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How to get a free gold phone number

Family Mobile is a decent mobile network but it also has one really fantastic feature – the ability to choose your own phone number. It’s currently the only UK network to provide this cool service. And its not just any old phone number – Family Mobile lets you pick premium Gold Phone Numbers.

Choosing your own Gold number is absolutely free when you sign up. This is an amazing opportunity that is really worth checking out if you fancy a new and memorable mobile phone number.

How do I get my Gold Number?

The process couldn’t be simpler. First, head over the to Family Mobile website and click “Sign Up“.

Next, choose “I want to choose a free gold number” and click through to the next step.

You will then be offered a random free Gold Number. If you like the look of it, go to the next step or if you want more choice choose “More free gold numbers”. Here you can pick from a large list of available phone numbers or even search for a few memorable digits. Even though this has been available for ages, we were still able to find great numbers such as 0794 29 29 29 5 or 07550 90 90 09. See what other gems you can find!

Once you’ve chosen your number and gone to the next step, you just need to fill in your personal details and agree to the terms and conditions. Then you can buy a top up of between £10-£40 before your shiny new Gold Number SIM card will be posted to you.

What is a Gold Number?

Gold numbers are special easy-to-remember phone numbers like 07511 32 32 32 and they can be worth significant amounts of cash. They are especially useful for business customers who require a memorable contact number.

Is the Gold Number really free?

Yes. Family Mobile don’t change anything extra for Gold Numbers despite their value – they are absolutely free. You just need to activate your SIM like usual which requires you to top-up with at least £10 worth of credit. Remember that they also have the Recommend a Friend programme which rewards you with £10 free credit every time you recommend a new customer to join.

Can I use my Gold Number on other networks?

Yes. It’s trivial to get a new Gold Number and then immediately port it over to a different mobile network. This means you can use it with your current mobile phone network no matter whether it’s a bigger name like 3 or O2 or another budget network like Giffgaff.

We’ve written some really useful guides to the process of porting your phone number including an article about PAC codes and how to get your PAC from Family Mobile to move your number over.

Is Family Mobile any good?

We think that Family Mobile is a solid virtual network and fantastic value for PAYG users especially if other members of your family already use them. For more details, please read our full and comprehensive Family Mobile review.

Which network does Family Mobile use?

Family Mobile runs on the T-Mobile network. They have 99% 2G coverage in the UK and some of the widest 3G coverage too. Please see the our Family coverage page to learn about the network coverage in your area.

What is the PAYG tariff on Family Mobile?

Calls: 8pTexts: 4p Data: 20p/MBMMS: 23p0800: 12p0870: 8p

Calls and texts on Family Mobile are a mere fraction of the cost of other networks with UK voice minutes only 8p and texts a tiny 4p each. Voicemail is a very reasonable 8p per minute while 0845 numbers and even premium rate 0870 numbers are just 12p per minute to call – these are some of the best rates you can get on mobiles. Even data is quite reasonably priced at only 20p/MB. While this is not the cheapest available, it’s much better value than other providers which often charge around £4/MB for internet access.

Unfortunately, there are hidden charges for basic services such as SMS balance notifications which are 4p each. Still, overall, with rock-bottom standard call and text charges, Family Mobile is one of the cheapest options available to UK customers.

by Jon M

20 Responses to “How to get a free gold phone number”

  1. Johno4521 11 January 2017 at 22:10 Permalink

    It’s a pity Family Mobile went belly-up, the free gold number service was excellent in the early days – I joined in 2006 and got some really good numbers for myself and family; 001234 and the like. you had to be really quick though, they would be snapped up within days. I monitored the site and noticed in later years the standard of numbers on offer was declining; what they termed ‘gold numbers’ were really now just run of the mill and did not even justify the £10 joining fee to obtain them. Shortly after they suddenly announced to customers that they were closing down and all credit had to be used up, no refunds given.

  2. dennis 4 August 2015 at 23:27 Permalink


  3. Ali Abdalla 1 July 2015 at 12:45 Permalink

    I would like to choose my own mobile numbers

  4. John Montgomery 31 May 2015 at 20:41 Permalink

    I did get what I consider a gold numberback in 2012, 07 55 00 11—. As someone has said they are probably all used up.

  5. James Bennett 29 May 2015 at 23:38 Permalink

    Just to update my experience with this, I tried to buy a mobile number on Family Mobile and it doesn’t really give any good numbers on the website. There are ones you can get mobile numbers for sale on ebay or a website like that let you choose the last 6 digits. Has anyone managed to get any good numbers with the Family Mobile link?

  6. Pete 14 August 2013 at 10:19 Permalink

    The concept is good, the numbers offered cost £10, so not free! And they are not easy to remember.

  7. Apple pie 8 August 2013 at 08:27 Permalink

    Here are some examples of what family mobile call “gold numbers”
    Why would you want to choose these and then pay £10 ??

  8. Happy campers 24 June 2013 at 19:40 Permalink

    There is no such thing as a free gold number anymore, MNO’s (mobile number operators) randomly assigned the next available mobile number from the subscriber database to the customer (basically you got lucky!), these days the numbers are extracted (quite rightly so!) and sold to reputable reseller companies and loyal business customers, as they carry significant value, companies like family mobile have a very small range of numbers, with a less than memorable prefix, combined with the suffix (last 6 digits) as you can see these numbers are not memorable at all! The expression gold number refers to a network term (in summary – memorable), the easier for you to memorise the number usually the greater the price.

    I would suggest searching the web for this term see what pops up. You get what you pay for generally speaking.

    • Mobile Network Comparison 25 June 2013 at 00:26 Permalink

      Sorry but are you sure you’ve read the article correctly? Almost all mobile network don’t give out gold phone numbers and do indeed randomly assign their available numbers to the next subscriber. However, there is a loophole with Family Mobile that allows you to pick whatever mobile number you want including those with memorable combinations before porting the number to a different network of your choice.

      • Apple pie 8 August 2013 at 08:19 Permalink

        I looked at the options on the website – family mobile, looking for a nice easy number, however found the numbers offered look like normal numbers you get free when you sign up for a pay as you go sim on any network, then you have to pay £10 for the SIM card! Other networks give the SIM card away free of charge. Good idea, but rubbish random numbers as the post above is saying.

        • Mobile Network Comparison 21 August 2013 at 17:29 Permalink

          It’s probably the case that most of the good ones have already been taken by now as this has been running for several years now.

  9. Bereal 23 May 2013 at 19:54 Permalink

    These are not classed as real gold numbers

  10. ayesha bibi 20 March 2013 at 09:28 Permalink

    dear editor @the mobile phone comparission site. Pleas call me on my following number, Thankyou. 07583063041.

  11. John Montgomery 14 July 2012 at 18:19 Permalink

    I am currently with Family Mobile and found it very good until approx 11th April when Tmobile switched off all their masts in N. Ireland. The signal changed from the full 5 bars until virtually nothing, I wouls say that out of any 24 hour day I get a signal for approx half that at 1 bar. Yes, I did contact Family Mobile and they tried to get me a better signal by making several adjustments to my phone, all to no avail. I am currently using up my credit so that I can go to the O2 network either through Giffgaff or Tesco. Again the signal is not good, but at least I have a signal for 24hours each day

  12. nicola morton 21 November 2011 at 18:08 Permalink

    absolutely fabulous…does exactly what it says on the tin!!!! fantasticular giffgaff 100% apreciated…respect and a extra large thank you from me.

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