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MoneySuperMarket’s Guide to Virgin Media broadband  

Thinking about taking Virgin Media broadband? Here’s what’s on offer and what you need to know.

Plusnet broadband is delivered via BT’s Openreach network

Virgin Media Broadband

Virgin Media is the main alternative to BT’s Openreach network and is best known as the fastest widely available broadband in the UK. 

All Virgin Media broadband packages are superfast but currently available to just over 60% of the UK.

So what does Virgin Media offer?

ADSL Broadband No
Fibre Optic Broadband Yes
Calls packages Yes
TV Yes (via TiVo)
Mobile Phones Yes
BT Sport Yes
Sky Sports Yes

ADSL Broadband

Virgin Media doesn’t offer ADSL broadband – only superfast fibre optic broadband.

Fibre Optic Broadband 

Virgin Media’s superfast broadband products are great for those who want to do data intensive activities such as streaming high quality video (Netflix, YouTube), those who game online or those who have multiple users logged on at any one time.

Calls package

Virgin Media have four separate talk plans available to their customers so whatever type of user you are, there’s a package for you.

So whether you only use your landline on weekends or your phone is glued to your ear day long you’ll find a package to suit your needs with Virgin Media.

TV

Virgin Media is the only provider in the UK to offer the TiVo box.

With TiVo you can pause, rewind and store all your favourite programmes as well as use catch up services and apps such as Spotify and Netflix.

Catch up services like BBC iPlayer and All4 are also available.

Another great reason to take Virgin Media TV is for the ‘Virgin TV anywhere’ app. With Virgin TV anywhere you can watch all your channels on the move on your mobile and tablet

Mobile Phones

Virgin Media have a large suite of products when it comes to mobile phones – probably the biggest of all the providers.

Whether you’re after a cheaper SIM only deal or want the latest iPhone, Virgin Mobile has a raft of great offers on offer.

An added bonus is that all Virgin Broadband customers get an additional £5Virgin Media

BT Sport 

Virgin Media customers are able to get BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2 and BT Sport ESPN.

Unfortunately BT Sport Europe is not available on Virgin Media at this time.

Sky Sports

For Virgin Media customers wanting Sky Sports, the full suite (all five channels including Sky Sports F1) are available.

Both BT Sport and Sky Sports are included as standard on the XL package.

MoneySuperMarket’s expert view

Virgin Media topped the polls in MoneySuperMarket’s broadband speed category in the 2015 Broadband Supers awards and it’s not hard to see why. Virgin Media specialise in superfast broadband and are concentrating their efforts of boosting their speeds as well as their reach around the UK.

If you’re someone who streams a lot or has a number of users online at any one time Virgin Media could be the provider for you.

Top Virgin Media deals

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MoneySupermarket Supers Winner Virgin Media
50Mb Superfast Fibre Broadband and Phone
Up to 50 Mb per second
Unlimited
£4.50 Per month + £16.99 line rental

MoneySuperMarket exclusive

£50 reward to spend at M&S, John Lewis or Amazon.co.uk. Up to 50Mb superfast fibre with weekend calls £4.50 a month for 12m, then £17.50.
Offer ends 13th Sep
MoneySupermarket Supers Winner Virgin Media
100Mb Superfast Fibre Broadband and Phone
Up to 100 Mb per second
Unlimited
£9.50 Per month + £16.99 line rental

MoneySuperMarket exclusive

£50 reward to spend at M&S, John Lewis or Amazon.co.uk. Up to 100Mb superfast fibre with weekend calls £9.50 a month for 12m, then £22.50.
Offer ends 13th Sep

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Digital Television

Broadband and TV

Many broadband providers also offer a digital TV service, with Sky and Virgin Media the two most recognisable. But as our broadband becomes quicker and more reliable, many other providers are able to offer a digital TV service that's delivered via a broadband connection, including the popular on demand services.

The available channels and services do vary from provider to provider and package to package, so it's worth checking the detail on your chosen package to see what's on offer. Check the compare button on our results table for up to five different packages to see what channels are on offer, side-by-side.

Fibre Optic

Often referred to as "superfast broadband", fibre optic offers most UK households the fastest available broadband speeds.

Instead of using the copper telephone network, which is how most ADSL broadband is delivered, superfast is transmitted through fibre optic cables. The signal doesn't degrade using fibre optic cables, which means speeds are much faster. Whereas ADSL can offers speeds of up to 16 Mbps (Megabits per second), we're looking at a minimum of 38 Mbps with fibre.

Virgin Media offers the fastest fibre speeds, in excess of 100 Mbps in some cases and is the widest available provider in the UK at the moment. But Sky, Plusnet, EE and BT as well as some other providers also offer the service.

Unlimited Broadband

Unlimited means that the broadband you receive at home will have no caps on usage or downloads.

This means that whenever you want to use the internet, for downloading, streaming or just general browsing, you can do so without ever worrying about incurring extra charges.

Some providers have been known to implement traffic management on their networks, meaning that the speed of a user's broadband is controlled during peak times and this could be the case even with unlimited broadband. It's worth checking with your provider for more information on traffic management.

Anytime Calls

If you want to have the cost of local and national landline calls included in your broadband package, click this button. Anytime covers your local and national calls during the daytime, evening and at weekends, which means you won't pay extra on your monthly bill for making calls. However some providers will charge for 0870 and 0845 calls, and international calls will also be charged, so do check the details of the package to see what's included.

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    Did you know...

    Both BT and Sky have the rights to show live Premier League matches until 2017. Sky has the bulk of the matches with 168 games and BT have the remaining 48 matches. Click to read more.

