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Virgin Media Red Speed bundle review

Virgin Media Red Speed is no longer available. Virgin Media Broadband and Phone is your best alternative.Virgin Media is known for offering some of the fastest business broadband speeds in the UK. With the success of the home bundles, it was only a matter of time until Virgin introduced its business bundles.

The Red Speed bundle is one of several business bundles from Virgin. It comes with 152Mbps broadband, unlimited calls and the option to add a mobile SIM. Plus, you get the first two months for free. Read on to see whether it might fit your business needs.

Cable.co.uk overall rating
4

The Red Speed bundle comes with an impressive speed of 152Mbps, unlimited usage and calls, valuable technical support and a free static IP address. It’s tailored to small- to medium-sized businesses and comes with an affordable price tag. Plus, there’s the option to add a mobile SIM to your bundle.

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Speed & usage

Rating

4

This bundle comes with a top speed of 152Mbps, making it one of the fastest business broadband products available. Depending on the size of your business and your online requirements, this bandwidth should comfortably meet the needs of 20 to 100 devices or computers. The Red Speed bundle also comes with an upload speed of 12Mbps, which is plenty to support VoIP services and online file-sharing and storage.

Virgin Media operates a traffic management policy to ensure consistent speed across the network but it is not in force during normal working hours of 8am-6pm on weekdays.

Advertised download speed Up to 152Mbps
Average downloads (off-peak) 109.7Mbps – 115.6Mbps
Average downloads (peak) 104.5Mbps – 111.4Mbps
Advertised upload speed 12Mbps
Monthly usage limit No
Traffic management Yes
Static IP Yes
Minimum contract 24 months
Router Super Hub
Public wi-fi No
Prices from £60 per month
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Actual

The ‘Actual’ speeds are those reported by Ofcom.

Technical support

Rating

4

Virgin Media offers excellent support for businesses with its 24-hour telephone support service; if you experience any connectivity issues, help is on hand to ensure your problem gets resolved as quickly as possible. The team will aim to fix any broadband issues within 24 hours, so you shouldn’t ever be without a connection for long.

From the point of purchase, new customers will be given a named contact for updates on installation. Once installed, you will also receive a courtesy call from the dedicated business support team to check that your new service is running smoothly and to answer any questions you may have.

In regards to security, Virgin Media offers a Managed Firewall service, which protects your company from any threats or viruses. You’ll get alerts of any threats on your network and control over web activity. Plus, Virgin Media manages the security for you and works with you to ensure security is tailored to your requirements.

Extras

Rating

4

As well as a free static IP address, the broadband package comes with a call plan with unlimited calls to UK local, regional, national and 0845/0870 numbers. You’ll also get unlimited calls to mobiles and 24 international destinations. This is particularly useful for keeping in contact with clients or employees overseas. You’ll also get a number of business-grade call features including voicemail, caller ID and call waiting.

One of the shining stars of the bundle is the option to add a mobile SIM, which isn’t available with other Virgin Media business packages. All SIM plans come with unlimited minutes, texts and up to 16GB of data on EE’s 4G network. Prices range from £15 to £45 per month.

If your business is based in a city participating in the government-backed SuperConnected Cities programme, you can get access to vouchers of up to £3,000 that could give you free installation or lower monthly costs. These vouchers are only offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Value for money

Rating

4

The Red Speed bundle comes at an affordable price, starting from £60 per month. You’ll also get the first two months free – that’s a saving of £120. The package of unlimited calls, unlimited usage and a download speed of up to 152Mbps, offers very good value for money. However, there is a one-off fee of £50 for installation to take into account.

If you want to take out a mobile SIM, you will be paying up to £45 extra a month. This may sound steep, but for that price you get 16GB of data, unlimited texts and unlimited calls on EE’s 4G network, which presents excellent value, especially when you consider that you can only get up to 10GB on a standard SIM card.

Equipment & installation

Rating

4

You will receive the Virgin Media Super Hub free with this bundle. This dual frequency, combined modem and router will provide a fast and powerful Wi-Fi connection throughout your office. It comes with four Ethernet ports, five internal antennas and the latest secure encryption technology.

Once you have placed your order, you will be assigned an advisor who will be your point of contact should you have any issues with your delivery. Virgin Media will then send out an engineer to install your broadband and phone package. The engineer will make sure you are armed with all the information you need and that everything is running smoothly. You should be up and running within around a week of placing your order.

Super Hub Router

Overall Rating

4

The Red Speed bundle certainly lives up to its name, with an impressive download speed of 152Mbps. This bundle also includes unlimited calls, a free static IP address and reliable technical support. With the option of adding in a mobile SIM, this business broadband bundle offers a great package all round.

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