1) Check you’re eligible to switch from talkmobile
If you’re out of contract with Talkmobile, you’re free to switch whenever you like and it won’t cost you anything.
To check your contract status or find out your contract end date, get in touch with talkmobile’s customer support team on 5888 from your talkmobile phone. Or 0333 304 8064 from any other phone (standard network charges apply).
Opening hours are 8am-7pm Monday-Friday. 9am-6pm on Saturday. 10am-5pm on Sunday.
If you’d prefer not to call, you can also get your contract end date by logging into your Talkmobile account. Or by opening up the talkmobile app on your phone.
2) Contact talkmobile to cancel and get your PAC Code
Next on the to-do list is to contact Talkmobile and tell them you’d like to leave. You can get in touch with them on the contact numbers listed in step 1.
While you’re talking to the customer support team, you’ll also need to ask for a PAC Code.
What’s a PAC Code, you say? It’s a short sequence of numbers and letters that you’ll need to give to the network you’re planning to join, so that they can transfer your existing telephone number.
PAC Codes expire after 30 days, which means you’ll need to use yours within this timeframe. If for any reason you’re not able to, you’ll have to contact talkmobile again to request 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.