Virgin Media offers the UK's fastest, widely available broadband. With superfast speeds in excess of 500Mbps, it's ideal if you live in a busy family home. And it's great if you live in shared accommodation or play games online too.
What can I get from Virgin Media broadband?
Virgin Media's major selling point is that it's the UK's fastest widely available broadband, with a service that's five times faster than Sky and BT.
And it's one of the few broadband providers that lets you sign up for standalone broadband without having to pay for a landline too.
Virgin Media also offers TV, home phone and mobile phone services. So if you're looking to save money, you can take two or more of these services from Virgin Media and pay much less than you would were to sign up for the same services separately from different providers.
Virgin Media broadband packages and speeds
Virgin Media's broadband is available in a choice of speeds. Pick from these packages:
- M50 - 54Mbps average speed
- M100 -108Mbps average speed
- M200 - 213Mbps average speed
- M300 - 362Mbps average speed
- M500 - 516Mbps average speed
With a speed of 108Mbps, the M100 service is more than fast enough for most busy households.
But even the M50 will handle the demands of multiple occupancy homes, where several people are streaming video or playing online games simultaneously.
All packages offer unlimited downloads too, so you needn’t worry about a usage cap cutting you off or the prospect of Virgin Media slowing your service during peak times.
All Virgin Media broadband packages are available on 18-month contracts. That's in line with the 18-month contract terms that are now standard for Sky broadband and significantly less of a commitment than the 24-month contract term that applies when you sign up to BT broadband.
The catch is that Virgin Media broadband isn't available everywhere. Use our postcode checker to see if you can get it at your address.
Virgin Media Volt
Virgin Media's Volt bundles pair superfast broadband with a 4G SIM card (with a monthly allowance) from O2.
And because you can use the SIM for tethering, you can share your 4G connection and use it to get online with any internet-enabled devices, including laptops and tablets.
Customers on Virgin Media's top-of-the-range Volt package are also guaranteed to be able to fix a next-day engineer appointment to resolve the problem.
Take a closer look at Volt packages with our one-stop guide.
Virgin Media student broadband and one-month contracts
As well as standard 18-month contracts, Virgin Media offers special student-friendly broadband contracts that run for a nine-month term. That means you don't have to pay for a service during the summer holidays.
And if you're between permanent addresses, it's also worth noting that Virgin Media is one of the few providers that offers broadband on a one-month contract too.
Virgin Media broadband extras and freebies
Sign up for Virgin Media broadband and you'll get Web Safe and F-Secure security software free of charge, to keep you safe online.
Subscribers also benefit from servicing and repairs at no extra charge, as well the option to connect to Wifi on the London Underground.
Find out more about Virgin Media with our review.
Virgin Media Hub 3 with intelligent Wifi
Although it got mixed reviews initially, Virgin Media's Hub 3 has since been improved with the addition of Intelligent WiFi technology.
This boosted the router's speed and range, by making the the Hub 3 work in the background at all times to optimise your signal.
Virgin Media Connect app
Free of charge for Virgin Media customers, this smartphone app allows you to control your WiFi remotely. It also lets you apply parental controls and set limits for the time your children can spend online.
Get Virgin Media Connect app for iPhones.
Get the Virgin Media Connect app for Android phones.
Virgin Media broadband and TV deals
Virgin Media's TV service is based on the V6 set top box, which allows you to record up to six shows at the same time while watching a seventh and offers 1TB of storage for recordings and the option to pause and rewind live TV.
Channels and streaming services you can sign up for on Virgin Media TV bundles include Netflix, Sky Sports, Sky Cinema, BT Sport and Amazon Prime Video.
You can also add and subtract what Virgin Media calls Personal Picks. These are flexible add-ons that operate on a 30-day, rolling-contract basis.
We take a closer look at Virgin Media and see how it stacks up with Sky Q in our simple guide.
What’s good about Virgin Media broadband?
- Superfast download speeds - great for large households, streaming HD video, or gaming
- Unlimited downloads with no usage cap
- Broadband-only option available that doesn’t include line rental
- Available contract-free
- Can bundle with TV, phone, and mobile to save money - and it’s one of the most comprehensive TV packages in the UK
- Nine-month contracts available for student households
- Can self-install if there’s already been a Virgin Media connection in your home before
- Some good extras thrown in, such as internet security and free repairs
What’s bad about Virgin Media broadband?
- Fibre optic broadband not available everywhere - use our postcode checker to see if you can get it in your area
- Not the cheapest around, especially when compared to Plusnet or TalkTalk
- Costly installation fees can apply in certain cases
Our latest Virgin Media broadband deals
What else can I get from Virgin Media?
Want to know more about Virgin Media's services? Here's what else the provider has to offer:
- Virgin Media fibre optic broadband
- Virgin Media TV
- Virgin Media home phone
- Virgin Media packages
- Virgin Media TiVo
- Virgin Media deals and offers
- Virgin Media Business broadband
Can I get Virgin Media Broadband deals in my area?
Virgin Media’s Superfast M100, M200 and M350 Fibre packages are available across around 75% of the UK – and that number keeps growing.
To check which Virgin Media deals are available at your address, enter your postcode into our broadband availability checker.
How much is Virgin Media broadband?
Compared to other UK broadband providers like Plusnet, for example, Virgin Media broadband packages aren’t the cheapest option. For example, at the time of writing, Virgin Media’s M100 broadband would cost you £336 over 12 months, while its M200 would set you back £396.
That said, Virgin Media packages are almost five times faster than other providers, and there’s also the option to bundle broadband, TV and phone together for a cheaper monthly bill.
Is Virgin Media broadband any good?
Impressively, Virgin Media offers one of the fastest broadband packages in the UK, so if you live in a large family that use multiple devices at once, enjoy gaming and streaming movies online, it’s well worth a look.
Moreover, you won’t need a phone line to get Virgin Media broadband – instead, its delivered to your home using its own fibre optic cables.
In terms of offers, Virgin tends not to advertise the same kinds of vouchers and freebies you’d see from the likes of BT and Plusnet. Instead, it offers its packages at a discount for a limited time.
Want to know more? Read our Virgin Media broadband review.
What speeds can I get with Virgin Media broadband?
As one of the fastest broadband providers in the UK, Virgin Media offers broadband packages with average speeds of 54Mb, 108Mb, 213Mb, and 362Mb. Bear in mind, the actual speed you’ll get depends on where you live.
To find out a more accurate picture of the speeds at your address, use or postcode checker.
What Virgin Media broadband packages can I get?
Virgin Media packages include M50 Fibre broadband (average speeds 54Mb), M100 Fibre broadband (108Mb), M200 (213Mb) and M350 Fibre broadband (average speeds 362Mb).
Can I get Virgin Media broadband without a landline?
Yes, because Virgin Media operates independent of BT Openreach, you can get Virgin Media broadband without a landline.
How long will it take to switch to Virgin Media broadband?
Once you’ve cancelled your contract with your current provider, you’ll be able to agree an installation date with Virgin Media.
If there’s been Virgin Media broadband in your home before, you may be eligible to install with its QuickStart pack, which takes 4 days on average. Otherwise, you should be up and running within 14 days.
Find out more about switching broadband with our comprehensive guide.