1) Check you’re eligible to switch from giffgaff
Assuming you’re out of contract, it won’t cost you anything to leave giffgaff. If you’re not sure whether you’re still under contract or want to find out your contract end date, you’ve got a few options.
The first is to log in to your account at giffgaff’s site.
The second is to log in to the giffgaff app on your phone.
As you’ll almost certainly know, giffgaff doesn’t operate a telephone customer support service. So you won’t be able to get in touch over the phone.
And if you’re interested in switching but want a bit more information first, text INFO to 85075.
2) Contact giffgaff to cancel your contract and get a PAC Code
With your phone wending its way to you, 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.
Alternatively, you can get your PAC code from giffgaff by logging into your account online and requesting one.
Or you can get one by texting 43431 from your giffgaff phone.
All networks are obliged to supply your PAC within two hours of your request. Once you’ve got it, you may want to make a note of it. Just in case.
PAC Codes are valid for 30 days only. If you haven’t used yours within this timeframe, you’ll need to submit a request to giffgaff for a new one.
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.