1) Check you’re eligible to switch from Tesco Mobile
Certain that you’re out of contract? Good news: that means you’ll be able to switch network for no extra charge.
If you’re not sure if you’re still under contract or want to check your end date, you can get in touch with Tesco Mobile's customer support by calling 4455 from your Tesco Mobile phone.
Or you can ring 0345 301 4455 from any other phone (standard network rates apply).
Opening hours are 8am-9pm Monday-Friday. 8am-8pm Saturdays and 10am-6pm Sundays.
Alternatively, you can find out your contract end date by logging into your Tesco Mobile account or within the Tesco Mobile app on your phone.
Decided to keep your existing phone and get a new SIM only deal on a new network? Okay, that means you may need to get your phone unlocked, so it’ll accept the new SIM.
So while you’re on the phone, make sure you ask Tesco Mobile whether your phone is unlocked. If it is and you want to unlock it, ask them for your pin unlock key (PUK). Tesco Mobile will send you this and you can use it to unlock your handset.
2) Contact Tesco Mobile to tell them you’re leaving and get your PAC Code
Parting is such sweet sorrow. But perhaps not in this case.
Your next job is to get in touch with Tesco Mobile to tell you’d like to leave. You can do this using the phone numbers in step 1.
While you’re on the phone, make sure you ask for a PAC Code. This is a short sequence of letters and numbers that you’ll need to transfer your existing telephone number to the network you’re joining.
The law states that networks must provide you with your PAC Code within two hours of your request.
The critical thing to note is that PAC Codes expire after 30 days. If for any reason, you elect not to use your PAC Code during this timeframe, you’ll need to get in touch with Tesco Mobile to request a new one.
3) Find and buy a phone from Vodafone
So you’re out of contract and ready to switch. That’s great. Your next step is to choose a deal from Vodafone and sign up for it.
Once you’ve passed Vodafone’s credit checks, you’ll receive your phone or SIM in the post.
4) Contact Vodafone and give them your PAC code
Okay, we’re well on our way now. Next, you’ll have to ring Vodafone and tell them your PAC Code.
To get in touch, call Vodafone’s customer support team on 03333 040 191 (standard network rates apply).
5) Insert your new Vodafone SIM card
If you got a new phone, it's time to take your pin-key and unlock the handset's SIM tray. Then insert your Vodafone SIM.
If you opted for a SIM-only deal, you can just put the Vodafone SIM card in your existing phone.
The number transfer won’t take place instantly, but while it’s underway you’ll be given a temporary number to use.
6) Wait for your number to be transferred to Vodafone
Experience tells us that your number transfer should be complete the next working day.
But this depends on the network you’re joining and there are some circumstances under which it may take a bit longer. For instance, if you make your call on a working day or a weekend.