1) Check you’re eligible to switch from O2
If you’re out of contract, you can switch whenever you like for no charge. To check if you’re out of contract, you can:
Open your O2 app on your phone. Once it’s open, head to ‘Allowances’ and then select ‘Tariff’ to see your end date.
Or visit the O2 account webpage. Then click ‘See if you can upgrade today’ and log in to see your contract end date.
Prefer to call? You can get in touch with O2's customer support team by calling 202 on your O2 phone. Or on 034 4809 0202 from any other phone (standard network charges apply).
Opening hours are 8am-8pm Monday-Friday. 8am-6pm on Sundays.
In the event that you’re keeping your existing phone and signing up for a new SIM only deal, you may need to unlock your O2 phone. Only when it’s unlocked will it accept the new SIM card.
To unlock it, though, you’ll need what’s called a personal unlocking key (PUK). The good news is that you can obtain easily by logging in to your O2 account. Once you’ve got the PUK, which you’ll receive as a text message, you can use it to unlock your phone.
And if you’re interested in switching but want a bit more information first, text INFO to 85075.
2) Contact O2 to get your PAC code
Once you’ve signed up for the deal you’ve chosen, 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.
If you'd prefer to speak to somebody, just ring O2 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.
O2 is bound by law to provide a PAC Code within two hours of you asking for it.
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.