provider or give them a call.
Some providers, they even have a request form on their website.
From here, you contact your new provider and let them know the PAC code. Once you have received the PAC code from your old supplier, you have just 30 days to notify the new provider.
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After this, it should take less than 24 hours to transfer and this is the first step done.
At this point, we recommend leaving your old SIM card in your phone because this will allow you to receive calls and texts throughout the transfer period.
If you’re wondering whether the transfer has been completed or not, simply try the new SIM in the device and see if it has registered. If it works, you’re all set with your new plan!
What should I do with my old SIM card?
When people get new phones and new SIMs, they never quite know what to do with their old SIM card.
Let’s face it, SIMs hold sensitive information and having it in the wrong hands could allow others to see your calls and messages.
Over the years, we have learned the best solution which is to cut it up just like an old credit card. As long as you create enough damage to the gold foil, the information inside will be irretrievable and you can then dispose of the pieces.
Will I be credit checked
Nowadays, all providers will complete credit checks on you whether you’re signing up for a two-year contract or a one-month rolling deal.
Of course, the credit checks may be a little less stringent for a one-month contract than a longer one but there will still be a check nonetheless.
If you happen to fail this check, it can be disappointing but it doesn’t mean you won’t be able to find a great deal.
At first, you can try another provider before moving onto pay-as-you-go (PAYG) deals.
In recent years, PAYG phones have come a long way and there isn’t any reason why you can’t obtain a fantastic deal moving forward.
Can I trust smaller providers?
In the market, we have the big names such as Vodafone, EE, and Three but there are also a number of smaller names including giffgaff.
With this in mind, many people struggle to know who they can and can’t trust.
Firstly, we should point out that our comparison tool only shows reliable and trustworthy providers so this is a good place to start. After this, a little research will tell you all you need to know.
For example, the uSwitch Best Value for Money Pay Monthly award actually went to giffgaff and they have won many other awards to complement this.
Even when looking at the data allowance and mobile coverage, you will see little difference between the big and small companies.
Why? Because the smaller companies actually pay the larger companies a fee to use their resources.
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If you receive the same signal between a large and small company, this is because they probably utilise the same infrastructure.
This being said, you may see a difference in customer service and this is because many smaller companies remove the customer service section of the business to reduce costs and therefore keep prices competitive.
Whilst O2 offers freebies and EE goes for movie downloads, you may not get such rewards and offers from the smaller providers.
Choosing the Right SIM,What SIM card do I need for my phone?
As you may know, not all SIMs are universal these days because you have both Micro SIMs and Nano SIMs in use.
Whilst the former works with older phones, the newer models tend to go for Nano SIMs. To tell them apart, the biggest giveaway is the size;
Nano SIM – 0.5 x 0.3 inches
Micro SIM – 0.6 x 0.5 inches
Smartphones that are compatible with Nano SIM include:
- Apple iPhone 5/5s/5c
- Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus
- Apple iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus
- Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus
- Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge
- Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge
- Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus
- Samsung Galaxy Alpha
- Samsung Galaxy Note 5
- Sony Xperia Z5, Z5 Premium and Z5 Compact
- Sony Xperia Z3, Sony Xperia Z3+ and Z3 Compact
- HTC One M8, HTC One M9, HTC 10
- Desire 610 and Desire 816
- Nokia Lumia 1520, Lumia 650, Lumia 1320, Lumia 930
- Motorola Moto G5 and G5 Plus
Smartphones that are compatible with Micro SIM include:
- Apple iPhone 4/4S
- HTC One series phones prior to the M8
- Samsung Galaxy S3, S4 & S5
- Samsung Galaxy Note 2, 3 and 4
- Sony Xperia S & Z and Z2 series
- Motorola Moto G3 and G4
Luckily, there are such things as ‘Multi SIMs’ and ‘Combi SIMs’ which help a little. As the name suggests, Multi SIMs will fit your phone regardless of whether the device requires a standard, Nano SIM, or Micro SIM.
As we continue to progress, most providers are now introducing this option and it seems to be re-establishing the universal feature of mobile devices.
On the other hand, Combi SIMs are unique to O2 and they fit any type of smartphone on the market.
Sadly, a list showing each device and its appropriate SIM would take all day to read so we have decided against doing this.
However, our price comparison tool will explain what SIM card each phone requires so you can make a good decision moving forward.
Switching to a SIM Only Deal
Finally, switching provider is now easier than ever and the process has been optimised so you don’t have to deal with long periods of downtime.
After your new provider has your PAC code, you can still take calls and message on your old device.
As soon as the switchover process begins, you might experience a short period of downtime but you can keep testing your new SIM in the new device and eventually the service will return to normal!