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Mobile Phone Code - What's a PUC?

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Found 18th Aug 2006
I asked for the pak code to transfer my phone, which I got, but they also gave a PUK code - with stars and a number in. Is that the code to unlock your phone so you can use another sim? Please help!

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If i remember correctly, a PAC code allows you to transfer your existing number to your new sim card. A PUC number is the one that allows your phone to be unlocked to another network so you can use your new sim card. Most mobile companies will give you this one your contract is finished although most nokia unlock codes can be found online.

Hope this helps.

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Thanks v v much!

paulawoolven

I asked for the pak code to transfer my phone, which I got, but they also … I asked for the pak code to transfer my phone, which I got, but they also gave a PUK code - with stars and a number in. Is that the code to unlock your phone so you can use another sim? Please help!



Hi,

A PAC code is valid for 30 days and allows you to port your number to a different network. A PUK code is when you have entered the pin number incorrectly (think you have 3 attempts at this), your phone will then be blocked and you need a valid PUK code to unlock the phone. This is also provided by the network.

You need to speak to the network's retentions department to get your PAC. they will also try and offer you a better deal to keep your business but this depends on the network.

Hope this helps.

Scott

I think a PUK Code is for unlocking your sim card if you have locked yourself out by putting in the wrong security code more than 3 times.

Yep, a PUK code isn't for unlocking to other networks... it's in case you've locked yourself out of the phone by accident if you have a keypad security code.

Mobile Phone Pin and PUK codes

PIN stands for Personal Identification Number. A PIN code can be used for security reason, if you enable PIN protection on your handset, you will need to enter the PIN code each time you switch your mobile on.

Each mobile phone network sets the PIN number of their sim cards to a standard default SIM number.

IMPORTANT WARNING: DO NOT guess your PIN number or enter the same wrong code consecutively - as if you enter the wrong code 3 times, the SIM card will be blocked and you will require a PUK code from your Network/Service Provider.

If for any reason the code is not accepted the first time you enter it, please contact your Network/Service Provider to check your PIN code - as you do not want to block your SIM card as you will be unable to make or receive calls/texts.

PUK stands for Personal Unblocking Key. If you have entered you're PIN code incorrectly 3 times your sim card will be blocked and you will be unable to make and receive calls/texts.

You will need to obtain the PUK code from your Network/Service Provider - you will need to confirm some personal details for security reasons before they will issue you with a PUK code.
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