Virgin Media

Ultrafast fibre optic cable broadband available to at least 65% of UK households

  • Fastest widely available broadband speed - up to 152Mb ultrafast download speeds
  • Large range of TV and phone broadband bundles available, as well as broadband-only packages
  • Line rental cheaper than BT, also available with no phone line or line rental required
  • Technical support and repairs are free of charge
  • Ofcom's least complained about broadband and phone supplier
  • Free Super Hub with advanced 802.11ac wireless technology with all deals
  • Free WiFi on the London Underground

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Virgin Media Big Bang
£20.00 for 12 months
£32.00 thereafter

Line rental from £12.00

  • 12 months reduced price!
  • Up to 100Mb download speed!
  • Up to 6Mb upload speed!
  • Unlimited monthly allowance
  • Metro WiFi
  • Free Super Hub with 802.11ac Wi-Fi
  • 130+ TV channels
  • 500GB TiVo Box
  • Weekend UK landline calls
  • Free connection online
  • 18 month contract

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Virgin Media 152Mb Broadband plus Phone Weekends
£24.50 for 12 months
£30.00 thereafter

Line rental from £12.00

  • 12 months reduced price!
  • Up to 152Mb download speed!
  • Up to 12Mb upload speed!
  • Unlimited monthly allowance
  • Metro WiFi
  • Free Super Hub with 802.11ac Wi-Fi
  • Add a mobile SIM for just £5 extra
  • Use home phone minutes on mobile
  • Weekend UK landline calls
  • Free connection online
  • 18 month contract

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Virgin Media 50Mb Broadband plus Phone Weekends
£5.00 for 6 months
£17.50 thereafter

Line rental from £12.00

  • 6 months better than half price!
  • Up to 50Mb download speed
  • Up to 3Mb upload speed!
  • Unlimited monthly allowance
  • Metro WiFi
  • Free Super Hub with 802.11ac Wi-Fi
  • Add a mobile SIM for just £5 extra
  • Use home phone minutes on mobile
  • Weekend UK landline calls
  • Free connection online
  • 18 month contract

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Reasons to choose Virgin Media

  • No need for line rental if you opt for a broadband-only deal - cable to the property allows for broadband-only packages
  • Fastest widely available provider in the UK, up to 152Mb download speeds, double that of BT FttC, which is currently at 76Mbps
  • Consistently the fastest in our monthly speed test report
  • Super Hub router standard on all deals offers 802.11ac advanced wireless technology with faster speeds and longer range
  • Equipment is 'rented', meaning Virgin provides free repairs and replacements (provided that the customer hasn't abused the equipment)
  • No switching hassle - different technology, can run concurrently with ADSL while one or the other is set up. No need for a MAC to join or leave
  • TV services provided by underground fibre optic cables so not affected by storms or heavy usage of your broadband service
  • With Netflix on Tivo, Virgin Media has more TV Box Sets on demand on the latest shows than any other online subscription service
  • Consistently ranked by Ofcom as having the lowest complaint levels of the 'big 5' broadband suppliers and currently joint highest for customer satisfaction
  • Rated highest for reliability out of all TV with broadband providers by Broadband.co.uk vistors

Possible downsides

  • Virgin’s traffic management policies may reduce your broadband speed at peak times, although this only affects peer to peer file sharing traffic and upload speeds for the top 5% of uploaders
  • Only available to around 65% of the UK, ruling out the vast majority of rural areas
  • Relatively slow upload speeds of up to 3Mb, up to 6Mb or up to 12Mb - could be a problem if you upload videos or use cloud backup services
  • 18 month contracts on most bundles - tied in for longer than many other ISPs. Be aware of the handy 28 day money back guarantee for if you're not satisfied

 

Features at a glance

  • Up to 152Mb download speeds and up to 12Mb upload speeds

  • 9, 12 or 18 month contracts

  • Unlimited downloads

  • Free connection on some deals

  • 24 hour technical support by phone or online

  • 11 email addresses with every account

  • Free anti-malware protection, firewall and parental controls for up to 3 PCs. Add fraud and identity protection for £2.50 a month

