Virgin Media Broadband Buyers Guide

Ultrafast high speed cable broadband available to around 60% of UK households

  • Fastest widely available broadband speed - with average download speeds of 516Mb on their fastest packages
  • 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 Hub 3 router with advanced 802.11ac wireless technology with all deals
  • Free wi-fi on the London Underground

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Virgin Media M100 plus Phone
£33.00 for 12 months
£49.00 thereafter

£25.00 upfront cost

  • Ending £75 bill credit online!
  • Free weekend calls
  • 108Mb average download speed!
  • 6Mb average upload speed!
  • Truly unlimited usage
  • 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
  • 12 month contract

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Virgin Media Big Bundle
£29.00 for 12 months
£59.00 thereafter

£25.00 upfront cost

  • Double speed - 100Mb instead of 50Mb for a limited period
  • 108Mb average download speed!
  • 6Mb average upload speed!
  • Truly unlimited usage
  • Virgin TV V6 Box record up to 6 shows at the same time
  • 110+ TV channels including 20 HD
  • WiFi on the Tube
  • Virgin TV Anywhere app
  • Weekend UK landline calls
  • 12 month contract

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Virgin Media Bigger Bundle
£57.00 for 12 months
£78.00 thereafter

£25.00 upfront cost

  • 108Mb average download speed!
  • 6Mb average upload speed!
  • Truly unlimited usage
  • Virgin TV V6 Box record up to 6 shows at the same time
  • 230+ TV channels including 60+ HD
  • free weekend calls
  • WiFi on the Tube
  • Free Super Hub with 802.11ac Wi-Fi
  • BT Sport in 4K Ultra HD
  • Nat Geo Wild in HD and the Disney Channels
  • Weekend UK landline calls
  • 12 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, averaging 516Mb download speed, more than 7 times that of BT fibre, which is currently averaging 67Mb on its fastest speed
  • Consistently the fastest of the big national providers in our monthly speed test report
  • Hub 3 router standard on all deals offers 802.11ac advanced wireless technology with faster speeds at a distance
  • 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
  • Rated highest for reliability out of all TV with broadband providers by Broadband.co.uk vistors

Possible downsides

  • Only available to around 60% of the UK, ruling out the vast majority of rural areas, but their footprint is growing
  • Installation can be more complex if your home hasn't been connected to Virgin Media before

Features at a glance

  • Top speeds average 516Mb download speeds and 35Mb upload speeds

  • 12 month or 30 day contracts

  • Truly unlimited usage on all packages

  • £25 upfront cost as standard

  • Free technical support by phone or online

  • Free anti-malware protection, firewall and parental controls for up to 5 devices

  • Free advanced Hub 3 802.11ac wireless router with all deals

  • Full range of premium Pay TV channels available, including Sky Sports and Sky Cinema

  • Phone bundles available

  • Free wi-fi at over 3.5 million hotspots, including in the London Underground and Glasgow Subway

  • Phone line optional for broadband only deals

3.1 stars
  satisfaction rating based on 11085 customer ratings since 2018-06-19. See more Virgin Media customer ratings and reviews.

Details last checked on 2019-06-17

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Virgin Media M50 plus Phone More Info

Hurry, ends soon! £50 bill credit + Free weekend calls + WiFi on the Tube!
Uses underground high speed cables so isn't affected by storms

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingLine Rental

averages
54Mb
truly
unlimited
12
months
£361 £28.00
£44.00 after 12 months
Credit offer online only

£25.00 upfront cost

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0800 083 8870
Virgin Media Big Bundle More Info

Special offer: Double speed - 100Mb instead of 50Mb for a limited period + Virgin TV V6 Box + 110+ TV channels + WiFi on the Tube!

