1) Check you’re eligible to switch from Lebara Mobile
If you’re out of contract with Lebara Mobile, you're free to switch at any time and it won’t cost you anything.
We know it’s very easy to lose track of your contract end date, though. So if you’re not sure, it’s best to give Lebara Mobile's customer support a ring.
You can reach them on 5588 from your Lebara Mobile phone. Or on 020 3059 0304 from any other phone (standard network rates apply).
The Lebara Mobile customer support team are available 9am-5pm every day.
Rather not speak to anyone? You can also find out your contract end date by logging in to your Lebara Mobile account. Or by opening the Lebara Mobile app.
And if you’re interested in switching but want a bit more information first, text INFO to 85075.
2) Contact Lebara Mobile to cancel and get your PAC Code
All good things come to an end. To tell Lebara Mobile you’re ready to leave, 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 Lebara Mobile on one of the numbers in step 1 and ask for your PAC code.
Lebara Mobile is obliged to supply your PAC Code within two hours of your request.
What's critical to note is that PAC Codes expire 30 days after being issued. So if you haven’t used it within this timeframe, you’ll need to contact Lebara Mobile again to get 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.