1) Check you’re eligible to switch from Three
In the event that you’re out of contract, you’re free to switch whenever you like for no charge.
To find out your contract end date, you can:
Open up the Three app on your phone. Then click the ‘Plan’ icon at the bottom and scroll to the foot of the page, where you’ll find the date you’re free to leave.
Don’t have Three’s mobile app? No problem. You can also check your contract end date by logging into your Three account on Three’s site.
Prefer to call? You can get in touch with Three's customer support team on 333 from your Three phone. Or on 0333 338 1001 from any other phone (standard network charges apply).
And if you’re interested in switching but want a bit more information first, text INFO to 85075.
2) Contact Three to cancel your contract and get your PAC code
Okay. Now we’re really moving. With your new phone or SIM card winging its way to you, the next thing you need to do is contact Three and tell them you’d like to leave. At this point, you’ll be given a contract end date.
You can contact Three's customer support team by calling 333 from a Three phone. Or on 0333 338 1001 from any other phone.
Or, thanks to Text to Switch, you can just text PAC to 65075. You don't even need to make a phone call.
While you’re on the phone to Three, you also need to ask for a PAC Code. This is a short, alphanumeric code that you’ll need to transfer your phone number to the network you’re joining.
Three is bound by law to provide you with your code within two hours of your request. Once you’ve got the code, it’s a very good idea to make a note of it.
Your PAC code expires after 30 days. So if you haven’t used it within this timeframe, you’ll have to contact Three to get another one.
3) Early upgrades
Three does not offer a mid-contract early upgrade scheme that’s comparable to O2 Refresh or Tesco Mobile’s Anytime Upgrade.
However, customers on Three’s phone and contract plans are offered an upgrade with 30 days remaining on their contract.
4) Find and buy a deal from EE
Ready to switch? Terrific news. The next item on your list is to pick a deal from EE and sign up for it.
EE will conduct credit checks, after which point you'll receive your new phone or SIM card in the post.
5) Contact EE to give them your PAC code
Got the PAC Code to hand? Okay, you now need to ring EE to give them your PAC. Call them on 07953 966 250 (standard network rates apply).
EE customer service opening hours:
Monday - Friday 8:00am - 8:00pm Saturday 8:00am - 6:00pm Sunday 8:00am - 6:00pm
6) Unbox your new phone from EE
If you've ordered a new phone, use the pin-key in the box to unlock the handset's SIM tray. Then insert your new EE SIM card.
If you've gone for a SIM-only deal, all you need to do is put your new EE SIM in your existing phone.
Bear in mind that your phone number won’t transfer immediately. Until the number transfer is complete, you’ll be given a temporary number, so you can still use your phone as normal.
7) Wait for your number to be transferred to EE
The transfer should be complete the next working day. However, this can vary from network to network and sometimes depends on whether the day after you make your call is a working day or a weekend.