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingTelevision ServiceLine Rental

averages
108Mb
truly
unlimited
12
months
£373 £29.00
£59.00 after 12 months

£25.00 upfront cost

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0800 083 8870
Virgin Media M100 plus Phone More Info

Hurry, ends soon! £75 bill credit + Free weekend calls + WiFi on the Tube!
Uses underground high speed cables so isn't affected by storms

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingLine Rental

averages
108Mb
truly
unlimited
12
months
£421 £33.00
£49.00 after 12 months
Credit offer online only

£25.00 upfront cost

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Virgin Media M50 More Info

Includes: WiFi on the Tube + no phone line necessary
Uses underground high speed cables so isn't affected by storms

802.11ac Wireless Router

averages
54Mb
truly
unlimited
12
months
£469 £37.00

£25.00 upfront cost

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0800 083 8870
Virgin Media M200 for Students More Info

Student offer: 30 day rolling contract, ideal for students with no need for a phone line + no activation fee online

802.11ac Wireless Router

averages
213Mb
truly
unlimited
1
month
£480 £40.00

No upfront cost when you sign up online

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Virgin Media M200 plus Phone More Info

Hurry, ends soon! £100 bill credit + Free weekend calls + WiFi on the Tube!
Uses underground high speed cables so isn't affected by storms

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingLine Rental

averages
213Mb
truly
unlimited
12
months
£481 £38.00
£54.00 after 12 months
Credit offer online only

£25.00 upfront cost

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Virgin Media Big Bundle + Drama Pick More Info

Includes: Virgin TV V6 Box + 150+ channels + free weekend calls + WiFi on the Tube!
Add another Pick for just £7 a month extra! Choose from Documentaries, Lifestyle and Sport Lite!

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingTelevision ServiceLine Rental

averages
108Mb
truly
unlimited
12
months
£493 £39.00
£69.00 after 12 months

£25.00 upfront cost

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Virgin Media M100 More Info

Includes: Free weekend calls + no phone line necessary + WiFi on the Tube!
Uses underground high speed cables so isn't affected by storms

802.11ac Wireless Router

averages
108Mb
truly
unlimited
12
months
£529 £42.00

£25.00 upfront cost

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Virgin Media M350 for Students More Info

Student offer: 30 day rolling contract, ideal for students with no need for a phone line + no activation fee online

802.11ac Wireless Router

averages
362Mb
truly
unlimited
1
month
£540 £45.00

No upfront cost when you sign up online

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0800 083 8870
Virgin Media M350 plus Phone More Info

Hurry, ends soon! £125 bill credit + Free weekend calls + WiFi on the Tube!
350Mb speed availability subject to line check by Virgin Media

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingLine Rental

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362Mb
truly
unlimited
12
months
£541 £43.00
£59.00 after 12 months
Credit offer online only

£25.00 upfront cost

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Virgin Media M200 More Info

Includes: WiFi on the Tube + no phone line necessary
Uses underground high speed cables so isn't affected by storms

802.11ac Wireless Router

averages
213Mb
truly
unlimited
12
months
£589 £47.00

£25.00 upfront cost

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Virgin Media M350 More Info

Includes: WiFi on the Tube + no phone line necessary
350Mb speed availability subject to line check by Virgin Media

802.11ac Wireless Router

averages
362Mb
truly
unlimited
12
months
£649 £52.00

£25.00 upfront cost

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Virgin Media Bigger Bundle More Info

Includes: Virgin TV V6 Box + 230+ TV channels + free weekend calls + WiFi on the Tube!
Boost your broadband to M200 and get a 2GB data SIM!

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingTelevision ServiceLine Rental

averages
108Mb
truly
unlimited
12
months
£709 £57.00
£78.00 after 12 months

£25.00 upfront cost

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0800 083 8870
Virgin Media Bigger Bundle + Movies More Info

Includes: Virgin TV V6 Box + 250+ TV channels + free weekend calls + WiFi on the Tube!
Boost your broadband to M200 and get a 2GB data SIM!

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingTelevision ServiceLine Rental

averages
108Mb
truly
unlimited
12
months
£769 £62.00
£93.00 after 12 months

£25.00 upfront cost

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0800 083 8870
Virgin Media Bigger Bundle + Sports More Info

Includes: Virgin TV V6 Box + 240+ TV channels + free weekend calls + WiFi on the Tube!
Boost your broadband to M200 and get a 2GB data SIM!

