1) Check you’re eligible to switch from Tesco Mobile
Certain that you’re out of contract? Good news: that means you’ll be able to switch network for no extra charge.
If you’re not sure if you’re still under contract or want to check your end date, you can get in touch with Tesco Mobile's customer support by calling 4455 from your Tesco Mobile phone.
Or you can ring 0345 301 4455 from any other phone (standard network rates apply).
Opening hours are 8am-9pm Monday-Friday. 8am-8pm Saturdays and 10am-6pm Sundays.
Alternatively, you can find out your contract end date by logging into your Tesco Mobile account or within the Tesco Mobile app on your phone.
Decided to keep your existing phone and get a new SIM only deal on a new network? Okay, that means you may need to get your phone unlocked, so it’ll accept the new SIM.
So while you’re on the phone, make sure you ask Tesco Mobile whether your phone is unlocked. If it is and you want to unlock it, ask them for your pin unlock key (PUK). Tesco Mobile will send you this and you can use it to unlock your handset.
2) Contact Tesco Mobile to tell them you’re leaving and get your PAC Code
Parting is such sweet sorrow. But perhaps not in this case.
Your next job is to get in touch with Tesco Mobile to tell you’d like to leave. You can do this using the phone numbers in step 1.
While you’re on the phone, make sure you ask for a PAC Code. This is a short sequence of letters and numbers that you’ll need to transfer your existing telephone number to the network you’re joining.
The law states that networks must provide you with your PAC Code within two hours of your request.
The critical thing to note is that PAC Codes expire after 30 days. If for any reason, you elect not to use your PAC Code during this timeframe, you’ll need to get in touch with Tesco Mobile to request a new one.
3) Find and buy a deal from Sky Mobile
Cleared to switch? Smashing news. Your next task is to select a deal from Sky Mobile and sign up for it through uSwitch.
Sky Mobile will then carry out some credit checks, after which point you’ll be sent your phone or SIM in the post.
4) Contact Sky Mobile to give them your PAC Code
Got your PAC Code to hand? Okay, your next task is to ring Sky Mobile and give it to them.
The number to call is 03300 412 524 (standard network charges apply). The Sky Mobile call centre is open 8.30am-11pm every day.
5) Insert your Sky Mobile SIM
It’s zero hour. If you got a new phone, it's time to take your pin-key and unlock the handset's SIM tray. Then insert your Sky Mobile SIM.
If you bought a SIM only deal, you can just put the Sky Mobile SIM in your existing phone.
Your number won’t be transferred straightaway. But while the transfer is underway, you’ll be given a temporary number. So you’ll still be able to use your phone.
6) Wait for your number to be transferred to Sky Mobile
Number transfers are usually complete the next working day. But the time it takes depends on the network and whether weekends get in the way. In which case it may take a little bit longer.
Once it's done, you're good to go.