1) Check you're eligible to switch from EE
If you're out of contract with EE, you can switch for no charge whenever you like.
Not sure if you're out of contract? To find out, you can call 150 from your EE phone to speak to customer support. Or on 07953 966 250 from any other phone (standard network charges apply).
Opening hours are 8am-8pm Monday-Friday. 8am-6pm at weekends.
Don't fancy phoning? Log in to your EE account online instead.
Keeping your old phone and signing up for a new SIM-only deal with a new network? Okay, that means there’s a chance you may need to get your phone unlocked.
The good news is that this is very simple. Just head to EE’s site where you’ll find a form to fill in to unlock your smartphone.
Once that’s done, they’ll provide you with a personal unlocking key (PUK) that you can use to unlock your handset.
2) Contact EE to cancel your contract and get your PAC code
Once you’ve found a new deal and signed up, your next task is to ring EE 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 a 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. EE is bound by law to provide a PAC Code within two hours of you asking for it.
3) Find and buy a deal on SMARTY
Assuming you’re out of contract, your next step is to sign up for the SIM-only deal you’ve selected on SMARTY. You’ll receive your SIM card in the post after you’ve passed SMARTY's credit checks.
4) Contact SMARTY to give them your PAC code
Not much longer to go now. Your next task is to get in touch with SMARTY to give them your PAC.
Because SMARTY doesn't have a customer support telephone contact number, you're required to log in to your SMARTY account and submit the PAC Code that way. You can do that right here.
5) Take out your SMARTY SIM and put it in your phone
Got your phone to hand? Okay, you now need to unlock the SIM tray using a pin or the key that came with your phone. Once it's open, insert your SMARTY SIM in your handset.
Your number won't be transferred instantly. But you will have a temporary phone number to use while the process is underway. So you'll still be able to use your phone and you'll be contactable.
6) Wait for your number to be transferred to SMARTY
SMARTY advises that the process of transferring your number will take up to two working days. The transfer usually happens between the hours of 11am and 5pm.
In the event that the transfer doesn't seem to have worked, try turning off your phone and then turning it on again.
If there's still a problem, get in touch with SMARTY via webchat service on its site.