Are you looking to port to Cell C from another network in South Africa? If yes, you have come to the right place. In this article, we show you how to change your network provider to Cell C while keeping your number. Number porting is one of the greatest things about the telecommunications in South Africa. Each year, millions of people switch between networks. Porting has the benefit of keeping the environment competitive for the benefit of consumers. So, how do you port to Cell C?
Steps to port to CellC for Prepaid Customers
In order to port to Cell C in South Africa, prepaid customers need to take the following steps;
- First, you need to buy a Starter Pack from Cell C.
- Next, make sure that your new SIM card is registered (RICAed)
- From your old SIM, send a message containing the serial number for your new Cell C SIM to 0847678287.
- You will receive 2 messages confirming the process on your old SIM.
- After a while, your old SIM will lose network. You will now need to put the new Cell C SIM into your phone.
Porting a Contract Number to Cell C
The good news for contract customers is that they too can port their numbers to Cell C. The process is different from the one outlined above for prepaid customers. Contract customers need to notify their current networks that they wish to port to Cell C. This should be done within 31 days of the planned date of porting.
From there, you will then need to notify CellC about the impending date of porting. Simply visit the nearest Cell C shop to complete the process. Your number will be moved to Cell C on the night of your chosen date (after the 31 day notice period).
How long does it take to port to Cell C?
Generally, it can take up to 3 days to port to Cell C in South Africa. That’s how long it takes to port to any network in the country. But the process does happen a lot quicker than that. In most instances, you will be able to move your number within 24 hours.
Benefits of porting to Cell C
There are many benefits of cellphone number porting for South Africans. We have already noted that it engenders competitiveness among network operators. These networks end up competing in terms of price, which is great from the point of view of the customer. It means they can make calls to friends and family at affordable rates.
So, porting provides a lot of flexibility. You don’t have to remain stuck with a network that you do not like. All that you need to do is to move. And porting works across all networks. We have previously written on how to port from MTN to Telkom. Other people will be looking to switch to other networks. As noted, millions of people do this on a yearly basis. So, it’s all about hunting for bargains.
Who handles the process
The process of porting your number to CellC is handled by the Number Portability Company. This company was set up by all of South Africa’s networks to handle the process. That’s their job. Anyway, that’s how to port to Cell C. If you need help in any way, don’t hesitate to leave a comment in the section below. We love hearing from you!