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 from Tesco Mobile
Assuming you’re ready to switch, it’s time to select a deal from Tesco Mobile and sign up for it through Uswitch.
Tesco Mobile will, of course, conduct credit checks. But assuming you pass, you’ll then receive your phone in the post.
4) Contact Tesco Mobile to give them your PAC Code
Now you’ll need to contact Tesco Mobile and give them your PAC Code.
You can get in touch with Tesco Mobile’s customer support team on 0345 301 4455 (standard network rates apply).
Opening hours are 8am-9pm Monday-Friday. 8am-8pm Saturdays and 10am-6pm Sundays.
5) Insert your Tesco Mobile SIM
Okay, now it’s time to insert your Tesco Mobile SIM in your new phone, or in your existing phone if you bought a SIM-only deal.
You’ll find that the number won’t have transferred straightaway. But while the transfer’s 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 Tesco Mobile
All being well and if a weekend doesn't get in the way, your number should be transferred the next working day. After which point, you’re good to go.