Switching your mobile phone contract is a great thing to do if:

  • You’re out of contract and want to save some money
  • You're unhappy with your current network's service
  • You've seen a really good phone contract or SIM-only deal on another network
  • You want to upgrade to a new phone

The first and most important thing to check is if you’re out of contract with your current mobile phone network. If you’re not, they could charge you a hefty fee for switching.

Another thing worth checking is your local area signal. Most providers will also be able to tell you how strong their coverage is. So it’s best to use your new network’s coverage checker to make sure you’ll be able to make calls, send texts and access the internet where you live.

For most people, keeping their number is a top priority. And luckily, it’s really easy to keep your mobile number when switching phone providers. All you need to do is text or call your provider to ask for your PAC Code. All you need to do is text or call your provider to ask for your PAC Code. Once you have that, your new network can use the code to port your number across to your new SIM card.

Next, choose the phone you want. Whether you’re a fan of Apple or Android, there’s no end of excellent handsets to suit any budget. And if you need help deciding, any good comparison website will be able to tell you the features of the different smartphones available.

Finally, you’ll need to find a monthly package to suit your needs. You can speak to your existing provider to find out how much data you’re currently using and then make sure you grab a package that meets those requirements. This should mean you aren’t left out of pocket come the end of the month.

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About Uswitch

Uswitch is a comparison website for home services switching. It says it has saved consumers £2.5 billion on their energy bills since launching in September 2000 and helps people find a better deal on their broadband, mobile, TV and financial services products. 

If you would like some help deciding which provider is best for you, call Uswitch on 0800 014 29 20.