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

Leaving The Phone Co-op

How to switch from The Phone Co-op & transfer your mobile number to Orange

For the request of your PAC (Port Authorisation Code), call The Phone Co-op on 01608 434 000 or fill out the customer services form.

If you wish to use the 'text-to-switch' service, simply SMS text PAC to 65075 free from your The Phone Co-op SIM to get your PAC code by text and begin the porting process.

  • The Phone Co-op will provide your Porting Authorisation Code (PAC) either over the phone, 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 The Phone Co-op account will remain active until your number has been ported over to the new network. After the transfer is complete, your The Phone Co-op account will be automatically closed.

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Finally, provide your PAC code to your new Orange mobile network operator who will then be able to port your existing phone number from The Phone Co-op. 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 be clsoed automatically 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 Orange

How to switch to Orange & keep your The Phone Co-op mobile number

The first step is to sign up with Orange 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 The Phone Co-op 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.
  • You may also need the new SIM card 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.

Visit Orange online for more information and their latest offers on mobile phone deals.

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 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.