Virgin Media

Ultrafast high speed cable broadband available to at least 65% of UK households

  • Fastest widely available broadband speed - up to 200Mb 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
  • Free Super Hub with advanced 802.11ac wireless technology with all deals
  • Free WiFi on the London Underground

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Virgin Media VIVID 200 plus Phone Weekends
£21.00 for 12 months
£32.00 thereafter

Line rental from £13.67

  • 12 months reduced price!
  • Up to 200Mb download speed!
  • Up to 12Mb upload speed!
  • Unlimited monthly allowance
  • WiFi on the Tube
  • 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
  • 18 month contract

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Virgin Media Big Bang
£24.00 for 12 months
£34.00 thereafter

Line rental from £13.67

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

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Virgin Media VIVID 100 plus Phone Weekends
£13.00 for 12 months
£24.00 thereafter

Line rental from £13.67

  • 12 months reduced price!
  • Up to 100Mb download speed!
  • Up to 6Mb upload speed!
  • Unlimited monthly allowance
  • WiFi on the Tube
  • 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
  • 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 200Mb download speeds, more double that of BT FttC, which is currently at 76Mbps
  • Consistently the fastest of the big national providers 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
  • TV services provided by underground high speed 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
  • 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

 

Features at a glance

  • Up to 200Mb download speeds and up to 12Mb upload speeds

  • 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

  • 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

3.4 stars
  satisfaction rating based on 34829 customer ratings since 2015-07-01. See more Virgin Media customer ratings and reviews.

Details last checked on 2016-06-24

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Virgin Media SuperFibre 50 plus Phone Weekends More Info

Special offer: 12 months better than half price + WiFi on the Tube!

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingLine Rental (17.99 pounds)

up to
50Mb
50GB 18
months
£82

£245.99 with
saver line rental
£6.00
£14.00 after 12 months

Line rental from £13.67

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Virgin Media VIVID 100 plus Phone Weekends More Info

Special offer: 12 months reduced price + WiFi on the Tube!

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingLine Rental (17.99 pounds)

up to
100Mb
unlimited 18
months
£166

£329.99 with
saver line rental
£13.00
£24.00 after 12 months

Line rental from £13.67

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Virgin Media Big Easy More Info

Special offer: 12 months reduced price + WiFi on the Tube + 6 months free Netflix!
Uses underground high speed 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 (17.99 pounds)

up to
50Mb
unlimited 18
months
£190

£353.99 with
saver line rental
£15.00
£24.00 after 12 months

Line rental from £13.67

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Virgin Media VIVID 200 plus Phone Weekends More Info

Special offer: 12 months reduced price + WiFi on the Tube!

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingLine Rental (17.99 pounds)

up to
200Mb
unlimited 18
months
£262

£425.99 with
saver line rental
£21.00
£32.00 after 12 months

Line rental from £13.67

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Virgin Media Big Bang More Info

Special offer: 12 months reduced price + WiFi on the Tube + 6 months free Netflix!
Uses underground high speed 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 (17.99 pounds)

up to
100Mb
unlimited 18
months
£298

£461.99 with
saver line rental
£24.00
£34.00 after 12 months

Line rental from £13.67

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Virgin Media SuperFibre 50 More Info

No phone line necessary + WiFi on the Tube

802.11ac Wireless Router

up to
50Mb
50GB 12
months
£313 £25.25
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Virgin Media Big Fun More Info

Special offer: 12 months reduced price + WiFi on the Tube + 6 months free Netflix!
Uses underground high speed 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 (17.99 pounds)

up to
100Mb
unlimited 18
months
£358

£521.99 with
saver line rental
£29.00
£40.00 after 12 months

Line rental from £13.67

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Virgin Media VIVID 100 More Info

No phone line necessary + WiFi on the Tube

802.11ac Wireless Router

up to
100Mb
unlimited 12
months
£433 £35.25
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Virgin Media Big Kahuna More Info

Special offer: 12 months reduced price + WiFi on the Tube + 6 months free Netflix!
Uses underground high speed 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 (17.99 pounds)

up to
200Mb
unlimited 18
months
£514

£677.99 with
saver line rental
£42.00
£55.00 after 12 months

Line rental from £13.67

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Virgin Media VIVID 200 More Info

