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Why choose Virgin Media Broadband

  • Super fast fibre optic broadband
  • Totally unlimited broadband
  • QuickStart self install available
  • Virgin Media Hub 3.0 included
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Virgin Media:Vivid 100 Fibre + Calls

£27.00 p/m for 12 months
£20.00 setup costs, 12 month contract

Unlimited downloads!
  • Unlimited downloads
  • Average 108 mbps download speed
  • For small households with up to 4 devices
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Virgin Media explained

Virgin Media (www.virginmedia.com) has got a bit of everything. The company as we know it was formed in 2006 - and by the end of the year, it had become the UK’s first provider to offer broadband, home phone, TV, and mobile plans. Today, it owns and operates its own fibre optic cable network, letting it deliver superfast broadband to swathes of the UK.

Is the country’s most ‘supercharged’ broadband company the one for you? Read on and we’ll take a look at what you can expect from Virgin Media.

What does Virgin Media do?

Virgin Media fibre optic broadband

All of Virgin Media’s broadband options are fibre optic, making them lightning fast and super reliable. They also come with unlimited downloads so you can stream, game, and browse without worrying about hitting the usage cap. Bear in mind, however, that Virgin Media practises web traffic management, so your connection may slow during some tasks - like file sharing - at peak times.

Four download speeds are on offer: VIVID 50 (average speed 54Mb), VIVID 100 (average speed 108Mb), VIVID 200 (average speed 213Mb), and the mega speedy VIVID 350 (average speed 362Mb). And regardless of your connection, you’ll get a bunch of extras thrown in as well. There’s internet security with Web Safe and F-Secure SAFE, ten email addresses with Virgin Media Mail, and Wi-Fi on the London Underground.

Virgin Media broadband works through its own cables, meaning a truly landline-free broadband connection is available. It’s also one of the only providers to offer nine-month contracts for students, and 30-day rolling contracts on pretty much everything.

Of course, Virgin Media isn’t available everywhere. You can use our postcode checker to see if you can get it in your area.

Read more about Virgin Media fibre optic broadband

Virgin Media TV

With Virgin Media TV, it’s options galore. The main packages are Player TV (70+ channels), Mix TV (150+ channels), and Full House TV (245+ channels). They come with either a 500GB TiVo box or a fancier V6 box.

Both boxes let you watch catch up and on demand TV - from services like BBC iPlayer, 4OD, and Sky On Demand - but exactly how much you have access to will vary depending on your package.

Either way, you'll get at least ten HD channels, and Virgin TV Anywhere to watch your favourite programmes wherever you are. Plus there’s always the option to add extras, like Sky Cinema, BT Sports, and music videos. Check out our complete guide to Virgin Media TV channels for the full lowdown.

Click here for more about Virgin Media TV

Virgin Media home phone

Virgin Media’s line rental comes with a few different phone packages to choose from: Talk Weekends, Talk More Weekends, Talk More Evenings and Weekends, Talk More Anytime, and Talk More International Anytime. All include free weekend calls to UK landlines and mobiles, but if you’re chattier than that, you’ll want one of the bigger packages. Talk More Anytime includes anytime calls, for instance.

Read more about Virgin Media home phone

Virgin Media Big Bundles

As a ‘quad-play’ provider, Virgin Media offers the whole shebang - and it’s made it easy to get the whole shebang with their Big Bundles. They're called the Player bundle, Mix bundle, Full House bundle, and VIP bundle - all of which include fibre optic broadband, TV, and home phone, with the option to add a mobile SIM for a reduced price too.

Grouping all the services you want into a ready-made bundle is a great way to save money, but they may not be suitable if you want to mix things up a bit. If you prefer video streaming to live TV, for instance, you may want the fastest broadband but only basic TV, in which case you’d be better off creating your own bundle.

Virgin Mobile

Speaking of phones…

Whatever kind of mobile plan you need, there’s a good chance Virgin Mobile will offer it. There are pay monthly, pay as you go, SIM only, and mobile broadband plans, and a good range of handsets - including fancy iPhones and Samsung Galaxies. Existing Virgin Media customers can get price breaks on mobile deals too.

It’s partnered with EE, which means fantastic coverage across the UK, including 4G.

Read more about Virgin Mobile

What’s good about Virgin Media?

