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Switching mobile phone providers
Switching Mobile Phone Providers:
A How-To Guide

Are you thinking about switching mobile phone providers? Is it time to switch mobile phone providers? In such a highly competitive market, there are new mobile phone deals every day, and if one provider can meet your mobile phone needs, you can be sure another will.

Why switch mobile phone providers?

Perhaps you are planning the change because you need a talk time deal that suits you. Your current provider may provide hundreds of free text messages a month, but if you only use your mobile phone to make calls, then that won't help you.

Or, maybe you are tired of your mobile handset and want a better one. If you have found a provider who has the perfect handset for you, then that's a good reason to think about switching mobile phone providers as well. There are so many features on modern mobile handsets, and so many packages to choose from that you won't have difficulty in finding one that suits you. And of course, there is plenty of online help for comparing handsets and talk time deals when you switch mobile phone providers.

Getting authorisation with a PAC number

Once you've decided to switch mobile phone providers, the process is simple. First of all, you need to inform your existing provider of mobile services that you want to make the change. You will get a Port Authorisation Code (PAC) number which is valid for 30 days. Give this to your new service provider to make the switch. Depending on the deal you get, you should receive a new phone and SIM card from your new mobile phone provider, and the switchover should be completed within a short time.

In the past, the process of switching mobile phone providers has taken five days, but new rules from Ofcom mean that this process should now only take two days, with no restrictions on keeping your number.

Issues to Consider

There are a few other issues to think about when switching mobile phone providers. For example, some mobile phone providers operate virtually (without their own lines). That means that you may not always be able to take your number with you when changing provider. If you have a contract mobile phone, then you will have to pay any money due before you are allowed to transfer your number. That means that it's important to pick your timing so that you are able to move and switch mobile phone providers.

Apart from the cost of buying out your pay monthly contract, it's generally free to switch mobile phone providers. In fact, if you're not bothered about keeping your existing number, you can be up and running with a new phone within hours. Most people want to keep their numbers to save the hassle of telling all their friends their new details, so waiting to have the number ported is the only option.

One final point to consider when switching mobile phone providers is keeping your existing handset. Many providers lock handsets so that they can only be used with a particular network. If you are switching mobile phone providers, but want to retain your handset then you will need to ask your provider to unlock the phone before you switch mobile phone providers. You may have to wait a while before this can happen and the service provider may charge a fee for unlocking the phone.

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