Virgin Media offers
Compare cheap Virgin Media offers including broadband, TV and phone bundles and TiVo packages. Check Virgin offers in your area with our Virgin Media postcode checker.
Virgin Media Special Offers for August 2014
How do I compare different packages?
Before you start looking at Virgin Media’s deals, you should make sure that Virgin Media is the right thing for you. We’ve highlighted a couple of factors to consider before you take the plunge with it.
Check whether the service is available
Virgin Media offers the fastest commercially available broadband in the UK, which is all well and good, if you can get it. Before you set your heart on its fastest connection, with speeds of up to 152Mb, it’s worth making sure that speed is available in your area. You can use the availability checker at the top of the page to find out what is available in your area.
Consider bundling the services you want
Virgin offers broadband, TV and phone services so you can save money by taking all three services from the one provider, but it's important to understand how these are organised. Broadband comes in three speeds, and can be with or without a dedicated phone landline. If you then add a TV package you have to get a landline and an associated phone line package. The TV packages are organised in collections, each with different channels to appeal to different audiences.
Check the details
You should also work out if switching is something you definitely want to do. Make sure you read up on any hidden costs, such as installation or delivery charges, as these may sour what you thought was a good offer. It’s best to know the facts of the deal before you commit.
Why choose Virgin Media?
There are three typical reasons to opt for Virgin Media.
Virgin Media broadband is really fast
If speed is what you’re after, then Virgin Media has got you covered. All Virgin broadband deals come in three speeds, up to 50Mb, up to 100Mb and up to 152Mb. As mentioned earlier, this is the fastest widely available broadband speed in the UK and Virgin already held this distinction even before increased all of of its speeds in February.
You don't need to get a landline with Virgin Media broadband
Virgin Media is the only provider which does not require you to have a landline with your broadband, which can save you money if you don't need a phone at home and can survive with just your mobile. This is as increasingly popular option, but only applies if you don't want a TV
Virgin Media has a good customer service record
Looking at the most recent Ofcom report (published at the end of 2013) Virgin Media scored well in the four overall categories. For landline providers it came out top with 74 per cent customer satisfaction, for broadband it was joint top with 71 per cent satisfaction, for TV it was second with 77 per cent and for mobile it scored 71 per cent.
Pros & cons
- High speeds
- Bundled services
- Customer satisfaction
- High speeds are not available everywhere
- It’s not the cheapest broadband provider
- Complex traffic management system
What does Virgin Media offer?
Virgin Media is one of the few providers which offers fibre optic broadband, TV, phone and mobile. Existing Virgin broadband, phone or TV customers can get exclusive deals Virgin Mobile.
Providing you can receive the service, Virgin Media is very fast. It runs three fibre optic broadband speeds, up to 50Mb, up to 100Mb and up to 152Mb, so you should be well catered for no matter what your household requires. It is worth having a look at our speed checker to establish what speed your current broadband is running at – this will help you to gauge what speed you’ll require.
These broadband speeds are available as stand-alone offers as well, meaning you could be enjoying some of the best broadband in the UK without having to shell out for line rental.
If you want or need a home phone line with your broadband, then Virgin has a full suite of phone packages. You can can get any one of Evening/Weekend, Inclusive Weekend and Inclusive Anytime depending on your needs.
Virgin has a large selection of television channels, organised into collections and bundled with broadband and phone services.
Starter Collection – The Starter Collection offers a basic bundle for TV, phone and fibre broadband customers at a reasonable price. You can get an up to 50Mbps broadband and 68 TV channels, with a further 10 in HD. The lineup includes BBC One, BBC Two, ITV 1, Channel 4 and Channel 5 in HD, along with entertainment channels like Challenge and E4, shopping channels including QVC and The Jewelry Channel and factual channels like BBC News and Sky News.
Essential Collection – As one of the lowest priced Virgin Media Collections, this is a good way of getting a mix of channels along with landline and broadband on a budget. It combines unlimited calls to UK landlines and Virgin Mobile numbers from midnight on Friday until midnight on Sunday with up to 50Mbps fibre optic broadband, and the Essential Collection also features over 130 channels, along with the 11 HD channels found in the M+ TV package.
Essential Family Collection – As well as broadband and phone, with the Essential Family Collection you will get over 200 channels with TV XL, including Comedy Central, National Geographic Central and Sky1, plus kids’ favourites Nickelodian, Nick Jr., the Cartoon Network and the Disney Channel. Sports fans will also like the inclusion of BT Sport 1, 2 and ESPN in both standard and high definition at no extra charge.
Premier Collection – The Premiere Collection features over 200 channels, along with 43 HD channels. Talk Weekends, the landline plan included in the collection, provides unlimited calls to UK landlines and active Virgin Mobile numbers from midnight on Friday until midnight on Sunday. You’ll get a TiVo box to record around 250 hours of standard definition TV shows. You’ll also get four BT Sport channels – BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2, and HD versions of both – along with ESPN in standard definition and high definition.
VIP Collection – The big one. For those who absolutely have to have everything on offer, the VIP Collection is for you. This package has pretty much everything you could hope for, with up to 152Mb broadband download speed, over 260 channels and unlimited anytime calls to UK landlines. As you’d expect, this is not the cheapest package on the market, but if you’re after one of the most complete bundles out there, then this is the one for you.
It's worth remembering that Virgin offers mobile phone services as well. While you can't get a bundle which also includes mobile phone with your broadband, TV and landline phone, you will be able to access some special mobile deals as a Virgin customer. One example is the VIP SIM-only package, which normally has a 2GB usage cap but is unlimited for existing Virgin broadband, landline or TV customers.
What will I need?
An 18-month contract
If you’re after a Virgin collection, you’re going to have to commit to it for 18 months. You’ll find that the majority of the best broadband deals will ask for this level of commitment.
A connection to Virgin
Virgin Media uses fibre optic cable to supply its broadband, and you will need this installed at your property to receive its services. Fibre optic cables aren’t as widely available as ADSL lines, so it’s worth conducting an availability check at the top of this page to see what you can receive. Installation charges apply as well, so make sure you factor that in when you price out your bundle.
How do I switch?
Before you make a decision, it’s worth making a list of your requirements and fathoming out which package best suits your needs. You can use our availability tracker at the top of the page and our speed test to help judge what you may need. After that, and having spent a bit of time on our broadband comparison table, you can go directly to the deal you’re after by clicking on the blue ‘See Deal’ button above.
Six essential questions before you buy
- How much do you want to pay?
- Can you get Virgin Media broadband in your area?
- How many TV channels do you want?
- Do you want a phone line?
- Are you at the end of your current contract?
- Are you comfortable with switching to a new provider?
It’s easy to get swept away with the choice and introductory deals available to new Virgin Media customers, but beware the actual cost of owning one of the top end bundles. Virgin offers an impressive array of TV channels and fast broadband speeds, but will you be getting good value from these services if you opt for them?
It’s essential that you compare broadband deals from different providers when you’re looking for the perfect package. It’s also a good idea to work out what you need and find the best solution for you, rather than diving in at the deep end and getting a top-of-the-range package you might not really need.