Number porting o2 to o2 - possible?

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Found 27th Jul 2006
Hi,

I am currently with O2 online and the retentions team could not really give me any good deals. Thanks to duckmagicuk2, I have found a couple of really good deals here. I prefer O2, as they let you use your inclusive minutes to call 0870/0844 numbers.

However, they say that if I sign up with O2 through someone else (to get 12 months free line rental, for instance), that I can not port my existing number to a new contract.

Is this true, and is there any way around it?
Thanks!
Boris

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Not sure if there is a better way, but can you not take your PAC code, and go to a Pay as you go for a few days or so, then try and go back to 02?
Never tried this, but might be worth a go

It could mean no contract for a short while...

You'd have to port from o2 contract to a free SIM or other PAY-G SIM (I think it has to be with another network but I'm not 100% sure). Then, you need to get rid of that contract (you can tell them you want to cancel when you order the PAC code). Then, get the PAC code from the network you've temporarily ported to. Then, you'd need to find a retailer who will port ONTO o2. I don't think there's many who do this.

MobileShop.com do but they charge £10

You can do it but to be honest, it's a lot of hassle.

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Original Poster

[SIZE=2]Thanks to all of you guys - will let you know how I get on with this![/SIZE]

Hi,
I used to work at Carphone Warehouse and I know you can't port a number that is on contract to the same network. Even if you transfer your original number onto PAYG certain networks won't let you port your original number back onto a new contract.
Hope this helps.
Scott

Scotty2k0

Hi,I used to work at Carphone Warehouse and I know you can't port a … Hi,I used to work at Carphone Warehouse and I know you can't port a number that is on contract to the same network. Even if you transfer your original number onto PAYG certain networks won't let you port your original number back onto a new contract.Hope this helps.Scott



Would it still apply if the original number was ported to O2 once before? For example, Virgin PAYG to O2 contract to Virgin PAYG and then finally back to O2?

feardust

Would it still apply if the original number was ported to O2 once before? … Would it still apply if the original number was ported to O2 once before? For example, Virgin PAYG to O2 contract to Virgin PAYG and then finally back to O2?



You should be ok but you need to be with Virgin for a least 3 months before you can port back to o2, that's how it worked when I worked for CPW but it may have changed since then.

How would o2 know that you had ported the number to another network and back to them within a few weeks? I don't know if something on their system would pick this up or not. You need to know for definate or you'll end up with your number on PAYG and will probably have to wait before you could port it back to o2. I don't know what the best advice would be. I'd try this, ring o2 and advice them that you were with Orange and have switched to Virgin PAYG a week ago but have seen a really good deal on o2. Ask them if you can still port your number, its worth a try.

Let us know how you get on.

Scott

Thank you Scott. I have quite a few months to go before I sign a new contract, but might have to make the shift as outlined above. Will let you know what happens then. Thanks for the suggestion about calling customer service. Cheers.

Original Poster

Well, I have been told by a very friendly O2 customer advisor that the best way to go around this is to transfer the contract number I have onto a pay as you go sim, and than transfer it back to a new contract sim.
So:
O2 contract > port to O2 Pay-as-you-go > port to O2 contract = possible and free.
Thanks!

What I do is port my number from three network to an O2 PAYG sim, then after 10 days port it back to my new three network contract.
I' ve done this for well over 5 years.

Just bringing this very old topic back up. How have people got on with this. Do you have to stay on your PAYG sim for a certain length of time before asking for the PAC code or can you ask for it the same day you register it?

Also are there any free sim offers out there on any of the networks?

thanks

Original Poster

Hi - seems like you can port it and get a PAC code the same day - as long as you are porting back to O2 Pay Monthly.
O2 still has free sims - check the second link on this page
surveysam.com/uk/…tml

Well im looking to port from:

orange contract --> (non-orange) PAYG --> new orange contract

any idea of time frames?

Original Poster

Hmm-have no idea about that - you would have to talk to both Orange and O2 to check with them. I have only done O2 contract-O2 PAYG-O2 contract.

Quote from OP "I prefer O2, as they let you use your inclusive minutes to call 0870/0844 numbers."

Are you sure, I thought O2 had stopped that a while back. Maybe I am wrong but I'm sure I read that here.

EliTom

simplekid;1392619

Well im looking to port from:orange contract -- (non-orange) PAYG -- new … Well im looking to port from:orange contract --> (non-orange) PAYG --> new orange contractany idea of time frames?



It would take about 2 weeks, this is if you already have your PAC code from Orange.

Original Poster

elitom;1392671

Quote from OP "I prefer O2, as they let you use your inclusive minutes to … Quote from OP "I prefer O2, as they let you use your inclusive minutes to call 0870/0844 numbers."Are you sure, I thought O2 had stopped that a while back. Maybe I am wrong but I'm sure I read that here.EliTom


LOL - I know that - if you check my post "POSTED 1 year, 5 months ago"
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