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingTelevision ServiceLine Rental

averages
108Mb
truly
unlimited
12
months
£889 £72.00
£103.00 after 12 months

£25.00 upfront cost

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0800 083 8870
Virgin Media Bigger Bundle + Sports & Movies More Info

Includes: Virgin TV V6 Box + 260+ TV channels + free weekend calls + WiFi on the Tube!
Boost your broadband to M350 and get a 2GB data SIM!

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingTelevision ServiceLine Rental

averages
213Mb
truly
unlimited
12
months
£1033 £84.00
£118.00 after 12 months

£25.00 upfront cost

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0800 083 8870
Virgin Media Ultimate Oomph Bundle More Info

Includes: Truly Unlimited SIM + two Virgin TV V6 boxes + 280+ TV channels + free anytime calls + WiFi on the Tube!
Uses underground high speed cables so isn't affected by storms

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingTelevision ServiceLine Rental

averages
516Mb
truly
unlimited
12
months
£1213 £99.00
£139.00 after 12 months

£25.00 upfront cost

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Details last checked on 2019-06-17

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
    3.1 stars
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
  • Speed
    3.1 stars
  • Reliability
    3.1 stars

Based on 11085 customer ratings since 2018-06-19

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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.

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Too bad I can't give 0 stars. Answered the phone to a cold caller and was initially uninterested as I was still in contract. Convinced by the sales man to move from Vodafone due to offers of no activation fee, promise that they would take care of the cancellation of my Vodafone account and pay off my early termination charge. These were not demands made by me but rather offers from the salesman when I said I was happy with my current deal.
None of the above promises were held to, and when I then asked to leave they threw a £250 early termination fee at me. Naturally, I asked to speak to a manager and I was told I would get a call back in 48hrs. It is now 8 days later and 5 more calls to virgin (including another promise that I would get a manager call back that evening) and I'm still yet to speak to anyone of authority.
Don't bother, they're liars who are just after your money.
P. S to make matters worse I was told by one customer service agent "I don't know why they keep telling people things like this when they're not things we offer. This is the third call about this I've had today". So they know full well what they're doing.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    3 stars
Barnsley Virgin Media  
Sick and tired of virgin paid £38 pm for 100 meg was lied to by the salesman saying I could get the same discount in 12 months, they put it up to £59 because they are the only provider who anything above 10 meg in our street, also constantly getting low single figure speeds in the bedroom of a small house and was told I’d have to pay extra for a signal booster avoid virgin like the plague
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Liverpool Virgin Media  
Been with Virgin for 8 months, paid for the 200mbs package and I can say that the first month or two I did reach that speed. Soon after i would only get a maximum of 30-40 and reach minimums of 3mbs. The speed they provide it's not consistent and their claim that they provide the fastest broadband is utter lies.

Secondly, I wanted to transfer my account to my friend, living in the same house, because I had to move somewhere else. When I called I asked for my account to be transferred to my friends' name and they informed me because it's a transfer I won't need to pay the cancellation fee and the whole process will take up to a month during which I will still be paying the internet. 2 days later they've cancelled my account and stopped the service, they've forced me to pay the cancellation fee and won't even get the extra credit for referring a friend because the account is disabled. Even though this is their fault they kept repeating that there are no notes about this transfer and blaming me for this whole deal. I never asked for my account to be cancelled and they just did it because of their incompetence. At the beginning of each call they say they will record the call for training purposes, I even suggested to listen to my conversion but they refused saying they will never do it.

