Get Three PAC code to keep my number & transfer to Vodafone network

Keep my Three number

How to get a PAC code from Three & transfer my number to Vodafone

Request your Three PAC code by calling Three customer service on 333 from your 3 Mobile handset or by dailling 0333 338 1001 from any other phone or landline, and ask for your 3 PAC code or "Port Authorisation Code".

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

  • Three will provide your PAC code (Porting Authorisation Code) 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 Three account will remain active until your number has been ported over to your new Vodafone network. After the transfer is complete, your old Three account will be automatically closed.

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Got your Three PAC code?

Provide your PAC code from Three to Vodafone who will then be able to port your existing Three number. 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 current phone number and be unable to port it over. Once you give Vodafone your Three PAC code, your old Three billing account will be closed automatically when your mobile phone 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.

Transfer my number to Vodafone

How to switch to Vodafone and keep my Three number?

First get your Vodafone 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 Three mobile phone number that you want to keep.
  • The Three PAC code (Porting Authorization Code) from your previous network.
  • The expiry date of the PAC number (valid for 30 days from the date of issue).
  • The temporary mobile number from your new Vodafone SIM card activation.
  • You may also need the new Vodafone SIM card serial number found on the back as an additional security check.

Contact Vodafone customer services to provide them with your PAC code, by dialing 191 free from your Vodaphone mobile, or by calling 03333 040 191 from any other phone. Alternatively you can port your number online to Vodafone.

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 Vodafone signal on your mobile phone screen. This will indicate that the transfer is complete, and you can now use your old phone number in your new mobile network provider.

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About Vodafone

Vodafone is one of the worlds largest mobile phone network with a huge global brand and presence. It has among the highest network coverage in the UK and has pioneered the development of 4G and 3G services.

Vodafone Network Features

2G Network Coverage: Yes

3G Network Coverage: Yes

4G Network Coverage: Yes

5G Network Coverage: Yes

WiFi Calling: Yes

4G Calling (VoLTE): Yes

Data Rollover: No

Tethering Allowed: Yes


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.

Founded in 2002, Three operates 5G, 4G and 3G services within the United Kingdom, and is the only UK network operator not to offer 2G coverage.

Three Network Features

2G Network Coverage: Yes

3G Network Coverage: Yes

4G Network Coverage: Yes

5G Network Coverage: Yes

WiFi Calling: Yes

4G Calling (VoLTE): Yes

Data Rollover: No

Tethering Allowed: Yes