1) Check you're eligible to switch from EE
If you're out of contract with EE, you can switch for no charge whenever you like.
Not sure if you're out of contract? To find out, you can call 150 from your EE phone to speak to customer support. Or on 07953 966 250 from any other phone (standard network charges apply).
Opening hours are 8am-8pm Monday-Friday. 8am-6pm at weekends.
Don't fancy phoning? Log in to your EE account online instead.
Keeping your old phone and signing up for a new SIM-only deal with a new network? Okay, that means there’s a chance you may need to get your phone unlocked.
The good news is that this is very simple. Just head to EE’s site where you’ll find a form to fill in to unlock your smartphone.
Once that’s done, they’ll provide you with a personal unlocking key (PUK) that you can use to unlock your handset.
2) Contact EE to cancel your contract and get your PAC code
Once you’ve found a new deal and signed up, your next task is to ring EE 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 a 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. EE is bound by law to provide a PAC Code within two hours of you asking for it.
3) Find and buy a deal from Virgin Mobile
This is the fun bit. All you need to do is choose a deal from Virgin Mobile and sign up for it through uSwitch.
As you’re probably aware, Virgin Mobile will then conduct some credit checks. After which point, you’ll receive your phone in the post.
4) Contact Virgin Mobile to give them your PAC code
Next up, you’ll need to get in touch with Virgin Mobile to give them your PAC Code. You can do this
You can reach the customer service team on 0345 6000 789 (standard network charges apply).
Opening hours are 8am-12pm every day.
5) Insert your Virgin Mobile SIM
Opted to get a new phone? Okay, you can now use the pin/key in the box to open the SIM tray and insert your Virgin Mobile SIM card.
Plumped for a Virgin Mobile SIM only deal instead? You'll just need to put the SIM in your current phone.
Your phone number won’t be transferred straightaway. But you’ll have a temporary number to use in the interim. So you can still use your phone.
6) Wait for your number to be transferred to Virgin Mobile
Unless a weekend gets in the way, your number transfer should be complete the next working day. And then you’re good to go.