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Virgin Media Essential broadband (no line)
  • 15Mb
  • average* speed
  • Unlimited
  • fibre broadband
  • Free
  • setup
  • 1
  • month contract
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  • delivery
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  • £12.5
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  • 1st year total £150

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Virgin Media Essential broadband (no line)
  • 54Mb
  • average* speed
  • Unlimited
  • fibre broadband
  • Free
  • setup
  • 1
  • month contract
  • Free
  • delivery
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  • £20
  • per month
  • 1st year total £240

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M500 Fibre Broadband
New customers only | Online exclusive
  • 516Mb
  • average* speed
  • Unlimited
  • fibre broadband
  • Free
  • setup
  • 18
  • month contract
  • Free
  • delivery
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  • £33
  • per month
  • 1st year total £396

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Our review of Virgin Media broadband

Reviewed by FasterBroadband
Updated by Stuart McPartland -

Virgin Media's strengths and weaknesses

Virgin Media has long been known for its independent cable network. But, with the rise of Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) technology offered by Openreach and other independent providers, is Virgin Media still a good choice in 2024? This review will explore Virgin Media's strengths and weaknesses to help you decide.

Virgin Media Broadband Speed: Let's kick off with the good news. Virgin Media boasts some of the fastest broadband speeds in the UK, particularly in areas where FTTP isn't yet available. This makes it an attractive option for heavy internet users, avid gamers and households with multiple devices streaming simultaneously.

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Customer service concerns

Virgin Media's Achilles' heel appears to be its customer service. Trustpilot reviews depict a troubling picture, with numerous customers airing grievances about billing discrepancies and poor customer support. Ofcom's data highlights Virgin Media as receiving a notably higher volume of complaints compared to close rivals, like Sky.

Peace of mind with compensation: There's a silver lining, though! Virgin Media participates in Ofcom's automatic compensation scheme. This means their customers receive compensation automatically for issues such as missed engineer appointments or service delays, eliminating the need for additional wrangling with customer support.

Vulnerable customers: Ofcom is currently (February 2024) investigating Virgin Media's compliance with their regulatory obligations regarding the treatment of vulnerable customers.

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Advantages of Virgin Media broadband

  • Gig1 Ultrafast cable broadband option with an average download speed of 1130Mbps
  • No price rise for new customers in 2024
  • Broadband only options - No phone line required

Disadvantages of Virgin Media broadband

  • Poor customer service
  • Some digging may be necessary to get the cable broadband to your property
  • No static IP option for residential customers

Read Virgin Media broadband features in more detail

  • Features Virgin Media Hub 5x router Virgin Media Hub 5 router Virgin Media Hub 4 router Virgin Media Hub 3 router
    Hub Version Hub 5x Hub 5 Hub 4 Hub 3
    Number of Antennae 7 7 7 5
    2.4 GHz WiFi Band 3x3 11b/g/n/ax 3x3 11/b/g/n/ax 3x3 11/b/g/n 2x2 11/b/g/n
    5 GHz WiFi Band 4x4 11ax 4x4 11ax 4x4 11ac 3x3 11ac
    WiFi Spec WiFi Version 6 WiFi Version 6 WiFi Version 5 WiFi Version 5
    Dual Band Yes Yes Yes Yes
    Network Connection XGS-PON DOCSIS 3.1 DOCSIS 3.1 DOCSIS 3.0
    Ethernet 1x 10Gbps, 3x 1Gbps 1x 2.5Gbps, 3x 1Gbps 4x 1Gbps 4x 1Gbps
    WPS Push Button Yes Yes Yes Yes
    Guest Network Option Yes Yes Yes Yes
    Auto tuning WiFi Yes Yes Yes Yes
    Phone line socket Yes Yes Yes Yes
    WiFi Pod Compatible Yes Yes Yes Yes
  • Unlike most providers, Virgin Media offer a one-month rolling contract. This is perfect for trying their service without a long commitment. However, customers should be aware that this comes with a hefty setup fee and excludes top-tier speed packages like M500, Gig1 & Gig2.

