1) Check you’re eligible to switch from Virgin Mobile
If you’re out of contract with Virgin Mobile, you can switch at any time and it won’t cost you anything.
It’s very easy to lose track of your contract end date, though. If you’re not sure of yours, you can find out by calling Virgin Mobile’s customer support team on 789 from your Virgin Mobile phone.
Alternatively, you can reach them on 0345 6000 789 from any other phone (standard network charges apply).
The support centre’s opening hours are 8am-12pm every day.
If you prefer not to call, you can find out your end date by logging in to your account.
Or you can find it by opening up the Virgin Mobile app on your phone.
And if you’re interested in switching but want a bit more information first, text INFO to 85075.
2) Contact Virgin Mobile to cancel and get a PAC Code
No-one likes goodbyes. But you now need to get in touch with Virgin Mobile to inform them you’re leaving. 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.You don't even need to make a phone call.
If you'd prefer to speak to somebody, just ring Virgin Mobile on one of the numbers in step 1 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 your PAC Code.
Regulations stipulate that all networks must provide you with your PAC Code within two hours of your request. When you’ve got the code it’s smart to make a note of it. Just to be safe.
What you really need to be aware of, though, is that PAC Codes expire after 30 days. So if you don’t use yours within that timeframe, you’ll need to get in touch with Virgin Media again to request a new one.
3) Find and buy a SIM-only deal from Plusnet Mobile
Free as a bird? Or got an impending date when you’ll be ready to leave? Great. Now you need to select a SIM only deal from Plusnet Mobile and sign up through uSwitch.
Once you’ve passed Plusnet Mobile’s credit checks, you’ll receive your SIM in the post.
4) Contact Plusnet Mobile to give them your PAC Code
Your only real job now is to get in touch with Plusnet Mobile and give them your PAC code.
You can get in touch on 0800 079 1133 (standard network charges apply).
5) Unbox and insert your Plusnet Mobile SIM
Got your phone to hand? Okay, open up the SIM tray using a pin and insert your Plusnet Mobile SIM card.
Your number won’t be transferred straightaway. But you’ll be given a temporary number to use while the number transfer is taking place. So you can still use your phone.
6) Wait for your number to be transferred to Plusnet Mobile
Plusnet aims to complete number transfers the next working day. However, that may depend on the time of day you make your transfer request.
The earlier you make your request, the more likely it is to happen the next day.