Whether you're joining EE or leaving for another network, it's a straightforward process to keep your existing phone number.

EE PAC CodeIf you're leaving EE to join another network, or if you're leaving another network in order to join EE, it's super easy to keep your current phone number.

All you'll need to do is to request a PAC Code. It's totally free and the entire process of transferring your phone number should normally take no longer than one working day.

For detailed instructions, please choose the option that best applies to you:

Leaving EE For Another Network

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If you're leaving EE to join another mobile network, you can take your phone number with you using a PAC Code from EE.

There are three ways to request an EE PAC Code:

  1. Online: You can get a PAC Code from EE by logging in to the My EE website. Once you've logged in, go to Menu > Account settings > Leave EE.
  2. By Text Message: You can get an EE PAC Code sent to you via SMS text message. Text PAC to 65075 to receive a PAC Code from EE.
  3. By Phone: You can get a PAC Code by calling EE. To do this, call them on 150 using your EE handset. Alternatively, dial 07953 966 250 from any other phone. You'll need to call during EE's opening hours (Monday-Friday 8am-8pm, Saturday 8am-6pm, Sunday 8am-6pm).

It's always free to get a PAC Code from EE, and it's your legal entitlement to be able to recieve one. If any cancellation fees apply to your EE contract, they should also tell you what this will be at the same time as sending you a PAC Code.

Once you have your EE PAC Code, you'll need to provide it to your new mobile network operator. For detailed instructions, please select your new mobile network from the following dropdown menu:

PAC Code Finder: How to use your EE PAC Code

Your new mobile network:

Don’t want to keep your EE phone number? You can request a STAC Code from EE instead.

EE STAC Code (Leave EE Without Keeping Your Number)

If you’d like to leave EE without keeping your current phone number, you’ll need to request an EE STAC Code rather than a PAC Code. There are three ways to get a STAC Code from EE:

  1. Online: You can get a STAC Code from EE by logging in to the My EE website. After logging in, go to Menu > Account settings > Leave EE.
  2. By Text Message: You can get an EE STAC Code sent to you via SMS text message. Text STAC to 75075 to receive a STAC Code from EE.
  3. By Phone: You can get a STAC Code by calling EE. Call them on 150 using your EE handset. Alternatively, dial 07953 966 250 from any other phone. You'll need to call during EE's opening hours (Monday-Friday 8am-8pm, Saturday 8am-6pm, Sunday 8am-6pm).

Once you’ve gotten your STAC Code, the rest of the process for joining your new mobile network remains the same. You can choose your new provider from the dropdown menu above for instructions on how to use your EE STAC Code.

Joining EE From Another Network

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If you're joining EE from a different mobile network, you should ask your old mobile network to provide you with a PAC Code. The PAC Code will allow you to transfer your phone number to EE.

After getting a PAC Code from your old network, you should order your new phone or SIM card directly from EE's website. For more information, please select the type of tariff you're wanting to move to:

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When Your New Phone Arrives...

Once your new phone or SIM card arrives from EE, switch it on and make sure everything's working correctly. If, for whatever reason, you need to return or change your handset or SIM card, it's best to do this before transferring your phone number.

Once you're happy to continue with the transfer, your PAC Code should be submitted through EE's online form. Alternatively, you can give the PAC Code to EE by calling 150 on your EE handset. You can also call 07953 966 250 from any other phone.

Providing your PAC Code to EE
The PAC Code should be submitted through a form on EE's website.

If your PAC Code is provided before 5.30pm, your phone number transfer will normally be scheduled for the next working day (Monday to Friday only, excluding English bank holidays). For PAC Codes submitted after the 5.30pm cut-off, you'll need to wait one extra working day for your number to be transferred.

Sometimes, you’ll be given the option to provide a PAC Code at the same time as when you order your new phone or SIM card. We’d typically recommend against providing your PAC Code at this stage. Instead, waiting for the new phone or SIM card to arrive from EE first will allow you to make sure it’s working correctly and will make the process of cancelling or returning much easier.

