Transferring my number from three sim to new three sim.

Posted 5th Nov 2021
Hi, can someone please suggest the best way to transfer my current three number to my new three sim.

The official way is to change the current number to PAYG, this takes 4 weeks! Then transfer it to the new number.

Another way is to transfer the number to another network, then bring it back to three on your new contract. But this is only useful if you have a spare and active sim on another network.

Any other solutions that are quicker & cheaper?

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    Just order a free SIM and transfer it out, then straight back in.. it's not going to take that long.
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    Blurryface05/11/2021 16:02

    Just order a free SIM and transfer it out, then straight back in.. it's …Just order a free SIM and transfer it out, then straight back in.. it's not going to take that long.


    Any recommendations for the free sim? The ones I've come across require a £10 top up to activate the sim, without activating it's not possible to use the sim.
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    Just use Ur PAC code.
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    Quads05/11/2021 16:21

    Just use Ur PAC code.


    This doesn't work for same network transfer.
    Edited by: "hidp123" 5th Nov
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    hidp12305/11/2021 16:21

    This doesn't work for same network transfer.


    I see, not sure then try contacting three directly and see what solutions they might offer.
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    Quads05/11/2021 16:23

    I see, not sure then try contacting three directly and see what solutions …I see, not sure then try contacting three directly and see what solutions they might offer.


    The official way is that they convert your account to PAYG, but they have a minimum 4 weeks gap before they do it. This means you have to pay for the next 4 weeks as well.
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    Asda mobile.
    Min top up £1.
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    I never had to top up with my ee payngo sim, but that was about 6 months ago, no idea if I just got lucky or not.
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    Has the time to port numbers changed?

    Could OP not transfer to another networks PAYG which normally takes 48 hours and then switch to the contract taking another 48 hours?
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    samosa05/11/2021 16:49

    Has the time to port numbers changed?Could OP not transfer to another …Has the time to port numbers changed?Could OP not transfer to another networks PAYG which normally takes 48 hours and then switch to the contract taking another 48 hours?


    Yes, this is possible, however to activate a new sim you need to top up, and minimum top up is around £10 on the networks I checked. However, someone above has pointed out Asda mobile who have a much cheaper initial top up, so I'll be looking at that for now.
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    hidp12305/11/2021 16:21

    Any recommendations for the free sim? The ones I've come across require a …Any recommendations for the free sim? The ones I've come across require a £10 top up to activate the sim, without activating it's not possible to use the sim.


    Vodafone PAYG sim should work straight out of the box no top up required, it did for me when I bought a Vodafone locked phone and had to have an active sim in it for 30 days until they'd unlock it for free, you could make calls to it and dial the voda service numbers ie balance etc.
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    Cisco06060605/11/2021 16:32

    Asda mobile.Min top up £1.


    No minimum top-up. Used Asda the last 3 times. Never cost a penny
    Edited by: "Deedie" 5th Nov
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    Deedie05/11/2021 19:39

    No minimum top-up. Used Asda the last 3 times. Never cost a penny


    Did you get the sim online or in store?
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    hidp12305/11/2021 20:06

    Did you get the sim online or in store?


    Online. Think they charge in-store for them. Could be wrong though
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    This past week I've just completed my partner's number transfer from EE and back to EE.

    • I got a free lebara sim from before. (Comes in 2 working days).
    • Sunday I filled the form in on the Lebara website to transfer partner's number from EE to Lebara. They sent an activation code to the number (no top up required).
    • Number successfully transferred over to Lebara on Tuesday.
    • Wednesday I requested the PAC from Lebara (PAC to 65075) and filled the form out on EE to port the number back in.
    • Number ported back in to EE on Thursday.

    3 days, all done and dusted.
    Edited by: "notalwaysright19" 6th Nov
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    Are there any free SIMs you can get with no top up to transfer out and back?
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    notalwaysright1906/11/2021 00:26

    This past week I've just completed my partner's number transfer from EE …This past week I've just completed my partner's number transfer from EE and back to EE. • I got a free lebara sim from before. (Comes in 2 working days). • Sunday I filled the form in on the Lebara website to transfer partner's number from EE to Lebara. They sent an activation code to the number (no top up required). • Number successfully transferred over to Lebara on Tuesday.• Wednesday I requested the PAC from Lebara (PAC to 65075) and filled the form out on EE to port the number back in. • Number ported back in to EE on Thursday. 3 days, all done and dusted.


    Yes I have done a similar thing in the past but at what point do I need to purchase the new contract sim I want to move to ? Is it before stage one I’m guessing thanks
    Edited by: "252Scooby_" 1 h, 6 m ago
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    252Scooby_04/12/2021 09:40

    Yes I have done a similar thing in the past but at what point do I need to …Yes I have done a similar thing in the past but at what point do I need to purchase the new contract sim I want to move to ? Is it before stage one I’m guessing thanks

    I would say buy the sim from before so it's ready as soon as you need it.

    Unless you don't mind staying on pay as you go whilst you wait for the new contract sim to arrive..
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    notalwaysright1904/12/2021 09:51

    I would say buy the sim from before so it's ready as soon as you need it. …I would say buy the sim from before so it's ready as soon as you need it. Unless you don't mind staying on pay as you go whilst you wait for the new contract sim to arrive..


    Ok cheers it’s just I get confused because at one stage you can have three different phone numbers ( current number , temp sim number , number from new contract)

    On Vodafone so will port to lebara then back , just ordered lebara free sim then on 16th when 12 months lapses i will order new sim deal from mobiles then fill out port pac code to lebara then move old number back to Vodafone when ready , its a faff but it’s still sadly the best way to get good deals
    Edited by: "252Scooby_" 49 m ago
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    252Scooby_04/12/2021 09:53

    Ok cheers it’s just I get confused because at one stage you can have three …Ok cheers it’s just I get confused because at one stage you can have three different phone numbers ( current number , temp sim number , number from new contract)On Vodafone so will port to lebara then back , just ordered lebara free sim then on 16th when 12 months lapses i will order new sim deal from mobiles then fill out port pac code to lebara then move old number back to Vodafone when ready , its a faff but it’s still sadly the best way to get good deals


    It cam be confusing but just take each stage at a time without thinking too much about the next day and it'll be fine.

    I've done this so many times for family and friends, it's easy.

    If you've got a dual sim phone, it's a lot easier I say.

    Maybe order the new contract sim a little earlier as there might be a delay in delivery because of Christmas.
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