How To Activate SIM Card – Step by Step Guide For Your Network

Whether you’ve just picked up a new SIM, switched networks or bought a new mobile that requires a different sized SIM card, we’ll help you get calling, texting and surfing the internet again quickly. We’ve put together this useful step by step guide on how to activate SIM card.

Depending on the network provider you have chosen to go with, the steps to activate a new sim changes slightly from one network to another. However, the process to activate a SIM card is extremely simple and quick to do.

Simply click on the network from the list below to jump to the activate SIM card instructions for your network.

ASDA Mobile Activate SIM
Co-op Mobile Activate SIM
EE Activate SIM
GiffGaff Activate SIM
Lebara Activate SIM
Lycamobile Activate SIM
O2 Activate SIM
The People’s Operator Activate SIM
Talkmobile Activate SIM
Tesco Mobile Activate SIM
Three Mobile Activate SIM
Virgin Mobile Activate SIM
Vodafone Activate SIM

 

ASDA Mobile Activate SIM

ASDA Mobile Activate SIMHow to activate SIM card with ASDA?

To activate your new Asda Mobile SIM card, start by inserting the new SIM into your phone, then switch the device on.

You will need to top up your new ASDA SIM card with credit in order to make a call, send an SMS or use some data by browsing the web for example. By using your phone in any of these ways, it will automatically activate your ASDA SIM card.

Topping up with ASDA Mobile is easy. Included in the new SIM pack is a top-up card that you need to activate and link to your account before using – you will need to call their customer services on 2732. You can also top-up by text, phone or by purchasing an ASDA Mobile top-up voucher from one of their stores.

ASDA Mobile recommends that new customers call 2732 from their Asda Mobile SIM so they can register your details and answer any queries you might have. All calls to their Customer Service team are free!

I’m new to ASDA

If you want to bring a number to ASDA from another operator, you’ll need to ask your old provider for a Porting Authorisation Code (PAC Code).

 

Co-op Mobile Activate SIM

Co-operative Mobile Activate SIMHow to activate SIM card with Co-op mobile?

In order to activate your new Co-op Mobile SIM card, you’ll need to insert the new SIM into your mobile handset and switch the phone on.

You then need to call 1250 using the new Co-op Mobile SIM and follow the instructions given to you over the phone. During this call, you’ll also have the option to top-up. If you’d prefer to top-up later, you can by topping up online, in-store where you see the Payzone or PayPoint logos (ask for a ‘Co-operative Mobile’ voucher) or by calling 1250 from your mobile.

That’s it! Your new Co-op Mobile SIM card will be activated immediately. You will be able to make and receive calls, send SMS and use your data how you like.

I’m new to Co-op Mobile

If you want to bring a number to Co-op Mobile from another operator, you’ll need to ask your old provider for a Porting Authorisation Code (PAC Code).

 

EE Activate SIM

How to activate SIM card with EE?

To Activate a new EE SIM card with EE is really easy. You will only need to activate an EE SIM if you’re a new customer or if you ordered and a new phone that has a different size SIM slot.

Here are the step by step instructions to activate your EE SIM card.

  1. Once you have received your new EE SIM card, insert the SIM into your phone and turn on the device.
  2. You need to wait for the EE signal/symbol to appear on your device, be patient as this can take up to 24 hours, although it’s normally set up within 1 – 2 hours.
  3. Your new EE SIM is activated. As standard, EE will send you a few network SMS messages that you need to open and delete. Finally, restart your handset to make sure your device is configured correctly – All done!

I’m new to EE

If you want to bring a number to EE from another operator, you’ll need to ask your old provider for a Porting Authorisation Code (PAC Code).

 

GiffGaff Activate SIM

How To Activate SIM Card GiffGaffHow to activate SIM card with GiffGaff?

To activate a GiffGaff SIM, firstly insert the new GiffGaff SIM into your mobile and switch it on.

Next, you’ll need to visit GiffGaff activate SIM page on their website and follow the step by step process.

