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Virgin media offering TV "starter pack" includes Sky1 inbetween M and L
Virgin media offering TV "starter pack" includes Sky1 inbetween M and L

Virgin media offering TV "starter pack" includes Sky1 inbetween M and L

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Just added TV "starter pack" to my M 2mb Broadband, M phone for £26.50 total with free tv installation.

Could have got just L broadband and M phone for £20

Not sure exactly what TV "starter pack" includes, but apparantly is inbetween M and L and does have sky 1.

I was trying to get L broadband, L TV and M phone for around £28 (price after quidco) but they wouldnt offer less than £33. So went for deal as thought it would be too much effort cancelling and reconnecting, to just get L broadband extra, also apparantly upgrading all Broadband to 10mb anyways soon.

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Original Poster

I cant seem to find this in deals, has it been listed properly?

What a lively, yet enigmatic post. ;-)

I can't find this on the Virgin Media site, they have changed their prices on the L TV bundle I notice. You now get L broadband (instead of M, which has disappeared from the site) but it costs an extra £5 a month.

Original Poster

Not on site, you need to phone up to change your deal.

"also apparantly upgrading all Broadband to 10mb anyways soon."

Where did you hear that?

i've just got phone with free weekend and evening calls and 10mb broadband for £25 a month was £31.45 until i said i might as well join sky or go free view or something and she said have this instead, i said oooo thanks being a student nurse I like to ,make savings.

Virgin Media is never cheap!

Their phone call charges are the highest in the country (higher than BT).

Their cheapest Broadband is £20 per month for a 10mb connection. They say it's 'unlimited' but you get throttled down in speed when you download much.

The TV is often slow and low resolution and pixelated.

OK, the have combined offers but if you look closely, you always pay through your nose in the end.

I still have VM just for BB and I have looked into altrnatives. I found that if you have a BT line, the best offer at the moment is to change your phone line to the Post Office for £10.79 per month inclusive free weekend landline calls UK + Free weekend international calls to 30 countries + Free weekend calls to UK MOBILE PHONES.

The best BB comes from O2 (that's from research) which cost £12.50 per month for 8mb (or £7.50 if you use O2 mobile). This works out £11 per months for your 8mb BB, if you top up a O2 sim card with 3.50 per month (£7.50 + £3.50 top up. You can top up by standing order and don't even have to use it).

With PO telephone you are free to use any BB provider and any override provider, so UK, European and Overseas phone calls outside your free period (weekends) don't have to cost more than 1p per minute (just use the right override provider).

I am aware that I have not included TV. This is because I don't want Sky and I am happy with my Freesat/Freeview.

pet2000;4282884

Virgin Media is never cheap!Their phone call charges are the highest in … Virgin Media is never cheap!Their phone call charges are the highest in the country (higher than BT). Their cheapest Broadband is £20 per month for a 10mb connection. They say it's 'unlimited' but you get throttled down in speed when you download much.The TV is often slow and low resolution and pixelated.OK, the have combined offers but if you look closely, you always pay through your nose in the end.I still have VM just for BB and I have looked into altrnatives. I found that if you have a BT line, the best offer at the moment is to change your phone line to the Post Office for £10.79 per month inclusive free weekend landline calls UK + Free weekend international calls to 30 countries + Free weekend calls to UK MOBILE PHONES.The best BB comes from O2 (that's from research) which cost £12.50 per month for 8mb (or £7.50 if you use O2 mobile). This works out £11 per months for your 8mb BB, if you top up a O2 sim card with 3.50 per month (£7.50 + £3.50 top up. You can top up by standing order and don't even have to use it).With PO telephone you are free to use any BB provider and any override provider, so UK, European and Overseas phone calls outside your free period (weekends) don't have to cost more than 1p per minute (just use the right override provider).I am aware that I have not included TV. This is because I don't want Sky and I am happy with my Freesat/Freeview.



Yeah thats all well and good but VM give me a 20mb line - which I actually get - yet samknows tells me my exchange could offer me a maximum of 5mbps - and thats if im lucky...

speedski;4282976

Yeah thats all well and good but VM give me a 20mb line - which I … Yeah thats all well and good but VM give me a 20mb line - which I actually get - yet samknows tells me my exchange could offer me a maximum of 5mbps - and thats if im lucky...



How much do you pay for that? I bet it's more than £11. Btw, you can have any speed on a PO line up to 100mb (if you live in Bornemouth, lol).

How often do you get throttled by VM? You will not get throttled if you just surf on the net, but for that your 20mb is wasted because surf speed is the same for everyone over 1mb, because surf speed is determined by internet traffic and not by connection speed.

pet2000;4282884

Virgin Media is never cheap!Their phone call charges are the highest in … Virgin Media is never cheap!Their phone call charges are the highest in the country (higher than BT). Their cheapest Broadband is £20 per month for a 10mb connection. They say it's 'unlimited' but you get throttled down in speed when you download much.The TV is often slow and low resolution and pixelated.OK, the have combined offers but if you look closely, you always pay through your nose in the end.I.




congrats , ...biggest load of drivel i have seen on here all day.

pet2000:
Virgin Media is never cheap!

