1) Check you’re eligible to switch from giffgaff
Assuming you’re out of contract, it won’t cost you anything to leave giffgaff. If you’re not sure whether you’re still under contract or want to find out your contract end date, you’ve got a few options.
The first is to log in to your account at giffgaff’s site.
The second is to log in to the giffgaff app on your phone.
As you’ll almost certainly know, giffgaff doesn’t operate a telephone customer support service. So you won’t be able to get in touch over the phone.
2) Contact giffgaff to cancel your contract and get a PAC Code
With your phone wending its way to you, you’ll now need to contact giffgaff to tell them you’d like to leave and get a PAC Code. A PAC is a short, alphanumeric code, which is critical for transferring your number to the network you’re joining.
You can get your PAC code from giffgaff by logging into your account online and requesting one.
Or you can get one by texting 43431 from your giffgaff phone.
All networks are obliged to supply your PAC within two hours of your request. Once you’ve got it, you may want to make a note of it. Just in case.
PAC Codes are valid for 30 days only. If you haven’t used yours within this timeframe, you’ll need to submit a request to giffgaff for a new one.
3) Find and buy a deal on iD Mobile
Found a deal you like the look of on iD Mobile? Okay, now just sign up for it through uSwitch.
iD Mobile will then conduct some credit checks. After which point, you’ll receive your phone in the post.
4) Contact iD Mobile to give them your PAC Code
Almost there now. You’ll now need to get in touch with iD Mobile and tell them your PAC Code.
Ring them on 0345 6000 789 (standard network charges apply). Opening hours are 8am-8pm every day.
5) Insert your iD Mobile SIM
Signed up for a new phone from iD Mobile? Okay, using the pin-key in the box it's time to open the SIM tray and insert your iD Mobile SIM.
Opted for an iD Mobile SIM only deal? You just need to pop the SIM in your existing phone.
Your phone number won’t be transferred instantly. But you’ll be given a temporary number to use in the interim, so you’ll still be able to use your phone.
6) Wait for your number to be transferred
The time it takes to transfer a number varies between networks. But in general, your transfer should be complete the next day. Unless a weekend or Bank Holiday gets in the way, in which case it may take a little longer.
But once it's done, you're good to go.