This is the worst customer service I've ever seen, people don't care, and when they make mistakes you, the customer, will pay for it.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Birmingham Virgin Media  
My advice to anyone thinking of joining Virgin would be 'stay away!' We have been with Virgin for around 16 years - recently they put our prices up as our contract had finished. I called them up as I saw that new customers were entitled to a package nearly £20 a month cheaper than what Virgin was charging me. We have done this in the past and have always been able to fix in again and negotiate a new price. Was told by a very rude and unhelpful advisor that Virgin no longer offer existing customers a new contract once their old one expires the deal I had seen online was for new customers only and I would have to suck it up unless I wanted to fork out more for a TV package in which case he could offer me a new contract. Asked to make a complaint and he said "there's no point because I will immediately close the complaint down" I insisted I wanted my complaint noted. The rep said he needed to put me on hold he then disconnected me. Shocking service, awful company will be cancelling my services with Virgin and will never return.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    3 stars
Portsmouth Virgin Media  
Moved over from talk talk because of the promise of faster broadband and a better overall performance.
Been a customer for 4months and so far not impressed.
Broadband is constantly going down in my area and it's so slow. It's really frustrating.
I will be changing providers at the end of my contract.
If you are thinking of coming to Virgin, remember that the grass isn't always greener folks.
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    4 stars
Oldham Virgin Media  
Shocked to find that I cannot contact Virgin Media by email. I tried the online form and it took forever to fill in a long list of required fields which they already know as I'm signed in. Then, to add insult to injury, the whole lot was lost before submission. I'm sick of speaking to them on the phone. Only interested if they can sell something. Looking at alternatives
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    4 stars
Plymouth Virgin Media  
Broadband cuts out regularly.
Started doing it again today so so just spent 1 hour 20 mins on phone to them being bounced around from person to person.
Everytime you go through same security checks as they don't seem to have any continuity between operators.

Eventual solution is there is a fault in the area they'll send someone out but that will take 5-7 days!

No compensation offered.
Cancelling the contract incurs an early termination fee. That can only be waived if the fault reoccurs 3 times in 1 month.
Given that each fault takes 5-7 days to fix, they know that's almost impossible. Basically, they've contractually arranged it so they could leave you without internet for 10-14 days per month and still charge you for cancelling.

Incidentally, i'm in central London. If it takes 5-7 days to fix a fault here, God help anyone who's with them in a rural area!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
London Virgin Media  
We are constantly losing our connection, we never get to watch a complete episode of anything without having to wait for broadband to reconnect. It's such a nightmare. Even worse when we pause something and press play after a while, it's so frustrating when you've worked hard all day and just want to sit and relax with your family.I would definitely give less than 1 star.
Customer service is ok though and they sent out a booster, but no difference was made, 2 of the bedrooms still cant recieve broadband and we've followed all the guides to improve connection. Nothing has helped. Just paying for nothing every month.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Blackpool Virgin Media  
Switched recently from Talk Talk - biggest mistake ever. Broadband is much slower and costs more. In fact it’s so slow, I can’t even do a speedtest. Particularly annoying when trying to work from home. I wish we had objective and accurate information, before switching.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    4 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    2 stars
Sw20 Virgin Media  
In parts of the house we can't even get a connection. I contacted virgin a few times after getting it in. Couldn't get a satisfactory answer. So I have just gave up ringing them. Can't wait for my contract to finish
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Bt62 1ju Virgin Media  

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Are broadband bundles or standalone deals right for you?

Posted on 2019-04-11 14:01 in Features EE Hyperoptic TalkTalk NOW Broadband BT Sky Virgin Media

Is it better to get your broadband, TV and phone services as part of a single bundle from the same provider, or should you shop around for the best standalone deals?

Is it simply a question of convenience versus flexibility? And does one work out cheaper than the other?

Let's take a look.

What kind of bundles can you get?

There are three types of broadband bundle. Where providers offer more than one you might see them described as triple or quad-play providers.

Broadband and call bundles

Most broadband services need you to have a traditional phone line, the price of which will be included in your broadband bill. Many providers - even some of the smaller ones - make the most of this requirement by offering you a call plan as part of a bundle. You can add off-peak, Anytime or International calls for a few extra pounds a month. If you don't add a plan the price for any calls you make just gets added to your bill.

