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Virgin Media Fun Bundle review 2017

Luke Thompson
Monday, January 9th 2017

Virgin Media’s Fun Bundle contains all the subatomic particulates of a great all-rounder: lots of TV, 100Mbps broadband and home phone.

Here is everything you need to know about the Fun Bundle, from call plans and broadband speeds to what you can expect from the telly. So is it good value for money?

Pros and cons

Pros

  • Fast download speeds
  • A great range of TV channels
  • Box sets available on demand

Cons

  • Traffic management on uploads
  • Availability is limited
  • Low allowances on quad-play SIM cards

What we like

Fast download speeds

Virgin Media broadband is capable of providing extremely fast download rates, and the Big Fun Bundle doesn’t disappoint. While downloads don’t quite reach the maximum potential velocity of light speed, the 100Mbps rate will make you believe otherwise.

With this speed, you could feasibly stream 10 HD movies simultaneously, or download one 40MB music album every three seconds. If you had a spare hour, you could technically download 1200 albums straight to your computer.

A great range of TV channels

The Fun Bundle boasts over 180 channels for your armchair viewing pleasure, including Sky 1, Sky Living, Discovery Channel, G.O.L.D. and a good selection of kids' channels, including Cartoonito and Nick Jr.

You can further enhance the TV options by adding extras to the bundle. You can add Sky Cinema or Sky Sports, or both if you want.

TV on demand box sets

There’s a whole universe of TV on demand available with the Fun Bundle. TV box sets can be accessed through your TiVo box with just a click of the remote, and consist of full series of TV shows that you can watch without having to pay a penny.

The TiVo box itself allows you to rewind and pause live TV, and record television programmes to watch later. You can record 250 hours of standard definition content with your TiVo box and you can even record programmes from three channels at the same time.

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What we don’t like

Traffic management on uploads

Although downloads are totally unlimited with Virgin Media broadband, uploads are not. Any uploading of files, photos or videos will be slower at peak times or during excessive use. (Peak times are between 4pm and 11pm on weekdays, and between 11am and 11pm on weekends.)

Limited availability

By owning and running its own infrastructure, Virgin is able to offer faster download speeds, manage traffic better, and provide a more premium service to customers than those providers that rely on the Openreach network.

Unfortunately, this also means availability is more limited at the moment, and currently the Virgin Media network only extends to around half the UK population. To see if it’s in your street yet, we’ve included an availability checker below.

Low allowances on quad-play SIM cards

While the Big Fun Bundle is a triple-play service as standard, it can be upgraded to a quad-play with the addition of a mobile SIM. There are six SIMs on offer from 250MB to 10GB. Prices range from £5 to £23 per month.

The 250MB SIM has a very limited usage allowance. This small amount of data may get used up just on basic browsing, let alone video and music streaming. The 10GB SIM is better, and the price is largely what you would expect for that amount of data. If you stream and download videos on a daily basis, you will get through the 10GB limit fairly quicky, although it is ample for moderate streaming, along with browsing and using social media.

Package comparison

  • Broadband
    Max download speed50Mb
    Max upload speed3Mb
    Monthly usageUnlimited
    Digital TV
    TV channels174
    SD channels164
    HD channels10
    Home Phone
    Daytime calls9.94ppm
    Evening calls9.94ppm
    Weekend callsInclusive
    Pricing & Contract
    Set-up cost£14.99
    Contract length12 months
    First year cost£482.99

    £39
    £50 p/m after 12 mths
    includes line rental

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  • Broadband
    Max download speed100Mb
    Max upload speed6Mb
    Monthly usageUnlimited
    Digital TV
    TV channels208
    SD channels198
    HD channels10
    Home Phone
    Daytime calls9.94ppm
    Evening calls9.94ppm
    Weekend callsInclusive
    Pricing & Contract
    Set-up cost£14.99
    Contract length12 months
    First year cost£602.99

    £49
    £60 p/m after 12 mths
    includes line rental

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  • Broadband
    Max download speed200Mb
    Max upload speed12Mb
    Monthly usageUnlimited
    Digital TV
    TV channels306
    SD channels238
    HD channels68
    Home Phone
    Daytime callsInclusive
    Evening callsInclusive
    Weekend callsInclusive
    Pricing & Contract
    Set-up cost£14.99
    Contract length12 months
    First year cost£1034.99

    £85
    £120 p/m after 12 mths
    includes line rental

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Conclusion

The Fun Bundle will satisfy anyone looking for a solid triple-play broadband bundle. Its fast download speed and the generous selection of TV channels make it a great contender. However, the limited availability means it will automatically be dismissed by anyone who currently lives outside of a Virgin Media area.

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