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CHEAP 50MB BROADBAND AND FREE VIRGINMEDIA NETBOOKS!!! £33.00

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From Sept 1st, 50MB broadband (XXL) is only £28 with a virgin phoneline (£38 without), with free wireless-N router. Also, FROM TOMORROW, take the mobile broadband as part of a bundle and get a FREE Vi… Read More
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7y, 11m agoFound 7 years, 11 months ago
From Sept 1st, 50MB broadband (XXL) is only £28 with a virgin phoneline (£38 without), with free wireless-N router. Also, FROM TOMORROW, take the mobile broadband as part of a bundle and get a FREE Virgin Media Netbook worth £300. FANTASTIC BARGAIN!

***UPDATE 20/07/09*** - Users upgrading to 50meg broadband can get the netbook for only £50 with NO MOBILE BROADBAND TARRIFF! *** ***

*** UPDATE 23/07/09*** - It seems that the Netbook is now once again, only available with the £15 Mobile Broadband (1GB or 3GB depending on how hard you haggle!). *** ***

This goes live tomorrow available at all outlets - check @virginmedia on twitter for confirmation. Also, see the press release here - http://pressoffice.virginmedia.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=205406&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1307695&highlight=

See pics of the netbook here - http://www.techradar.com/news/mobile-computing/laptops/virgin-media-offering-up-branded-netbook-616403

Article on Cnet Crave - http://crave.cnet.co.uk/gadgets/0,39029552,49302992,00.htm

Netbook spec is as follows:
* 10.2 TFT LCD Backlight, Microsoft Windows XP (inc. SP3), Microsoft Works suite
* PGguard security for antivirus, Virgin Media wallpaper and screensaver
* Intel® Atom Processor N270, 1.60 GHz, 533 MHz FSB, 512K L2 Cache
* 1GB RAM (DDR2 533 MHz) ,120GB SATA Hard Drive
* Wireless LAN 802.11 b/g/n, 2-in-1 Card Reader (SD/MMC), 0.3 megapixel webcam
* Li-Ion, 3Cell (2S2P), 3300 mAh (2 hours 30 mins standard use)
* Weight 1.1 kg, Dimensions - 265x182x26mm
* Colour Virgin Red or Black

I'm currently on 20MB (XL) Broadband with XL TV and XL Phone - to upgrade to XXL broadband with mobile broadband, it'll only cost £8 a month more in september, with the free router and netbook.

Official Page : http://allyours.virginmedia.com/html/specialoffers/netbook.html?buspart=DM_1
- siliconbits
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#1
eeeip don't tempt me to get 50mb, I can't really afford it right now but i'd love it :-D
#2
You work for virgins?
#3
Is this available for new customers?

The netbook is tempting assuming its an 18 month contract.
#4
PraxxtorCruel
You work for virgins?


Nope, sorry.

They announced it on Twitter this morning and I quized them a bit more on it, and got the link to the pics. I phoned tech support in Glasgow this afternoon and they confirmed it. Oddly the press release implies it's already live, so they confirmed via Twitter (publicly) that the new pricing and deals start tomorrow.

Proper bargain IMO, I'll be upgrading from 20mb.
#5
AddictWeb
Is this available for new customers?

The netbook is tempting assuming its an 18 month contract.


New and existing customers - only downside, 24 months. Still damned cheap tho.
#6
Links hyperlinked, for your convenience...

Netbook pics - http://www.techradar.com/news/mobile-computing/laptops/virgin-media-offering-up-branded-netbook-616403
Press release - http://pressoffice.virginmedia.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=205406&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1307695&highlight=

Just noticed too, the netbook is wireless-N built in, so will work with the new router without a dongle.
#7
1 Acceptable Use Policy applies. Traffic Management operates from 4pm to 9pm and 10am to 3pm to ensure a consistent user experience.


