Switching from Lycamobile to EE? It's a straightforward process to keep your existing phone number.

Step 1: Get a PAC Code from Lycamobile

If you’d like to move your phone number from Lycamobile to EE, the first step is getting your Porting Authorisation Code (or PAC Code) from Lycamobile.

There are three ways to get a PAC Code from Lycamobile:

  1. Online: You can get a PAC Code from Lycamobile by logging in to the Lycamobile Account website. Once you've logged in, go to Account Manager > Leave Lycamobile.
  2. By Text Message: You can get a Lycamobile PAC Code sent to you via SMS text message. Text PAC to 65075 to receive a PAC Code from Lycamobile.
  3. By Phone: You can get a PAC Code by calling Lycamobile. To do this, call them on 322 using your Lycamobile handset. Alternatively, dial 020 7132 0322 from any other phone. You'll need to call during Lycamobile's opening hours (Monday-Friday 8am-8pm, Saturday 9am-6pm, Sunday 9am-6pm).

Here are some key things to know:

  • A PAC Code is 9 digits long and follows the format ABC 123 456.
  • Your PAC Code is valid for 30 days. If you don't use it during this time, the PAC Code will expire and you'll need to request a new one.
  • You shouldn't close your account at Lycamobile: it'll be closed automatically when your phone number is transferred to EE.

Don’t want to keep your Lycamobile phone number? You can switch to EE without taking your phone number with you. If you'd like to do this, get a STAC Code from Lycamobile instead.

Lycamobile STAC Code (Leave Lycamobile Without Keeping Your Number)

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

  1. Online: You can get a STAC Code from Lycamobile by logging in to the Lycamobile Account website. After logging in, go to Account Manager > Leave Lycamobile.
  2. By Text Message: You can get a Lycamobile STAC Code sent to you via SMS text message. Text STAC to 75075 to receive a STAC Code from Lycamobile.
  3. By Phone: You can get a STAC Code by calling Lycamobile. Call them on 322 using your Lycamobile handset. Alternatively, dial 020 7132 0322 from any other phone. You'll need to call during Lycamobile's opening hours (Monday-Friday 8am-8pm, Saturday 9am-6pm, Sunday 9am-6pm).

Once you’ve gotten your STAC Code from Lycamobile, the rest of the process for joining EE remains the same.

Step 2: Order your new phone or SIM card from EE's website

You should now order your new phone or SIM card using the EE website. Please select the type of tariff you're intending to move to:

If you're looking for a SIM card from EE, the following deals from £10/month are currently most popular:

NetworkMinutesTextsDataMonthly
Cost
EEUnlimitedUnlimited10GB£10.00
12 months
EEUnlimitedUnlimited25GB£15.00
12 months
EEUnlimitedUnlimited120GB£20.00
24 months
EEUnlimitedUnlimited200GB£23.00
24 months
EEUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£40.00
24 months

For a full list of available tariffs and the latest EE deals, please refer to this page on EE's website.

Alternatively, if you're getting your EE plan from a reseller, tap on their logo for more information:

EE will assign you with a temporary phone number during the transition process. This will allow you to test out the service before you finally transfer your phone number to EE.

Step 3: Give the PAC Code to EE

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

Once you're happy to continue with the phone number transfer, contact EE and provide them with your PAC Code from Lycamobile.

Your PAC Code should be entered on 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.

If you have a STAC Code from Lycamobile rather than a PAC Code, this can be provided to EE in the exact same way.

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

Remember:

  • You must provide the PAC Code to EE within 30 days of it being issued by Lycamobile. If the PAC Code has already expired, you'll need to return to step 1 and request a new PAC Code from Lycamobile.
  • Lycamobile Pay As You Go customers: Try to use up your remaining credit as it can't be transferred to EE.

Step 4: Phone Number Transferred (Next Working Day)

As long as you've submitted your PAC Code to EE before 5.30pm, your phone number transfer will normally be scheduled for the next working day (Monday to Friday only, excluding English bank holidays). After 5.30pm, you'll need to wait one extra working day for your number to be transferred.

On the day of the transfer, you'll momentarily lose coverage on both mobile networks. When this happens, restart your handset on EE. You should find that the EE phone or SIM card will now associated with your original phone number.

  • If you see an error message (e.g. "SIM card registration failed"), this means it's time to restart your phone.
  • Once the phone number has been transferred to EE, your account on Lycamobile will automatically be closed. You'll receive a final bill from Lycamobile for any outstanding charges.

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Any Other Questions?

In case of any problems during the transfer of your phone number, you should contact your new mobile network (EE) with details of the problem.

If you have any other questions on using a PAC Code, please see my in-depth guide to transferring your phone number between networks. You can also read the comments below from other visitors to this website.

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We'd love to hear your comments on transferring a phone number from Lycamobile to EE. The comments below are from people who've made the same transfer. You can add your own comments here.

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  • Hi, my partner changed from Lyca to EE a year ago. Problem is, when he has incoming calls, caller hear a message ‘this number is not in your price plan allowances please visit our site for more information’ and then the call will go through. A lot of people will hang up and he will never receive the call. He has contacted Lyca and EE but none will take the responsibility for this error. What can he do? Regards Therese

    • Hi Therese,
      Thanks for your comment. Unfortunately, there’s no way to stop this message from being played when people call the number. The reason for this is because the number was originally issued by Lycamobile and still belongs to the Lycamobile block (see the spreadsheet here for a list of mobile numbering blocks and which network the numbers are assigned to). As a guide to reading the table, the SABC and D/DE are the first five digits following the zero in your phone number. For instance, if your phone number was 07123 456 789 then the SABC is 7123 and the D/DE is 4. The only solution I’m currently aware of would be getting a new phone number issued by EE. It is a massive pain but as long as you keep the number from Lycamobile, the message will play at the start of your calls.
      Ken

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