1) Check you’re eligible to switch from iD Mobile
If you’re out of contract with iD Mobile, you’re free to switch network whenever you like and it won’t cost you anything.
In the event that you’re not sure of your contract status, customer support a call on 7777 from your iD Mobile phone. Or you can ring 0333 003 7777 from a landline or any other mobile phone (charges may vary).
Opening hours are 8am-8pm every day of the week.
Don’t want to speak to anyone? You can also find out your contract end date by logging into to your iD Mobile account. Or you can open up the iD Mobile app on your phone and find it there.
And if you’re interested in switching but want a bit more information first, text INFO to 85075.
2) Contact iD Mobile to cancel and get your PAC Code
Next up, you need to get in touch with iD Mobile. 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 iD Mobile on one of the numbers in step 1 and tell them you want to leave. While you’re on the phone to them, you also need to ask for your PAC Code.
It’s a legal requirement that networks provide you with a PAC Code within two hours of your request.
The important thing to note, though, is that your PAC Code will expire if it’s not used within 30 days.
If, for whatever reason, you don’t get around to using it in that timeframe you’ll need to contact iD Mobile again to ask for a new one.
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.