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A guide to switching mobile phone provider

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With so many contracts and networks to choose from, switching your mobile phone provider can feel a bit daunting to say the least. Luckily, you don't have to try and compare every single deal yourself. Between our comparison pages and the advice on this page, we do all the legwork for you and make it quick and easy to find the right package.

Read on and we’ll answer all your questions about switching mobile phone provider.

Can I upgrade my phone?

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First things first, if you’re on a pay monthly contract, you need to check if your contract is up for renewal.

You can find out how much longer you have on your contract by contacting your provider.

If you’re locked into a contract but still want to get a new phone or switch providers, check out our guide on cancelling your mobile contract early.

Should I go for a SIM-only deal?

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SIM-only options are becoming ever-more popular. And with manufacturers bringing out flagship phones that only feature incremental updates from previous generations, it’s not surprising that more people are choosing to stick with their current handset.

If your smartphone is still fit for purpose, getting a SIM-only deal could save you a lot of money. Without having to pay off a new handset, you’ll only need to pay for data, calls and texts.

Pay as you go contracts are also shorter than pay monthly contracts. So rather than being locked into a two-year contract, you can opt for a 12-month or even one-month deal, giving you more flexibility.

Check out all our SIM-only deals.

How do I choose the right handset?

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If your current handset has seen better days or you’ve got your heart set on the latest Apple or Android device, it’s time to start looking at shiny new phones.

Finding the perfect phone for you can be a bit tricky. So, if you’re unsure about which phone you want, check out our guide to the best available smartphones. Or, if you’re looking to save money, read our picks of the best budget phones.

If know you want the latest model from Apple or Samsung, you can browse our iPhone 7 deals or our Galaxy S7 deals.

Check out our mobile phone deals.

How do I ensure my plan has monthly allowances that are right for me?

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From estimating how much data you’re likely to need each month for the next two years, to working out which network will best suit your needs, picking the right plan can be a bit of a minefield.

While it’s important to know how many texts and minutes you’re likely to need, most deals will include a generous allowance of calls and texts. Nowadays, it’s all about the data. And with the majority of smartphone customers either buying far more than they need or running out of data before the end of the month, it’s important to get the right plan.

If you’re not sure how much data you need, check out our guide on data allowances.

And if you’re all about using the internet on your smartphone while you’re out and about, read our guide on the best mobile coverage in the UK.

While data is the main selling point for most phone deals, value for money is still important. So it’s a good idea to compare the perks and incentives offered by UK mobile providers.

You can find loads more information and search deals on our mobile networks page.

Keeping your number when you switch mobile providers

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Keeping your number when switching mobile networks is very easy. All you need to do is get a PAC code (Porting Authorisation Code) from your existing provider. Then give the PAC code to your new mobile phone provider and they will transfer your number.

For more information, read our guide on how to keep your number when you switch providers.

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