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

£35.00 upfront cost

  • Ending Choose either a 8 bottle case of Virgin Wines worth £113 or £50 bill credit!
  • 12 months reduced price!
  • 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

Buy now

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Virgin Media M100
£28.00 for 12 months
£42.00 thereafter

No upfront cost when you sign up online

  • 12 months reduced price!
  • 108Mb average download speed!
  • 6Mb average upload speed!
  • Truly unlimited usage
  • WiFi on the Tube
  • No phoneline required
  • Free Super Hub with 802.11ac Wi-Fi
  • No activation fee online
  • 12 month contract

Buy now

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Virgin Media Bigger Bundle + Movies
£60.00 for 12 months
£93.00 thereafter

£35.00 upfront cost

  • Get M200 speeds instead of M100 + free weekend calls
  • Ending Choose either a 16 bottle case of Virgin Wines worth £245 or £100 bill credit!
  • 213Mb average download speed!
  • 20Mb average upload speed!
  • Truly unlimited usage
  • Virgin TV V6 Box record up to 6 shows at the same time
  • 240+ TV channels including 60+ HD
  • WiFi on the Tube
  • 250+ channels + Virgin TV V6 Box
  • All the Sky Cinema channels in HD
  • All the BT Sports channels in HD
  • Free Super Hub with 802.11ac Wi-Fi
  • Weekend UK landline calls
  • 12 month contract

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0800 083 8870

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
  • Family Plan - existing broadband and TV customers on a Virgin Pay Monthly SIM can bundle up to 5 SIMs on one account to get discounts and additional parental controls
  • 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 - 8am-9pm Weekdays, 8am-8pm Saturdays, 8am-6pm Sundays

  • 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

  • Virgin Media have published a Traffic Management Policy

3.2 stars
  satisfaction rating based on 9149 customer ratings since 2018-12-09. See more Virgin Media customer ratings and reviews.

Details last checked on 2019-12-09

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Virgin Media M100 More Info

Special offer: 12 months reduced price + no phone line necessary + WiFi on the Tube + no activation fee online!
Uses underground high speed cables so isn't affected by storms

802.11ac Wireless Router

averages
108Mb
truly
unlimited
12
months
£336 £28.00
£42.00 after 12 months
Prices may change at any point during the contract

No upfront cost when you sign up online

Go to site

Or sign up by phone
0800 083 8870
Virgin Media M50 plus Phone More Info

Hurry, ends soon! 8 bottle wine case or £50 credit + Free weekend calls + WiFi on the Tube!
Reward choices are a 8 bottle case of Virgin Wines worth £113 or £50 bill credit
Uses underground high speed cables so isn't affected by storms

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingLine Rental

averages
54Mb
truly
unlimited
12
months
£371 £28.00
£44.00 after 18 months
Reward offer for new customers buying online only

£35.00 upfront cost

Go to site

Or sign up by phone
0800 083 8870
Virgin Media M200 More Info

Special offer: 12 months reduced price + no phone line necessary + WiFi on the Tube + no activation fee online!
Uses underground high speed cables so isn't affected by storms

802.11ac Wireless Router

averages
213Mb
truly
unlimited
12
months
£396 £33.00
£47.00 after 12 months
Prices may change at any point during the contract

No upfront cost when you sign up online

Go to site

Or sign up by phone
0800 083 8870
Virgin Media M100 plus Phone More Info

Hurry, ends soon! 8 bottle wine case or £50 credit + 12 months reduced price + free weekend calls + WiFi on the Tube!
Reward choices are a 8 bottle case of Virgin Wines worth £113 or £50 bill credit
Uses underground high speed cables so isn't affected by storms

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingLine Rental

averages
108Mb
truly
unlimited
12
months
£431 £33.00
£49.00 after 12 months
Reward offer for new customers buying online only

£35.00 upfront cost

Go to site

Or sign up by phone
0800 083 8870
Virgin Media Big Bundle More Info

Hurry, ends soon! 8 bottle wine case or £50 credit + 12 months reduced price + free weekend calls + Virgin TV V6 Box + 110+ TV channels + WiFi on the Tube!
Reward choices are a 8 bottle case of Virgin Wines worth £113 or £50 bill credit