  • Free advanced Super Hub 802.11ac wireless router with all deals

  • TV collections available using Virgin Media's cutting edge TiVo service

  • Phone bundles available

  • Metro WiFi, free WiFi access on the London Underground

  • Phone line optional for broadband only deals

  • Virgin Media have published a Traffic Management Policy

Details last checked on 2015-03-19

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Virgin Media 50Mb Broadband plus Phone Weekends More Info

Special offer: 6 months better than half price + Metro WiFi + free connection online!
Ofcom's least complained about broadband and phone provider

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingLine Rental (16.99 pounds)

up to
50Mb
unlimited 18
months
£135 £5.00
£17.50 after 6 months

Line rental from £12.00

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0800 083 8870
Virgin Media 100Mb Broadband plus Phone Weekends More Info

Special offer: 4 months better than half price + Metro WiFi + free connection online!
Ofcom's least complained about broadband and phone provider

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingLine Rental (16.99 pounds)

up to
100Mb
unlimited 18
months
£204 £6.00
£22.50 after 4 months

Line rental from £12.00

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0800 083 8870
Virgin Media Big Bang More Info

Special offer: 12 months reduced price + Metro WiFi + free connection online!
Most reliable TV and broadband provider, uses underground fibre optic cables so isn't affected by storms, TiVo with Netflix offers more boxsets on demand than any other provider

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingTelevision ServiceLine Rental (16.99 pounds)

up to
100Mb
unlimited 18
months
£240 £20.00
£32.00 after 12 months

Line rental from £12.00

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0800 083 8870
Virgin Media Big Easy More Info

Special offer: 12 months reduced price + Metro WiFi!
Most reliable TV and broadband provider, uses underground fibre optic cables so isn't affected by storms, TiVo with Netflix offers more boxsets on demand than any other provider

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingTelevision ServiceLine Rental (16.99 pounds)

up to
50Mb
unlimited 18
months
£242 £16.00
£22.00 after 12 months

Line rental from £12.00

Go to site

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0800 083 8870
Virgin Media 152Mb Broadband plus Phone Weekends More Info

Special offer: 12 months reduced price + Metro WiFi + free connection online!
Ofcom's least complained about broadband and phone provider

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingLine Rental (16.99 pounds)

up to
152Mb
unlimited 18
months
£294 £24.50
£30.00 after 12 months

Line rental from £12.00

Go to site

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0800 083 8870
Virgin Media 50Mb Broadband More Info

No phone line necessary! + Metro WiFi
Ofcom's least complained about broadband and phone provider

802.11ac Wireless Router

up to
50Mb
unlimited 12
months
£392 £28.50
(no line rental required) Go to site

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Virgin Media Big Kahuna More Info

Special offer: 12 months reduced price + Metro WiFi + free connection online!
Most reliable TV and broadband provider, uses underground fibre optic cables so isn't affected by storms, TiVo with Netflix offers more boxsets on demand than any other provider

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingTelevision ServiceLine Rental (16.99 pounds)

up to
152Mb
unlimited 18
months
£396 £33.00
£49.00 after 12 months

Line rental from £12.00

Go to site

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0800 083 8870
Virgin Media 100Mb Broadband More Info

Metro WiFi + free connection online
No phone line necessary!
Ofcom's least complained about broadband and phone provider

802.11ac Wireless Router

up to
100Mb
unlimited 12
months
£402 £33.50
(no line rental required) Go to site

Or sign up by phone
0800 083 8870
Virgin Media 152Mb Broadband More Info

Metro WiFi + free connection online
No phone line necessary!
Ofcom's least complained about broadband and phone provider

802.11ac Wireless Router

up to
152Mb
unlimited 12
months
£492 £41.00
(no line rental required) Go to site

Or sign up by phone
0800 083 8870
Virgin Media Big Kahuna Sports More Info

Special offer: 12 months reduced price + Metro WiFi + free connection online!
Most reliable TV and broadband provider, uses underground fibre optic cables so isn't affected by storms, TiVo with Netflix offers more boxsets on demand than any other provider

