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There is a one off connection charge of £30 and you have to have your phone calls billed by Virgin as part of this package, however you do get free evening and weekend calls and there call rates are comparitive if not cheaper than BT.

They are also offering a free wireless kit until the 30.04.2008

Still a very good deal, I've got it and not had any issues at all with speed etc.
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#1
I really don't get why people just vote cold for things and not leave any comments. This is a great deal in my opinion and for the price you can't go wrong. Even with the £30 connection charge it works out at £12.50 pm which is still cheap for unlimited 8mb, especially with a free wireless router.
#2
For starters Sky Broadband Max is £10 per month (plus £30 connection) and you get:

up to 16MB speed, unlimited download allowance and free wireless router, security, 10 email addresses etc etc

http://packages.sky.com/surf/max.aspx
#3
Bargainhunter199
For starters Sky Broadband Max is £10 per month (plus £30 connection) and you get:

up to 16MB speed, unlimited download allowance and free wireless router, security, 10 email addresses etc etc

http://packages.sky.com/surf/max.aspx


That's fine for those that have sky, However this package is available to everyone and not just those who have sky tv, which alot of folk don't.

You get security with Virgin also and free email addresses.
#4
If you actually look on the Virgin website (which is http://www.virgin.net/allyours/broadband/ now, not virgin.net) and the cheapest broadband package is:

Broadband only option
£14.99 a month
£30 connection
only 1mb speed
and unlimited downloads

or

Broadband + phone via Virginmedia
£9.99 a month (for 12 months) then £12.99 on-going
£30 connection
only 1mb speed
and unlimited downloads

then 'up to 8mb' service is £14.99 per month with Virgin calls
#5
If you have an 02 contract phone or top up £10 every 3 months on an 02 PAYG SIM AND your exchange is enabled for O2 (rolling out through the counry at the moment) then up to 8Mb broadband is £7.50 per month. If you haven't got an O2 phone then it's £12.50 per month.

There was no connection charge for me and a 100 day trial. I think it is a 50 day trial period now though (where you can send it back if not happy).

Plus £25 back via Quidco. Sounds better than Virgin - if you can get it in your area.

The reviews I have seen so far are very good with good customer service. I am being connected on Monday so will see for myself but the communication so far has been excellent.
#6
Cold as I pay £7.50 per month with o2 broardband.
#7
And please dont forget that Virgin are one of the worst ISP's out there, there are so bad it is ridicoulous, of course I wont mention the 50pm help line if you need any support..

Stay away, even if they were free, it would be bad..

Voted cold!
#8
Bargainhunter199
If you actually look on the Virgin website (which is http://www.virgin.net/allyours/broadband/ now, not virgin.net) and the cheapest broadband package is:

Broadband only option
£14.99 a month
£30 connection
only 1mb speed
and unlimited downloads

or

Broadband + phone via Virginmedia
£9.99 a month (for 12 months) then £12.99 on-going
£30 connection
only 1mb speed
and unlimited downloads

then 'up to 8mb' service is £14.99 per month with Virgin calls


OMG!!! you aren't even looking at the right link. The package I have quoted is available and is the cheapest package for upto 8mb unlimited usage. God soem people moan just for the sake of it.

As for the others who have quoted about O2, again you have to have an O2 contract to benefit from that package and again not everybody has an O2 package.

This is by far the cheapest standalone package where you do not have to have any existing relationship with the broadband provider.

I really don't see why this is being votes cold.
#9
Aeschylus
And please dont forget that Virgin are one of the worst ISP's out there, there are so bad it is ridicoulous, of course I wont mention the 50pm help line if you need any support..

Stay away, even if they were free, it would be bad..

Voted cold!


I'm not sure where you get that statistic from about them being the worst they certainly score ok on satisfaction on the comparison websites, ok not the highest but better than quite a lot, I've not had any issues with them at all and as for the 50pm support, yes it might be expensive, however how often do you really ring your ISP for support???
#10
Not a bad price, but there are cheaper.

