Free calls to the Philippines for Virgin Media Home Phone Customers!
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Free calls to the Philippines for Virgin Media Home Phone Customers!

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Found 15th Nov 2013
Hello everyone,

The people of the Philippines are attempting to rebuild their lives following last weekend’s Typhoon Haiyan so to demonstrate our collective support for this tragedy, we are today involving our customers.

From today until the end of the month, Virgin Media home phone customers are able to call the Philippines for free. This means our customers can keep in contact with their friends and family in the Philippines day or night, to their mobiles or landlines, without worrying about the cost.

38 Comments

Ah damn you beat me too it!

This deserves to be the hottest thing of the day, cmon people, regardless of what you think of Virgin Media this is a godsend to our Phillipino friends in the UK and a great gesture.

Guessing there is a fair usage policy involved?

Wouldn't want Virgin's hard earned profits to be eroded as a result of this....

elmetodo

Guessing there is a fair usage policy involved? Wouldn't want Virgin's … Guessing there is a fair usage policy involved? Wouldn't want Virgin's hard earned profits to be eroded as a result of this....



Lets be honest here - its probably costs Virgin Media next to nothing to connect from the UK to the Philippines yet the normal calling charge is extorsh! Nice gesture though, something maybe BT, Sky etc will pick up on

Pointless gesture which may benefit about 10 people who have need to call the Philippines. Just a thought here, anyone badly affected will likely not have a working telephone (no line, no electricity to recharge mobiles). Anyone who you can call was probably not in trouble anyway.

Sp Virgin get a PR boost from the gullible and it costs them nothing.


Edited by: "valueseeker" 15th Nov 2013

What a lovely valuable member of the human race you sound, your mum must be so proud.

Even if it helped just one person to afford to contact their loved ones in the Phillipines and brought them comfort would it not be worth it?

well done virgin

dont see sky doing this

Nice gesture since as SunTzu says if it only helps one person it's clearly not pointless!

valueseeker

Pointless gesture which may benefit about 10 people who have need to call … Pointless gesture which may benefit about 10 people who have need to call the Philippines. Just a thought here, anyone badly affected will likely not have a working telephone (no line, no electricity to recharge mobiles). Anyone who you can call was probably not in trouble anyway.Sp Virgin get a PR boost from the gullible and it costs them nothing.



donating money to charity does next to nothing, but it makes people look good so


GO VIRGIN MEDIA YEAAAAAH MURICA!

valueseeker

Pointless gesture which may benefit about 10 people who have need to call … Pointless gesture which may benefit about 10 people who have need to call the Philippines. Just a thought here, anyone badly affected will likely not have a working telephone (no line, no electricity to recharge mobiles). Anyone who you can call was probably not in trouble anyway.Sp Virgin get a PR boost from the gullible and it costs them nothing.

you sound soooooooooooooo caring and warm!!! God help you that you never need any help from anyone

May not be the best company in the world but still voted hot for the kind gesture. Virgin didn't have to do this, even if it is for PR purposes it will still hopefully help many.

Cold from me, do the people who have nothing really want me phoning them up? Talk about kicking them when they're down

Nice gesture :-)

Hot i've just told my cousin about this as her fiance is in the Phillippines working.

that's more like it

valueseeker

Pointless gesture which may benefit about 10 people who have need to call … Pointless gesture which may benefit about 10 people who have need to call the Philippines. Just a thought here, anyone badly affected will likely not have a working telephone (no line, no electricity to recharge mobiles). Anyone who you can call was probably not in trouble anyway.Sp Virgin get a PR boost from the gullible and it costs them nothing.


Couldn't be further from the truth

There are thousands of Filipinos in the UK. Just the other day I heard on the news of a Philipino woman contacting her mother in the city who asked her to transfer some money so her son could get some food.

Good gesture by VM, told loads of Filipino friends about this who have VM & are very happy.

I don't have Virgin Media and I don't know anyone in the Philippines but I voted hot because it is a thoughtful gesture - well done VM!

Well done Virgin, let's hope others follow suit

valueseeker

Pointless gesture which may benefit about 10 people who have need to call … Pointless gesture which may benefit about 10 people who have need to call the Philippines. Just a thought here, anyone badly affected will likely not have a working telephone (no line, no electricity to recharge mobiles). Anyone who you can call was probably not in trouble anyway.Sp Virgin get a PR boost from the gullible and it costs them nothing.



If one who can be contacted and is possibly be able to his/her relative is better than not knowing what has happened to their loved ones....

heat from me and I'm not a VM customer...