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  • Live Chat: Virgin Media offers convenient live chat support from 8am to 10pm, 7 days a week.

    Parental Controls: A handy router feature allows you to pause WiFi access to specific devices, ideal for managing screen time.

    Whilst Virgin Media excel in download speeds, upload speeds can be a drawback, especially for those who regularly upload large files. This is because Virgin Media use a cable network, which prioritises download speeds. If you're a content creator who uploads videos frequently or a gamer who live streams, Fibre To The Premises (FTTP) providers like Hyperoptic, Gigaclear, and Cityfibre might be a better fit. These providers offer symmetrical speeds, meaning upload speeds are just as fast as download speeds, making them better suited for upload-intense tasks.

    Virgin Media has recently introduced Gig2, the UK's first commercially available residential broadband service with speeds of 2Gbps. This speed is over 28 times faster than the national average! Utilising XGS-PON technology on a full-fibre network, courtesy of their partnership with Nexfibre. Virgin Media boast symmetrical upload and download speeds as an add-on across all tiers, a first amongst major UK providers. However, it's important to note that this add-on is currently limited to areas served by the Nexfibre network. Our communication with Virgin Media confirms recent reports that some sales staff aren’t fully informed about the symmetrical speed add-on. Given these limitations and the newness of the service, it might be a while before the symmetrical speed add-on becomes widely available and consistently communicated across Virgin Media's channels.

  • Package name Advertised speed Expected speed Minimum
    guaranteed download
    Upload speed NEW Nexfibre area add-on option for
    symmetrical upload speeds
    Essential broadband
    (social tariff)
    15Mb 15Mb 8Mb 2Mb Not Available
    Essential broadband plus
    (social tariff)
    54Mb 52Mb 27Mb 5Mb Not Available
    M50 54Mb 52Mb 27Mb 5Mb 52Mb
    M125 132Mb 132Mb 66Mb 21Mb 132Mb
    M250 264Mb 267Mb 132Mb 26Mb 267Mb
    M350 362Mb 374Mb 181Mb 37Mb 374Mb
    M500 516Mb 498Mb 258Mb 48Mb 498Mb
    Gig1 Full Fibre 1130Mb 1131Mb 565Mb 108Mb 1131Mb
    Gig2 Full Fibre 2000Mb 2020Mb 1000Mb 208Mb 2020Mb
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  • So, is Virgin Media the right fit for you? If your priority lies in sheer speed and FTTP isn't accessible, Virgin Media remains a strong contender. Additionally, their one-month trial option provides flexibility. However, be prepared for potential hurdles with customer service and ensure you familiarise yourself with your terms and conditions, including minimum guaranteed speeds. We would recommend tech-savvy users seeking to optimise their Wi-Fi experience should strongly consider investing in a third-party router. Virgin Media routers conveniently offer a 'modem-only mode'. When switched to this mode, your Virgin Media router ceases to broadcast Wi-Fi and instead acts solely as a bridge, passing your internet connection to your third-party router. This allows you more flexibility and better Wi-Fi performance.

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Virgin Media broadband review by Andrea Brady
Worst customer experience ever
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Tempted by low prices and promise of fast speeds, I am now trapped in a hell of no or intermittent service, and non-existent technical and billing support. My broadband has been out completely for days on end, and also intermittently cutting out for four weeks. Virgin neither warns, apologises, nor compensates us. I’ve had to conduct important meetings from my phone sitting on a wall outside the house.

When I have tried to contact them I get obsequious apologies and absolutely zero help. I submitted a complaint; they responded that “we just checked your service and it’s fine, we are closing this complaint” - even though their records should show that engineers and subcontractors had been sent to our road every day for two weeks! Oh and here's an email saying the prices are going up by 8% - received on a weekend when I yet again have no service.

