Whether you're joining iD Mobile or leaving for a different network, it's a straightforward process to keep your old phone number.

iD PAC CodeIf you're leaving iD and joining another network or if you're leaving another network in order to join iD, it's easy to keep your old phone number. All you 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 iD For Another Network

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If you're leaving iD Mobile and joining another network, you can take your phone number with you.

Start by asking iD to issue you with a PAC Code. You can get a PAC Code from iD Mobile by calling 7777 on your iD Mobile handset. Alternatively, dial 0333 003 7777 from any other phone.

You can request a PAC Code over the phone at any time during iD Mobile's opening hours:

Monday - Friday8.00am - 8.00pm
Saturday8.00am - 8.00pm
Sunday8.00am - 8.00pm

It's always free to get a PAC Code from iD Mobile (it's your legal entitlement). After getting your iD PAC Code, you'll need to provide it to your new network operator. For detailed instructions, please select your new network operator from the dropdown menu below:

PAC Code Finder: How to use your iD PAC Code

Your new network provider:

Joining iD From Another Network

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If you're joining iD Mobile from another network, you should ask your old network to provide you with a PAC Code. The PAC Code will allow you to transfer your number to iD Mobile.

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

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Once Your New Phone Arrives...

Once your new phone or SIM card arrives from iD Mobile, turn it on and make sure everything's working properly. If you need to return or change the new handset/SIM card, please do this before you transfer your phone number.

Once you're happy to continue with the transfer, your PAC Code should be entered on iD Mobile's online form. Alternatively, you can give the PAC Code to iD Mobile by calling 7777 on your iD Mobile handset. You can also call 0333 003 7777 from any other phone.

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

If your PAC Code is provided before 6.00pm, 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 6.00pm cut-off, you'll need to wait one extra working day for your number to be transferred.

Upgrading Your Plan On iD

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

More Information

For more information, please see the iD Mobile website. You can also read our full guide on using a PAC Code: there's frequently asked questions amongst other tips for transferring your phone number.

For discussion, please see the comments on this page. They show other people's experiences either when using an iD PAC Code or when transferring their phone number from another network to iD Mobile.

Your Comments 1,620 so far

We would love to hear your comments: either about using an iD Mobile PAC Code or transferring your phone number from another network to iD Mobile. 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 1620 comments about transferring a phone number, please see the main PAC Codes article.

  • I want to transfer to ID from EE. I have sent a disconnection request to EE, so my contract will end once this final month is up. I have obtained the PAC code from EE, and I was told I have to use this within 28 days otherwise my contact with them will automatically restart and I’ll have to wait another month. However, I am currently abroad – so I want to buy an ID sim (a sim only monthly deal), use the PAC code to transfer my number to the ID sim, and only later put the sim in my phone once I return home. Is this possible, or would I have to put the new ID sim in my phone first to activate it or something, before using the PAC code?

    B transferred a phone number from EE to iD Mobile.

    • Hi B,
      Thanks for your comment. You’re right in saying that a PAC Code is only valid for 30 days (which means you’ll need to give it to your new mobile network several days before this to ensure your phone number is moved over during this time). If it expires, you’ll need to request a new PAC Code from EE.
      With regards to your iD Mobile SIM card, it should be possible to transfer the phone number to it providing it has been activated. However, I don’t know enough about the specifics of how iD Mobile works (e.g. whether the SIM cards are automatically activated, or whether it depends on you putting the SIM card in your phone first). This is probably something best answered by iD Mobile Customer Services!

  • My daughter has been with virgin mobile for 4 months now I have taken over the phone and she has a new phone and I have been with I’d my question is can I now ask virgin to keep my old number from my old phone which was with id

    Melv transferred a phone number from iD Mobile to Virgin Mobile.

    • Hi Melv,
      Thanks for your comment. Is this simply a matter of transferring your phone number from iD Mobile to Virgin? If so, there shouldn’t be a problem doing this regardless of how long the existing contract on Virgin Mobile has been held.
      Hope this helps,

  • I have transferred to id from ee. I have today received a text saying my old number has transferred to id, but calls to that number are still going to my old phone. Please advise

    alan transferred a phone number from EE to iD Mobile.

    • Hi Alan,
      Many thanks for your comment. Is this problem now resolved? Sometimes, you may receive your confirmation message before the switch is complete, but typically this will be resolved by end of day (so at least by 6pm).

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