You need to enter the 6 digit activation code, which is displayed on your new GiffGaff SIM packet. If you can’t find the 6 digit activation code, there is also a 13 digit SIM serial number, which is located on the back of your SIM card that you can enter into the box online instead. Occasionally, the SIM serial number may be 16 or 19 digits long.

The next step requires you to register an online account with GiffGaff. Your account will allow you to manage things like your goodybags, sim deals, payment methods and will also let you contribute to the GiffGaff forum community.

Once you have set up your account, you’ll be able to buy a goodybag, gigabag or airtime if you’re a PAYG customer.

GiffGaff recommends new customers to use the “get giffgaffed wizard to make sure their phone settings are correctly configured. Wrong settings could affect usage of internet or MMS.

Simple as that, the GiffGaff Activate SIM process is done!

I’m new to GiffGaff

If you want to bring a number to GiffGaff from another operator, you’ll need to ask your old provider for a Porting Authorisation Code (PAC Code).

 

Lebara Activate SIM

How To Activate SIM Card LebaraThe Lebara activate SIM process is definitely one of the easiest and quickest out of all the mobile networks.

How to activate SIM card with Lebara?

To activate your Lebara SIM, simply enter your new Lebara SIM into your mobile and switch it on. Dial 5588 from the handset and listen out for confirmation telling you that your Lebara SIM card is now active, that’s it!

I’m new to Lebara

If you want to bring a number to Lebara from another operator, you’ll need to ask your old provider for a Porting Authorisation Code (PAC Code).

 

Lycamobile Activate SIM

How To Activate SIM Card LycamobileLycamobile offers two types of SIM only deals: Pay monthly plan and Pay as you Go. Neither deal requires you to activate your Lycamobile SIM.

How to activate SIM card with Lycamobile?

To activate your Lycamobile SIM card all you need to do is follow a few simple steps.

First of all, insert your new Lycamobile SIM card into your mobile and turn it on. Then, top-up your SIM with airtime credit and you’re ready to make calls, send text messages and use your data to browse the internet. Bob’s your uncle, you’re done!

I’m new to Lycamobile

If you want to bring a number to Lycamobile from another operator, you’ll need to ask your old provider for a Porting Authorisation Code (PAC Code).

 

O2 Activate SIM

How To Activate SIM Card o2How to activate SIM card with O2?

When it comes to activating a new O2 SIM card, it couldn’t be easier. The O2 activate SIM card process for pay monthly customers doesn’t require any setup. Just pop the new O2 SIM into your mobile and you’re ready to start using your phone.

For Pay As You Go customers, all you have to do is top-up your new O2 SIM card with call credit and you’re done.

If you’re an existing O2 customer and have recently upgraded or switched your phone, you may need to replace the SIM if your new mobile phone has a different sized SIM card slot. All you have to do is let O2 know and order your new SIM. You’ll still be able to keep your old number.

For more information on swapping your SIM with O2, visit the swap my sim page.

I’m new to O2

If you want to bring a number to O2 from another operator, you’ll need to ask your old provider for a Porting Authorisation Code (PAC Code).

 

The People’s Operator Activate SIM

How To Activate SIM Card The People's OperatorHow to activate SIM card with The People’s Operator?

The People’s Operator Activate SIM process is done in 4 easy steps.

  • To get started you’ll need to visit The People’s Operator activate SIM page.
  • Secondly, you have to enter your mobile number in the appropriate field, along with the last 6 digits of the number printed on the back of your new SIM card and press verify.
  • Thirdly, you will be asked to create a new account by setting up a username and password.
  • The final step is the registration and validation process. You’re basically just entering your personal details so they know who you are. Once the details you enter have been validated you’re done. Your new The People’s Operator SIM card will be activated ready for you to use.

I’m new to The People’s Operator

If you want to bring a number to The People’s Operator from another operator, you’ll need to ask your old provider for a Porting Authorisation Code (PAC Code).

 

Talkmobile Activate SIM

How To Activate SIM Card TalkmobileHow to activate SIM card with Talkmobile?