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingTelevision ServiceLine Rental (16.99 pounds)

up to
152Mb
unlimited 18
months
£708 £59.00
£75.00 after 12 months

Line rental from £12.00

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0800 083 8870
Virgin Media Big Kahuna Movies and Sports with HD More Info

Special offer: 12 months reduced price + Metro WiFi + free connection online!
Most reliable TV and broadband provider, uses underground fibre optic cables so isn't affected by storms, TiVo with Netflix offers more boxsets on demand than any other provider

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingTelevision ServiceLine Rental (16.99 pounds)

up to
152Mb
unlimited 18
months
£876 £73.00
£89.00 after 12 months

Line rental from £12.00

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0800 083 8870
Virgin Media Big Daddy More Info

Special offer: 12 months reduced price + Metro WiFi + free connection online!
Most reliable TV and broadband provider, uses underground fibre optic cables so isn't affected by storms, TiVo with Netflix offers more boxsets on demand than any other provider

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingTelevision ServiceLine Rental (16.99 pounds)

up to
152Mb
unlimited 18
months
£1020 £85.00
£99.00 after 12 months

Line rental from £12.00

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0800 083 8870
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Details last checked on 2015-03-19

Customer Reviews

Sometimes the best way to get a feel for a broadband provider is to read what those who are already customers think of the service they're receiving. Below are all the reviews we've received for Virgin Media.

Customer Ratings Summary

  • Satisfaction 3.5 Stars
  • Speed 3.5 Stars
  • Reliability 3.5 Stars
  • Customer Service 3.5 Stars

Based on 9387 customer ratings since 2014-03-27

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Ratings are left by users of our speed test as well as by reviewers. Recent star ratings summarise the last 12 months of ratings or the last 100 placed, whichever is largest.

Reviewer Location Reviewing Date Ratings
My experience is poor. The confirmed amount I will pay is not what I am being charged and every month it is a struggle to explain the problem. I confirmed this three times before starting the service. You will be up against what they see in the computer, but not the truth no matter how many times you produce the paperwork signed and agreed. I am now being told to send my complaint in the post, regardless of having emailed all the information as requested, several times. It seems that customer services is not actually able to solve problems, just waste time and a modern communication company is a dinosaur when it comes to being able to communicate themselves.
To be fair, it all started out bright and sunny however my international phone service declined quickly and they will acknowledge a problem. I was warned to look for this after my neighbour found out I signed up to Virgin. Wish I had been told this in advance. Take note, I warn you now- the honeymoon will be over quicker than you'll blink. Stay clear and look for a better option. And get everything written in your contract including a charge evey time your provider screws up and start billing them for your time.
  • Satisfaction 1 Stars
  • Speed 1 Stars
  • Reliability 4 Stars
  • Customer Service 3 Stars
EM Hampshire Virgin Media 2015-03-15  
I don't understand why is the Virgin media infrastructure not aligned with customer needs, perhaps they shouldn't connect too many customers to one point at their network which is overloaded and causing really slow speeds at peak times 10mbit on 100mbit service (peak = most of the day except 11pm till 6 am). I used to have BT infinity 76mbit and that was at nearly full speed 24/7. AVOID VIRGIN MEDIA AT ALL COSTS. Customers which are getting what they paid for are scarce and they should be considered lucky as there are probably not too many neighbours (burned by Virgin and switched to others) which are using Virgin connection and therefore connection is not congested.
  • Satisfaction 1 Stars
  • Speed 1 Stars
  • Reliability 1 Stars
  • Customer Service 1 Stars
steve coventry Virgin Media 2015-03-15  
Virgin Media are by far the best internet provider, coming from an IT geek. Handles multiple devices very well and the speed is fantastic! I get 100mb/s for the same price it would cost to get 20mb/s from BT or Sky.
Only downfall is their modem, it wouldn't overheat faster if you put it in an oven, get virgin internet and with the money you save buy a proper modem from Asus.
  • Satisfaction 5 Stars
  • Speed 5 Stars
  • Reliability 5 Stars
  • Customer Service 2 Stars
Chris Lincolnshire Virgin Media 2015-03-14  
So disappointed with Virgin Media broadband. I am not a technology wizard... But my broadband loses connection at least 3 out of 7 days of the week through the night and i to the following day. Whenever I have problems I can't get help from anyone on the phone "try rebooting your router" "try disconnecting your computer and then reconnecting". Are you serious? That's one of the first things I do, come and find the problem! No one turns up when you arrange for installations/ upgrades and all the troubleshooting is done online. Well I can't do that without an i ternet connection can I? I work nights and rely on my internet to reasearch and report for my job and with it not working 0% of the time and no one to help me find out why, I am one unhappy bunny about to switch to Sky.
  • Satisfaction 1 Stars
  • Speed 1 Stars
  • Reliability 3 Stars
  • Customer Service 1 Stars
Kc Manchester Virgin Media 2015-03-13  
STAY AWAY! The most disgusting service provider out there. They rob you and when you are in need they don't do anything for you. The reps give you false promises and most are outsourced so can not help you at all. Do not
  • Satisfaction 1 Stars
  • Speed 1 Stars
  • Reliability 2 Stars
  • Customer Service 2 Stars
Adam Sheffield Virgin Media 2015-03-11  
Technically very good. Customer service could not be any worse .They don't care if you,leave .A very good technical service which does not deserve serve to have any customers .shocking .Am of the silver haired variety but never have I experienced such bad customer service ..and more than once !
  • Satisfaction 1 Stars
  • Speed 1 Stars
  • Reliability 5 Stars
  • Customer Service 4 Stars
Matt Rodgers Glasgow Virgin Media 2015-03-10  
January 2014 I gave Virgin the mandatory 30 day notice to cancel my Tivo T.V. package, I was informed a packing carton would be sent to me to send the equipment back to Virgin of course, this never arrived. After the 30 days expired I again requested the said packaging, was promised it would be in the post that evening, you've guessed it, it never arrived. A few weeks pass and I again request the required packaging, again promised it would be delivered alas another lie. Oh they came to collect the second box by sending one of their engineers, within days of giving them the mandatory notice period.