Like them or not we are purely talking cost here and Tiscali at the moment cannot be beaten, I have been with them 6 months and so far trouble free except the fact I pay upto 8mb and was told I would get 5mb but actually I receive 3mb.
As the main purpose is just surfing its ideal.

Their package is £14.99 and incs free line rental (BT charge £11) and upto 8mb BB with free wireless router.

£30 connection fee.

I was with Sky broadband and that package cost me £30 a month with the standard TV package, plus I had to pay BT £11 on top so all in was £40 per month, now I pay £14.99 and use the Sky box for FTA channels.
#11
Bingohomer
OMG!!! you aren't even looking at the right link. The package I have quoted is available and is the cheapest package for upto 8mb unlimited usage. God soem people moan just for the sake of it.


Where is the right link? Looking at Virgin Media's site all I could find was http://allyours.virginmedia.com/html/internet/noncable.html

no mention of 8mb unlimited for £10....
#12
yes where is the link?
#13
If you download a lot, Virgin might not be for you. Their fair usage policy cuts down your speed very very early and I have been throttled for weeks on end because I downloaded a few episodes of my favourite series. We are actually looking to change ISP to one which has a better fair usage policy.
#14
Bingohomer
I'm not sure where you get that statistic from about them being the worst they certainly score ok on satisfaction on the comparison websites, ok not the highest but better than quite a lot, I've not had any issues with them at all and as for the 50pm support, yes it might be expensive, however how often do you really ring your ISP for support???


I am a Virgin BB customer and I can tell you from first hand experience - THEY STINK! their so called "unlimited" downloads do not exist because the moment you hit 450mb in any 24 hour period they cap your download speed to a crawl.

Go to any of the web users forums and see what their customers think of them!

I can't wait till August and my telephone exchange gets uprated - then I'll be able to move to Sky and genuine download speeds.
#15
margamboy
Like them or not we are purely talking cost here and Tiscali at the moment cannot be beaten

I feel duty bound as an ex Tiscali customer (2 years) to warn people to steer well clear!!. Tiscali are a bunch of cowboys and will not give you the speeds they advertise, throttle your connection between 3pm and 1am and offer no support (ridiculous Indian call center) + a list of other problems I wont go into here. Just check their broadband forums to see how many people are currently being ripped of by them. Tiscali have over sold the the bandwidth they can realistically provide and now all their customers suffer + they are rumored to be selling up.

I recommend O2 for a good ISP. £10 a month gets me 16meg unlimited (no throttling and genuinely that fast), free wireless router, no set up charges and most importantly a free 24 hour UK based support call center. I had to call support to sort out an issue when I first got connected and it was dealt with instantly by a very friendly member of staff.

Everyone should check out ISPreview.co.uk before deciding on a new ISP. Also do a real time check to see what speeds you are actually getting by visiting speedtest.net.
#16
jakaraka
Where is the right link? Looking at Virgin Media's site all I could find was http://allyours.virginmedia.com/html/internet/noncable.html

no mention of 8mb unlimited for £10....


Apologies here is the link, I've also updated the go to deal link at the top.

http://www.virgin.net/allyours/broadband/switch/
#17
Aeschylus
And please dont forget that Virgin are one of the worst ISP's out there, there are so bad it is ridicoulous, of course I wont mention the 50pm help line if you need any support..

Stay away, even if they were free, it would be bad..

Voted cold!


I disagree - all ISP's are as bad as each other. Also if you do call the Virgin tech helpline and it turns out to be Virgins problem they will refund the price of the whole phone call - sometimes a bit more ! :thumbsup:

Great find by the way bingohomer, I'll definitely be looking at this as my current deal has nearly expired. VOTED HOT.
#18
I pay £10 for 10mb with virgin media , voted cold
#19
A-n-d-y
I pay £10 for 10mb with virgin media , voted cold


And you get that as a non-cable customer do you???