Even some providers who don't require a landline will still offer you call bundles, and that can work out cheaper even if you don't intend to use them. For example, Virgin Media's broadband with phone options are cheaper than just standalone broadband for the offer introductory period of. After this, it goes up by £2 a month, but you always have the option of ditching the phone portion at the end of your minumum contract, or some people might consider the extra £2 worth it for extra piece of mind in an emergency. Of course, this isn't always the case, as with Hyperoptic who charge more for a phone bundle than they do for a standalone product. But it's worth investigating to see whether a potential provider requires a landline or not, and if you can make a saving by getting calls bundled in.

Broadband and TV bundles

Broadband and TV bundles are the next most common types of deal. These are generally restricted to the bigger name providers like Sky or BT, and can give you access to premium TV channels that show Premier League football or the latest movies. But beware, they aren't all like this. Some TV bundles, such as the basic TalkTalk or Virgin TV deals, don't offer many more channels than you can get with Freeview. You get a set-top box that lets you record or pause shows, but doesn't include any pay TV channels unless you choose to upgrade. Take a look at our guide on the cheapest ways to get pay TV for the full lowdown.

Broadband and mobile bundles

The other type of deal you can get is a broadband and mobile bundle. Again, these are rarer. Your options are split into two groups: either money off your bill, or a bonus added to your mobile plan, usually in the form of a bigger data allowance. The good thing about the latter is that you can add it to an existing plan if you're already a customer, without needing to take out a new deal.

How do the prices compare?

So how do the prices of bundles compare to buying all your services separately? And do they work out cheaper? Well, it's complicated. When you compare like-for-like services, bundles will usually give you a decent saving. But if you're willing to make compromises on what you need, they might not be the best option.

Here's an example. Let's say you want to sign up to Sky TV.

As of April 2019 you can get Sky Entertainment with 63Mb Fibre in a bundle from Sky for £42 a month. By contrast, if you took the cheapest fibre deal with an average 63Mb speed, from TalkTalk, plus the same Sky Entertainment package from Sky it would cost you a total of £47 a month. It's the same story for different speed broadband, and when you add more TV channels the gap increases further.

Bundles are cheaper when you compare like-for-like services. But - and there's always a but - it isn't quite as simple as that.

If you take that 63Mb TalkTalk Fibre plan and add a NOW TV Entertainment Pass instead of the Sky subscription, the monthly price plummets to just £33. In fact, add the NOW TV plan to Sky Fibre and it works out £7 a month less than the Sky bundle.

What gives? The important thing here is to compare the small differences in the services you're getting. NOW TV is cheaper and gives you the same channels you get through Sky, but it's also a far less premium service. You can't use it to record shows, access red button services, watch 4K broadcasts, or plenty of other things.

In summary: if you want the full monty, a bundle will almost always be cheaper. But if you're willing to shave off some of the extras, you might be able to make savings by buying separately.

Are bundles right for you?

Money aside, the big selling point of bundles is convenience. A bundle gives you one contract, one bill, and one customer service department to deal with. In most cases you'll be able to renew at the same time, too. And you could argue that getting all your services from the same provider will give you more leverage when it comes to negotiating the best deal. The more you pay, the keener they'll be to keep you.

But buying standalone deals has its merits, too. You get more choice, for a start, since there aren't many triple or quad-play broadband providers. And more flexibility, which lets you pick up a faster broadband package than your chosen TV provider can offer, for example. Plus, there's the possibility of taking shorter deals. Sky TV comes with an 18 month contract, Virgin 12 months, and NOW TV just 30 days.

Call plan bundles are the easiest to decide upon. Lots of us don't even have phones plugged into our landlines anymore, so don't need them. But if you make a lot of landline calls - especially international calls - then go for it.

For TV, make sure you know what you want before you sign up. For the full pay-TV experience a Sky or Virgin Media bundle will work out cheaper. If you just want a few extra channels, like from NOW TV or the handful of premium channels offered by BT, a standalone deal might actually work out better.

And as for mobile, keep an eye out for indirect savings. Sky TV customers, for instance, are automatically eligible for unlimited free calls and texts, which means they only need to pay for a data plan. The cheapest they offer is just £6 a month - almost certainly less than you're paying at the moment. EE give 5GB of mobile data to their broadband customers each month. This won't show as a saving on your broadband bill, but is likely to enable you to switch to a much cheaper mobile plan and make your savings there instead.