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingTelevision ServiceLine Rental

averages
54Mb
truly
unlimited
12
months
£431 £33.00
£54.00 after 12 months
Reward offer for new customers buying online only

£35.00 upfront cost

Go to site

Or sign up by phone
0800 083 8870
Virgin Media M350 More Info

Special offer: 12 months reduced price + no phone line necessary + WiFi on the Tube + no activation fee online!
350Mb speed availability subject to line check by Virgin Media

802.11ac Wireless Router

averages
362Mb
truly
unlimited
12
months
£456 £38.00
£52.00 after 12 months
Prices may change at any point during the contract

No upfront cost when you sign up online

Go to site

Or sign up by phone
0800 083 8870
Virgin Media M200 plus Phone More Info

Hurry, ends soon! 8 bottle wine case or £50 credit + 12 months reduced price + free weekend calls + WiFi on the Tube!
Reward choices are a 8 bottle case of Virgin Wines worth £113 or £50 bill credit
Uses underground high speed cables so isn't affected by storms

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingLine Rental

averages
213Mb
truly
unlimited
12
months
£491 £38.00
£54.00 after 12 months
Reward offer for new customers buying online only

£35.00 upfront cost

Go to site

Or sign up by phone
0800 083 8870
Virgin Media Big Bundle + Drama Pick More Info

Hurry, ends soon! 8 bottle wine case or £50 credit + Virgin TV V6 Box + 150+ channels + free weekend calls + WiFi on the Tube!
Reward choices are a 8 bottle case of Virgin Wines worth £113 or £50 bill credit
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
£491 £38.00
£69.00 after 12 months
Reward offer for new customers buying online only

£35.00 upfront cost

Go to site

Or sign up by phone
0800 083 8870
Virgin Media M350 plus Phone More Info

Hurry, ends soon! 8 bottle wine case or £50 credit + 12 months reduced price + free weekend calls + WiFi on the Tube!
Reward choices are a 8 bottle case of Virgin Wines worth £113 or £50 bill credit
350Mb speed availability subject to line check by Virgin Media

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingLine Rental

averages
362Mb
truly
unlimited
12
months
£551 £43.00
£59.00 after 12 months
Reward offer for new customers buying online only

£35.00 upfront cost

Go to site

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0800 083 8870
Virgin Media Bigger Bundle More Info

Hurry, ends soon! 16 bottle wine case or £100 credit + Save an additional £204 over the first year + free weekend calls + Virgin TV V6 Box + 230+ TV channels + WiFi on the Tube!
Reward choices are a 16 bottle case of Virgin Wines worth £245 or £100 bill credit

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingTelevision ServiceLine Rental

averages
213Mb
truly
unlimited
12
months
£719 £57.00
£78.00 after 12 months
Reward offer for new customers buying online only

£35.00 upfront cost

Go to site

Or sign up by phone
0800 083 8870
Virgin Media Bigger Bundle + Movies More Info

Hurry, ends soon! Get M200 speeds instead of M100 + free weekend calls + 16 bottle wine case or £100 credit + Virgin TV V6 Box + 240+ TV channels + WiFi on the Tube!
Reward choices are a 16 bottle case of Virgin Wines worth £245 or £100 bill credit

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingTelevision ServiceLine Rental

averages
213Mb
truly
unlimited
12
months
£755 £60.00
£93.00 after 12 months
Reward offer for new customers buying online only

£35.00 upfront cost

Go to site

Or sign up by phone
0800 083 8870
Virgin Media Bigger Bundle + Sports More Info

Hurry, ends soon! 16 bottle wine case or £100 credit + Free weekend calls + Sky Sports with free HD for 12 months + Virgin TV V6 Box + 240+ TV channels + WiFi on the Tube!
Reward choices are a 16 bottle case of Virgin Wines worth £245 or £100 bill credit
Boost your broadband to M200 and get a 2GB data SIM!