Upgrading Your Plan On EE

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If you're simply upgrading to a newer handset or tariff, it's not necessary to get an EE PAC Code. You can simply upgrade via EE's website. For more information, please select the type of EE price plan you're planning to move to:

More Information

For more information, please see the EE website. You can also read our full guide to using a PAC Code. This answers a lot of frequently asked questions and provides some additional tips on transferring your phone number.

For discussion, please see the comments below on this page. They show other people's experiences using an EE PAC Code or moving their phone number from another network to EE.

Your Comments 1,740 so far

We would love to hear your comments: either about using an EE PAC Code or transferring your phone number from another network to EE. The comments below are all from people who've done the same thing in the past. You can contribute by adding your own comments here.

To see all 1740 comments about transferring a phone number, please see the main PAC Codes article.

  • Hello – I started on Orange pay as you go back in 2001 with an old nokia 3310 – that phone became a nokia 1800 still on orange pay as you go and has now ended up on EE – same number all that time and a replacement SIM when the old one stopped working… always ‘pay as you go’. It’s an expensive year if it needs a top-up of £30!
    The phone is used very infrequently and today I received a message from EE/BT amounting to ‘use it or lose it’. Fair enough.

    That did prompt me to look at what EE charge and at 35p per min and 15p text, even though very low usage, your comparison chart on:
    https://kenstechtips.com/index.php/compare-pay-as-you-go-networks
    is making a switch to O2 look like better value.

    I want to continue with the old phone as is but just change provider from EE to O2, but on your article about using PAC codes it says:
    “After getting a PAC Code from your old network, the next step is ordering your new phone or SIM card from your new mobile network.”
    Am I going to need a new SIM from O2 (is that even possible for such an old style phone!?) or should it be possible just to switch networks with existing phone and SIM?

    Thank you.

    graham transferred a phone number from EE to O2.

    • Hi Graham,
      Thanks for your comment. Yes, you’ll need to order a new SIM card from O2, which can slot inside your existing Nokia 1800 providing it isn’t locked to Orange/EE. You’ll be glad to know that it’s still possible to use standard-sized SIM cards (also known as Mini-SIM/2FF) – just make sure you pop it out at the outermost groove when your O2 SIM card arrives in the post. Once you’ve activated your O2 SIM card, you can use the PAC Code to move your phone number from EE to O2.
      One thing that’s worth noting is you won’t be able to move your credit from EE to O2. For this reason, it might be worth waiting if you have a large balance on your EE SIM card – it’s best to try and use this up before moving to O2.
      Hope this helps,
      Ken

  • Georgina McKavanagh said:

    Hi,

    I’ve got my PAC code from three, but when I go through the transfer number over form on EE it says it’s wrong. I’ve quadruple checked it, and I know it’s right. I don’t understand why this would happen.

    Georgina McKavanagh transferred a phone number from Three to EE.

    • Hi Georgina,
      I believe your PAC Code from Three should start with HTG and be followed by six numbers (e.g. HTG 123 456). Is the PAC Code you have from Three in this format? If so, I’d consider getting in touch with EE Customer Services on 150 to let them know and to see if they’re able to accept this PAC Code for you.
      Ken

  • Hi,

    I am currently on EE and my contract is coming to an end so I have decided to keep my phone and get myself into a sim only contract via plusnet.

    My PAC code expires on 25th September.

    I ordered my new SIM card yesterday via the Plusnet website and provided my PAC code. I have not received any further information about my order so I got in touch with their online chat help team. They said my order is “pending” and can’t tell me if I will have my SIM card by the deadline of 25th Sep.

    I am trying to avoid being charged for a further month by EE, but now I don’t know what is going on. I thought Plusnet would manage to sort everything within a few days which is why I left it until yesterday to order my SIM card.

    Do you know what might be going on?

    SB transferred a phone number from EE to Plusnet Mobile.

    • Hi SB,
      Sadly, I don’t know what’s going on with the connection to Plusnet – this is something they’ll need to check on as it’s an account-specific issue. However, you shouldn’t need to worry about EE charging you for another full month (your final bill should be pro-rated based on the number of days you were connected to the EE network). Similarly, if your PAC Code expires on the 25th, you can request a new one from EE the same day.
      Ken

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