Virgin Media becomes UK’s first quad-play provider

Virgin Media’s new packages bundle broadband, TV, home phone and mobile phone services together at one price. But what’s the advantage of getting everything at once? We take a look…

This week's been something of a Big Bundle bonanza!

On Tuesday, O2 launched a range of Big Bundle Pay as you Go plans, and now Virgin Media's launched some Big Bundles of its own - and they truly live up to their name.

The new packages gather broadband, TV, home phone and mobile phone into one package. Virgin Media soft-launched the deals for existing customers earlier this month, but now they're available to all. That makes Virgin Media the first provider in the UK to offer this type of 'quad-play' package in the UK.

The deals offer superfast broadband, TV subscription - including a TiVo connected set-top box - inclusive weekend calls and a mobile sim with unlimited calls and texts and 250MB data a month. You can also add BT Sport, Sky Sports or Sky Movies to the Big Kahuna for a little extra money.

Available plans include:

Big Easy Big Bang Big Kahuna Big Daddy
Broadband: 50Mb + Weekend Calls, TV: M TiVo +, Mobile: Unlimited mins & texts & 250Mb/month data Broadband: 100Mb + Weekend Calls,
TV: M+ TiVo + Mobile: Unlimited mins & texts & 250Mb/month data
Broadband: 152Mb + Weekend Calls,
TV: XL TiVo (with BT Sport) + Mobile: Unlimited mins & texts & 250Mb/month data
Broadband: 152Mb + Unlimited Calls,
TV: XL TiVo (with Sky Sports, Sky Movies, Premium HD, & BT Sport) + Mobile: Unlimited mins & texts & 250Mb/month data

£15 a month for 6 months

£20 a month for 6 months

£30 a month for 6 months

£65 a month for 6 months

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£25 per month

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£35 per month

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£50 per month

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£100per month

Plus Virgin Phone Line for £15.99 a month Plus Virgin Phone Line for £15.99 a month Plus Virgin Phone Line for £15.99 a month Plus Virgin Phone Line for £15.99 a month

As with bundling broadband, phone and TV together, adding mobile to the mix could help you save money on all four services. Equally importantly, it reduces the amount of faff in your life, as you only have to manage one bill instead of up to three.

There are downsides, however. At present, the mobile plans included in the Big Bundles are sim-only - in other words, you can't get a handset with them. That means while you can make a saving if you already have a handset you like, a quad-play plan might not be for you if you're also looking to upgrade your phone when you switch.

Still, that could change. 'Quad-play' packages are already well-established in other countries - particularly Spain - with providers offering the latest and greatest handsets alongside broadband, TV and mobile plans, and we expect the UK to follow suit in the future.

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