Porting your mobile number from Three to Virgin Mobile

Leaving Three

How to switch from Three & take your mobile number to Virgin Mobile

Call Three on 333 from a 3-Mobile handset or 0333 338 1001 from any other phone or landline, and ask for your "Port Authorisation Code" or PAC number.

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

  • Three 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 Three account will remain active until your number has been ported over to the new network. After the transfer is complete, your Three account will be automatically closed.
  • Three 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 Three, get the best Virgin Mobile offer suited to you.

Finally, provide your PAC code to your new Virgin Mobile mobile network operator who will then be able to port your existing phone number from Three. 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 Virgin Mobile

How to switch to Virgin Mobile & bring your Three number with you

The first step is to sign up with Virgin Mobile 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 Three network.
  • The expiry date of the PAC number (valid for 30 days from the date of issue).
  • The temporary mobile number from your new Virgin Mobile sim card.
  • You may also need the new SIM card number found on the back.

Contact Virgin Mobile by dialing 789 from your Virgin Mobile phone or call them on 0345 6000 789 from any other phone. Inform customer services that you would like to transfer your old number to your new VirginMobile account and provide them with the PAC code from your old service provider.

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 Virgin 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.

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

About Virgin Mobile

Virgin Mobile UK is a mobile phone service provider operating in the United Kingdom. The company was the world's first Mobile Virtual Network Operator, launched in 1999.

Being a virtual operator, Virgin Mobile does not maintain its own network, and instead has contracts to use the existing network of EE.

About Three

Three is the brand name of CK Hutchison Holdings under which several UMTS-based mobile phone networks and Broadband Internet Providers are operated in Australia, Austria, Denmark, Hong Kong, Macau, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

The company was founded in 2002. Three operates 3G and 4G services, and maintains a national roaming agreement with Orange to provide 2G services where 3G is unavailable.