  • Can save money by combining services in a ready-made Big Bundle
  • Very flexible packages with lots of options, so you can customise them exactly as you want them
  • All TV and broadband packages available on rolling 30-day contracts
  • One of the fastest and most widely available broadband providers in the UK, with average speeds of 362Mb on some packages. Even the most basic connection can handle a large household streaming, gaming and downloading with very little issue
  • Broadband doesn’t require line rental, meaning a broadband-only option is available
  • One of the most comprehensive TV providers in the UK
  • All home phone packages include free weekend calls to UK landlines, with the option to add more
  • Virgin Mobile is partnered with EE, meaning good coverage
  • Nine-month contracts are available - ideal for student households
  • Existing customers can get discounts on mobile plans
  • Internet security with broadband packages, in the form of Web Safe and F-Secure SAFE
  • Lots of additional extras are included (like Virgin TV Anywhere) or can be added on (like Sky Cinema)

What’s bad about Virgin Media?

  • Virgin Media has less coverage than other national broadband providers - use our postcode checker to see if you can get it
  • Not the cheapest - providers like Plusnet or TalkTalk may offer better value deals if you don’t want all the bells and whistles
  • Broadband isn’t truly unlimited - traffic management means your connection may slow at peak times
  • The way TV packages work means you may have to shell out a lot more to get some of the channels you want
  • Costly installation fees can apply
  • All those complicated options can make choosing a package a tad confusing
  • Limited public Wi-Fi - rivals like BT that offer similar packages also have public hotspots for their customers to use

See our full Virgin Media review for more.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do I switch broadband provider?

    The process of changing your broadband provider is actually pretty straightforward. First, you put your postcode into our impartial comparison tool. We’ll display the broadband, phone and TV deals available where you live, and then you can use our search filters to narrow down the options and find the perfect package for your household. Finally, you sign up with your new provider online. They’ll contact your existing provider and take care of everything else for you (unless you're switching to or from Virgin Media).

    The actual switch should be virtually seamless, and in the vast majority of cases it is. Your new broadband provider will send you all the stuff you need to get set up, like a new wireless router and/or TV set-top box.

    For more info, see our guide: How to switch broadband

  2. How do I switch to a new TV service?
    Switching TV services is a breeze if you use a comparison service like ours. Simply enter your postcode, and we’ll list all your different options side by side, so you can easily compare features and price. When you find a package you like, click the link and you’ll be taken straight to the provider’s site. Once you're all set to go live, contact your old TV provider and ask to cancel your current service. Fast, simple and hassle-free.
  3. Can I save money by bundling TV, phone and broadband?
    Yes you can. Providers like Sky and Virgin Media offer competitively priced bundles, comprising broadband, home phone and TV, and getting all three services from the same place often leads to significant savings. It also makes it easier to manage finances, as all services come on a single bill.
  4. How does fibre optic broadband work?

    Fibre optic broadband works by sending information down fibre optic cable instead of a traditional copper wire. It moves incredibly quickly and encounters less resistance, so you get broadband that’s much closer to the advertised speeds than standard (ADSL) broadband wholly through your phone line, where performance is more variable.

    In most cases, the fibre cables run to the nearest street cabinet, with the final leg of the connection - between the cabinet and your house - being either copper telephone wire or, in the case of Virgin Media, coaxial cable. As a result, some speed degradation will still occur, but you’ll still experience speeds well beyond those you’d get with standard broadband.

    For more info, see our guide: How does fibre optic broadband work?

  5. Can I keep my email address if I change provider?
    This depends entirely on who your current provider is. If your email address is from BT, Sky, TalkTalk, Virgin Media, or Plusnet, you'll still have access to your emails at least temporarily - but we'd suggest changing over to a free service like Gmail or Outlook so you don't need to worry about losing all your emails just for switching broadband. See our guide for more info.
  6. Can I keep my phone number if I switch provider?

    Yes, you can normally keep your existing number if you switch from one provider to another. However if you're a cable customer or need a new line, you may need to get a new one.

    For everything you need to know, see our guide: Can I keep my phone number?

  7. Why can’t I get Virgin Media?
    Virgin Media has its own separate cable network to deliver the provider’s broadband, phone and TV services, which now covers more than half of the UK. If you live in a town or city, or at least a built-up suburb of one, then chances are you’ll have access to Virgin Media. The network is always growing, though, so if you can’t get it now, that doesn’t necessarily mean you won’t be able to get it in the future. Enter your postcode into our comparison tool to find out if Virgin Media is available where you live.