Transfer your mobile number from The People's Operator to iD Mobile

Leaving The People's Operator

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

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 iD Mobile 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 iD Mobile

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

First get your iD Mobile 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 iD Mobile SIM card activation.
  • You may also need the new iD Mobile SIM card serial number found on the back.

With your PAC code from your previous network provider, log into your iD Mobile account and select My Services then click Keep My Number to enter your PAC code. From there you can select the Port Date and the mobile number you would like to keep.

Alternatively, contact customer services by calling 7777 free from your iD Mobile phone or 0333 003 7777 from any other telephone to provide those details.

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 iD Mobile 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 iD Mobile

iD Mobile is a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) operating in the United Kingdom as iD Mobile Limited, using the Three network. It is owned by Carphone Warehouse and was launched on 12 May 2015.

iD only offers 4G pay-monthly contracts for 12 or 24 months (with a handset) , monthly 30-day rolling or Pay-as-you-go SIM-only deals.

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.