If so why not share how you got it with everyone as that certainly would be a fab deal.
#20
For those that can't find it, the link is accessible by clicking on the 'Go to deal' button at the top of the page where it does say 'up to 8 meg' £10 a month for a year.
However, I would not go back to Virgin Medai (non-cable) even if they were to pay me - I was stuck with them for 4 lousy months last year, having moved from Tiscali. For £20 a month onm the then 'up to 8 meg' package I would regularly enjoy speeds of 197 - 450 kbps. Whilst aswell as being really expensive to contact, the 'technical support' were particularly unhelpful advising that there was an error on the line however they had no idea when they could get BT to fix it. I had to personally prove to them that it was a problem with their network before i could arrange to get something done about it - thankfully, I was able to get in contact with the one person on their live help who knew something about broadband who agreed the problem was with their equipment combined with contention issues due to them being over-subscribed. Thankfully after 4 torrid months I was able to be released from my contract early and have never looked back!
Obviously this is just my experience, however unless there has been some serious investment in upgrading their network and the training of their staff, there's no way i'd go back. Then of course there is their rediculous FUP which even extends onto their Fibre Op products too!
On the whole IMHO, no matter how cheap it was - it's too expensive!
I am currently with Sky - £5 a month - never been capped or warned and DL whatever i want at whatever time of day I want too. Got the new COD4 maps at approx 6pm last night in about 4 minutes - which would have been impossible with other ISPs that throttle during peak times.
Op - this is not a dig at you personally - I know how dis-heartening it can be when you take time to post a deal and everyone stomps all over it! have a good day my friend! :-)
#21
Bargainhunter199
For starters Sky Broadband Max is £10 per month (plus £30 connection) and you get:

up to 16MB speed, unlimited download allowance and free wireless router, security, 10 email addresses etc etc

http://packages.sky.com/surf/max.aspx

You have to be a sky customer!
#22
Aeschylus
And please dont forget that Virgin are one of the worst ISP's out there, there are so bad it is ridicoulous, of course I wont mention the 50pm help line if you need any support..

Stay away, even if they were free, it would be bad..

Voted cold!


Virgin Media dropping the 25p per minute charge to call their broadband technical support line. From 1st June.

To call the new broadband technical support number from 1st June, just dial
151 for free from your Virgin Phone Or, you can call 0845 454 1111 from any other phone.


BTW if you call and it is a fault at virgin media, they will refund the call charges.
#23
froglet
If you download a lot, Virgin might not be for you. Their fair usage policy cuts down your speed very very early and [COLOR="Red"]I have been throttled for weeks on end[/COLOR] because I downloaded a few episodes of my favourite series. We are actually looking to change ISP to one which has a better fair usage policy.


RedSkyWalker:
I am a Virgin BB customer and I can tell you from first hand experience - THEY STINK! their so called "unlimited" downloads do not exist because the moment you hit [COLOR="Red"]450mb in any 24 hour period they cap your download speed[/COLOR] to a crawl.


[COLOR="Red"]I'm sorry but you both wrong with these statements.[/COLOR]


Broadband Size: M

During peak times (4pm till 9pm), users on the M package that download at least 300MB of traffic each and/or uploading at least 150MB of traffic each.

Any users hitting either of these amounts during peak times will have their broadband speed temporarily traffic managed (STM) – their download speed will be set to 1Mb/s, with their upload speed set to 128Kb/s. This will last for 5 hours from when the traffic management policy is applied, the data used to trigger traffic management is then reset. In some circumstances you could have to wait until 2am before your speed returns to normal, if STM was triggered at 8:59pm.


Broadband Size: L


During peak times (4pm till 9pm), users on the L package that download at least 800MB of traffic each and/or uploading at least 325MB of traffic each.

Any users hitting either of these amounts during peak times will have their broadband speed temporarily traffic managed (STM) – their download speed will be set to 1Mb/s, with their upload speed set to 128Kb/s. This will last for 5 hours from when the traffic management policy is applied, the data used to trigger traffic management is then reset. In some circumstances you could have to wait until 2am before your speed returns to normal, if STM was triggered at 8:59pm.


