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
£19.99 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
£20.00 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 100Mb Broadband plus Phone Weekends
£9.00 for 12 months
£22.50 thereafter

Line rental from £12.00

  • 12 months better than half price!
  • Up to 100Mb download speed!
  • Up to 6Mb 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 2015-06-26

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Virgin Media 100Mb Broadband plus Phone Weekends More Info

Special offer: 12 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
£108 £9.00
£22.50 after 12 months

Line rental from £12.00

Go to site

Or sign up by phone
0800 083 8870
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

Go to site

Or sign up by phone
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
£206 £12.99
£22.00 after 12 months

Line rental from £12.00

Go to site

Or sign up by phone
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 £19.99
£32.00 after 12 months

Line rental from £12.00

Go to site

Or sign up by phone
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
£240 £20.00
£30.00 after 12 months

Line rental from £12.00

Go to site

Or sign up by phone
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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0800 083 8870
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 £32.99
£49.00 after 12 months

Line rental from £12.00

Go to site

Or sign up by phone
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 £58.99
£77.00 after 12 months

Line rental from £12.00

Go to site

Or sign up by phone
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
£756 £62.99
£84.50 after 12 months

Line rental from £12.00

Go to site

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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
£960 £79.99
£101.50 after 12 months

Line rental from £12.00

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0800 083 8870
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Details last checked on 2015-06-26

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 11837 customer ratings since 2014-07-03

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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
Have been a happy VirginMedia customer for years, mainly I would guess as I have n't changed anything with my service. Having moved and expected to simply transfer my service to my new house I feel totally let down. I have now had 4 scheduled visits (the last one was a no show despite lots of texts checking to make sure I was in). I have now been without internet or phone service for a month. On Friday I gave up and signed up with BT. An engineer called today to lay cables (something VirginMedia seem unable to do). I have an appointment to install in a couple of days. Virgin Customer Servive have been useless - not even able to explain why the engineer did not turn up. Even the CEO's office failed to get back to me despite promises on my escalation. The VirginMedia tweeter congratulated me on getting another appointment after my no show when my appointment was re-scheduled to 10 days later!! Talk about missing the point
  • Satisfaction 1 Stars
  • Speed 1 Stars
  • Reliability 1 Stars
  • Customer Service 1 Stars
Jaclyn Surrey Virgin Media 2015-06-23  
We're coming up to the end of our 12 month contract with Virgin Media Broadband and it's a 12 months neither my wife and I cannot wait to end so we can take our business elsewhere. In short this has been a truly awful experience in terms of both connection speeds and customer service. Super Fast? More like "Super Slow", or in some case "not working at all". To compound the issue Virgin Media's customer service is completely unhelpful and of the several occasions I have phoned them over the course of the last 12 months, (even having an engineer come out), they have failed to find a solution, which leads me to believe that there simply isn't one. Their TV commercials are a lie and the only consistent thing about our time with Virgin Media has been them sucking £30 a month out of my account for a service that does not live up to their lofty claims. We were with Talk Talk previously and while not brilliant it was much faster and more stable than Virgin Media's "Super Fast Fibre Optic Broadband". If you're thinking of switching to Virgin Media for your broadband then I cannot emphasise enough that you simply go elsewhere. This is a shoddy company that is taking consumers for a ride with its false advertising of a product and service it simply does not deliver on. Avoid.
  • Satisfaction 1 Stars
  • Speed 1 Stars
  • Reliability 1 Stars
  • Customer Service 1 Stars
Joseph Brown Cheltenham Virgin Media 2015-06-21  
We were due to transfer to virgin phone, broadband and TV on 18th June 2015. Installer for internal connection kept appointment and was very helpful However installers to connect box simpler failed to keep appointment so we have no service luckily existing supplier of phone and Broadband did not discontinue service. I complained to Virgin and installers are due to come back on the Saturday meaning we have to cancel our weekend plans
Virgin promised seamless trouble free change.
This is anything but
Azra Hakim Stanmore, Middlesex Virgin Media 2015-06-19  
Nightmare company!!!
Avoid at all costs. Leave you waiting on phone for over an hour when there's a problem.
When you finally get through its very difficult to understand what they're saying as call centre is in India and unfortunately they employ people who hardly speak English.
Soooo frustrating.
Personally I've had enough.
  • Satisfaction 1 Stars
  • Speed 1 Stars
  • Reliability 4 Stars
  • Customer Service 3 Stars
Jeanette London Virgin Media 2015-06-18  
Terrible service. No internet connection since a week, no answer from the technicians to repair it other than "wait to see if it comes back" I have cancelled my contract with Virgin and will have another week of no internet before the cancellation can go through.I am being reimbursed £7!! for 2 weeks of no internet!! - Don't bother with Virgin because they certainly won't bother to look after you!
Susan London Virgin Media 2015-06-18  
I moved from talk talk because it's was unreliable but Virgin is even worse. I work from home so rely on good broadband. Tonight I'm trying to watch Netflix and it's no go, again !!! It's advertised as the best broadband - in your dreams Richard!
  • Satisfaction 1 Stars
  • Reliability 1 Stars
  • Customer Service 1 Stars
Paul R Dincaster Virgin Media 2015-06-16  
I am based in Guildford, Surrey and have been with Virgin Media for more than 8 years. Was happy with them for first 4 years, now increasingly dissatisfied with increasingly frequently downtimes, price hikes, with limited performance increases (despite promises after promises of 50MB speed upgrades).

