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Old Sep 23rd 2017, 12:44 pm   #1
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Hi everyone!

Moving to the Dordogne in about 5 weeks! At last!!

Anyone know how to keep your UK phone number for times when we are home? We'll get a french SIM for France but both want to retain our UK numbers as well. Can you keep your number as a Pay As You Go?

Tried googling but seems a lot of different opinions on this

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Which phone company are you with and which plan?
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Old Sep 23rd 2017, 2:34 pm   #3
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Which phone company are you with and which plan?

Hi

We're both with Vodafone, it's a contract approx 25 quid a month. We don't want to keep the contracts obviously, but we'd like to keep the numbers if it's not too much grief?
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I'm in Italy permanently and my mobile is pay as you go with O2. Never been a problem.
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you should be able to port the number over to pay as you go. You need to contact them. Just take careful note of how long any pay as you go credit lasts.

How do I switch between a Pay monthly and Pay as you go plan?
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Have a look at 3 mobile PAYG.
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Thanks for the replies

I will let you know what occurs.

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In theory the only thing to stop you porting your number would be if you're still tied into a contract with Vodafone. As long as you're not, you should be able to port either to Vodafone PAYG or another provider. In practice, it depends on whether Vodafone manage to do it.
https://www.trustpilot.com/review/www.vodafone.co.uk
and from my own experience of trying to use a vodafone data sim a few years ago, vodafone is a spectacularly incompetent company to try and deal with for even the most basic things. (You'd think a payg data sim was as simple as it gets - buy the sim, top up with data, use it. Noooo.... buy the sim, top it up with £20 of data, switch on pc, get message that data allowance has been used up, try to contact customer services, go round in loops, get cut off, get passed from pillar to post, speak to various people who says it's not their department/you must have used £20 of data in less than one minute without ever getting connected/it's a common probem but they have sorted it for you, try again - still no data/... two hours later, throw the vodafone sim in the bin, drive into town and buy a 3 data sim instead, and finally get connected.)

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Sounds like something to look forward to!!! Out of contract so that's good. Will see what Vodafone say
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Sounds like something to look forward to!!! Out of contract so that's good. Will see what Vodafone say
Oh looking forward to seeing what happens. We are moving in just under 3 weeks and are with Vodaphone as well.
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Oh looking forward to seeing what happens. We are moving in just under 3 weeks and are with Vodaphone as well.
Hi Endonurse

Good luck with the move. Where are you moving to? We're moving to south Dordogne near Sarlat.

Let us know what you do phone wise

Edit- I see you're moving to Averyon? Just down the road from us, sort of

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Hi Endonurse

Good luck with the move. Where are you moving to? We're moving to south Dordogne near Sarlat.

Let us know what you do phone wise

Edit- I see you're moving to Averyon? Just down the road from us, sort of
We are still tied into Vodaphone contract!!!!!
Have been to Sarlat a few hundred times. Lovely
Enjoy and hope everything goes ok for your move.
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If you want people to still be able to call your UK number and have a French number on the same SIM , you could look at Toggle Mobile

Calls are 3p/min to landlines to either France or the UK.

You need to make a call or text every 90 days.
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We are still tied into Vodaphone contract!!!!!
Have been to Sarlat a few hundred times. Lovely
Enjoy and hope everything goes ok for your move.
Find out if Vodafone charge the pre June 15th prices for phoning a French telephone regardless of where you are phoning from.
If you can use it for French numbers, then it may come in handy if you can't get a connection from your provider. Averon has lots of ups and downs.
Your Vodafone will be able to pick up the best available signal.


I have a very cheap French contract from "Free", but I can't phone the UK on it. I'm not sure how this fits in with the new EU regs, but it's a reason for keeping the UK contract
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Find out if Vodafone charge the pre June 15th prices for phoning a French telephone regardless of where you are phoning from.
If you can use it for French numbers, then it may come in handy if you can't get a connection from your provider. Averon has lots of ups and downs.
Your Vodafone will be able to pick up the best available signal.


I have a very cheap French contract from "Free", but I can't phone the UK on it. I'm not sure how this fits in with the new EU regs, but it's a reason for keeping the UK contract
I also use a cheap SFR RED contract which is v. expensive to use outside France but I can use my data or wifi with Skype or FaceTime instead.
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