Broadband Size: L


During peak times (4pm till 9pm), users on the L ° package that download at least 800MB of traffic each and/or uploading at least 400MB of traffic each.

Any users hitting either of these amounts during peak times will have their broadband speed temporarily traffic managed (STM) – their download speed will be set to 2.5Mb/s, with their upload speed set to 128Kb/s. This will last for 5 hours from when the traffic management policy is applied, the data used to trigger traffic management is then reset. In some circumstances you could have to wait until 2am before your speed returns to normal, if STM was triggered at 8:59pm.




Broadband Size: XL


During peak times (4pm till 9pm), users on the XL package that download at least 3000MB (3GB) of traffic each and/or uploading at least 1250MB (1.25GB) of traffic each.

Any users hitting either of these amounts during peak times will have their broadband speed temporarily traffic managed (STM) – their download speed will be set to 5Mb/s, with their upload speed set to 192Kb/s. This will last for 5 hours from when the traffic management policy is applied, the data used to trigger traffic management is then reset. In some circumstances you could have to wait until 2am before your speed returns to normal, if STM was triggered at 8:59pm.
#24
stora
[COLOR="Red"]I'm sorry but you both wrong with these statements.[/COLOR]

During peak times (4pm till 9pm), users on the L ° package that download at least 800MB of traffic each and/or uploading at least 400MB of traffic each.

Any users hitting either of these amounts during peak times will have their broadband speed temporarily traffic managed (STM) – their download speed will be set to 2.5Mb/s, with their upload speed set to 128Kb/s. This will last for 5 hours from when the traffic management policy is applied, the data used to trigger traffic management is then reset. In some circumstances you could have to wait until 2am before your speed returns to normal, if STM was triggered at 8:59pm.

Those are actually for the cable broadband and not the ADSL one aren't they?

He may have got the numbers wrong, but it's a fair complaint. Broadband L is 10mbps isn't it? That's 1.25MB/s, lets assume that's 1.11MB/s in real use. Now, if you use your line at full speed (by downloading something for example) you'll reach the 800MB limit in just 12 MINUTES.

I can understand why the ISPs want people who are downloading 24 hours a day to pay for an appropriate connection, but Virgin and several others go far too far. If they're selling me an unlimited 10mbps home connection then that's what it should be when used in a normal home manner like grabbing a high-def trailer, loading the latest game demo or downloading a new Linux distro.

Anyway, regarding the original deal: Does this include line rental? If not then that's £20.50 and it's only an average deal, TalkTalk do it for £17 if they've added their equipment to your local exchange.
#25
stora
[COLOR="Red"]I'm sorry but you both wrong with these statements.[/COLOR]


NO - I'm not wrong with either statement! Vigin recognise DU meter as giving authentic speeds and traffic volume figures and I have used it to track my traffic and what Virgin claim in their press handouts bears no relation to what they actually do.

The cut off point I gave is correct for me and you cannot predict when they will return the "service" to normal. I originally had DU Meter set up to warn me before I reached Vigins offically declared throttle point but gave that up after it became clear that they were pure nonsense with no relation to real life experience.

Virgin are the pits!
#26
wowee! - VM traffic management policy (non-cable): http://www.virgin.net/helpme/broadband/faq/basics_traffic.html
#27
Aeschylus
And please dont forget that Virgin are one of the worst ISP's out there, there are so bad it is ridicoulous, of course I wont mention the 50pm help line if you need any support..

Stay away, even if they were free, it would be bad..

Voted cold!


(One of) Virgin's problems is that by being such a large ISP provider, there will undoubtably be people who encounter problems. Due to the number of customers they have, and a voiciferous set of whinging customers at that, they do appear to be bad. It comes down to the fact that people who receive a good service rarely make a song and dance about it.

I've been with Virgin (ex-NTL) for nearly a decade and, in all that time, my internet has not worked for just under a day, which I would consider to be an excellent service given how often the internet at work fails.
#28
Good enough price if you cant get Sky,02 and all the other LLU operators like me :x
#29
majaboll;1838342
I disagree - all ISP's are as bad as each other. VOTED HOT.