Their phone call charges are the highest in the country (higher than BT).

Their cheapest Broadband is £20 per month for a 10mb connection. They say it's 'unlimited' but you get throttled down in speed when you download much.

The TV is often slow and low resolution and pixelated.

OK, the have combined offers but if you look closely, you always pay through your nose in the end.

I.


Lynchy;4283326

congrats , ...biggest load of drivel i have seen on here all day.



Agred. I have their L package TV with basic phone and a 20mb line. I've never been throttled back, or at least never noticed it. I download a fair whack of data and never get slow speeds or warning notices that i'm downloading too much.:)

My TV is fine with less pixeling then i had with Sky.

If I couldn't get Cable then i'd use Sky instead for the TV, phone and Broadband so i'm not anti Sky by any means. But like for like, Virginmedia are cheaper for me

Lynchy;4283326

congrats , ...biggest load of drivel i have seen on here all day.



Agreed :thumbsup:


Im not sure i'd gain alot by ringing up, my prices always seem very low including phone calls, L Broadband and M Television package, i did a deal for a loyaly pack when i moved. Before then i just had NTL (Virgin media now) broadband and no TV or phone with them and was paying not alot less.

Pic of this months bill which includes call charges in the total:

http://i429.photobucket.com/albums/qq15/Wenchybev/1-1.jpg

pet2000;4282884

Virgin Media is never cheap!Their cheapest Broadband is £20 per month for … Virgin Media is never cheap!Their cheapest Broadband is £20 per month for a 10mb connection. They say it's 'unlimited' but you get throttled down in speed when you download much..



Throttling affects the speed not the download quantity, please know what you are talking about before you make ill informed statements

bring back videotron i say

The virgin media throttling is rubbish. As the link previously points out if you download at your full 20mbit speed you will reach your limit in 20 minutes at which point your Internet becomes 5mbit (less than the average ADSL) yet you pay a fortune for it. I used to have the fastest broadband before I downgraded to the 2mbit as there was just no point for heavy users and if you only want to do light surfing having 20mbit won't speed it up.

Lynchy;4283945

Throttling affects the speed not the download quantity, please know what … Throttling affects the speed not the download quantity, please know what you are talking about before you make ill informed statements



If you are all happy to over-pay with VM, why bother trying to correct me?

And Lynchy you need to follow 'asuras' link to understand what I am talking about..

allyours.virginmedia.com/htm…tml

I just want to give you one example of how VM charges are higher than BT and there are many more

Call Ireland (ROI) weekday daytime lasting 10 minutes:

Virgin Media charges = £3.37

BT charges = £2.56

Ratebuster (via VM line) = £1.30
Ratebuster (via BT line) = £0.66

Result: Virgin Media charges £2.77 more than Ratebuster and 79p more than BT for a 10 minutes phone call to Ireland weekdays daytime. The cheapest is Ratebuster (via BT line) with 66p for the same 10 minutes call. (If you use Ratebuster from a VM line you would pay £1.30).

I could give you endless examples like this. And you can find their call charges online and work out yourself how much more you pay with VM. It is not only international numbers which are more expensive than BT. The same allpies to 084X and 087X number, which are almost double the price of BT.

As for BB speed, as I said before, you do not notice a slower speed when you surf. You will notice when you want to download something such as a movie or very large documents or complete web sites at full speed.

Lynchy, I acknowledge that it is hard to admid that you probably made a mistake when you locked yourself into an expensive contract but at least you can get out when the contract period is up. Something to look forward to.

pet2000;4284954

If you are all happy to over-pay with VM, why bother trying to correct … If you are all happy to over-pay with VM, why bother trying to correct me?And Lynchy you need to follow 'asuras' link to understand what I am talking about..http://allyours.virginmedia.com/html/internet/traffic.htmlI just want to give you one example of how VM charges are higher than BT and there are many moreCall Ireland (ROI) weekday daytime lasting 10 minutes:Virgin Media charges = £3.37BT charges = £2.56Ratebuster (via VM line) = £1.30Ratebuster (via BT line) = £0.66 Result: Virgin Media charges £2.77 more than Ratebuster and 79p more than BT for a 10 minutes phone call to Ireland weekdays daytime. The cheapest is Ratebuster (via BT line) with 66p for the same 10 minutes call. (If you use Ratebuster from a VM line you would pay £1.30).I could give you endless examples like this. And you can find their call charges online and work out yourself how much more you pay with VM. It is not only international numbers which are more expensive than BT. The same allpies to 084X and 087X number, which are almost double the price of BT.As for BB speed, as I said before, you do not notice a slower speed when you surf. You will notice when you want to download something such as a movie or very large documents or complete web sites at full speed.Lynchy, I acknowledge that it is hard to admid that you probably made a mistake when you locked yourself into an expensive contract but at least you can get out when the contract period is up. Something to look forward to.



