Porting your mobile number from Virgin Mobile to BT Mobile

Leaving Virgin Mobile

How to switch from Virgin Mobile & transfer your mobile number to BT Mobile

Call Virgin Media on 789 from a VirginMobile SIM or dial 0345 6000 789 from any other phone, and ask for your "Port Authorisation Code" or PAC number.

Alternatively, you can sign in to your Virgin online account and select Switching to request your PAC.

To use the text-to-switch service make sure to include your date of birth (as DD/MM/YYYY format) when texting PAC to 65075 e.g. PAC 19/07/1987

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

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

Many of the exclusive mobile phone deals are only available online, directly from the network providers listed here. While you wait for your Port Authorization Code from Virgin Mobile, get the best BT Mobile offer tailored to you.

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

How to switch to BT Mobile & keep your Virgin Mobile mobile number

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

Call BT by dialing 150 from your BT Mobile or 0800 800 150 from another phone or +44 179 359 6931 from abroad. Have your BT phone or account number ready, along with your Porting Authorisation Code (PAC), and let them know that you'd like to transfer your old mobile phone number across to them.

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

About BT Mobile

BT Mobile is a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) provided by BT Consumer and running on the EE network (which is now owned by BT Group following an acquisition that completed in January 2016).

BT Mobile is currently a SIM-only service, and operates alongside BT Business Mobile which is provided by the BT Business division.

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 mobile operator, Virgin Media does not maintain its own network, but instead has contracts to use the existing network of EE.