Transfer your mobile number from The People's Operator to Orange

Leaving The People's Operator

How to switch from The People's Operator and transfer my number to Orange

Note: TPO Mobile ceased operating on February 26 2019 and transferring your number from them is no longer possible. These instructions are from before when the service was still available.

To request your PAC (Port Authorisation Code), contact The People's Operator customer service team on 500 from your TPO mobile or 0333 313 7760 from any other phone.

If you wish to use the 'text-to-switch' service, simply SMS text PAC to 65075 free from your The People's Operator SIM to request a PAC code by text message and begin the porting process.

  • The People's Operator will provide your Porting Authorisation Code (PAC) either by SMS text message, via email, or over the phone if you contact them.
  • A PAC number 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 The People's Operator online account settings will remain active until your number has been ported over to the new network. After the transfer is complete, your account will be automatically closed.

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Got your PAC code from The People's Operator?

Provide your PAC code from The People's Operator to Orange online who will then be able to port your existing phone number from The People's Operator. They will tell you what day the transfer is due to take place (usually within 48 hours).

Important: Do NOT cancel your SIM only or mobile contract before switching, otherwise you may lose your existing phone number and be unable to port it over. Once you give your new network provider your PAC code, your old billing account will be closed automatically when your 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 by SMS text message before porting your number.

Joining Orange

How to switch to Orange and keep my The People's Operator number?

First get your Orange package and activate your new SIM card.

Once you have done that, get the following information ready to follow the step-by-step instructions:

  • Your old The People's Operator mobile phone number you want to keep.
  • The Porting Authorisation Code (PAC) from your previous The People's Operator network.
  • The expiry date of the PAC number (valid for 30 days from the date of issue).
  • The temporary mobile number from your new Orange SIM card activation.
  • You may also need the new Orange SIM card serial number found on the back.

Call Orange on 07973 100 980 and give them your PAC code. Or call Customer Services on 980 from your Orange handset.

Orange will then confirm with you the switch date and what will happen on the transfer day, when your original number will be automatically ported over.

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 Orange 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.

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About Orange

Orange UK was a mobile network operator and a former internet service provider in the United Kingdom, launched in 1993. In 2000, it was purchased by France Télécom (now Orange S.A.), which then adopted the Orange brand for all its other mobile communications activities.

Orange UK has since merged with Deutsche Telekom's T-Mobile UK to form a joint venture, EE. EE continued to operate the Orange brand until February 2015, when new connections and upgrades on Orange tariffs were withdrawn. Existing Orange customers who wish to upgrade must switch to an EE tariff when their contract term ends, or can choose to remain on their existing Orange tariff without renewing.

About The People's Operator

The People's Operator (or TPO Mobile) is a mobile virtual network operator that provides mobile phone services in the United Kingdom via the Three network. It was launched in 2012, with the aim of being an ethical mobile network operator.

TPO Mobile asserts that the service gives customers the opportunity to support their selected causes and receive updates on how their money is being spent, while businesses can fulfil their corporate social responsibility commitments.

UPDATE: On 13 February 2019, TPO announced they had entered administration and ceased trading on 26 February 2019.