Porting your mobile number from SMARTY to The Phone Co-op

Leaving SMARTY

How to switch from SMARTY & take your mobile number to The Phone Co-op

Log in to your SMARTY account. From the dashboard click on the menu icon and select Account settings. Then follow the instructions to request your PAC code. Also ensure that you turn off automatic payments if it is enabled.

  • SMARTY will provide your Porting Authorisation Code (PAC) either over the telephone, by SMS text message or via email.
  • A PAC code is valid for 30 days. If you don't use it within thirty days it will expire and you will need to request a new one.
  • Your SMARTY account will remain active until your number has been ported over to the new network. After the transfer is complete, your SMARTY account will be automatically closed.
  • SMARTY must issue you with a PAC number within 2 working days of your request, or a reason for why it cannot be issued, in accordance with Ofcom's "General Conditions of Entitlement". http://ofcom.org.uk

Many of the top mobile phone deals are available exclusively online, directly from the network providers listed here. So once you have received your Port Authorization Code from SMARTY, get the best The Phone Co-op offer suited to you.

Finally, provide your PAC code to your new The Phone Co-op mobile network operator who will then be able to port your existing phone number from SMARTY. They will tell you what day the transfer is due to take place (usually within 48 hours).

Important: Do NOT cancel your contract before switching, otherwise you may lose your existing phone number and be unable to port it over. Once you provide your new network provider with your PAC code, your old account will automatically be closed once the number is successfully ported over.

Note: Credit on Pre-Pay / PAYG (Pay-As-You-Go) accounts cannot be transferred over and so any remaining credit balance will be lost after the switch is complete. If you have any credit left, one good option is to donate it to a charity before porting your number.

Joining The Phone Co-op

How to switch to The Phone Co-op & bring your SMARTY number with you

The first step is to sign up with The Phone Co-op to get your new SIM card.

Once you have done that, ensure you have the following information ready:

  • Your original mobile phone number you want to keep.
  • The Porting Authorisation Code (PAC) from your previous SMARTY network.
  • The expiry date of the PAC number (valid for 30 days from the date of issue).
  • The temporary mobile number from your new The Phone Co-op sim card.
  • You may also need the new SIM card number found on the back.

Contact The Phone Co-op on 01608 434 000 or fill out the customer services form form to provide your PAC (Port Authorisation Code) from your previous mobile network provider.

Please note that they ask for at least 5 working days notice before your PAC expires to transfer your number to them.

Note: You may lose network service for a short period on the day of transfer. If this happens, turn your phone off and on occasionally, until you see the The Phone Co-op signal on your mobile phone screen. This will indicate that the transfer is complete, and you can now use your existing phone number in your new mobile network provider.

Visit The Phone Co-op online for more information and their latest offers on mobile phone deals.

About The Phone Co-op

The Phone Co-op, is an independent consumer co-operative in the United Kingdom, providing mobile, telephone, and broadband internet services.

The Phone Co-op is currently the only telephone co-operative in the UK. It is 100% owned by its customer-members who democratically control the business and share in its profits. The co-op is a social enterprise and was awarded the title of UK customer-facing Social Enterprise of the year for 2015.

About SMARTY

SMARTY is a UK mobile virtual network operator running on the Three network. SMARTY offers SIM-only plans with no lengthy contracts or credit checks, and provides monthly discounts on unused data from previous months.