Whether you're joining Virgin Mobile or leaving for another network, it's a straightforward process to keep your existing phone number.
If you're leaving Virgin to join another network, or if you're leaving another network in order to join Virgin, 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:
- I'm leaving Virgin and joining another network
Transfer your Virgin Mobile phone number onto a different mobile network.
- I'm joining Virgin from another network
Transfer your phone number from another mobile network to Virgin Mobile.
- I'm upgrading my Virgin phone or SIM card
Transfer your phone number from one Virgin account to another Virgin account.
Leaving Virgin For Another Network
If you're leaving Virgin Mobile to join another mobile network, you can take your phone number with you using a PAC Code from Virgin.
There are three ways to request a Virgin PAC Code:
- Online: You can get a PAC Code from Virgin by logging in to the Virgin Mobile Account website.
- By Text Message: You can get a Virgin Mobile PAC Code sent to you via SMS text message. Text PAC followed by your date of birth in DD/MM/YYYY format to 65075 to receive a PAC Code from Virgin.
- By Phone: You can get a PAC Code by calling Virgin Mobile. To do this, call them on 789 using your Virgin handset. Alternatively, dial 0345 6000 789 from any other phone. You'll need to call during Virgin's opening hours (Monday-Friday 8am-11.59pm, Saturday 8am-11.59pm, Sunday 8am-11.59pm).
It's always free to get a PAC Code from Virgin Mobile, and it's your legal entitlement to be able to recieve one. If any cancellation fees apply to your Virgin Mobile contract, they should also tell you what this will be at the same time as sending you a PAC Code.
The PAC Code you recieve from Virgin should begin with VRG and should be 9 digits long (e.g. VRG 123 456).
Once you have your Virgin Mobile 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
Find out how to use your Virgin PAC Code
Don’t want to keep your Virgin phone number? You can request a STAC Code from Virgin instead.
Virgin STAC Code (Leave Virgin Without Keeping Your Number)
If you’d like to leave Virgin Mobile without keeping your current phone number, you’ll need to request a Virgin STAC Code rather than a PAC Code. There are three ways to get a STAC Code from Virgin:
- Online: You can get a STAC Code from Virgin by logging in to the Virgin Mobile Account website.
- By Text Message: You can get a Virgin Mobile STAC Code sent to you via SMS text message. Text STAC followed by your date of birth in DD/MM/YYYY format to 75075 to receive a STAC Code from Virgin.
- By Phone: You can get a STAC Code by calling Virgin Mobile. Call them on 789 using your Virgin handset. Alternatively, dial 0345 6000 789 from any other phone. You'll need to call during Virgin's opening hours (Monday-Friday 8am-11.59pm, Saturday 8am-11.59pm, Sunday 8am-11.59pm).
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 Virgin STAC Code.
Joining Virgin From Another Network
If you're joining Virgin Mobile 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 Virgin Mobile.
After getting a PAC Code from your old network, you should order your new phone or SIM card directly from Virgin'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 Virgin Mobile, 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 Virgin Mobile's online form. Alternatively, you can give the PAC Code to Virgin Mobile by calling 789 on your Virgin Mobile handset. You can also call 0345 6000 789 from any other phone.
If your PAC Code is provided before 6pm, 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 6pm 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 Virgin Mobile 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 Virgin
If you're simply upgrading to a newer handset or tariff, it's not necessary to get a Virgin Mobile PAC Code. You can simply upgrade via Virgin Mobile's website. For more information, please select the type of Virgin price plan you're planning to move to:
For more information, please see the Virgin Mobile 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 a Virgin PAC Code or moving their phone number from another network to Virgin Mobile.
Your Comments 1,961 so far
We would love to hear your comments: either about using a Virgin Mobile PAC Code or transferring your phone number from another network to Virgin 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 1961 comments about transferring a phone number, please see the main PAC Codes article.
David Whitaker said:
I had a full Virgin package incl TV/Broadband installed last week. I gave my BT Pac code, but my number didnt transfer. After 60 mins on the phone I was told it had “expired” due to the delay getting Virgin to do the installation. Phoned BT for another Pac code but now I’m facing another 60 min call to the call centre, who arent open on evenings it seems and I guess are running under staffed anyway. I cant even get logged on via internet yet (to virgin mobile – other virgin services website is fine) and am stranded, and if I’m honest pretty unhappy. Customer services in this day and age should be so much better than this. Even BT only took 2 mins to sort me a Pac code. Getting hold of Virgin mobile is proving a nightmare and frankly a poor experience.
David Whitaker transferred a phone number from BT Mobile to Virgin Mobile.
Great site,Ken – you’ve done some excellent work. I wanted ro contribute my experience:
I moved from Three to Virgin yesterday, the process was seemless. Steps:
*There is no online form, you will have to call*
1. Tuesday: from new Virgin SIM, I called Virgin CS on 789 (then option 2, then 5), waited 15 mins.
2. After going through security, I handed over my PAC (which I had gotten from Three earlier) and number I wanted to keep. This was then checked and confirmed, and a transfer date given for Wednesday.
3. Wednesday: I periodically put both phones in airplane mode, by 11 the transfer was done. Old SIM was SIM active for a while but the transfer was done.
Dragon transferred a phone number from Three to Virgin Mobile.
Ian t said:
I currently have a new contract sim and new phone. IPhone XR with Virgin.
Boxed and ready to go along with the use of contract.
I also have a pay as you go Number with Virgin.
However want to be advised and confident on the best way to do this as I have a pay as you go Virgin contract and want to keep my number and switch it to the new phone. I have also obtained the PAC number.
As customer services aren’t available at this time ( understand due to the Covid 19) and have been on hold for at least 1-2 hours a day please advise on the easiest and best way to complete this quickly. Thanks in advance for your help.
Ian t transferred a phone number within Virgin Mobile.
Thanks for your comment. Usually the best thing to do would be to ask Virgin Mobile Customer Services to do this for you. However, as a workaround, it is also possible to transfer your phone number to another network and then back onto Virgin. You can get a free Pay As You Go SIM card from another network for the purposes of doing this.
Hope this helps,
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