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 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.