I don't know whether that means that the speed will decrease within that time
#8
Cool. I'm looking at getting a virgin contract in about a month anyway :w00t:
#9
Isn't the netbook a repackaged 1st gen MSI Wind? Ok 24*5=£120 which is still a good deal.
Mighty tempted by the deal but do Virgin also control traffic on the 50mb connections?
#10
robot1000
I don't know whether that means that the speed will decrease within that time


From the press release:

The 50Mb service continues to be free of Subscriber Traffic Management (STM)

They're punting it as unthrottled. They're also rolling out 10MB UPLOAD speeds too in some areas on XXL!!
#11
normal
Isn't the netbook a repackaged 1st gen MSI Wind? Ok 24*5=£120 which is still a good deal.
Mighty tempted by the deal but do Virgin also control traffic on the 50mb connections?


Im sure if you're a mad downloader you will get done!
#12
I just phoned Virgin to enquire if I would be able to take this offer (existing customer and I know it starts tomorrow but wanted to find out what cost to me to change would be).

I currently have with Virgin - 2 phone lines, XL TV, XL (20MB broadband), talk mobile, talk unlimited, caller display and for me to move to 50mb broadband is an EXTRA £32pm.

Apparently I get loyalty discount and this would be lost if I moved to 50mb. So existing customers may be able to take this offer....but it is likely to be more expensive than you might think.
#13
hesjane
I just phoned Virgin to enquire if I would be able to take this offer (existing customer and I know it starts tomorrow but wanted to find out what cost to me to change would be).

I currently have with Virgin - 2 phone lines, XL TV, XL (20MB broadband), talk mobile, talk unlimited, caller display and for me to move to 50mb broadband is an EXTRA £32pm.

Apparently I get loyalty discount and this would be lost if I moved to 50mb. So existing customers may be able to take this offer....but it is likely to be more expensive than you might think.


I'm 99.9% certain they're quoting you at todays prices, as that's all their systems can show. Read the press release - it's £28 for existing customers - for me that's only £3 more per month than now. Think about it, it's hardly going to be an EXTRA £32 on top of your existing broadband price, since that would be removed.
#14
So I have 20Mb now at £37 pm, I can get 50Mb @ £28 pm? How does that work? Whats the connection fee?
#15
So this is from 1st September then, not right now?
#16
mickrick
So I have 20Mb now at £37 pm, I can get 50Mb @ £28 pm? How does that work? Whats the connection fee?


+£11 for the phone line I imagine.
#17
States "From 1st September Virgin Media will reduce the monthly cost of its 50Mb service for new and existing customers to £28," so how is this effective from tomorrow?
#18
ricaird
I'm 99.9% certain they're quoting you at todays prices, as that's all their systems can show. Read the press release - it's £28 for existing customers - for me that's only £3 more per month than now. Think about it, it's hardly going to be an EXTRA £32 on top of your existing broadband price, since that would be removed.


Thanks - I'll ring again tomorrow...but the guy I spoke to was insistent that my loyalty discount woudl be removed if I change package mid term...so to speak.

But then...he works for Virgin and so may not understand their offers:whistling:
#19
mickrick
So I have 20Mb now at £37 pm, I can get 50Mb @ £28 pm? How does that work? Whats the connection fee?


20Mb broadband at todays prices is £20 per month with a phone line or £35 per month without - see here. Either way you're paying over the odds.

No connection fee as far as I can see in the small print.
#20
I've just been talking to customer services to find out when my contract finishes. I'll definitely be going for this when it starts as my contract ended on 26 June.

I'm paying for TV at the moment and haven't even got a cable box attached as we've got SkyHD!! Where also paying £7.95 for free landline phone calls, even though I only make less than 10 calls a month. So might as well get rid of these things and go for this one.
#21
Ive emailed ceo team its sept 1st not tomorrow
#22
I've double checked this with them too - lower price XXL BB is Sept 1st, 'Freedom' netbook offer starts tomorrow.

OP updated to reflect this.
#23
Looks good, will give them a call tmrw!
#24
50 meg is all smoke a glitter to seduce you and sign on the dotted line. You will get a much slower speed in reality and from a company which is itching to use any overuse to cap and reduce your overall connection rate. I would rather gouge my eyes out with a spoon than go back to these sneaky B######ds.
O2 on the other hand is 10/10 on all fronts they even contacted me and asked if i wanted to pay less due to teh limited connection rate in my area.

