Virgin Media support: Help, issues and complaints
By Tim Smith | Monday, June 12th 2023
Virgin Media delivers the fastest broadband available and one of the best subscription TV solutions. Which is great when everything is working as it should be. But when something goes wrong it's more than a niggle, it's a problem needing a solution.
In this guide we'll look at some of the problems that Virgin Media customers can run into, and more importantly, how best to go about addressing them before you have to contact customer services.
Problems with your bill
There are a number of different issues that can crop up in relation to your Virgin Media bill. Here are the main ones to look out for.
If you miss a payment or think you are about to miss a payment
You should contact Virgin Media straight away. This can help stop Virgin Media from charging you a small late payment charge at the time of writing. The company may also restrict or even cut off one or all of your services if you don’t pay on time.
On its website, Virgin Media states that it has various options to help you in the event that you have problems paying your bill. These include giving you a few extra days to pay your bill; offering reduced services for up to six months to give you time to pay, and also referring you to one of its trusted agencies who will take over your payment plan.
If Virgin Media does restrict your services, you may find that it lowers the speed of your broadband or stops access to some TV channels. This will only happen until you've paid your missed bill.
Bear in mind that you can contact Virgin Media in several ways including using the company's online messaging system (which is often faster than a phone call), and by email.
What if your bill is higher than expected?
The first thing to do when you open your Virgin Media account is to make sure you have a record of your account number. You will have received an email with this number. This email will also give an estimate of your first payment and the amount you will be expected to pay each month from then on. Keep a note of these details. You can then compare the details against your monthly bill.
If you think that you've been overcharged, check first that you've not used any add-ons. These include things such as pay-per-view events or landline phone calls that you have made that aren’t included in your contract. For example, if you have made an international call and have not signed up to an international calls bolt-on, this will appear as a chargeable extra.
If you still think you're paying over the amount you contracted for, contact Virgin Media straight away and have your account number to hand. You can contact Virgin Media using the messaging system on its website or by phone.
Problems with your broadband and wifi
Slow or unreliable broadband affects more than just your ability to shop online. Your home wireless could be less efficient and you may find streaming TV may be a struggle. But fear not, there are steps you can take to try and fix your broadband before contacting Virgin Media for help. These include checking simple things like cables. If you're confident enough, you can actually log in to your Hub router using a web browser and try and correct faults such as poor wifi signal directly.
- Is there a problem with broadband in your area? – Problems with your broadband may not be limited to your address. Before you do anything else, log in to your Virgin Media account page and check the Service Status. If your home broadband is completely down, you can use the Virgin Media app, or check the Virgin Media website using a web browser using your phone
- Turn your Virgin Media Hub off and on again – Unplug your hub from the power supply. While you are there, unplug the cable which runs from the router to your telephone socket at both ends. Wait a couple of minutes before plugging the cable firmly back into the telephone box socket and the router. Now reconnect the power and wait for the router to finish starting-up
- Is the problem with your wifi or your broadband? – If you're experiencing slower than usual broadband speed, before assuming a big issue with broadband, try the following: plug your computer into your Virgin Media Hub using an ethernet cable. Then visit one of the many 'Broadband Speedcheck' websites. If you get a speed that comes to close to the one you're paying for, then the problem is probably with your wifi
- Slow wireless fixes – Remember that your wifi is controlled by your Virgin Media Hub. Slow wifi speed can be entirely unrelated to broadband speed. For example, your Virgin Media Hub's wifi signal might be obstructed by walls or doors. Try moving it to a more central area in your home. If this doesn't work, you can log in into your Hub and change your wifi channels – find out how using the guide available on the Virgin Media website. If all else fails, consider paying extra for Virgin Media’s WiFi booster pods
- No faults found – If none of our suggested fixes helps, contact Virgin Media via your account page on the Virgin Media website to make a formal complaint and a request for resolution
- Have you paid your bill? – Check your account on the Virgin Media website to see if you've missed a payment and as a result Virgin Media has restricted your service
Virgin TV is delivered to your home as a separate box and connection from your Virgin broadband box. However, both your broadband and TV services rely on the same cables in the ground and junction boxes at the end of the street. So, if there is a general problem with Virgin Media's cable or fibre in your area, this will affect both your Virgin internet and your Virgin TV.