No phone line necessary + WiFi on the Tube

802.11ac Wireless Router

up to
200Mb
unlimited 12
months
£529 £43.25
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Virgin Media Big Kahuna Movies More Info

Hurry, ends soon! 12 months reduced price, next 6 months reduced price + WiFi on the Tube + 6 months free Netflix!
Uses underground high speed 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 (17.99 pounds)

up to
200Mb
unlimited 18
months
£562

£725.99 with
saver line rental
£46.00
£60.00 after 12 months
£75.00 after 18 months

Line rental from £13.67

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Virgin Media Big Kahuna Sports More Info

Special offer: 12 months reduced price + WiFi on the Tube + 6 months free Netflix!
Uses underground high speed 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 (17.99 pounds)

up to
200Mb
unlimited 18
months
£742

£905.99 with
saver line rental
£61.00
£85.50 after 12 months

Line rental from £13.67

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Virgin Media Big Kahuna Sports and Movies More Info

Special offer: 12 months reduced price + WiFi on the Tube + 6 months free Netflix!
Uses underground high speed 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 (17.99 pounds)

up to
200Mb
unlimited 18
months
£802

£965.99 with
saver line rental
£66.00
£92.50 after 12 months

Line rental from £13.67

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Details last checked on 2016-06-24

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
    3.4 stars
  • Speed
    3.3 stars
  • Reliability
    3.3 stars
  • Customer Service
    3.4 stars

Based on 34829 customer ratings since 2015-07-01

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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
Virgin media service is shocking. The people are lovely but their policies are horrendous and not customer friendly. Cancelling my account was a nightmare. The actual quality of their broadband and television service is also terrible. The price continued to go up but service never got any better. The internet frequently cut out with no explanation only an apology for the inconvenience.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    3 stars
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
Cork Virgin Media  
When it works it's ok, the problem is it works about 10% of the time. It's honestly a joke that it drops to 0.5Mbits every 5 minutes. Horrible customer service aswell, just a bunch of people in an indian call center that have no idea what they're talking about. One of the worst broadband providers out there, they basically steal money.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
Glasgow Virgin Media  
Shocking !!! I changed to virgin on the understanding it was The best provider the worst mistake ever I was paying £7.99 per month for 10 Mb from my former provider I am now paying £32 a month for sometimes 3 it might rise on occasions to 20 if I'm lucky .I have rang an incredible amount of times to get it is a technical fault I'm sorry that doesn't wash with me anymore being fobbed off the money in also spending on phone calls yet they still take their full payment disgusting i must say on the first initial phone call they deducted part of my monthly bill on the understanding it will be fixed it never has. Does any body recommend a better provider as Virgin is not living upto their expectations what so ever 😨
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
Wigan Virgin Media  
The service was okay while I was with them but when I went to cancel they insisted on the full cancellation fee even though I've been with them for 6 years. I thought there would have been some courtesy for a loyal customer, if nothing else just to ensure repeat business. I could have switched when I moved, and I should have done.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
Southampton Virgin Media  
The worst wifi I've ever seen! Don't get it!!
We changed from sky that has never ever let us down, it was fast too! We changed because virgin was cheaper and that was the biggest mistake ever!

