Andrew B, by e-mail
You are absolutely right that Virgin Media is not available everywhere, Andrew. At the time of writing, its network only covers around 75% of the UK population, although its reach is constantly being extended.
Virgin Media broadband works a little differently from most providers. This is because it owns and operates its own network which is completely separate from the Openreach infrastructure which is the basis of 99% of other providers’ broadband services.
If you can get BT broadband, chances are you can get Sky, TalkTalk, Plusnet or EE broadband as well. But that doesn’t mean you can get Virgin Media as well.
The best and safest way to check if you can get Virgin Media is to enter your zip code into our uptime checker. We will then present the packages and service providers offered at your location:
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Alternatively, so that you can get a measure of the kind of speeds and selling points Virgin Media has to offer, we have selected a selection of noteworthy packages for the table below.
Current Virgin Media offers
* Average speeds are based on download speeds of at least 50% of customers during peak hours (8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.). Speed can be affected by a variety of technical and environmental factors. The speed you receive where you live may be slower than stated above. You can check the estimated speed of your property before you buy.
What can I get from Virgin Media?
The good news is that if you can get Virgin Media broadband, you will also be able to subscribe to Virgin Media TV. And if you need a landline, you can get a Virgin Media home phone as well.
Depending on the plan you choose, Virgin Media’s average broadband speeds are 108 Mbps, 213 Mbps, 362 Mbps, or 516 Mbps. All are extremely fast and are ideal for busy family homes.
If you are lucky enough to live in Birmingham, Coventry, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Reading or Southampton, you can sign up for Virgin Media’s Gig 1 service.
This provides blazingly fast 1Gbps average connection speeds, which are among the best of any vendor.
Virgin Media TV is also impressive, with over 260 channels and a premium TiVo-based V6 box.
And of course, Virgin Media also offers landlines. These include free weekend calls to landlines as standard – although you can also upgrade your plan to cover calls at any time.
You can mix and match Virgin Media packages as you like. Or just get one service, including broadband without a landline, if that’s all you need.
Virgin Media also offers business broadband packages.
Learn more about Virgin Media plans
What if I can’t get Virgin Media broadband in my area?
It’s unfortunate, but luckily you have other options.
However, if you really care about Virgin Media broadband, you can register your interest by entering your contact details and postal code on the provider’s website.
That doesn’t mean Virgin Media will rush to your neighborhood to install its cables. But if there is enough demand in a particular area, it will consider deploying its network in that location.
No area is too small: Virgin Media has expanded to smaller towns in the past simply because residents were enthusiastic enough.
In the meantime, take a look at other providers …
Alternatives to Virgin Media that offer fast broadband
If Virgin Media isn’t available where you live, don’t despair. You are more likely to be able to get fiber optic broadband from BT, Sky, TalkTalk, and Plusnet.
This is because their broadband is based on the Openreach network, which provides fiber optic broadband accessible to over 90% of us.
Average speeds reach 67Mbps in most areas, which is pretty fast for most households.
If you’re lucky, you might even be in an area where the BT Ultrafast broadband product line is offered. Depending on the plan you choose, these can give you average speeds of up to 900 Mbps
Alternatively, you may be in an area served by smaller niche providers such as WightFibre or Hyperoptic. Like Virgin Media, these providers own and operate their own networks.
The difference is that their reach isn’t as wide as Virgin Media, with availability typically limited to a handful of cities.
Consult the fiber broadband offers
Virgin Media’s TV offering is excellent. But with over 400 channels, Sky TV offers more viewing options, as well as many on-demand packages. And Sky Q technology is as good as TiVo.
As for the price, it will cost you roughly the same as Virgin Media TV.
Or, if you don’t need a TV package as complete as those from Virgin Media or Sky, you might want to take a look at the more discounted broadband and TV packages from BT, TalkTalk, NOW Broadband, and EE. .
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I just get Virgin Media broadband?
You can. Unlike most providers, with Virgin Media, it is not necessary to take a fixed line with its broadband. But it should be noted that choosing to do without a landline phone won’t necessarily save you money.
If the cost is a concern, take a look at the inexpensive ADSL offers from BT, Plusnet, and Now Broadband. These include a landline, but are generally still cheaper than the cheaper Virgin Media broadband offerings.
Is Virgin Media the fastest broadband provider?
Although some providers offer service as fast as Virgin Media’s in some locations, Virgin Media is the UK’s fastest broadband provider.
How easy is it to install Virgin Media broadband?
In most cases, you can install Virgin Media yourself. You will just need a QuickStart self-installation pack. However, in a minority of cases, you will need an engineer visit.