From the third attempt to receive packaging I gave up, quite expecting another engineer to call and collect the Tivo box, no such luck.
Now come December 2014, I receive notice Virgin were increasing the broadband/phone package by a further 11%. This I thought is time to give Virgin and it's greedy Owners the elbow and cancel the remainder of my package.
Now after 11 months Virgin plague me for the return of their equipment, I refuse until they have furnished me with a year storage and safe keeping fee. This they will not acknowledge but continue to plague me with sms and emails all of which I answer with the same thing, pay me storage and safe keeping fees and then you can have your equipment. They do not bother to read replies I am certain of that. Now they are threatening charging me for failure to return. This should get interesting. AVOID VIRGIN AT ALL COSTS
  • Satisfaction 3 Stars
  • Speed 1 Stars
  • Reliability 3 Stars
  • Customer Service 3 Stars
Keith Luton Virgin Media 2015-03-09  
was ment to have virgin installed at my address on the 2nd of march took time off work, appointment between 8am-1pm, how ever it comes to 1pm on that day no one has arraived so I call them, I then get advised that my appointment has been canceled.....when I ask why it was due to people who lived there before had multi accounts in debt, when I had again confirmed how long I lived there "laura" advised she would get this sorted and give me a call back, oh guess what no call back, so after chasing them for a week, they turn round and say that due to the debt they will not give me virgin unless I can provide them with photo ID and 3 YEARS worth of proof of living at a different, address, then advised that even when I sent this in could take up to another month before I can even get there service Install and failed to compensate me for loss of Earning due to having to take the time off unpaid. so after failed appointments broken promises and me having to do all this bulshit just so it can go to there Fraud prevention team just gonna go to sky service good and there BB and TV is Decent, just hope I can get my 25 pound back
  • Satisfaction 1 Stars
  • Speed 1 Stars
  • Reliability 1 Stars
  • Customer Service 1 Stars
chris nottingham Virgin Media 2015-03-09  
No internet for a week. Useless customer service. lost count how many times it't dropped out. Seldom get anywhere near 60 Mbs that i pay for when it does work. I'm done with them and switching to BT Slower speed but much more stable. Ive lost over £250 worth of gaming gold / items because of lost connections when playing. AVOID AVOID AVOID
  • Satisfaction 1 Stars
  • Speed 1 Stars
  • Reliability 1 Stars
  • Customer Service 1 Stars
d lawson islington Virgin Media 2015-03-08  
I have been with Virgin for over 7 years having been with Talk Talk and BT. Talk Talk were very good and having bad experience with BT changed to Virgin because the speeds and prices were better overall.
Over the years Virgin have never failed to impress me. The current package I have is TV XL Phone Medium and Broadband XXL. The speeds of the fibre optic broadband are brilliant. No bottlenecks. The TV works and the phone line is fine. This however only tells half the story.
Virgin's customer service is fantastic. They have rewarded loyalty with making sure that my package is always cheaper than for new customers. And they allow me to review it every year to make sure I am still getting the best deal. As an example my broadband speeds used to be 60mb and speed tests showed I was getting 56mb. When I asked about further upgrades they told me that I could be upgraded to 152mb and still have my loyalty deal. In addition they reduced the price further.