Once you have received your new Talkmobile SIM card, place it inside your mobile and switch on the device.

To activate your new Talkmobile SIM, you’ll now need an online account with Talkmobile. If you already have an account you can login here. If you haven’t got an account you can register one here.

Once you’re logged into the Talkmobile account area, click on the ‘get started’ tab. Now you will be sent an SMS message to your new SIM number. The message will contain a unique code. You will have to enter this code as well as the ICCID number on your new SIM – this is the number printed on your SIM pack. You must enter the full 20 digit number starting with 89441.

When Talkmobile have received your ICCID code, they’ll activate your new SIM for you. The activation can sometimes take up to 24 hours, but usually only takes 1 – 2 hours.

Once you’re able to see Talkmobile signal on your phone, you’ll know your SIM has been successfully activated. You’ll now be able to make and receive calls and texts.

I’m new to Talkmobile

If you want to bring a number to Talkmobile from another operator, you’ll need to ask your old provider for a Porting Authorisation Code (PAC Code).

 

Tesco Mobile Activate SIM

How To Activate SIM Card Tesco MobileHow to activate SIM card with Tesco Mobile?

Wow! The Tesco Mobile activate SIM process cant get any easier. To activate your new Tesco SIM, all you have to do insert the new SIM into your phone, switch it on and make a call, it’s that simple!

For Pay As You Go customers, you will need to make sure you have credit on your phone before you can make a call.

For Tesco Mobile customers that have upgraded their phone, you may need to order a new SIM as the size of the SIM slot might have changed. All new Tesco SIM cards are a standard size with a micro/nano pop-out option that fit all phones types.

I’m new to Tesco Mobile

If you want to bring a number to Tesco Mobile from another operator, you’ll need to ask your old provider for a Porting Authorisation Code (PAC Code).

 

Three Mobile Activate SIM

How To Activate SIM Card Three MobileHow to activate SIM card with Three Mobile?

It’s really easy and quick to activate your new Three Mobile SIM card. To start, visit the Activate your new SIM page. Then, simply enter your existing mobile number in the appropriate box along with the new 19 digit ICCID number.

Three advise their customers to keep both old and new devices nearby. Once you notice that your old SIM has stopped working and the signal has dropped, restart your new SIM by switching the phone on and off. This will enable your new SIM settings and confirm SIM activation.

I’m new to Three Mobile

If you want to bring a number to Three Mobile from another operator, you’ll need to ask your old provider for a Porting Authorisation Code (PAC Code).

 

Virgin Mobile Activate SIM

How To Activate SIM Card Virgin MobileHow to activate SIM card with Virgin Mobile?

The Virgin Mobile SIM activation steps are pretty straightforward. You’ll need a few items before you start, these are:

  1. Your New Virgin Mobile SIM Pack
  2. Your New Virgin Mobile Number
  3. The last 5 digits of the ICCID number located on the back of your SIM Pack
  4. Your personal details, including one form of acceptable government-issued ID

For more information on how to activate SIM card, visit the Virgin Mobile website.

I’m new to Virgin Mobile

If you want to bring a number to Virgin Mobile from another operator, you’ll need to ask your old provider for a Porting Authorisation Code (PAC Code).

 

Vodafone Activate SIM

How To Activate SIM Card VodafoneHow to activate SIM card with Vodafone?

New customers that join the pay monthly Vodafone plan, can activate their new SIM within a couple of hours. Once your Vodafone SIM is activated you will able to make calls, send text messages and use data.

It’s super easy for Vodafone Pay As You Go customers to activate their SIM. You only need to make a chargeable call for your SIM to be activated – so remember to buy top-up credit beforehand!

For anyone that ordered a free Vodafone SIM online, you must dial 17298 and follow the instructions on the call to activate your new Vodafone SIM card.

I’m new to Vodafone

If you want to bring a number to Vodafone from another operator, you’ll need to ask your old provider for a Porting Authorisation Code (PAC Code).