Virgin Mobile - broadbandchoices guide

ByKim Staples
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Virgin Media doesn’t just do broadband, home phone, and TV packages. It’s a quad-play provider, which means it offers mobile deals along with all of those as well.

Virgin Mobile plans are available to everyone, but if you've also got Virgin Media broadband, home phone, or TV in your home you might be able to get your hands on a discount or some tasty extras.

What can I get from Virgin Mobile?

Whatever you're looking for, you can probably get it from Virgin Mobile.

There's a decent selection of handsets, including a big range of iPhones, Samsung Galaxies, Sony Xperias, and plenty more. Almost all are offered on two-year contract plans, and some are available to buy outright at a good price with a pay-as-you-go SIM.

On a phone contract, you can either get a standard one or opt for a Freestyle Contract. This splits your monthly bill up into the cost of the phone and the cost of your tariff - meaning that once you've paid the full cost of your handset, your bill will dramatically reduce. It also means you can upgrade early by paying off your phone cost or change up your monthly allowance whenever you want. Be careful, though - since it involves a loan, it works a little differently from a standard contract and could harm your credit rating.

If you've already got a handset, SIM-only deals are available from Virgin Mobile too. They all operate on a 30-day basis, so you can upgrade, downgrade, or switch around your allowance at any point. And they're not bad value either.

Both SIM-only and handset contracts come in the same choice of tariffs, with allowances that range from 250MB of data for a light user up to 8GB for the bona fide smartphone addict. The price of each plan changes depending on your handset, of course.

Pay-as-you-go SIMs are available from Virgin Mobile as well, if you don't use your phone much.

Whatever kind of deal you go for, you'll be able to download Virgin Media's WiFi Buddy app to your smartphone. When you're out and about, this'll automatically connect you to Wi-Fi hotspots around the country - so you won't have to deal with those annoying splash pages and sign-ins.

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Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

plus FREE Android tablet

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Unlimited texts

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Samsung Galaxy S6 32GB

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Unlimited minutes

Unlimited texts

£32.00 a month

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Samsung Galaxy A3

4GB data

Unlimited minutes

Unlimited texts

£23.00 a month

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Microsoft Lumia 640

2GB data

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Unlimited texts

£17.00 a month

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Virgin Mobile bundles

Because Virgin Mobile is part of telecoms giant Virgin Media, you can access quite a few benefits if you're already a customer. For a start, you're able to bundle your new Virgin Mobile plan with a broadband, home phone and TV package.

Depending what deals Virgin Mobile is running at a given time, you may also get extra discounts or the chance to upgrade to exclusive existing customer deals - like unlimited calls.

Virgin Mobile coverage

Because it uses EE's network, the biggest in the UK, Virgin Mobile's coverage reaches over 99% of the UK population. Its plans include 3G data too, of which EE has the country's widest network - so you can access mobile internet in wide swathes of the UK.

For more information, see our guide to mobile coverage

What's good about Virgin Mobile?

  • Wide range of tariffs on all its plans
  • Contracts available for some of the most popular current phones
  • Freestyle Contracts available too, to separate your handset cost from your tariff
  • Uses EE, so you'll get excellent coverage
  • 3G connectivity widely available
  • All customers can download the WiFi Buddy app for connecting to Wi-Fi hotspots
  • Can bundle your mobile bill with your Virgin Media broadband, phone, and/or TV

What's bad about Virgin Mobile?

  • Range of handsets available is still a bit limited
  • While it offers good value, it's not the cheapest provider
  • Not many perks or extras available compared with some networks
  • Maximum data available on a contract is 8GB per month
  • 4G not available on all plans

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