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Old 15-05-2008, 17:21
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At some point next week I'm changing networks. I'm going from O2 back to Vodafone but I want to keep my same number. I know its possible to do it but I'm not sure how to, how long it will take, the costs etc. Does anybody have any useful information and how to do it?

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Old 15-05-2008, 18:00
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There is a sticky thread at the top of the forum telling you how to do it.
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Old 16-05-2008, 20:50
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1/ Obtain a pac code from your existing provider.
(they will persuade you to stay on),then ring your new provider,giving them your number to be ported

2/ Allow 10 days

3/ It should be free

4/ You may be without service for 3 hours or so on
'porting' day.
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Old 16-05-2008, 21:00
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1/ Obtain a pac code from your existing provider.
(they will persuade you to stay on),then ring your new provider,giving them your number to be ported

2/Allow 10 days
2 working days

3/ It should be free

4/ You may be without service for 3 hours or so on
'porting' day.
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Old 16-05-2008, 21:59
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Did this actually this week myself. Rang up O2 on Tuesday afternoon asking for my PAC number, got it over the phone. Then rang Vodafone, said I wanted to transfer my number to them, said it should be ready by Thursday afternoon. Fair enough it was ready around midday and oddly enough just before then I made test phone calls with the O2 sim and the new Vodafone sim and both shared the same number, but on calling back only went to O2 (would have been interesting if both phones had gone off).

What I found interesting however is that on that same Tuesday afternoon at around 2pm I had in my hand a Vodafone Ireland sim card which I was planning to transfer my Irish mobile number from Meteor to. I called Vodafone Ireland customer services, asked for the porting department (the number given by them can't be dialled from outside the Irish Republic) and after a few minutes they said it should take 1-3 hours to transfer - and sure enough by 4pm my new Vodafone Ireland sim was ready (with 12 free credit!) and the Meteor sim was deactivated. Now if it only takes a couple of hours in Ireland to do this, why does it take a couple of days minimum in the UK?
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Old 16-05-2008, 22:42
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Did this actually this week myself. Rang up O2 on Tuesday afternoon asking for my PAC number, got it over the phone. Then rang Vodafone, said I wanted to transfer my number to them, said it should be ready by Thursday afternoon. Fair enough it was ready around midday and oddly enough just before then I made test phone calls with the O2 sim and the new Vodafone sim and both shared the same number, but on calling back only went to O2 (would have been interesting if both phones had gone off).

What I found interesting however is that on that same Tuesday afternoon at around 2pm I had in my hand a Vodafone Ireland sim card which I was planning to transfer my Irish mobile number from Meteor to. I called Vodafone Ireland customer services, asked for the porting department (the number given by them can't be dialled from outside the Irish Republic) and after a few minutes they said it should take 1-3 hours to transfer - and sure enough by 4pm my new Vodafone Ireland sim was ready (with 12 free credit!) and the Meteor sim was deactivated. Now if it only takes a couple of hours in Ireland to do this, why does it take a couple of days minimum in the UK?
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On 17 July 2007, Ofcom released its conclusions from the review of UK MNP and mandated reduction of porting time to 2 working days with effect from 1 April 2008. On 29 November 2007, Ofcom completed its consultation on further reduction to porting time to 2 hours along with recipient led porting and mandated that near-instant (no more than 2 hours) recipient led porting be implemented by no later than 1 September 2009.
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Old 17-05-2008, 08:11
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The reason it currently takes longer in the country is because there is no central database linking phone numbers to provider. When the database is in operation a port could theoretically take just a few minutes.
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Old 17-05-2008, 16:23
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You are correct! But i would give up to ten days notice for the transfer date to be confirmed or you could end up being ported AFTER your 12/18 month period has finished! (if applicable)
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