1) Check you're eligible to switch from EE
If you're out of contract with EE, you can switch for no charge whenever you like.
Not sure if you're out of contract? To find out, you can call 150 from your EE phone to speak to customer support. Or on 07953 966 250 from any other phone (standard network charges apply).
Opening hours are 8am-8pm Monday-Friday. 8am-6pm at weekends.
Don't fancy phoning? Log in to your EE account online instead.
Keeping your old phone and signing up for a new SIM-only deal with a new network? Okay, that means there’s a chance you may need to get your phone unlocked.
The good news is that this is very simple. Just head to EE’s site where you’ll find a form to fill in to unlock your smartphone.
Once that’s done, they’ll provide you with a personal unlocking key (PUK) that you can use to unlock your handset.
2) Contact EE to cancel your contract and get your PAC code
Once you’ve found a new deal and signed up, your next task is to ring EE and tell them you want to leave. They’ll give you a contract end date that you should make a note of.
While you’re on the phone to them, you also need to ask for a PAC Code. It’s this short alphanumeric code that will enable you to transfer your existing phone number to the network you want to join. EE is bound by law to provide a PAC Code within two hours of you asking for it.
3) Find and buy a deal from giffgaff
Right, then. Confirmed you’re out of contract and ready to switch? Good news. Your next job is to choose a deal from giffgaff and sign up for it via uSwitch.
Vodafone will then run some credit checks. After you’re approved, you’ll receive your phone in the post.
4) 4 Contact giffgaff to give them your PAC Code
You can do this via giffgaff’s number transfer form.
5) Insert your giffgaff SIM card
Take the phone from its box and insert your giffgaff SIM. giffgaff advises that there will be some loss of service during the transfer process.
To check whether the giffgaff SIM is active and the transfer has been completed, it’s a good idea to turn the phone on and off during the day.
6) Wait for your number to be transferred to giffgaff
Typically, your number transfer will be completed at some point during the next working day. If a weekend gets in the way, it may take a bit longer.