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Virgin Media UK Revamp 4G Mobile Tariffs with Bigger Allowances

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018 (12:01 am) - Score 4,392

The mobile division of cable ISP Virgin Media (Virgin Mobile) will later today unveil a major refresh of their monthly 4G SIM-Only and handset plans, which boosts allowances and also introduces an “unlimited” data tariff (only available to existing home broadband customers).

The refreshed mobile tariffs bring a number of changes. For example, the entry-level £6 per month plan now comes with 500 minutes and 500MB (MegaBytes) of data instead of 300 mins and 300MB as before. Similarly the £12 plan also gets double data (4GB up from 2GB) and there are other changes.

At the top end we even have two new plans, one that costs £23 (unlimited mins + texts with 40GB of Mobile Broadband data) and a £25 (*) plan that adds “unlimited” data but only if you’re an existing Virgin Media cable subscriber (i.e. you must be taking their fixed line cable broadband and or TV bundles etc.).

Monthly Price Minutes Texts Data Contract (Months)
£6.00 500 Unlimited 500MB 12
£9.00 1500 Unlimited 2GB 12
£12.00 2500 Unlimited 4GB 12
£15.00 2500 Unlimited 8GB 12
£18.00 5000 Unlimited 15GB 12
£23.00 Unlimited Unlimited 40GB 12
*£25.00 Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited 12

Now all Virgin need to do is update their dedicated Data SIMs, which are starting to look like poor value next to the new plans. At the time of writing Virgin Media has yet to update their website but we expect that to change later this morning. The Virgin Mobile 4G network is fuelled by a long-running MVNO agreement with EE.

UPDATE 7:12am

The tariffs are now live and we’ve noted that the £23 (40GB) one seems to be on a special offer for £18 per month. We’ve also noted that the new standard £18 (15GB) plan isn’t showing, which may be to avoid confusion with the special offer on 40GB.

UPDATE 12:57pm

Some people asked about Tethering and we’ve checked. Apparently the £25 unlimited plan is “the UK’s only unlimited plan with no tethering, throttling, speed restrictions or caps.”

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5 Responses
  1. Chris says:

    No speed restrictions: I thought Virgin Mobile was capped at about 40Mbps, in areas where EE can go faster than that.

    Have they removed that speed cap on this new unlimited plan to match full EE speeds? Or are they just being economical with the truth i.e. there are no usage-related slowdowns but the overall speed is still capped at the network level?

  2. Mike Hunt says:

    This is excellent news, finally some real competition in the unlimited data sphere, hopefully Three will respond soon.

    1. AnotherTim says:

      As someone that has poor broadband, I use 4G as a faster alternative to ADSL but as Virgin Mobile is only available to Virgin Broadband customers these are not available to people in my situation. Ironically, if I could get Virgin Broadband I wouldn’t need the 4G – I think Virgin are still missing a trick here. Looks like I’ll be using Three for a while longer even if it isn’t very fast in my location, despite having a better EE signal.

  3. Andrew Cordell says:

    Read literally, the quote in the update about tethering suggests that tethering is not allowed – although it’s clear enough from the context that it’s intended to mean the opposite! Assuming it is allowed, it’s a pity this doesn’t seem to be stated anywhere I can find on VM’s website. The small print (under General Mobile) still says tethering is prohibited.
    I also wonder whether an ordinary VM sim, if it does allow tethering, can be used in a 4G router. I’ve found that EE sims, unless they are specifically data sims, cannot, whereas those of other networks seemingly do work (at least initially – whether they might be blocked if used extensively I don’t know)
    But in any case, the killer for me is that you can’t get this plan that (presumably) permits tethering unless you are a Virgin Broadband customer, which rules it out for the majority of the population whom Virgin do not serve.
    I would jump at the 40GB for £23 plan if I could use it in a 4G router, but it’s pretty clear that I can’t. As you say Mark, Virgin badly need to update their Data sim offerings

  4. Olly says:

    I snuck in just before the plan change, and on 20th Feb grabbed a SIMO 100GB/mo plan for £20 monthly. It was their previous 20GB plan, but with ‘5x data for life’ and has the data rollover enabled, so providing one doesn’t exceed 100GB the next month will renew at 120GB. For £20!

    Not sure about the new SIMO plans, but I can confirm this 100GB/120GB deal works perfectly well in an Asus 4G router.

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