Dan Howdle | March 23rd, 2023
It's that time again. Virgin Media has just launched another flash sale. These are so titled because they don't last long – you have to grab one while you can. This particular sale last only one week, with the last day being Wednesday 29 March. You'll get £75 bill credit, essentially cashback deducted from your future bills if you plum to take out a deal now.
Bill credit deals basically deduct a set amount from your future bills, and that happens automatically. That's good, because most cashback deals from broadband providers these days will require you to claim your reward yourself within a tight time window, often quite a while after you first sign up. And that means a lot of people forget and miss out.
These particular offers apply to various current Virgin Media broadband packages, which means that £75 could amount to up three months free, depending on the package level (speed) you choose. In this blog we're going to take a look at three of them.
Virgin Media's M125 package, which offers (unlike the name suggests) average download speeds of 132Mbps. The fact the entry level speed from Virgin Media is already faster than most common speeds offered by other providers should be noted. 132Mbps is fast, and plenty for most households. As well as the £75 bill credit, this deal comes with no set-up fees and 20Mbps upload speed on an 18-month contract. It should be noted that none of the deals featured here come with a phone line, including this one.
Moving up the speed scale, we have the doubly fast M250, which again is faster than the package name suggests at 264Mbps – that's extremely fast. There's no phone line here either, but if you want to add one you can do so at extra cost during the sign-up process. Again we have a £75 bill credit, which at £30.50 per month amounts to two and a bit months for free. This deal is on an 18-month contract and offers a pretty speedy 25Mbps upload speed.
You can also get that £75 bill credit deal on Virgin Media's betweeny M350 package, but we're going to skip to another doubling of speed again to talk about M500, which offers an average download speed of 516Mbps, and an upload speed of 52Mbps. We're into the territory now of speed for the sake of it. 512Mbps is more than anyone needs in reality, but it is rather more future-proof than lesser packages, and will delight gamers who primarily download their games and updates.
There are currently no set-up fees on any of these Virgin Media bundles. Outside of offers, this is usually £35.
Each of these deals comes on an 18-month contract and, depending on whether you already have a Virgin Media cable coming into your home, will in most cases require an engineer visit to install. Typically this takes around two weeksand you will need permission from your landlord if you don't own your home as it requires running a cable through your exterior wall and into your home.
The Cable.co.uk broadband customer survey asked 6,000 UK broadband customers what they thought of their broadband provider. Virgin Media came out near top for speed satisfaction. That is, how close to the speed promised its customers actually received.
A final note – something worth mentioning if you're not aware. Unlike most other providers, who operate on the Openreach network and are therefore available to almost everyone, Virgin Media operates on its own distinct network. For this reason it's not available to everyone. Currently around three out of five homes can get it. You can check if it's available at your address using out Virgin Media postcode checker.