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).
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 ring 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.
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 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.
5) 4 Contact giffgaff to give them your PAC Code
You can do this via giffgaff’s number transfer form.
6) 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.
7) 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.