Good customer service can also be measured in response to when things do go wrong. Once again, their call centres, whether abroad or here (can't tell the difference anymore) are on the ball. My issues, whether TV or Broadband have
always been resolved in one phone call.
But here is to me the clincher.....I'm terrible at paying my bill on time. Combination of silly pay days and agency working means it's not always at the same time. It takes about 3 weeks for Virgin to suspend the service if you've missed a payment. On one occasion it was suspended so I got on the phone and explained the dilemma I had regarding my wages. The operator agreed to give me my broadband service and TV service back but with reduced speed and services until I made the payment, 3 days. And true to their word, it was back up to full speed and services afterwards. With Virgin, it's like having a mate. Reliable, trustworthy and ready to extend you a helping hand when needed.
  • Satisfaction 5 Stars
  • Speed 5 Stars
  • Reliability 5 Stars
  • Customer Service 5 Stars
Dva Wirral Virgin Media 2015-03-07  

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National Average Speeds February 2015

Average download speeds see slight decrease over February 2015, with increase in speeds for Sky

Posted on 2015-03-02 18:16 in Announcements News EE TalkTalk Sky Virgin Media BT Plusnet

February 2015 saw average download speeds recorded by users of our Broadband Speed Test drop by 0.48Mb in comparison to the results from February, coming in at 21.43Mb. Average upload speeds saw a 0.23Mb increase to 4.32Mb.

Virgin Media's average download speeds dropped again by 0.63Mb to 40.98Mb, with upload speeds remaining stable at 5.5Mb. BT Broadband remain second place with average download speeds dropping by 0.53Mb to 19.87Mb, though upload speeds increased by 0.29Mb to 5.97Mb. Plusnet hold third place, remaining stable at 14.74Mb for average download speeds with a 0.38Mb increase to 4.78Mb for average upload speeds. TalkTalk are also stable in fourth place, with download speeds at 13.22Mb and upload speeds at 1.75Mb. Finally, Sky are in fifth place with a strong 1.34Mb increase to download speeds, putting them at 13.37Mb, with download speeds increased by 0.49Mb to 3.44Mb.

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National Average Speeds January 2015

Average download speeds remain stable over January 2015, with decrease in speeds for Virgin Media

Posted on 2015-02-02 15:16 in Announcements News TalkTalk Sky Virgin Media BT Plusnet

January 2015 saw average download speeds recorded by users of our Broadband Speed Test drop by 0.75Mb in comparison to the results from December, coming in at 21.91Mb. Average upload speeds remained stable at 4.09Mb.