What are you on???
#30
vixygwim
For new users I'd recommend going with AOL's Flexi Broadband package, which is the package I'm recommending to relatives who have never had BB yet and would be subject to £50 connection charge with any of the smaller / better ISPs (no LLU).

£29.99 initial charge (for hardware, Thomson or Netgear DG834G), £4.99 for three months then £14.99 after that. But the juicy bit is, you guessed it.. no connection charge other than the £29.99 and NO CONTRACT. You can cancel at any time.

So my plan is.. go with AOL for a while then migrate (without the £50 charge) to another ISP with a better package.


According to Broadband Choices [http://www.broadbandchoices.co.uk/products.asp] there is a download limit on the flexi account of 10gb a month! The wonderful Indian AOL call centre were unable to confirm or deny this - lol :roll:
#31
Searcher2
What are you on???


Yeah good input ... I cant see you bringing anything useful to the table.
#32
oibaldy;1839234
(One of) Virgin's problems is that by being such a large ISP provider, there will undoubtably be people who encounter problems. Due to the number of customers they have, and a voiciferous set of whinging customers at that, they do appear to be bad. It comes down to the fact that people who receive a good service rarely make a song and dance about it.

I've been with Virgin (ex-NTL) for nearly a decade and, in all that time, my internet has not worked for just under a day, which I would consider to be an excellent service given how often the internet at work fails.

You're quite right - a happy customer is a quiet customer (or is it the other way around?)
I don't doubt that VM do offer an excellent service if it works first time and you never have a need to contact them and/or wish to do any downloading.
However, an ISP is only as good as how quickly and efficiently they can fix things when they go wrong! - Admittedly, all ISPs are fabulous when their service is operating at 100%. There is nothing quite like being in need of someone's help to fix something that's broken, when the person helping a) hasn't a clue what's wrong; b) doesn't care that it's broken or c) feeds you a string of lies to get you off the phone. Unfortunately, I was able to experience all of the above and many more during my 4 months with Virgin Media!
It's a case of once bitten, twice shy - so am not in a hurry to try them again anytime soon - to that effect though - probably the best deal at present is with O2 with their trial / money back period!
#33
To anybody who is thinking about using VM I strongly suggest that you visit the BB forums and look at the VM pages.

Not only do their customers think they are rotten but many of their staff also contribute to the forums and they are broadly in agreement that VM is very poorly run, has no insight in how to communicate with customers or staff and worse of all - their investment in infrastructure is totally under resourced.
#34
RedSkywalker
To anybody who is thinking about using VM I strongly suggest that you visit the BB forums and look at the VM pages.

Not only do their customers think they are rotten but many of their staff also contribute to the forums and they are broadly in agreement that VM is very poorly run, has no insight in how to communicate with customers or staff and worse of all - their investment in infrastructure is totally under resourced.


Is that the Boys Brigade forums ?
#35
A-n-d-y
I pay £10 for 10mb with virgin media , voted cold


I'm with VM & certainly don't get that speed for that price .

Link please
#36
PJR;1840575
I'm with VM & certainly don't get that speed for that price .

Link please
I think he/she's on about an old deal. Until recently I was on the same deal since June05. Tried to get them to lower it to £4.50, as the better O2 deal came up (& with which someone on another forum was successful with), but they would have none of it & I cancelled.

They now do a landline phone & 2Mb broadband deal for £15.50. Or, landline+broadband+tv for £20, but I cannot find a link for this.
#37
I was on this Virgin Media 8mb non-cable deal with free weekend calls for £15/month. The only time I get close to 8mb is around 4am-8am. The worst speeds are during the weekend.

The speed was so poor that I was happy to pay the penalty for leaving my 12 month contract early. They even tried to offer me £30 to stay but I just paid the remainder of my contract (5 months) so I can finally leave them and get decent speed with O2 Broadband.

I literally live across from the BT building too. Ridiculously low speed from Virgin Media. Avoid!

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