The main thing is to know what you need and how much it will cost you separately. The you can compare it to how much an equivalent bundle will set you back. Use our comparison tool to find your perfect broadband bundle to get started.

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Broadband compensation

Automatic compensation for loss of broadband service goes live from today

Posted on 2019-04-01 16:56 in News TalkTalk Zen Plusnet BT EE Sky Vodafone Virgin Media Hyperoptic

A new voluntary code introduced by Ofcom goes into effect today. This scheme means that the broadband providers who have signed up will have to reimburse customers in the event of their broadband or landline phone service being down for longer than two days. Here's what you need to know.

The compensation you can expect

  • Delayed repair following loss of service - if a fault takes longer than two days to fix, you can expect £8 for each day after that period that your broadband is not repaired
  • Missed appointments - if the engineer does not turn up or your appointment is cancelled with less than 24 hours of notice, you can expect £25 per missed appointment
  • Delays with the start of a new service - if your broadband does not go live on the agreed date, you can expect £5 for each day of delay, including the missed start date

Homes and small to medium businesses who choose to use residential broadband are eligible for compensation on this scheme, and you should only need to report the fault for compensation to be paid out automatically.

To qualify for compensation, faults must not be of your own making (for example, your problem is down to your own wiring and equipment, you shove a spade through a vital cable on your property, or you're not at home for an engineer visit). You're also due compensation in the event of extreme weather causing problems and third-party incidents that contribute to the delay of repairs.

The providers taking part

Originally BT, Sky, TalkTalk, Virgin Media and Zen signed up to the agreement back when it was proposed in 2017. Since then EE, Hyperoptic, Plusnet and Vodafone have also signed up, accounting for more than 95% of broadband and landline customers in the UK. While most of these providers will be participating in this scheme from today, Hyperoptic and Vodafone will start automatic compensation later this year, and EE should be ready to do so next year.

Find more information in Ofcom's press release.

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Virgin Media Broadband Buyers Guide - Is Virgin Media right for you?

Can I get Virgin Media?

Virgin Media ultrafast broadband is only available through the company's own fibre optic cable network, meaning you need to live in a Virgin Media cable area to be able to get it.

The network currently comprises about 60% of UK homes, although Virgin Media are looking at expanding their coverage by the end of 2020. Ultrafast speeds (in excess of 100Mb) are available in all cable areas, and the full upgrade from M200 to M350 rolled out across 2018. M500 is being rolled out across 2019, and is currently only available as part of the V.VIP package, but expect that to change later on.

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

What packages are available?

Virgin Media provide 4 different broadband packages, each providing a different speed of broadband service:

  • M50, averages 54Mb download speed, 3Mb upload speed
  • M100, averages 108Mb download speed, 6Mb upload speed
  • M200, averages 213Mb download speed, 12Mb upload speed
  • M350, averages 362Mb download speed, 21Mb upload speed

All packages can be taken as standalone broadband deals, or with the option of line rental and a Weekend or Anytime calls package. Broadband is fully unlimited, with no restrictions on downloads or uploads. You can get Virgin Media broadband on both 12-month and 30-day rolling deals. The short term deal offers greater flexibility, but comes with a much higher upfront installtion cost, typically £70, compared to £25 on the long. They're also more expensive per month if you choose a package with calls. You also have the option boost your speeds to the next package and get a 2GB data SIM bundled in.

Virgin Media is a "quad play" provider. This means that you can add a full range of pay TV services, plus a mobile deal, to your broadband and phone package. All TV deals require a 12 month contract.

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.

Which package should I choose?

All Virgin Media broadband packages are truly unlimited, and offer 'superfast' and 'ultrafast' speeds over 24Mb and 350Mb respectively. When deciding which package is best for you, you should consider how heavily you use the internet, how many people will be using your connection, and your budget - you don't need to pay more than necessary.