Virgin Media's average download speeds have fallen by 1.95Mb over last month to 41.61Mb, with upload speeds remaining stable at 5.45Mb. BT Broadband hold second place with average download and upload speeds remaining stable at 20.35Mb and 5.68Mb respectively. Plusnet are in third place, remaining stable after the significant drop in speeds last month at 14.58Mb for average download speeds and 4.41Mb for average upload speeds. TalkTalk remain in fourth place, with speeds increasing by 0.64Mb to 13.22Mb and upload speeds remaining stable at 1.88Mb. Finally, Sky are in fifth place with 12.03Mb download speeds, comparable to their speeds from last month.

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Virgin Media Buyers Guide

Can I get Virgin Media?

Virgin Media ultrafast broadband is available only through fibre optic cable, meaning it is only available in Virgin Media’s cable areas, which currently comprise about 65% of the UK, although Virgin Media are looking at expanding this area.

Ultrafast speeds (in excess of 100Mb) are available in all cable areas with the full upgrade from 120Mb to up to 152Mb rolling out across 2014.

You can use our broadband checker to see if you live in an area with cable.

What packages are available?

Virgin Media provide 3 different broadband packages, each providing a different speed of broadband service:

  • Up to 50Mb download speed, up to 3Mb upload speed
  • Up to 100Mb download speed, up to 6Mb upload speed
  • Up to 152Mb download speed, up to 12Mb upload speed

All of these packages have unlimited usage. This allows you to download as much as you like without incurring extra charges or having your service suspended, although speed restrictions are applied to peer to peer file sharing and newgroups. As of March 2014, Virgin Media’s traffic management policy has been relaxed with no peak time slowdowns applied to download speed, however the heaviest 5% of uploaders may still find their upload speed capped at peak times.

Fibre optic broadband like that provided by Virgin Media does not vary in speed depending on how far you are from a telephone exchange, unlike their competitors who use copper phone lines.

Virgin Media also offer the option to add digital TV and home phone deals to your package when you sign up.

Which package should I choose?

All Virgin Media broadband packages are unlimited, and with speeds of over 24Mb qualify as 'superfast broadband' or, in the case of the 152Mb service, 'ultrafast broadband'. So when deciding which package is best for you, you should consider how heavily you use the internet, how many people will be using the internet connection, and your budget - there is no need to pay more than necessary.

Virgin Media claims average download times of 11 seconds for an album and 5 minutes for a movie at 50Mb, which is fast enough for most people living in smaller households, and will allow you to stream live videos without significant problems. The speeds are faster at 100Mb with an average 5 second download for an album, and 2.4 minutes for a movie, and even faster at 152Mb with only a 4 second average download for an album and 1.45 minutes for a movie. These speeds are more suited to people who download a lot, or who regularly play online games, especially if there is more than one person doing this.

As most internet users do not need the higher broadband speeds, the size of your household should be a primary consideration when selecting which package you wish to go for. Virgin Media claim their 50Mb package is ideal for small households, the 100Mb package is ideal for families, and the 152Mb package is the 'ultimate experience' easily adequate for 5 or more people. This assumes that everyone will be using the internet a lot - which may be the case for some larger families or student households, in which case going for a faster package will enable you to avoid slowdown when everyone is online at the same time.

However, there is no point in paying for more than you need.

Points to consider before you choose

  • How many people will be using your broadband connection?
  • Are you a heavy downloader, or do you regularly play online games?
  • Would the expense of the faster speed be worth it for you?

Compare all Virgin Media deals

How do I switch/sign-up?

Customers switching to Virgin Media will have an engineer come over to their house to install the cables and help you get set up with fibre broadband, including the Super Hub router.

If you are switching to a Virgin Media package that includes phone services, you will need to switch your phone line. You won’t need a MAC code (authorisation code) to do this, and Virgin Media should do everything for you, including letting you keep your pre-existing phone number. If you do this, then your previous provider will automatically cancel your phone line and any broadband services that are associated with it.

If you’re not switching phone services, you will need to give your current ISP 30 days notice of cancellation. If you're worried about downtime, you can always arrange for your current broadband to end a few days after your Virgin start date.

Find out more at our guide on switching broadband providers.

What do I get when I sign-up?