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingTelevision ServiceLine Rental

averages
108Mb
truly
unlimited
12
months
£899 £72.00
£103.00 after 12 months
Reward offer for new customers buying online only

£35.00 upfront cost

Go to site

Or sign up by phone
0800 083 8870
Virgin Media Bigger Bundle + Sports & Movies More Info

Hurry, ends soon! 16 bottle wine case or £100 credit + Free HD for 12 months + free weekend calls + Virgin TV V6 Box + 250+ TV channels + WiFi on the Tube!
Reward choices are a 16 bottle case of Virgin Wines worth £245 or £100 bill credit
Boost your broadband to M350 and get a 2GB data SIM!

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingTelevision ServiceLine Rental

averages
213Mb
truly
unlimited
12
months
£983 £79.00
£125.00 after 12 months
Reward offer for new customers buying online only

£35.00 upfront cost

Go to site

Or sign up by phone
0800 083 8870
Virgin Media Ultimate Oomph Bundle More Info

Hurry, ends soon! 16 bottle wine case or £100 credit + Save an additional £240 over the first year + free anytime calls + Truly Unlimited SIM + two Virgin TV V6 boxes + 270+ TV channels + WiFi on the Tube!
Reward choices are a 16 bottle case of Virgin Wines worth £245 or £100 bill credit
Uses underground high speed cables so isn't affected by storms

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingTelevision ServiceLine Rental

averages
516Mb
truly
unlimited
12
months
£1223 £99.00
£139.00 after 12 months
Reward offer for new customers buying online only

£35.00 upfront cost

Go to site

Or sign up by phone
0800 083 8870
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  • Wireless Router
  • 802.11n Wireless Router
  • 802.11ac Wireless Router
  • Phone Calling
  • Television Service
  • Line Rental

Details last checked on 2019-12-09

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

Based on 9149 customer ratings since 2018-12-09

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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.

Reviewer Location Reviewing Date Ratings
Service has declined. Main problem is availability because the loaded latency is up to around 400ms most of the time according to fast.com speed test. I was hit by price hike and pressured to upgrade from Vivid 50 to Vivid 100 which I refused to do because of poor responsiveness of simple database apps on the connection. I have been urged to make a complaint but that is just too hard to get through to do. I think I will have to resort to snail mail. Contract started 22Oct17 Time to leave.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
HP4 Virgin Media  
Customer service is very poor. Also have very aggressive sales tactics. Overall virgin media make life very difficult for customers to manage their accounts and/or complain. I would never recommend and am looking forward to leaving.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    2 stars
Manchester Virgin Media  
Virginia media is one of the worst service provider I have ever come across, their offers are trap so don't fall for it as they have so many hidden costs Which you will know at the termination of the contract.

My experience was alright when I was with them but then I explored X Y Z cost which was never clearly mentioned in my contact. When I asked they said this link that link.

So be careful!!! If you decide to go ahead at your own risk
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    2 stars
PORTSMOUTH Virgin Media  
Dreadful. Been signed up 3 weeks and already facing an internet outage with 6 days until they can get an engineer to my house and now having to use annual leave at work to be at home waiting for them.

Not allowed to cancel as I’m ‘outside cooling off’ but to be having problems 3 weeks in is appalling. Customer Services incredibly unprofessional ... to quote their CS team who said to me on the phone: ‘some agents want to go the extra mile to help but other agents don’t care’. Speechless.

I had 10+ years of flawless uninterrupted service with TalkTalk... wish I’d never left. But for 3 years Virgin Media hounded our village with leaflets and door to door sales people after they installed here - every month was junk mail or someone knocking. We finally caved and what a regret.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
UK Virgin Media  
Whatever you do, don't show them any loyalty. At the end of my contract, they put the price up by £15/month. Retentions said that if I cancelled my contract then they would cut me off for 30 days and I would regret it!
Go ahead, cut me off.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    3 stars
Warrington Virgin Media  
Awful customer service. Wanted to cancel my broadband, was directed to wait "a minute" by a representative who then proceeded not to transfer me for several minutes, instead just muting on his end.

After an hour, I had to hang up. Regular people don't have several hours to just wait on the phone. My issue, unresolved.

They have no desire to help and certainly work as hard as possible to make cancellation a miserable experience.

