A Porting Authorisation Code or PAC code for short is one of the most important numbers that you will need when you are looking into transferring from one mobile network to another mobile network. Let’s take a little look at why these PAC codes are so popular.
PAC codes are around 9 characters long, although the length can change depending on the mobile phone network provider that is issuing them. They will normally come in the format of LLL123456, although again this can change depending on the network that is providing you with the number.
The general idea behind a PAC code is that it will allow you to keep your phone number if you are transferring from one network to another. This is of course very useful as it means that you won’t need to hand out a new phone number to everybody in your contact list. All you need to do is provide your new network with your PAC code and you are ready to go!
PAC Codes can be obtained directly from your current network. There will often be a small charge for the release of a PAC code. Very few networks will charge you over £25.00 though. There are also a few websites online which will provide you with a PAC code for free, although you do have a right to be slightly dubious of these websites because some of them ARE NOT legitimate. Honestly, the simplest way is to get in touch with your current provider and request the code.
PAC Codes are actually something fairly new in the United Kingdom. In fact, they have only been around in their current form since 2003. The idea of issuing them was introduced by OFCOM, who as you may know are the regulators of telephone communications in the United Kingdom. With their introduction they stipulated a couple of rules relating to the issuance of a PAC code. It is worth noting a couple of these down if your current provider is refusing to release a PAC code to you. It is worth noting that every provider of mobile communications in the United Kingdom is required by law to issue you with a PAC code if you request it. In addition to this:
- If you are requesting a PAC Code for less than 25 numbers you MUST be provided with your code within 2 working days. If you have over 25 numbers then it must be issued within 10 working days.
- Your PAC code will be valid for 30 days.
- Your mobile phone network provider cannot refuse to issue you with a PAC Code, even if you have a debt on your account.
As you can see, it isn’t too difficult to transfer your number if you are opting for a new mobile phone network. All you need to do is obtain your PAC code (or PAC codes) and you are ready to go. Just hand this to your new network provider and they will do the rest of the work for you!