How to Transfer a Mobile Number

Written by michael davidson
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How to Transfer a Mobile Number
Transferring a mobile number can be accomplished quickly. (cell phones image by max blain from

Cell phones have surpassed traditional landlines as the primary communication tool of choice for millions of people worldwide. Phone companies are in constant competition for new customers and they continuously offer new phones and plans to attract a wider fan base. In the past, switching phone carriers meant likely losing your old phone number. This made many people reluctant to go with a new company. Phone companies are now legally required to provide you with your old number even if switching to a new carrier. Transferring a mobile number can be done in minutes.

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  1. 1

    Call your original mobile service provider. If you are switching to a new phone with the same company, they can instantly transfer your phone number over once you give them the serial number of the new phone.

  2. 2

    Ask your original cell provider for a PAC code if you are transferring your number to a new company. PAC stands for "port authorisation code." It is usually a nine-digit number used to transfer a phone number from one company to another. Cell providers are required by law to provide a PAC within 48 hours of request unless a technical problem prevents them from doing so.

  3. 3

    Notify your new service provider and give the operator the PAC code you acquired from the previous company. The transfer of the number to your new phone should be completed shortly thereafter.

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