It's always good to know upfront what you'll get when signing up with an ISP so you know what you can enjoy for free, or to budget for any extras you may want.

  • Wireless router - All customers signing up to Virgin Media fibre broadband will get a free Virgin Media Super Hub wireless router with the very latest 802.11ac wireless technology offering the fastest speeds and greatest range. The routers will be set up by a Virgin Media engineer on installation day.
  • Online security - Virgin Media Security, an anti-virus tool worth £39.95 a year, is included free for all Virgin Media broadband customers. This also enables Parental Control, and can be installed on up to 3 PCs. These security features are not available for iOS, which includes Apple Macs and iPads.
  • Inclusive phone calls - Virgin Media provide the option of getting phone services along with your broadband packages. You would need to pay line rental of £15.99 a month, but the phone inclusive packages are less per month than the broadband-only packages to make up for this. These phone packages offer Talk Weekends, which means unlimited weekend calls to UK landlines, 0870 numbers, and Virgin Mobile numbers, and you can extend this to evenings and weekdays, or add international or mobile calls as optional extras for an extra cost.
  • Option of TV - You can also get broadband, phone and TV altogether as a combination package. These packages come in various sizes ranging from basic collections for lighter users to the VIP collection for those who want it all. These packages offer a wide range of cable and HD channels, with over 200 channels including most Sky channels with the larger collections. You also get a free 500GB TiVo box included in the package, which allows you to record programmes free of charge to watch later.

What are the benefits of Virgin Media?

The benefits offered by an ISP may be what seals the deal in your decision to buy a package from them.

  • Fastest widely available broadband speeds - Virgin Media currently offer the fastest affordable consumer broadband speeds in the UK (excluding some full fibre services in limited localities) with ultrafast (above 100Mb) broadband available in all cable areas. Full speeds of up to 152Mb are in the process of being rolled out with many areas already upgraded and all areas can achieve up to 120Mb speeds.
  • Free technical support - All Virgin Media broadband customers are entitled to free servicing and repairs on your broadband connection and Virgin Media Super Hub router, and round-the-clock technical support for when things go wrong. However, because the equipment remains property of Virgin Media, and customers technically only rent it for free, any perceived misuse or mistreatment will not be covered by the free servicing and repairs.
  • Free London Underground wi-fi - Virgin Media customers are able to use wi-fi connections free of charge at 120 London Underground stations and counting, which is perfect for Londoners and those visiting London who wish to stay connected even while on the move.
  • All deals get the premium router - Virgin Media is the only provider to currently offer their best router with the latest 802.11ac wireless on even their cheapest products.
  • Low complaint levels - The communications regulator Ofcom keeps track of the customer complaint levels of for broadband, phone and TV services. The Ofcom complaint figures for late 2013 show that Virgin Media has the lowest volume of complaints for broadband and phone of the 'big 5' broadband providers, and pay TV complaint levels that are well below industry average levels.
  • Joint highest customer satisfaction - According to Ofcom's reported customer satisfaction levels for fixed line broadband, Virgin Media had the joint highest customer satisfaction level of the 'big 5' broadband suppliers in 2013.

What are the drawbacks of Virgin Media?

Let's face it, not everything can be perfect, and even the best deals may have a downside.

  • Traffic management policy - Virgin Media operate a traffic management policy in order to provide a consistent level of service to their customers at peak times. This means that peer to peer file sharing and newsgroup traffic is slowed down. It can also mean reductions in upload speed for the heaviest 5% of users during peak times. Download speeds are not affected by how much you use.
  • No fixed IP addresses - Virgin Media do not offer fixed IP addresses as part of their regular packages. However this is only likely to be an issue if you wish to set up a local web server, otherwise you are unlikely to notice the difference.
  • Slower upload speeds than FTTC - Although Virgin Media's download speeds tend to outstrip fibre to the cabinet alternatives, their upload speeds don't tend to keep up. Many other fibre services offer upload speeds of up to 20Mb while Virgin Media's up to 100Mb download service offers only up to 6Mb upload speeds and their most expensive 152Mb service still only offers up to 12Mb uploads.

 

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