In despair after an online presentation and online PhD examination had to be cancelled because of unplanned outages, I tried to cancel my contract. Was told I owed £200 in penalties for early cancellation. I refused to pay so much money for such a faulty product. They said, call 150 and speak to the technical team. I can’t call 150 because my landline is out. I call the costly number from my mobile and try to get through to technical support and get a recorded message - “there’s a fault in your area” - then bumped straight back to the main menu. It’s impossible to speak to a human or get hold of anyone who will take responsibility or can help us.

I have lost huge amounts of time and am going mad with stress and frustration. The worst consumer experience I’ve ever had, and it has been the same for every Virgin customer in my road - all of whom are switching at the first opportunity. If my suffering helps one other person to avoid this horrible catastrophe of a country, that would make me feel a bit better. The regulators should shut them down; they should go bankrupt. Going to try to post this now before the broadband goes down again
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Virgin Media broadband review by george
Absolutely appalling
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After contacting Virgin Media for my contract renewal, I was lied to. They denied it, then lied to me again, promised a phone call back that never happened, then lied again and then got the contract changed against my will, when I tried to cancel, I was lied to again, only after contact from the ombudsman I could finally close the account down and change. Never again Virgin, zero star is too much for their appalling customer service
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Virgin Media broadband review by robyn
Terrible customer service when moving house
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I set up a broadband contract with your company in late 2022. The original set-up was problem-free, and we were fully up and running in our old flat on day one. Unfortunately, due to the current renting market and cost of living, our landlord chose to sell their property, meaning we needed to find a new home mid-way through our contract.

I had no issues maintaining the Virgin Media contract and transferring it to our new property if possible. So I phoned your team well in advance, 4th October, a month before our moving date, 4th November, to ensure this would be ok, and I was advised that it would be possible. Also, Your team could install it on our move date. I was delighted with this and gained my new landlord’s permission to have the installation.

The problems started three days before our moving date when I received an email informing me that the set-up would be delayed because it required permission from the two adjacent homeowners. This late notice did not give me enough time, and I needed to interact with neighbours myself when I was not even living at this property. This delay was unsuitable as I work from home, edit videos, and upload large files; my partner is a game developer. However, we were willing to try to connect with Virgin Media for the sake of high speeds, and I thought this might only leave us a few days without internet, so I worked on the permissions.
Unfortunately, the couple at number 7 were away on holiday and number 6 was an elderly lady living alone. It was challenging to ask for permission as any cautious person would be weary of a stranger knocking on their door in the evening, asking for personal contact information to get Wi-Fi with nothing more than an email from Virgin Media to validate the request. Why could your team not write to the owner of each property officially, allowing me to advise them to expect a letter, and could they help me. I think this would be a better process, especially for customers who are just moving in and unaware of neighbours, so it may be an improvement point for you to consider.

In the meantime, our existing service was stopped on November 2nd at 11:59 pm, a day early. Again, I was willing to overlook it as I thought it wouldn't take long to get a connection again.

Eventually, we gained permission, and I provided it to [email protected], who 1st emailed me requesting the details. They took three days to reply, confirm receipt, and longer to take action. Eventually, both neighbours received emails with permission forms and instructions to print, sign, and scan back in before sending it back. Again, your process of using only email electronic interactions meant that this was a problem, as neither of them had access to a printer or a scanner. So I had to ask me to arrange to print the forms, which I had to go to my parent's home, at my cost, as I also didn't have access.

I got the forms completed, but both neighbours wrote conditions on the form to make sure they got restoration of their property to their satisfaction. I then called customer service to speed up response and was advised there’s no direct way to speak to the “residential wayleave” department. You can only reach them via email, which wasn’t a fast response time again, and as I continued down this timeline, responses only got slower.

