Virgin Media now offer Solus packages via their website, the prices are slightly higher than stated here, but you can probably get Quidco cashback on those rates.
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This 'deal' is for people that want Virgin Media TV on its own. This isn't going to be the cheapest way of getting your tv, phone and broadband, but may suit your circumstances.
Currently, if you go to the Virgin Media website and try to order just the TV packages, you have to select them with a phone package, which includes an additional line rental cost (currently £11 line rental a month). If like me, you get your phone and broadband provided by your employer or are in a contract with your current suppliers or perhaps just happen to prefer their service, this is very annoying to be forced to have two phone lines.
The good news is that Virgin Media do offer stand alone L & XL TV packages, the bad news is that you have to phone up for it.
> Simply phone Virgin on 0845 840 7777 (free on BT) or hunt around for non-0845 numbers
> Tell them that you want their TV Solus packages (that's the official name)
> They'll probably tell you it exists, but only for the XL package (that's what they told me)
> Either go for the XL (if you want it) or push them for the L package and they'll 'find out if they can do anything - they can!)
Now the sort of bad news, the prices (at the time of writing):
TV L Solus costs £14.50 a month (vs £10 per month + £11 phone line rental)
TV XL Solus costs £26.50 a month (vs £21.50 per month + £11 phone line rental)
I just wanted the L package and was happy to pay that amount. You may want to haggle further (not sure if it'll work).
Things to consider:
1) Check Quidco! Do your maths, if Quidco has a great deal for cashback, it may be cheaper to get the TV + Phone for 12 months as the cashback may cover the cost of the line rental. After the 12 months contract, call them up and ask them to ditch the phone.
2) The place I moved into already had cable wired. So I didn't have to pay any additional charges, my standard box was free (not V+), I simply started paying the £14.50 a month. So if you're not wired, check if there will be additional costs (again, might be worth getting the TV + Phone via Quidco, just to get cable connected cheaper/free).
3) Make sure you sign up to paperless billing right away! Otherwise you'll get charged an additional £1.25 a month to get sent some paper)
4) If you don't want to phone, try finding your nearest Virgin Media store. There aren't many since Zavvi went under, but there are a few (look on the website) and lots more should be opening soon I hear. Comet (I think) did sell the Solus packages in-store, but I believe this is no longer the case.
That's it! Feel free to leave comments or message me if I missed anything or you have any questions. The service is great for me (listed building, can't easily get Sky, addicted to Lost, Sons of Anarchy, Two and a Half Men to name just a few). I've had good customer service, box arrived quickly, had a reboot a few times, but otherwise all good!
Hopefully this will help someone out there!