Avoid at all costs.
West Midlands Virgin Media  
Mid contract price increase from £27 to £31! 15 % price increase was after 5 months I signed the contract. Very disappointed.
Over charged by £20 - the mistake admitted by the virgin team, still waiting for the refund after few months.
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    4 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Salford Virgin Media  
The only positive about them is the broadband speed. I've been a customer of Virgin for over 3 years in two different properties. In the first one it took me several tries and hours spent on the phone to get an engineer out and replace the faulty router, the second time there was regular outages for hours at the end almost every 3 days.
Checking their website they were aware that there were issues at my postcode so it couldn't have been a problem at my property.

Their router's range (Hub 3) is awful, I couldn't get proper speeds in the next room, had to use another router in the house (and no, this is not normal as with my router from Zen I get proper Wi-fi signal and speeds through several walls outside in my garage).

And of course the despicable price hikes and constant haggling with them so they can lock you in for at least 18 months every time.

Even though I could get it for less than £30 for the broadband, the peace of mind, range, speed and reliability is just so much better for £10 more a month from Zen.

Also they tried ripping me off at the end and my complaint is still not resolved after months.

All in all, avoid at all costs!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
Leeds Virgin Media  
Broadband good but very expensive. Phone and pester lots to upgrade package and having been customer for over 5 years find myself locked into contract when wanting to leave, hasselled into getting extra channels at apparently no cost which seems to have locked me in. Bit annoyed...
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    4 stars
Edinburgh Virgin Media  
Avoid virgin media at all costs! They are treacherous and hike their prices all the time and will then offer you a "promo deal". This is something that several of my friends and family have experienced first hand too! They will then slap you with early termination fees as to scare you off of leaving.
I've never had to deal with a company that is so treacherous and am taking this to Trading & Standards.


AVOID VIRGIN MEDIA
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Birmingham Virgin Media  

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Virgin Media with Amazon Prime and a £100 reward choice

Broadband deals to get your November off to a cracking start

Posted on 2019-11-05 18:20 in Offers BT Shell Energy Virgin Media

Virgin Media are kicking us off with some great combined offers. Along with a price reduction on TV packages for the first year, Virgin are also offering a choice of a £100 gift voucher from Amazon, Debenhams, John Lewis or M&S or a £100 bill credit. It doesn't stop there, either, as you can also get 12 months free Amazon Prime. Worth £79 a month, you get a whole host of goodies bundled in, inluding access to Prime Video (where you can watch Amazon Original shows along with a whole host of other TV boxsets and the latest movies), unlimited music streaming, access to a rotating selection of content on Kindle, unlimited photo storage and, of course, free next day delivery!1

BT have a whopping £120 M&S voucher offer on Superfast Fibre products! If you want TV as well, packages are available from £15 extra a month and can be added during the checkout process. You can get the basic Classic Bundle with AMC and standard Freeview channels, or choose to add Premium channels with an Entertainment Bundle. Plus, you can add even add Sports from BT and Sky, Movies from Sky, Netflix and a whole lot more! You'll need to hurry, though, because this offer ends on the 14th and is only available via the links below.2

Shell Energy have some early Black Friday deals, offering some great introductory prices without the need to queue or get your kidneys elbowed! Their Fast Broadband package is currently one of the cheapest in the market at only £16.99 a month while Fibre packages are not only reduced in price, but also come with two months free in the form of account credit! Plus there are no connection fees for any of these deals. To top it off, if you're on one of Shell's gas or electricity plans, you can also make extra savings on your monthly energy bill!3

 


All offers available to new customers only unless otherwise specified. Some offers only available in provider network areas. Use our Use our postcode checker to find out what's available in your area. See respective landing pages for full terms and conditions and details of how to claim rewards.

1. All Virgin Media offers are on a 12 month contract. Offers end at 11:59pm 13/11/2019.

2. All BT offers are on a 24 month contract. £9.99 postage and packing fee for the BT Smart Hub applies, activation costs may apply on TV products. Standard broadband products will not be offered if you are able to get Fibre products. If you're in a Fibre-enabled area but can't get Fibre you will be offered a Standard broadband offer. Offer ends at 11:59pm 7/11/2019.

