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If you live in an area where you can get a 4G signal on your phone, Virgin Mobile offers some of the fastest mobile broadband speeds out there.


Virgin Mobile Broadband

From travel and banking to TV and broadband, Richard Branson’s Virgin brand is everywhere. So it’s no surprise that Virgin is also in the mobile broadband game, with a range of deals to suit different kinds of web users.

Virgin Mobile is what’s known as a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO), which basically means it uses another company’s network to connect you to the web. If you sign up for mobile broadband with Virgin Mobile, you’ll be using the EE network to connect to the internet.

So What Does Virgin Mobile Broadband Offer?

3G Mobile Broadband

No

4G Mobile Broadband

Yes

Connection Type

Wireless Only

Pay As You Go

No

Pay Monthly

Yes


3G mobile broadband

3G is short for the ‘third generation’ of mobile phone network connections. The jump from 2G to 3G is similar to the difference between slow dial-up internet and a faster broadband connection.

Virgin’s mobile broadband doesn’t offer 3G mobile broadband deals however, so if you live in an area where 3G is the fastest connection you can get on your phone, Virgin’s mobile broadband isn’t for you.


4G mobile broadband

4G is to mobile phones what fibre optic was to broadband – it’s the fastest type of connection you can get on your phone as long as your handset supports it (which most new models do).

If you do live in an area where you can get a 4G connection on your phone, Virgin’s mobile broadband can get you download speeds of up to 21 Megabits per second.

To put that in perspective, the average broadband speed in the UK homes is roughly the same*- which means you could get just as quick a connection as you’d expect to get via your router plugged into your phoneline.

At these kinds of speeds, even streaming video and music should be an absolute breeze – but bear in mind that Virgin advertises speeds of ‘up to’ 21 Megabits per second, and what you get could be far lower, depending on your signal strength.


Connection type

There are generally two kinds of mobile broadband connections, but to make things a bit simpler Virgin only offers the kind where you get a small personal wireless device (or MiFi) through which you connect your phone, tablet or computer to the internet.

Think of a MiFi device as a sort of router which, instead of connecting to your phone line, connects to the mobile network. You can connect up to 10 devices to your MiFi device at any one time and it’s also secured with a password to stop anyone else using your connection.


Pay As You Go

Virgin’s mobile broadband is not available on a Pay as You Go (PAYG) basis.


Pay Monthly

Virgin’s mobile broadband offers two types of pay monthly contract. 30-day rolling deals cater for those who don’t want to get tied in to a lengthy contract, while longer 12-month plans cut the monthly cost.

Prices vary depending on your data limit, and the higher your limit the more you’re going to have to pay. Virgin Mobile offers data allowances from 500 Megabytes to 8 Gigabytes a month, catering for everyone from the occasional email and Facebook checker to the HD movie streamer, and everyone in between.

Click here to compare mobile broadband deals.

*at the time of writing

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