Dan Howdle | March 14th, 2023
Virgin Media can usually be found offering some sort of sweetener to new customers throughout the year – something to tempt people across from Sky, BT or someone else. However, on a few very rare occasions, Virgin Media supercharges their offer in what they call a 'flash sale'. These only last a few days, but they are absolutely the best time to switch to or sign up to Virgin.
You'll be lucky to get any cashback-type offers from Virgin Media most of the time. Cable.co.uk (that's us) occasionally has some exclusive bill credit deals running with Virgin Media, but most of the time the provider favours simply slashing its monthly price either for an introductory period, or for the entire length of the contract.
So this flash sale is a rare animal indeed. Without further ado, let's take a look at what's on offer. There are seven deals in total, offering various combinations of broadband speed, TV channels, mobile SIMs and landline calling packages.
£62 per month may sound like a lot, especially when you consider it's the cheapest in this line-up. However, you get a heck of a lot for your money. 200+ TV channels, including premium channel packages BT Sport, Sky Cinema & 11 kids’ channels, ultrafast fibre broadband with an average speed of 132Mbps, and a landline with free weekend calls.
At £74 per month, this 'bigger' bundle is a significant step up price-wise from the bundle above. Having said that, there's a heck of a lot of extra value in that extra £12 per month. Not only will you get broadband that's roughly three times quicker, at 362Mbps, but you'll also get an O2 mobile SIM with 10GB data per month. Most people are paying a lot more than £12 per month for their SIM, so this especially makes sense if you're out of contract with your mobile provider.
For £65 per month this 'Bigger Bundle' (yes, we know it's confusing because they're almost all of them called that), has a focus on sport, as opposed to movies. So you'll get 195+ channels, including BT Sport & Sky Sports, ultrafast fibre with an average speed of 516Mbps, and free weekend calls.
Here, £73 per month will get you everything in the package above, but with faster broadband and a 10GB O2 mobile SIM. So although it's £8 more expensive, that £8 gets you an extra 500+Mbps of download speed, and a mobile deal. That's some pretty incredible value, especially when you factor the £150 bill credit, which effectively makes the first two months of that 18-month contract free.
Things are getting pricey now, but it really does come down to what you get. And in the case of this 'Biggest Bundle', that is a heck of a lot. You'll get 210+ live channels, including BT Sport, Sky Sport and Sky Cinema, and if that weren't enough there's even a Netflix subscription included in the price. The broadband isn't the fastest here, with 132Mbps download speed, but worth bearing in mind that even Virgin Media's 'slower' speeds are still lightning-fast compared to much of the competition.
At £99 per month we've comfortably entered the territory of the household that has to have everything. This is the second-highest tier bundle Virgin Media offers, and as such is absolutely stacked. You'll get 210+ channels, including BT Sport, Sky Sport, Sky Cinema & Netflix, ultrafast fibre with an average speed of 264Mbps, free weekend calls, and a 10GB O2 SIM. At £99, though, we would advise giving this bundle a miss, and plumping for the Ultimate Volt Bundle instead (below) where you'll get even more, for less!
To add a sprinkling of confusion to Virgin Media's bundle line-up, we have to most fully featured bundle of all: Ultimate Volt. Confusing how? Confusing because it's cheaper than other bundles that come with less stuff! Here you'll get 230+ channels, including BT Sport, Sky Sports, Sky Cinema in HD, and lightning-fast fibre with average speeds of 1130Mbps, as well as a landline with anytime calls, and an unlimited O2 SIM. Best deal of the bunch, this. By far!
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 neede 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.