How to change operator without losing your phone number? It is mistakenly thought to be complicated, but it is actually very simple. All you need to do is have a code called RIO number that you will send to your new operator who will then be responsible for ensuring the portability of your telephone number. Here’s how to get it.
The RIO number (operator identity record) is a 12-digit code which identifies your telephone number and your contract with your operator. It is essential if you ever want to switch on the portability of your telephone number, in other words change operator while keeping the same number.
How is this code read? To put it simply, each group of characters has a particular meaning:
- The first two characters are used to identify your current operator: in this case 01 for Orange, 02 for SFR, 03 for Bouygues Telecom and 04 for Free Mobile
- The following allows you to know if you are an individual or a professional
- The next six digits correspond to your contract number
- Finally, the last three digits represent a control code, randomly generated by means of an algorithm thanks to the previous information cited
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Call 3179 to immediately obtain your RIO code
Whatever your original operator, all you have to do now is call a single number, the 3179 using your mobile to get your code. You will then receive your RIO number by SMS. The call to the server is free.
Note that this is the easiest way to get your RIO number, but it’s not the only one. If ever, for whatever reason, you were unable to call the voice server, you can also call your customer service or find it in your online customer area.
Be careful, once you have obtained your RIO number, do not forget to indicate it to your new operator as well as your telephone number when taking out your new contract. Finally, if ever your mobile is still locked, you will have to think about unlocking it before inserting your new SIM card, unless you have decided to opt for a bare smartphone and unlock any operator.
Operators do not always offer a real alternative to the one-stop number portability service. In fact, only Free Mobile allows you to consult the RIO code directly in your customer area. For other operators, the only alternative is to contact their unique number, which in fact includes 3179, or to put you in touch with customer service. We therefore offer you the procedure for consulting your RIO code at Free Mobile, and quick access to the telephone numbers to obtain your RIO code.
Check your RIO code in the Free Mobile Subscriber Area
For that, it’s very simple :
- Go to http://mobile.free.fr preferably from your computer or tablet
- Click on Subscriber Area at the top right
- Log in with your Free Mobile credentials
- Go to the My Information section
The RIO code to port your number to another operator can be found on this page
Contact the special number of Orange, SFR, Bouygues or Free Mobile directly to obtain your RIO number
If there is no other solution, the easiest way is to contact the number dedicated to your operator’s RIO codes:
- Orange / Sosh : 0800 003 179 where the 527 from an Orange / Sosh line
- SFR / Red by SFR : 0800 973 179 Where 933 from an operator line
- Bouygues / B&You : 0800 943 943 Where 658 from a Bouygues line
- free mobile : 0 805 92 3179
Call Orange, SFR, Bouygues or Free Mobile customer service by phone in the event of a problem
If this does not work, we recommend that you contact your operator’s customer service directly. It is generally possible to do this by chat from your customer area, Help section.. This has the advantage of less blocking you in your interaction with customer service while providing you with a quick response.
If necessary, you can also contact your operator’s customer service directly at the following numbers:
- Orange : 3900 from any fixed or mobile line or the +33 9 69 39 39 00 from abroad
- sosh : 3976 from any fixed or mobile line or the +33 9 69 39 39 00 (like Orange) from abroad
- SFR : 1023 from an SFR line +33 6 1000 1023 where applicable or from abroad
- Red by SFR : carrying out most of the operations must be possible from your customer area. Contact the 0801 82 00 36 if applicable.
- Bouygues : 634 from a Bouygues mobile, 1034 from any other line, or +33 6 60 61 46 14 (Bbox and Package) or +33 6 68 63 46 34 (Mobicarte) from abroad
- B&You : 614 from a Bouygues mobile, 1064 from any other line, or +33 6 60 61 46 14 from abroad
- free mobile : 3244 from any fixed or mobile line (note, premium rate number) or +33 1 78 56 95 60 from abroad (price of a standard call to France)
How long will it take for my number to be available with my new operator?
Once your RIO code has been sent to your new operator, the porting of your number is automatic. It usually takes one day, unless otherwise requested by you. During this time, your line will be briefly interrupted and calls to your number may not go through correctly, if at all, or may end up on another subscriber’s line.
Note also thatit is strongly advised to make your portability request at the beginning rather than at the end of the week. The one-day period is in fact to be understood as a one working day delay. In other words, if you launch your request on a Friday, you risk finding yourself without a phone until Monday or, in the worst case, Tuesday.
An SMS will notify you in all cases of the progress of the procedure. To this may be added a four-hour activation time for your new SIM card. But activation is generally almost immediate as soon as the new SIM card is inserted into the smartphone.
Can my carrier charge me for number porting?
The answer is clear and clear: no.. Portability is absolutely free and neither your old nor your new operator can charge you for it – it’s the law. If you believe that your operator has charged you for the portability of your telephone number, we invite you to get in touch with a consumer association as soon as possible.