yboo’s step by step guide to switching
At yboo, our mission is to match you with the best SIM Only deal for your usage. To do this, we need to make sure that the process of switching networks is as easy for you as possible. So, we’ve created this handy guide to give you all the information you need when you’re looking to switch.
Before you take out a deal with another network, there are a few things to check before leaving your current network.
Eligibility to switch
The first thing you will need to do is check you are eligible to switch your mobile network. This could be in the form of a mobile contract or a SIM only deal, if this is the case you may have to pay a cancellation fee. This fee will cover the remaining period left on your contract, however, this could be costly if you have several months left.
Signal strength of networks
If you are looking to find a new network provider, it is recommended that you do some research into the best signal strength where you work, live and hang out. With yboo, this could not be any easier! Simply, tap on one of your recommended SIM only deals and the signal strength of that particular offer will be shown!
How to leave your current network provider
Once you have checked if you are eligible to leave your current network provider, if you do decide to leave, you need to inform your current network that you will be leaving. Once informed, this will active your 30-day notice period (you will be charged your normal monthly amount for this period).
But you have a choice whether to keep your existing mobile number or have the one the new network provides you with. If you decide you don’t want your old mobile number, you are free to move network providers and dispose of your old SIM card. If you would like to keep your existing number, you will need to inform your current network provider that you would like to transfer your number to another network. The network provider will provide you with a PAC code.
Ofcom announced in December 2017 that switch by text will be part of major reforms in the mobile industry. Switching by text intends to make your life easier by being able to switch easier and much quicker. Under the new rules, network providers will not be allowed to charge for notice periods after the switch date. This is set to be in force by providers by 1stJuly 2019 (Ofcom, 2017).
The dreaded word. PAC is an acronym for porting authorisation code, it is used to transfer mobile numbers between networks. The code is usually 9 characters long and is provided when you inform your existing network you are leaving and would like to keep your mobile number. Usually, you would receive within two hours of your request. Once you have this code, you will need to provide this to your new network provider alongside the number you wish to transfer. You even have the ability to choose the date you would like the transfer to take place on!
Switching with yboo could save you up to £156 a year on your mobile phone bill, there are plenty of things you could buy with your savings instead of your mobile phone bill!
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