Virgin Media Broadband

Why choose Virgin Media Broadband

  • Super fast fibre optic broadband
  • Totally unlimited broadband
  • No phone line required
  • Virgin Media Hub 3.0 included
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£28.00 p/m first 12 months £40.00 p/m for months 13-18
£14.99 setup costs, 18 month contract

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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 Big Bundles

What doesn’t Virgin Media do?

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, Fun 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 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.

Three download speeds are on offer: SuperFibre 50 (up to 50Mb), VIVID 100 (up to 100Mb), and the mega speedy VIVID 200 (up to 200Mb). Plus there's VIVID 200 Gamer, which gives you faster upload speeds too - up to 20Mb. 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 - perfect for students.

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

Click here for 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), Fun TV (190+ channels), and Full House TV (245+ channels). All come with a 500GB or 1TB TiVo box so you can record, rewind, and pause live TV.

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.

Still, regardless of which one you pick, you’ll definitely 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.

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Virgin Media home phone

Virgin Media’s line rental comes with four 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.

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 the newly-launched 4G.

Click here for 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
  • One of the fastest and most widely available broadband providers in the UK, with speeds of up to 50Mb, 100Mb, and 200Mb - even the most basic connection can handle a large household streaming, gaming and downloading with very little issue
  • Gamer broadband package gives you faster upload speeds and no traffic management
  • 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

Switching to Virgin Media

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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.

  2. 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 a little over 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.
  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.