It keeps turning off, it's slow, I use my data more than the wifi! Waste of money in my opinion!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
Wolverhampton Virgin Media  
Virgin are an absolute disgrace. We were told that we could have virgin in our area, and due to our slow broadband speed we jumped at the chance. We went all out and opted for the Big Kahuna Bundle. We were told that we would be getting connected on the 31st of May, so my Dad took the day off work to wait in. We then received a text on the Monday stating that our connection day had been cancelled (with no explanation) and that they would get back to us. We were disappointed but understood that these things happen. My Dad drove the 50 minute drive to work, and received a text from Virgin asking him to be in and that we were indeed being connected that Tuesday, he drove all the way home, waited all day and no one turned up. Earlier on in the day, our current provider BT had turned us off, in preparation for Virgin to reconnect us, so we had to WiFi in the house. We rang up Virgin and was told due to a technical fault the connection had to be postponed. We waited and waited to hear from Virgin, and when we rang up to enquire the customer service was extremely unhelpful and nobody could tell us anything. We have now been without WIFI for 3 weeks, and still no word from Virgin, even with going in to store and ringing up. It got to the point where we needed WIFI and were fed up, my Mum is a teacher and cannot do her work at home without the connection so is working late at work. 3 weeks with no word and no connection is appalling. We decided to give up and reconnect to BT, bearing in mind that we had to pay a disconnection charge beforehand and also paid Virgin. It will take another week or so to be connected, which means due to Virgin we have been without WIFI for a month. They then had the cheek to ask to connect us and wanted to give us a connection date! Considering we were supposed to be connected on the 31st of May and it's now the 23rd of June, I think this is disgusting. We will be complaining and demanding that Virgin give us a refund, and pay for all the disconnection costs with BT. If you ask me, Virgin are appalling and I wouldn't ever go with them again.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
Mansfield Virgin Media  
If you think your broadband is rubbish , wait till you try to cancel , if I provided service like this , I would buy an island to escape to aswell , RUBBISH
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    3 stars
  • Customer Service
    1 star
Walsall Virgin Media  
awful. customer services dont do anything. you have to call them up every day to give them the same information over and over again. nobody calls back and deadlines to fix the fault are always missed
east sussex Virgin Media  
We have been without a phone for four weeks now. I've lost count of the number of phone calls I've made, and of the engineers who have failed to fix our line. Nobody ever rings back, emails are rarely answered (when they are it's a bland 'we'll fix it as soo as possible'. Customer service assistants are often rude - and they are always surprised and offended if you get upset. In the past week, I've been promised 5 call-backs from engineers, and none of them have materialised. Some customer services assistants refuse to put you through to a manager. It's fine when things are working, but when the system is down they have no interest in your problems. They promised to fix my phone three weeks from when it broke down. Their engineer arrived and promptly buggered off. When I ring up they tell me they have to follow procedures and I need to go to the back of the queue.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
Walsall Virgin Media  
Just moved house (5 weeks ago) and switched to Virgin Media 'Big Kahuna' bundle. Never had such poor speed or reliability from a broadband service, regularly less than 20MB download, 1MB upload even when sitting next to the hub on multiple devices. Have tired all solutions. Now in process of paying penalty to cancel (putting it down to experience). Won't be touching Virgin again.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
Bath Virgin Media  

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National Average Speeds March 2016

Average mobile broadband speeds rising in 2016 while fixed line home broadband speeds coast at late 2015 levels

Posted on 2016-04-08 16:59 in Announcements News 4GEE EE Hyperoptic Vodafone Three Sky Virgin Media BT Post Office

Each month hundreds of thousands of broadband customers test their speeds with our broadband speed test. Since the end of 2015 there's been little change in average speeds from home broadband with average download speeds for March 2016 coming in at 20.41Mb and average upload speeds at 3.73Mb.

However, our test also supports users testing on tablets and smartphones, meaning we can report on mobile broadband speeds from 4G and 3G networks. While home broadband has been stable, mobile broadband average download speed has risen by a full 2Mb since December and upload speed by 1.6Mb, the average mobile broadband speeds for March 2016 were 15.31Mb download and 3.71Mb upload.

When the big mobile broadband and home broadband providers' average speeds compete on the same table, it's only Virgin Media's DOCSIS 3 cable broadband that outperforms mobile broadband, clocking in 46.95Mb, with upload speeds at 5.9Mb. 4GEE is ahead of BT Broadband with download speeds clocking in at 18.71Mb, faster than BT by 1.07Mb. 4GEE and Vodafone mobile broadband sit in overall 2nd and 4th places beating all home big broadband providers' averages bar Virgin Media, with Vodafone's 16.26Mb average mobile download speed only 1.38Mb behind BT.