Well done Virgin Media. Thank you so much for your sympathy. It only shows that you care to those who are helpless at this time of calamity. Communication is very important to ease our fears and worries. What you've done is greatly appreciated by us (Filipinos). God bless your company a thousand fold.

where i live there are lots of Philippines guys here just hope this helps them to contact their families
and well done Virgin
Edited by: "lindabuchan" 16th Nov 2013

valueseeker

Pointless gesture which may benefit about 10 people who have need to call … Pointless gesture which may benefit about 10 people who have need to call the Philippines. Just a thought here, anyone badly affected will likely not have a working telephone (no line, no electricity to recharge mobiles). Anyone who you can call was probably not in trouble anyway.Sp Virgin get a PR boost from the gullible and it costs them nothing.

What a miserable person you are. Have you even donated to the Philippines? What a sad sad person.

Hot! Well done VM!

what would be nice if Virgin and bt were to send a few engineers and materials out to the Philippines to help them get back to normality, offers far more value than donations.

Banned

tyke-eng

what would be nice if Virgin and bt were to send a few engineers and … what would be nice if Virgin and bt were to send a few engineers and materials out to the Philippines to help them get back to normality, offers far more value than donations.



Bt have phone engineers out there, as my mate is one of them restoring telephone lines.

Very clever marketing idea by Virgin Media, and if it helps one person without hurting anyone else then surely it should be praised, not criticised?

Just goes to show when a company does one gesture to help out it's criticized by some heartless people. Even if one family here and in the Phillipines benefits as a result of a phone call for piece of mind or to arrange to send money then it's totally worth it. Some of us are so flipping priviliged we can't even fathom the benefit of a free phone call to a devastated country at the moment.

well said LondonDiva we dont know how lucky we are compared to these poor people who are still suffering more than a week after

I think it's great if them, like some people already said even it only helps one person it's worth it.
I heard about this yesterday when I rang virgin regarding a fault, it says just make sure you hang up after 60 minutes then redail to avoid any cost.

I wonder if this gesture of questionable value was to deflect attention from the £4.50 price increase they also announced yesterday. Before people call me heartless, I voted hot in the hope doing so maximises the usefulness (and cost to VM).

jnm21

I wonder if this gesture of questionable value was to deflect attention … I wonder if this gesture of questionable value was to deflect attention from the £4.50 price increase they also announced yesterday. Before people call me heartless, I voted hot in the hope doing so maximises the usefulness (and cost to VM).

you speak a lot of sense!!
People are blinded by these "acts if kindness" so easily.
To those calling people heartless etc...Yes it's great for those who will benefit from this but I'm pretty sure virgin media will be getting a hell of a lot more back in the long run.

Thank you very much!!!!!!!!!!!!!

loopylass30

I think it's great if them, like some people already said even it only … I think it's great if them, like some people already said even it only helps one person it's worth it.I heard about this yesterday when I rang virgin regarding a fault, it says just make sure you hang up after 60 minutes then redail to avoid any cost.



Redial before 60 mins to avoid costs (is free up to 60 mins)

valueseeker

Pointless gesture which may benefit about 10 people who have need to call … Pointless gesture which may benefit about 10 people who have need to call the Philippines. Just a thought here, anyone badly affected will likely not have a working telephone (no line, no electricity to recharge mobiles). Anyone who you can call was probably not in trouble anyway.Sp Virgin get a PR boost from the gullible and it costs them nothing.



You hit the nail on the head. People who have family/friends in The Philippines will always search for the best call pricing plan that covers The Philippines (and Virgin have never been anywhere near)
Edited by: "philphil61" 17th Nov 2013

Whether it benefits Virgin or not is immaterial as it will certainly benefit some people with friends and family in the Philippines so well done to Virgin. It would be nice if other phone companies would do the same.

xmubzx

donating money to charity does next to nothing, but it makes people look … donating money to charity does next to nothing, but it makes people look good so GO VIRGIN MEDIA YEAAAAAH MURICA!



Greed is convenient...isn't it?

If you really believe charity doesn't work, whatever you do, don't look here...
bansanghospitalappeal.org
One woman, 25 years of dedication...healthcare safeguarded for hundreds of thousands of the world's poorest people.

We are the difference we want to see. What difference do you want to see? & what is your contribution going to be (aside from vacuous comments like the one you just made)?

Don't be apathetic...it's why the world is so troubled. Greed never made anyone happy.

jnm21

I wonder if this gesture of questionable value was to deflect attention … I wonder if this gesture of questionable value was to deflect attention from the £4.50 price increase they also announced yesterday. Before people call me heartless, I voted hot in the hope doing so maximises the usefulness (and cost to VM).



Yep I got a letter saying mine is going up £5.50 in Feb. That will be £70 a month, gonna have ditch some services or switch to Sky I think...
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