I have not switched, but am on the verge of finding viable alternatives.
  • Satisfaction 1 Stars
  • Speed 2 Stars
  • Reliability 1 Stars
  • Customer Service 2 Stars
CDeans Surrey Virgin Media 2015-06-16  
Broadband is constantly being slowed down and Wifi is awful. The customer service is also appauling.

Would not recommend to anyone who is sane.
  • Satisfaction 2 Stars
  • Customer Service 2 Stars
Joshua Mouncer Virgin Media 2015-06-15  
Like many reviews on here that I have just read I am a fan of the speed but that is irrelevant if it keeps going down for hours at a time. I am almost convinced it is a ploy of VM to save their bandwidth for other activities or people paying a higher rate than I do.

Until 4 weeks ago my scoring would have been 5 for satisfaction and I have been with VM for years so was very happy. Customers Service was always excellent and they were apologetic when things did not work properly and they always got you up and running again and usually spoke the queens English but now I seem to always get someone from overseas dealing with my issues or someone who is quite rude (and I hope they have recorded those calls and dealt with the individuals properly!) and I am fed up with them telling me again to switch off, or unplug the black lead or in one case the white and black leads from the router. I am also fed up with calling the 0845 number and them saying they want to run some checks and immediately telling me that they cannot run them - WHAT IS THE P{POINT OF THAT.

Recently, the last 4 weeks, I have had to endure daily outages for up to 6 hours and after the on the phone "Tests" they run they book an engineer and then in a few hours time I get a text telling me they have found the problem and that the engineer has been cancelled and I get service again. EVERY DAY?????

I am, like man here, fed up with the lies, the problems and the fobbing off that I must find a reliable alternative.
  • Satisfaction 1 Stars
  • Speed 1 Stars
  • Reliability 5 Stars
  • Customer Service 1 Stars
Nick Dufton Tunbridge Wells Virgin Media 2015-06-14  
We've been a customer of Virgin Media for well about 8 years after NTL went bust... And what a hair ripping 8 years it has been. Before I start, I'm going to say that this review will be based more on the morals and attitudes of Virgin, rather than their broadband service.

Firstly, all they care about is your money as a customer, rather than you as an individual. This is my biggest gripe with Virgin. Currently, we're paying £48.99 a month for 20 Megabit broadband and anytime phone. Absurd. The reason that we're still paying it is because no other ISP could before this time offer us faster broadband speeds, and we couldn't afford any slower Internet. So, we asked them how much it would cost to upgrade to 60Mb fibre; they said £20 EXTRA a month... So that's £68.99 a month they want for 60Mb fibre and anytime phone. Yet, a new customer can get all that PLUS TV for £20 a month less.

If you're a new customer to Virgin or thinking of moving, you'll have a great first year or for however long your contract is. But as soon as you're no longer new, they're gonna kick you in the wallet and with the service they provide.

The reliability of our Internet is insane, I would say we probably have about 60% uptime... Constantly resetting modems and routers as we're still using the NTL modem and a Netgear router, as they wanted even more money to replace them with Virgin's modem/router.

Their morals are based around getting as much money out of you as possible, with providing as little service as they can. Ever wondered why Virgin is one of the most profitable companies in the world, and why Mr. Branson has his own island? Well now you know, it all comes from your wallet.

Can say with huge relief that not two days ago BT posted a letter through our door saying they can finally offer us Infinity. Was on the phone immediately and made the switch.

Don't expect to stick with Virgin for very long, the second your contract is over they'll have new offers for new customers and all current or old customers will be thrown to the back of the priority list.
  • Satisfaction 1 Stars
  • Speed 2 Stars
  • Reliability 5 Stars
  • Customer Service 1 Stars
Stuart Hartlepool Virgin Media 2015-06-14  

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National Average Speeds March 2015

Minor drops in download speeds for majority of ISPs during March 2015

Posted on 2015-04-02 16:22 in Announcements News TalkTalk Sky Virgin Media BT Plusnet

March 2015 saw average download speeds recorded by users of our Broadband Speed Test drop slightly by 0.32Mb in comparison to the results from February, coming in at 21.11Mb. Average upload speeds remained stable at 4.22Mb.

Virgin Media's average download speeds dropped by a further 1.29Mb to 39.69Mb, with upload speeds remaining stable at 5.34Mb. BT Broadband hold second place with average download and upload speeds remaining stable at 19.85Mb and 5.81Mb. Plusnet remain in third place, with download speeds taking a 1.15Mb hit down to 14.59Mb with a 0.29Mb increase to 5.08Mb for average upload speeds. TalkTalk stay in fourth place, with download speeds increasing by 0.78Mb to 14.26Mb and upload speeds holding stable at 1.76Mb. Finally, Sky are in fifth place with a 0.57Mb decrease to download speeds, putting them at 12.8Mb, with upload speeds falling slightly to 3.24Mb.

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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 January, 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 15.74Mb 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 upload speeds increased by 0.49Mb to 3.44Mb.

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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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