Buyer beware and read the reviews first.
#25
redheap
You will get a much slower speed in reality and from a company which is itching to use any overuse to cap and reduce your overall connection rate.


Well as a 20Mb customer I REGULARLY get between 19.5 and 20 MB speeds - usually 19.72mb - WAAAY better than ANY ADSL provider can reach on my exchange.
http://www.speedtest.net/result/512737419.png

Don't spend 24/7 illegally filesharing and you won't get throttled. Anyway, it's <1% of XXL users who get throttled, so no worries there then.
#26
Pm ed you, many Thanks
#27
So is the netbook yours to keep at the end of the contract ?
#28
Yup...
#29
ricaird
Don't spend 24/7 illegally filesharing and you won't get throttled. Anyway, it's <1% of XXL users who get throttled, so no worries there then.


I think you miss the point. Regardless of whether you download 24/7 or just go over the limit occasionally due to upgrades, online gaming and a lot of other bandwidth-consuming activities besides "illegal" filesharing, VM, or anyone else, should not be allowed to reduce your connection speed. VM should try upgrading their infrastructure to ensure everyone gets the speed advertised instead of punishing its customers that make the full use of the service they've paid for. I don't believe that the "top 1%" reduces the speed for anyone else on VM's network either.
#30
wonder how much it will be for me, I have a virgin+ package, 20 meg broadband, all the tv channels sky sports, movies, and phoneline for £85 a month. Plus got the normal cable box upstairs in bedroom with all the channels too.
#31
I too have spoken to customer services and they have advised me that the cost to me would be an Extra £15.00 a month, I currently have VIP Package.

They also stated that because you need a new modem, and wireless router that a technician is required to install them. The cost of this was £30.00 callout fee, and a £20.00 connection fee. There is also a wait of about 7-10 days for the technician.

I forgot to ask about the netbook ...... fool that I am.
#32
mickrick
I think you miss the point. Regardless of whether you download 24/7 or just go over the limit occasionally...


I didn't really miss the point, as much as anything I was playing devils advocate. Whenever the usual complaints about throttling come out, it's normally a mixture of panic and disgust from addicted filesharers.
#33
Cnet article here: http://crave.cnet.co.uk/gadgets/0,39029552,49302992,00.htm

"The reductions will be given to all new customers in September, and existing customers will automatically have their bills slashed when the prices come into effect. "
#34
I was told to call back tomorrow as they may be able to do me a "better deal" than the one I'm getting at the minute with my 20Mb connection. The girl also asked if either myself or my wife were employees. I wonder why that would be?
1 Like #35
redheap;5758304
50 meg is all smoke a glitter to seduce you and sign on the dotted line. You will get a much slower speed in reality and from a company which is itching to use any overuse to cap and reduce your overall connection rate. I would rather gouge my eyes out with a spoon than go back to these sneaky B######ds.
O2 on the other hand is 10/10 on all fronts they even contacted me and asked if i wanted to pay less due to teh limited connection rate in my area.

Buyer beware and read the reviews first.


read the rules xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx no caps on 50MB It is guaranteed otherwise you are discounted!!!!! they created a new cable network to accomodate 50MB and are so far ahead off all other proviers that most ie BT are looking to use Virgins existing cable network.

SPEED THEIR IS NO COMPETITION... FACT! CHECK WITH OFCOM OR NAY INDEPENDENT SPEED REGULATOR.
#36
Ready 03
wonder how much it will be for me, I have a virgin+ package, 20 meg broadband, all the tv channels sky sports, movies, and phoneline for £85 a month. Plus got the normal cable box upstairs in bedroom with all the channels too.

Oooh ... we're in the same boat!

Although I dare not ring and ask about moving to 50mb as my dear wife is pestering me to reduce the TV subscription ...
#37
Quidco??
#38
what does the £33 in the box refer to?
#39
aren't virgin one of the nasty isp's in that they will, well, dob you in, when "someone hacks your wifi and downloads the latest wolverine movie" ?

anyone know if they provide static ip and reverse dns on this service?
#40
I'm on the phone to them tomorrow , my deal ran out on Sunday so I'm going for this .

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