3. All Shell Energy offers are on an 18 month contract. Two months free will be applied to your account as bill credit 90 days after activation. Offer ends at 11:59pm 8/12/2019.

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Home Office Broadband

How to find the right broadband for your home office

Posted on 2019-10-11 14:49 in Features BT Virgin Media Plusnet John Lewis

Over one and a half million of us in the UK work from home, and the number is growing rapidly. But balancing out the sheer joy of being able to work in your pyjamas is the knowledge that you no longer have an IT-guy to sort out all your tech troubles.

And the biggest of all these troubles is your broadband: if it goes down, you'll lose money.

Let's take a look at how to find the right broadband for your home office.

What speed you need

Whenever you compare broadband deals, finding the right speed is your first priority. For your home office, any fibre deal should offer fast enough downloads for most needs.

However, you need to consider who else will be using your internet while you're working. If it's just you, then fine. But if your kids are going to be jumping onto YouTube and start FaceTiming as soon as they get home from school, you might want to opt for a faster fibre deal to ensure you won't have any interruptions.

Don't overlook the upload speed, too. You need a good upload speed if you do a lot of video conferencing, or need to send large files to clients. For this reason we'd recommend steering clear of a cheap standard broadband plan, as the upload speeds are usually dreadful.

Reliability and support

When you rely on your internet connection to earn a living you need to be confident that it will work reliably. If there are problems you need access to good customer support to fix them. To make your decision a little easier take a look at our customer reviews for all broadband providers. They show ratings for speed, reliability, support and overall satisfaction.

There's often a link between reliability and support, and price. Cheaper services from less established players tend to attract more negative reviews and lower satisfaction levels. It might be worth paying a little extra for a plan from one of the bigger brands.

Also, keep an eye out for speed and performance guarantees from the different broadband suppliers, which will help you avoid being left high and dry should problems strike. On BT Plus plans, for example, you'll be sent a 4G Mini Hub to keep you connected if your broadband ever develops a fault.

Static IP address

So far, the issues we've looked at are ones that you'd consider when buying any broadband service. Next up is a factor that mostly applies only to a subset of remote workers: the need for a static IP address.

In simple terms, an IP address is the address of your computer on the network. With all home broadband packages it's assigned dynamically, so you get a new one each time you connect. A static IP address means you keep the same address permanently.

Why might you need a static IP address? There's plenty of reasons, like if you're running a server or hosting your own website, or if you need a secure way to remotely log in to your employer's computer systems.

You get a dynamic IP address with all home broadband products and you'll need to check if your chosen provider can offer you a static address instead. As an example, Plusnet will give you a static IP for a one-off fee of £5, but BT won't let you have one on their residential packages. You need to switch to a business plan instead.

Full Wi-Fi coverage

You don't just need to find the right broadband, you need to get it working well enough, too. And that means making sure your Wi-Fi coverage extends to wherever you set up your office. Now, if you're just working from your dining room then you're probably already good to go. But if you're planning to convert your loft - or even your shed - into an office, you should hold off on that trip to Ikea until you're sure you've got your internet sorted first.

Your Wi-Fi signal is less likely to reach into the furthest corners of your house or garden. Even if it does, a weaker signal will mean slower speeds. Grab your laptop and head out to your office location, then use our Broadband Speed Test tool to find out if your connection and speeds are up to scratch.

If it isn't see our guide on how to speed up your broadband for tips on the best ways to extend your Wi-Fi coverage.

Business vs home broadband

Finally, you might be wondering if you need a specialist business broadband package when working from home, or if you're okay with a normal home deal. It depends on what type of work you're doing, and what's specified in your provider's terms and conditions.

BT say that their broadband is only for personal use; John Lewis Broadband say that "occasional home working is acceptable"; while Virgin Media offer the HomeWorks upgrade for £9.99 a month, which adds remote worker-friendly features to a residential plan. In all cases, a residential call plan will be strictly limited to personal use - so don't go setting up a call centre in your kitchen.

Business broadband will get you the option of a static IP address, better customer support - usually 24/7 - and better security options as well. Prices from suppliers like Plusnet aren't all that much higher than what you'd pay for home broadband.

Want more on finding the right internet service for your remote working needs? Check out our full guide to home office broadband.

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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