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Keeping UK mobile number in Oz

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I’m moving over next month for a project that will last 3 years. Possibly looking to stay after that but I’m wanting to keep my current Uk mobile number in case I do go back to the Uk. 
I’m with EE and will probably just change to pay as you go if they let you do that.  
I’m also wondering if an Australian mobile provider allows you to use an e-sim so I can keep the Uk sim in the slot or vice versa.
I’d prefer not to have 2 different phones. 
Has anyone any experience of doing something similar? 

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2 hours ago, JonnyM said:

I’m moving over next month for a project that will last 3 years. Possibly looking to stay after that but I’m wanting to keep my current Uk mobile number in case I do go back to the Uk. 
I’m with EE and will probably just change to pay as you go if they let you do that.  
I’m also wondering if an Australian mobile provider allows you to use an e-sim so I can keep the Uk sim in the slot or vice versa.
I’d prefer not to have 2 different phones. 
Has anyone any experience of doing something similar? 

I can't comment on the e-sim but I have kept my UK phone and number here now for nearly 4 years, I am also with EE. 

I didn't go on Pay as you go but reduced it to their cheapest package as you got free calls to UK from Aus as part of the package so was quite useful at the start for calling family who weren't on whatsapp etc, barely use it now though.

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I've had my UK number for years and used to be PAYG but now on the cheapest Virgin package I can find that way I wont lose it if I forget to use it for a few months.  No idea about the e-sim, I've got 2 phones and put the Aussie sim in the older phone and  use the UK sim in the new one and vice versa when I am in Aus.  I find that I dont use the "foreign" one at all and it goes for days/weeks without being checked.

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I bought an EE sim on my trip back to the UK in 2018, used it for a few weeks and then brought it back to Oz with me. I went back again in January 2020 (lucky timing there) and the sim no longer worked so they definitely do expire/get reallocated after a while.

I wonder if the best bet is to periodically (maybe just once every 6 months or so) put your EE sim into an Aussie mobile and generate some network activity with it - maybe sending a text. That's what I had planned to do with the new EE sim I bought in 2020 to see if I could keep it active, although I have all forgotten about it up until now. I'll sort that out this weekend if it still works...

Not sure about e-sims. You might want to google the main networks (Telstra, Optus, Vodafone) and see what they say?


309 visa granted and moved to Adelaide from Brighton UK in 2012. 100 visa and PR granted 2013. Became a citizen on Australia Day 2017. 

 

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48 minutes ago, llessur said:

I bought an EE sim on my trip back to the UK in 2018, used it for a few weeks and then brought it back to Oz with me. I went back again in January 2020 (lucky timing there) and the sim no longer worked so they definitely do expire/get reallocated after a while

Not necessarily.   I have one from Three that I used when I was in the UK in 2016.  It's still active, even though I've put no credit on it for 4 years.


Scot by birth, emigrated 1985 | Aussie husband applied UK spouse visa Jan 2015, granted March 2015, moved to UK May 2015 | Returned to Oz June 2016

"The stranger who comes home does not make himself at home but makes home itself strange." -- Rainer Maria Rilke

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