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    How to understand your usage

    Your broadband usage, measured in megabytes (MB) and gigabytes (GB), can be a puzzling subject to fully understand. It's not easy to be truly accurate with how much broadband you're consuming on a monthly basis.

    That's why we've cut through the technical jargon by creating three different types of broadband user. Simply match your activities to one of the user types below:

    Light users A single user, or perhaps there's two of you, who like to browse the internet, send emails and maybe download a few songs during the evenings and at weekends. Browsing, email, iTunes
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    Packages with 2GB of use or more

    Medium users Perhaps you're a small family, or a couple who like to watch iPlayer or catch-up TV a few times a week, on top of the usual website browsing, email sending and occasional Skype calls. iPlayer, Skype
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    Packages with 20GB or more

    Heavy users You're either a large family or shared household. You like to stream TV or Netflix, perhaps play some online video games and generally enjoy living in a connected world. Steaming TV or Movies, gaming
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    Packages with unlimited usage

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    How to understand the different broadband speeds

    There are three different types of broadband speeds that are available to you when you take out a new deal. These are ADSL, fibre and superfast fibre.

    ADSL

    ADSL is broadband that's delivered into your house via a telephone line and used by the majority of households in Britain.

    These deals offer speeds of up to 16 megabits per second (Mb). ADSL broadband is generally fast enough for you to stream television without too much buffering or pausing and certainly fast enough for day-to-day internet browsing and emailing.

    Fibre

    Using fibre optic cables to transfer data, you can achieve speeds of up to 38Mb with a fibre broadband connection.

    You will happily watch live TV and play online video games with a fibre broadband connection offering minimal delays or lags.

    Superfast fibre

    Superfast refers to fibre optic broadband connections with speeds over 38Mb.

    You may opt for a superfast fibre broadband connection if you require large downloads delivered to you quickly, or were a regular player of online video games that needed a faster than average connection in order to play seamlessly.

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    Superfast fibre
    Virgin Media MoneySupermarket Supers Winner £50 reward to spend at M&S, John Lewis or Amazon.co.uk. Up to 50Mb superfast fibre with weekend calls £4.50 a month for 12m, then £17.50. 50Mb Superfast Fibre Broadband and Phone Up to 50 Mb per second £4.50 Per month + £16.99 line rental
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    MoneySuperMarket exclusive
    £50 reward to spend at M&S, John Lewis or Amazon.co.uk. Up to 50Mb superfast fibre with weekend calls £4.50 a month for 12m, then £17.50. Offer ends 13th September.
    Offer ends 13th Sep
    Superfast fibre
    Virgin Media MoneySupermarket Supers Winner £50 reward to spend at M&S, John Lewis or Amazon.co.uk. Up to 100Mb superfast fibre with weekend calls £9.50 a month for 12m, then £22.50. 100Mb Superfast Fibre Broadband and Phone Up to 100 Mb per second £9.50 Per month + £16.99 line rental
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    MoneySuperMarket exclusive
    £50 reward to spend at M&S, John Lewis or Amazon.co.uk. Up to 100Mb superfast fibre with weekend calls £9.50 a month for 12m, then £22.50. Offer ends 13th September.
    Offer ends 13th Sep
    Superfast fibre
    Virgin Media MoneySupermarket Supers Winner Router or other hardware 50Mb Superfast Fibre Broadband Up to 50 Mb per second £30.25 Per month
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    0333 123 6196
    Superfast fibre
    Virgin Media MoneySupermarket Supers Winner Router or other hardware £10 for 9m on the Big Easy Up to 50 Mb per second £12.50 Per month + £16.99 line rental
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    Or call to order
    0333 123 6196
    Offer
    Big Easy bundle, up to 50Mb superfast fibre and weekend calls £12.50 a month for 9m, then £22.
    Superfast fibre
    Virgin Media MoneySupermarket Supers Winner Router or other hardware 100Mb Superfast Fibre Broadband Up to 100 Mb per second £35.25 Per month
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    0333 123 6196
    Superfast fibre
    Virgin Media MoneySupermarket Supers Winner Router or other hardware 152Mb Superfast Fibre Broadband and Phone Up to 152 Mb per second £20 Per month + £16.99 line rental
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    Offer
    Up to 152Mb superfast fibre with weekend calls £20 a month for 12m, then £30.
    Superfast fibre
    Virgin Media MoneySupermarket Supers Winner Router or other hardware Half price for 6m on the Big Bang Up to 100 Mb per second £16 Per month + £16.99 line rental
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    Offer
    Big Bang bundle, up to 100Mb superfast fibre and weekend calls half price for 9m, then £32 a month.
    Superfast fibre
    Virgin Media MoneySupermarket Supers Winner Router or other hardware 152Mb Superfast Fibre Broadband Up to 152 Mb per second £42.75 Per month
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    Superfast fibre
    Virgin Media MoneySupermarket Supers Winner Router or other hardware Half price for 6m on the Big Kahuna Up to 152 Mb per second £26 Per month + £16.99 line rental
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    Offer
    Big Kahuna bundle, up to 152Mb superfast fibre and weekend calls half price for 9m, then £52 a month.
    Superfast fibre
    Virgin Media MoneySupermarket Supers Winner Router or other hardware Half price for 6m on the Big Kahuna Movies Up to 152 Mb per second £35.50 Per month + £16.99 line rental
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    Offer
    Big Kahuna Movies bundle, up to 152Mb superfast fibre and weekend calls half price for 9m, then £71 a month.
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