1) Check you’re eligible to switch from Sky Mobile
Assuming you’re out of contract, you’re free to switch from Sky Mobile any time you like and it won’t cost you anything.
Not sure if you’re still under contract? You can find out by contacting Sky Mobile's customer support team on 03300 412 524 from your Sky Mobile phone. Or on 03300 412 524 from any other phone (standard network charges apply).
The support team’s working hours are 8.30am-11pm every day.
If you’d prefer not to call, you can also find out your contract end date by logging in to your Sky Mobile account, or by opening up the Sky Mobile app on your phone.
And if you’re interested in switching but want a bit more information first, text INFO to 85075.
2) Contact Sky Mobile to tell them you want to leave and get your PAC Code
Next item on the agenda is to get in touch with Sky Mobile to tell them you’d like to leave. 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 Sky Mobile on one of the numbers in step 1, tell them you want to leave and ask for your PAC Code.
It’s a legal requirement that networks provide you with your PAC Code within two hours of your request.
Once you’ve got your PAC Code, you’ll have 30 days to use. Thereafter it expires. So if you haven’t used it within this timeframe, you’ll need to contact Sky Mobile 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.