Virgin Media claims an average 5 second download time for an album, and 2.4 minutes for a movie on M100, and even faster on M200 with less than a 4 second average download for an album and 1.45 minutes for a movie, and even faster still on M350. 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 the M100 package is ideal for families, and the M200 and 350 packages are 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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What TV deals do Virgin Media offer?

As well as their very fast broadband speeds, another big attraction of Virgin Media is the range of premium Pay TV services they offer.

Virgin Media TV is delivered via Virgin's cable infrastructure, so you need to live in an area where this has been installed. You watch via the Ultra HD-ready Virgin TV V6 box, which allows you to record six shows while watching a seventh. You also get on-demand viewing and support for Netflix and YouTube. In addition, the Virgin TV Go app lets you watch on a phone or tablet. These services come on a 12 month contract.

Virgin Media TV offers four bundles with an increasing number of channels:

  • Big Bundle: over 120 channels, most of which are available through Freeview. You can add Sky Cinema or Sky Sports as add-ons without contract. The standard Player TV bundle comes with Virgin's M50 fibre broadband.
  • Big Bundle + Entertainment Picks: more than 150 channels, including the above plus premium entertainment channels like Sky One, Sky Witness and Fox. Sky Atlantic is not available on Virgin. Boost your TV options by adding Entertainment Picks, with a choice between Drama, Documentaries, Lifestyle and Sport Lite
  • Bigger Bundle: over 240 channels including HD and +1 versions of many of the Mix TV channels, plus BT Sport in Ultra HD and the Virgin TV Ultra HD channel. You can add Sky Cinema or Sky Sports as add-ons without contract. Bundled with M100 fibre broadband.
  • Ultimate Oomph Bundle: the full package of over 280 channels, including Sky Sports HD, Sky Cinema HD and BT Sport UHD, plus the Virgin TV Ultra HD channel. Bundled with the ultrafast M500 fibre broadband, Anytime calls and a mobile SIM with truly unlimited data, minutes and texts.

Virgin offers certain bundles that match TV packages with specfic broadband deals, but you can mix and match, too, to ensure you get exactly what you need. All TV packages come with an option to boost your speed to the next tier, aside from Ultimate Oomph which already offers the fastest speeds available.

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 Hub 3 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 Hub 3 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 - F-Secure SAFE, an anti-virus tool worth £79.99 a year, is included free for all Virgin Media broadband customers. You can install this on up to five devices for 12 months, including PCs and Macs, and Android tablets and phones. You also get Virgin Media's Web Safe parental controls tools.
  • Inclusive phone calls - Virgin Media provide the option of getting phone services along with your broadband packages. The phone inclusive packages are less per month than the broadband-only packages. 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 1TB Virgin TV V6 box, which enables you to record up to 500 hours of TV.
  • Free tech support - If you experience any problems you can support over the phone between 8am and 10pm, seven days a week. Online chat is also avalable Monday to Saturday between 8am and 8pm.

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 averaging 362Mb are in the process of being rolled out with many areas already upgraded and all areas can achieve average speeds of 213Mb.
  • Free hardware support - All Virgin Media broadband customers are entitled to free servicing and repairs on your broadband connection and Virgin Media Hub 3 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 over 250 London Underground stations, plus everywhere on the Galsgow subway.
  • All deals get the premium router - Virgin Media offer their very best router with the latest 802.11ac wireless on even their cheapest products. Equally, all TV customers get the same high-end V6 box regardless of how many channels they choose to take.
  • High customer satisfaction - According to an Ofcom report, Virgin Media customers are most the most likely to recommend the provider to friends.

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.

  • Installation is more complex - If your house has never had Virgin Media before, then the installation will more complex. An engineer will need to run cabling from the connection point on your pavement to an outside socket installed on your outside wall, to a wall socket inside your house. Virgin says it normally takes around two hours, although could be longer in some cases. However, if your home is already set up for Virgin, a self install option might be available.
  • 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 most 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 averaging around 19Mb while Virgin Media's M100 service offers only 6Mb average upload speeds, although their most expensive M350 service now offers 21Mb average upload speeds, and the new M500 service will offer 35Mb upload speeds.

 

Broadband.co.uk