I am not locked into a contract for a start , I can leave virgin any time I like , , and the link you gave, it just states what I have already said...it is still unlimited !!! although you cant download at full speed,.... what is so difficult to understand !!!

I cope very well with my 20mb bb if I download large files I set my pc to do it at a time when I wont become throttled for doing so, and I do not pay for any calls on my landline to a landline as part of the v.i.p deal, so your figures are irrelevant to me.

pet2000;4284954

Call Ireland (ROI) weekday daytime lasting 10 minutes:Virgin Media … Call Ireland (ROI) weekday daytime lasting 10 minutes:Virgin Media charges = £3.37BT charges = £2.56Ratebuster (via VM line) = £1.30Ratebuster (via BT line) = £0.66 Result: Virgin Media charges £2.77 more than Ratebuster and 79p more than BT for a 10 minutes phone call to Ireland weekdays daytime. The cheapest is Ratebuster (via BT line) with 66p for the same 10 minutes call. (If you use Ratebuster from a VM line you would pay £1.30).


Calling Ireland with the Talk International plan (£1.50 a month from Virgin) = 37.34p

Result Virgin Media charges £2.18 less than BT and 28.66p less that Ratebuster

As for BB speed, as I said before, you do not notice a slower speed when … As for BB speed, as I said before, you do not notice a slower speed when you surf. You will notice when you want to download something such as a movie or very large documents or complete web sites at full speed.


And with BT and TalkTalk (and others) if you download more than your allowance you get cut off completely for part of the month!

Lynchy, I acknowledge that it is hard to admid that you probably made a … Lynchy, I acknowledge that it is hard to admid that you probably made a mistake when you locked yourself into an expensive contract but at least you can get out when the contract period is up. Something to look forward to.


Indeed, paying up to £130 for the installation of a BT line, waiting to see what speed you *might* get because of how far away from the exchange you are, having to deal with line noise, overhead cabling that can be affected by weather that will reduce or stop the connection.

Really something to look forward to!

M1LFHunter;4282800

"also apparantly upgrading all Broadband to 10mb anyways soon."Where did … "also apparantly upgrading all Broadband to 10mb anyways soon."Where did you hear that?



If you search on the web you'll find postings about it - all 2MBps accounts will be upgraded to 10MBps - I've spoken with Virgin as this affects me and they've confirmed it - infact they said it'd happen in May, although they did also say my monthly bill will go up £2.

Grandma;4283541

Agreed :thumbsup:Im not sure i'd gain alot by ringing up, my prices … Agreed :thumbsup:Im not sure i'd gain alot by ringing up, my prices always seem very low including phone calls, L Broadband and M Television package, i did a deal for a loyaly pack when i moved. Before then i just had NTL (Virgin media now) broadband and no TV or phone with them and was paying not alot less.Pic of this months bill which includes call charges in the total:



That's a better deal than I'm getting from them for less service (have talk unlimited but Broadband M, making £38.95, but am getting just £8 discount rather than the £19.46 loyalty payment).

Has been a while since I sabre-rattled about cancelling, methinks it's time I gave them a call....:evil::idea:

pet2000;4282884

Virgin Media is never cheap!Their phone call charges are the highest in … Virgin Media is never cheap!Their phone call charges are the highest in the country (higher than BT). Their cheapest Broadband is £20 per month for a 10mb connection. They say it's 'unlimited' but you get throttled down in speed when you download much.The TV is often slow and low resolution and pixelated.OK, the have combined offers but if you look closely, you always pay through your nose in the end.I still have VM just for BB and I have looked into altrnatives. I found that if you have a BT line, the best offer at the moment is to change your phone line to the Post Office for £10.79 per month inclusive free weekend landline calls UK + Free weekend international calls to 30 countries + Free weekend calls to UK MOBILE PHONES.The best BB comes from O2 (that's from research) which cost £12.50 per month for 8mb (or £7.50 if you use O2 mobile). This works out £11 per months for your 8mb BB, if you top up a O2 sim card with 3.50 per month (£7.50 + £3.50 top up. You can top up by standing order and don't even have to use it).With PO telephone you are free to use any BB provider and any override provider, so UK, European and Overseas phone calls outside your free period (weekends) don't have to cost more than 1p per minute (just use the right override provider).I am aware that I have not included TV. This is because I don't want Sky and I am happy with my Freesat/Freeview.



I'd say Tiscali would take some beating on the face of it (dunno what their customer service is like though)
tiscali.co.uk/pro…592
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