At this point, customer service finally offered a pocket Wi-Fi, which was irritating since no other time I phoned before was this given this option, and I advised I worked from home. I accepted this offer and received a pocket Wi-Fi with 250GB capacity until December 14th. I had already been without Wi-Fi for 10 days (I had to increase my mobile contract to cope with its use at my own expense).
The email response from the "residential wayleave" department. It took five days this time, and only to advise of a new problem, in that they couldn’t accept the forms, as they had been written on, not just a date and a signature. I didn’t see how this was an issue since their additional comments were making clear their expectations, and no one had advised how to share any expectations of the neighbours. The form still permitted with their signature. So, I had to repeat the process, inform my neighbours, and return to my parents to print off new forms. I got these back, but it took five days for any response, with no way to speed up the process as the team is uncontactable.

We were now three weeks without Wi-Fi, and the pocket Wi-Fi couldn’t support a working household with a 250GB data limit, so we had to constantly limit our Wi-Fi usage to stretch it out and make it last.
I was told that the earliest your team could install was December 14th, six full weeks after we moved in! You seem to get put to the back of the queue whenever you need to answer a question or issue raised by the uncontactable "residential wayleave" department. I asked to escalate this and spoke to someone on the pre-installation team. They said there was nothing they could do to bring it forward due to external work and then credited £75 to my account to compensate for the delay, as it was the best they could do.

I asked if I could speak to someone to help your company improve this process for future customers and was told I could raise a complaint. However, based on their experience, nothing changes as these processes have remained inefficient and have been this way for a while. Hence, I decided to write a review due to this lack of customer acknowledgement which does not align with the customer-first organisation policies.

I then waited patiently for the 14th and took the continuing financial impact as I had to travel to cafes or family members' homes. I use my phone data to do my work. Unbelievably, I received an email on December 11th, just three days before installation again, saying it was delayed. This was followed by a phone call from the company to tell me that the install date will now be the 30th of December. This would make it 8 WEEKS after my initial set-up date.
I had no confidence that the new date would be met! So I demanded to be released from my contract with no penalties and compensation, as the failure to deliver an acceptable service in an acceptable timeframe has long passed.

They released me from my contract with no exit fees and when I asked for the £75 credit on the account to be sent to me to help cover the cost I had taken waiting for them to provide a service, I was told they could not do this. I proceeded to ask why this was and they said that they had cancelled the account and therefore it should be sent to me automatically. I never received this!

I am appalled at the process and treatment of this affair and the lack of urgency to complete my move process and keep my business. I have been left out of pocket during a cost of living crisis and the company Virgin Media showed no remorse or customer care for causing me stress and an unnecessary financial burden.

Their website states "customer first company." But this is a lie!
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Virgin Media broadband review by Alan semple
Liars just a rip off
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I went to Virgin because my new property had it installed. Worse thing i have ever done. I was told my package was one price, then charged over. I've been on the phone with them for hours, and they say they know what went wrong and then try to get you to take a new contract out. Agents are liars and just try to get you off the phone. Worse company i have ever dealt with.
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Virgin Media broadband review by Matt
Hub 5/Forum Team - Need Improvements (The story of romance between man and hub 5)
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So when an experianced technically minded person approaches Virgin's Forum Team using the same user account they've used for many years helping other customers diagnose and fix faults you don't quite expect to be told that the troublshooting and investigation work into your own service problem is trash!

I found a recent upgrade to the Hub 5 after using a Hub 3/4 at same property for 5-11 years, was a the problem causing streaming and connection drop outs (5000 in a month Virgin Media recorded) but the response from a Forum Team member with 6 years tenure says "The hub 5 is more than fit for purpose. I've had one for many months and no issues"

So 4 weeks later, issues not resolved, 3 engineers, 1 network team manager visit later and nothing is fixed and we still know what I said in the first place, apart from now I've even investigated deeper and isolated the issue.

Still though I'm told that Hub 5 is not at fault, so the Hub 3 connected right this second working fine must be magic.

No replacements orHub 4 offered to test, just wasted time, appointment changes and now that same long tenured Forum Team member has said,

"The only offer now of a complaint resolution would be a 7 day disconnection notice, not hold you to EDF's but I will be asking our Housefiles team to mark your property as a non-serviceable address as there's no issues with the Hub 5."

Silly Me :(

"Love's that Hub 5 though"
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