Problems with seeing channels
Virgin Media's channels come into your home via your Virgin Media TV box. This uses the same external cabling as your broadband. So, if something has happened to that cabling in the street for example, your TV channels will be affected. First check that your broadband is working. Next visit the Virgin Media service status page for any known problems in your area. In addition, just make sure your most recent bill has been paid too, in case Virgin Media has restricted your service due to lack of payment.
If your Virgin Media TV box is slow or freezes
Once again, slow or broken broadband can be to blame here, so check on Virgin’s website and just make sure that there are no reported problems in your area.
The next thing to do is to turn your Virgin TV box off at the mains for two minutes (you do this to ensure that it has shut down completely). Turn it back on, wait for it to start up until the TV guide is on screen. If all's well, you've fixed it.
If you have your landline phone contracted with Virgin Media and it's giving you problems with poor call quality, dropped calls or a dead line, there are a couple of things you can do before calling in the engineers.
- Cable checking – the first thing to do is to check that the cable to and from your phone's base unit is in good condition and hasn't been tugged out. Just follow it from your phone to the socket, pull it out, then make sure it is not frayed or damaged. Then reconnect it securely
- Test your phone on its own – a quick test, unplug any broadband microfilters from the phone socket so that you can plug the phone straight in. Also disconnect anything else, your broadband box for example, that uses your phone line. If your phone is connected directly to your Virgin Media Hub, make sure the cable is connected firmly. Then make a call. If all's well then another piece of equipment is causing your problem
- Check Call Divert – if people tell you that they've called you but you've not received their calls, make sure you've not accidentally activated the Call Divert or Block functions. Virgin Media has a very good phone guide online, so make sure to check that if you're not sure how to turn Call Divert or Block on or off
- Check the batteries – your cordless phone needs batteries to operate and it's easy to forget that these run down, so try changing them and then make a call
Virgin Media has a detailed guide to your phone, with some step-through information on its website, which you can try. If you have no luck with this, then contact Virgin Media
Customer service phone number
If you need to contact Virgin Media customer service, the number is 0345 454 1111. You can also call 150 from your Virgin Media landline or Virgin Mobile.
Use social media to speed up response times
If your problem isn't getting a response, make yourself heard in public. Virgin Media has a variety of social media accounts including Facebook and Twitter. Always be clear and courteous as a rude comment is unlikely to get attention.
Frequently asked questions
What causes broadband issues?
Broadband issues can occur due to a variety of events, from something as simple as a loose cable, all the way up to major infrastructure faults in your neighbourhood. Your first port of call will be to log in to your Virgin Media account page and check the service status. If you've got no broadband, you can use your phone's 4G connection to check.
Will my TV be affected if my broadband fails?
Yes. This is because your TV service is delivered through your Virgin Media broadband connection.
Does Virgin Media fix faults fast?
This depends on a number of things including the severity of the fault, the locality of the fault, whether Virgin Media accepts it is at fault, and how many engineers are out on jobs at the time. Keep checking via your account page if your problem persists. Make use of the messaging system. Be prepared to wait on the phone and use Virgin’s social media accounts. The more you ask, the more hope you have for a quicker resolution.
Can a faulty telephone line affect my broadband?
It’s not so much that the telephone line will affect the broadband – it’s that faulty broadband will affect your phone line. This is because your Virgin Media phone line uses the same cable as your broadband. If one is down, it’s more than likely the other will be too.
How do I find out if there is a fault in my area?
Visit the Virgin Media website, log in to your account and look for the section called Service Status at the top of the page. You'll be able to see quickly if there are any officially recognised faults in your area, and when you can expect them to be fixed. If you can’t get online using your home wifi, then use your mobile 4G signal to visit the Virgin Media service status checker.