Of the home broadband providers Post Office Broadband still has the UK's slowest broadband speed overall with only 4.38Mb average downloads and 1.67Mb average uploads, well below the average speeds expected for copper phoneline broadband. Three tested with the slowest mobile broadband at 12.09Mb downloads, but this still beat home broadband offerings from Sky and EE.

When the supplementary broadband providers table (see page 4 of the report) is included we can see that fibre to the building provider Hyperoptic tested as the fastest broadband overall with 91.7Mb average downloads and 77.3Mb uploads.

Read more Broadband Speed Test Results for March 2016

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National Average Speeds December 2015

Average fixed line download speeds remain stable over December 2015, average mobile broadband speeds see minor increase

Posted on 2016-01-08 12:21 in Announcements News 4GEE Hyperoptic Vodafone TalkTalk Three O2 Virgin Media BT Post Office Plusnet

December 2015 saw average download speeds for fixed line providers recorded by users of our broadband speed test remain stable in comparison to the results from November, coming in at 20.56Mb. Average upload speeds saw a 0.15Mb drop to 3.68Mb.

Of the big 5 home broadband providers, Virgin Media remained in first place but their average download speeds appear to have levelled out since rolling out their 200Mb service, remaining stable at 46.57Mb, with upload speeds at 5.66Mb. BT Broadband retain second place with average download and upload speeds steady at 17.58Mb and 4.42Mb respectively. TalkTalk move up to third place, with download speeds stable at 12.8Mb and upload speeds dropping by 0.21Mb to 1.86Mb. Plusnet drop into fourth place, dropping by 0.59Mb to 12.6Mb for average download speeds with a 0.39Mb decrease to 2.85Mb for average upload speeds. Finally, Sky remain in fifth place with a 1.1Mb fall in download speeds to 10.92Mb, while their upload speeds decreased by 0.41Mb to 2.47Mb.

Results from users testing with mobile-enabled devices including phones and tablets suggests that mobile broadband speeds saw an overall rise since November. Taking mobile broadband separately from home broadband, EE Mobile retain first place, with download speeds increasing by 1.1Mb to 17.55Mb and upload speeds holding at 3.87Mb. Vodafone are in second place, seeing download speeds fall slightly by 0.19Mb to 13.76Mb and upload speeds steady at 2.82Mb. O2 are in third place with download speeds at 11.78Mb - a respectable 1.4Mb increase over last month - and upload speeds at 2.53Mb. Three are still in fourth place, with average download speeds of 9.84Mb and upload speeds of 2.56Mb.

When mobile broadband and home broadband average speeds compete on the same table, 4GEE is head-to-head with BT's second place with a difference of only 0.03Mb. 4GEE and Vodafone mobile broadband sit in overall 3rd and 4th places beating all home broadband providers' averages bar Virgin Media and BT. This suggests that 4G broadband may have higher uptake levels relative to 3G compared to uptake of the fastest possible fibre broadband products relative to cheaper options.

This month's supplementary broadband providers table (see page 4 of the report) found Post Office Broadband had the UK's slowest broadband speed overall with only 2.55Mb average downloads and only 0.33Mb average uploads. Hyperoptic was fastest overall with 102.1Mb average downloads and 92.13Mb uploads.

Read more Broadband Speed Test Results for December 2015

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Virgin Media Buyers Guide

Can I get Virgin Media?

Virgin Media ultrafast broadband is available only through their 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 152Mb to up to 200Mb rolling out across 2015.

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 200Mb download speed, up to 12Mb upload speed

All of these packages can be taken as standalone broadband deals, or with the option of line rental and a Weekend call package. They also all have unlimited usage, which 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 a large range of TV packages. These range from the more basic Big Easy package with lower speeds and 60+ TV channels, up to the Big Kahuna packages with 230+ channels and the option of Sports and Movies bundled in on top.

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 200Mb 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 200Mb with less than 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 200Mb 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?

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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. 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 broadband provider 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 £17.99 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 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. 087x and 084x numbers are subject to extra service and access charges.
  • 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 200Mb are in the process of being rolled out with many areas already upgraded and all areas can achieve up to 152Mb 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.
  • 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 200Mb service still only offers up to 12Mb uploads.

 

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