Porting mobile phone number

    I am thinking of taking out a new contract having just been on a rolling 30 day contract for a while now. I would like to keep my number. However, I am under the impression that you cant port your number to the same network and I would ideally like to stay on T-mobile. Is this true, if so, does anyone know any workarounds?



    Get a free payg sim from another network, port to that. Start a new contract. Get pac for payg, move old number from payg to new contract, job done.
    This works. it's done all the time. . .

    Original Poster

    Thanks, thought it might have to be although seems crazy you cant port directly.

    When you take out the new contract, do providers have a cut off period for porting a new number in?

    What you're doing is called a 'back door upgrade' (getting a new customer deal while being an existing customer) and no network will allow it.

    The only network with a limit is Voda, you have to give them the pac at the point you sign up. All other networks allow you to port in at any time in the contract.

    Original Poster

    Thats great thanks

    could you not ring the sales team for the network providor you are on? surely they would change you from the 30 day rolling contract to a new 18 month / 24 month contract obviously supplying a handset etc too?!

    just my input :-)


    If the op wants a standard upgrade then the the network will indeed move his number from a sim only to any other contract.
    I was assuming that he wanted to go via Quidco or that he could get a better deal through one of the online dealers . . .

    Original Poster

    Steve was right, yes I was looking at one of the cashback/claim contracts although if the retentions offer that would be good to.

    I was on a 30 day simplicity contract with O2, and changed to a 12 month one to get the cashback. O2 didn't have a problem with it - ported my old number to the new sim. But that was O2 - maybe T mobile have different rules?
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