1) Check you’re eligible to switch from SMARTY
If you’re out of contract with SMARTY, you can switch network any time you like and it won’t cost you a thing.
To find out if you’re out of contract, you’ll need to head to the SMARTY site and log in to your account.
Just log in, click on the menu icon, select 'Account settings' and the rest is easy.
And if you’re interested in switching but want a bit more information first, text INFO to 85075.
2) Contact SMARTY to tell them you want to leave and get your PAC code
Your next job is to contact SMARTY to tell them you’d like to leave. To do this, just text PAC to 65075 to get your 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.
SMARTY doesn’t have a customer service telephone number to call. But if you prefer, you can get in touch by email to request your PAC code via its website.
Once you’re logged in, click on the menu icon. Then choose Account Settings and go from there.
SMARTY will then send your PAC code to you by email. By law, networks have to provide you with your PAC code within two hours of you asking for it. So you won't have long to wait.
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.