Virgin media vivid 200 Mb optical fibre broadband and calls (free weekends) 12 months @ £38.99 plus £140 quidco cashback £777.82
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Virgin media vivid 200 Mb optical fibre broadband and calls (free weekends) 12 months @ £38.99 plus £140 quidco cashback £777.82

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Found 18th Apr 2016
Not going to be for everybody this, but if you're in the market for some mega quick fibre optic broadband, I reckon it to be decent value personally.

12 months @ £38.99 (includng £17.99 line rental)
6 months @ £49.99
activation fee @ £10
18 month term total = £777.82

Take off the quidco of £140 (tracked and estimated payout in six weeks) and you're left with a £637.82/18 months, £35.43 a month for 200 Mb broadband with free weekend calls. Be sure to be ready to move again in 18 months to avoid paying £49.99 going forward I would suggest.

Hope this is good for at least some. I've gone for it!
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What's the upstream?
148mbs average speed during peak times per their website, on a quick look couldn't find the upload speeds.

I have VM, been with them for years and love their broadband, always been fast and reliable for me.

I would say though, that twice now I have got them to reduce my speed and my monthly bill as I don't need 100/200 packages, not sure who does.

I run an Xbox,3 tablets, 2 phones, PC,now TV box, cc, fire stick from an unlimited 50m package and never noticed any issues. Could see how much would be improved with a faster speed.
100% overkill for almost all applications. I can't downgrade mine as I have a package bundle but as soon as I can I will be. Shaves 2 mins of downloading a movie but seen as everything is streamed now it's just for the occasional speed test to confirm the speed is there, altogether pointless !
Upstream is 12mb on 200mb down
If you're out of contract, you can negotiate 12 months big kahuna bundle for 39 a month
tek-monkey

What's the upstream?


Their uploads have always been slow, and for the larger packages like this I believe are capped at 12Mb.
ibblackberry1

148mbs average speed during peak times per their website, on a quick look … 148mbs average speed during peak times per their website, on a quick look couldn't find the upload speeds.I have VM, been with them for years and love their broadband, always been fast and reliable for me.I would say though, that twice now I have got them to reduce my speed and my monthly bill as I don't need 100/200 packages, not sure who does.I run an Xbox,3 tablets, 2 phones, PC,now TV box, cc, fire stick from an unlimited 50m package and never noticed any issues. Could see how much would be improved with a faster speed.



​had vivid a while And the speed would be ok if they provided a router that could utilise it, think we have at least 16 things connected at any one time and it's a buffering nightmare streaming and almost dial up like for browsing at times, never felt this bad on 38mb fibre with a good third party router
Don't be fooled by this hype and please don't pay over £700 for broadband.

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Chiptivo

Don't be fooled by this hype and please don't pay over £700 for broadband.



What hype are we referring to? What's the best fibre optic deal, because the way I see it you're paying a premium of maybe £10/month to have broadband that's going to be at least twice as fast.
jwph1985

What hype are we referring to? What's the best fibre optic deal, because … What hype are we referring to? What's the best fibre optic deal, because the way I see it you're paying a premium of maybe £10/month to have broadband that's going to be at least twice as fast.



How often do you need 200mb? Not to stream thats for sure, or to browse, so its just for large file transfers in a single direction. I went with fibre as I get 17Mb upstream with 74Mb down, which seemed a more balanced package as I stream data in both directions. I also only pay £24 a month inc line rental and got £120 cashback!
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tek-monkey

How often do you need 200mb? Not to stream thats for sure, or to browse, … How often do you need 200mb? Not to stream thats for sure, or to browse, so its just for large file transfers in a single direction. I went with fibre as I get 17Mb upstream with 74Mb down, which seemed a more balanced package as I stream data in both directions. I also only pay £24 a month inc line rental and got £120 cashback!



So around a ten pound premium for twice as fast then like I estimated? Whether you need it or not is for you to decide. If you've got a busy house sharing the bandwidth then it's good to have... not taken the cashback into consideration there have I. Fair play
Edited by: "jwph1985" 18th Apr 2016
jwph1985

So around a ten pound premium for twice as fast then like I estimated? … So around a ten pound premium for twice as fast then like I estimated? Whether you need it or not is for you to decide. If you've got a busy house sharing the bandwidth then it's good to have... not taken the cashback into consideration there have I. Fair play



Lol, yeah, was a stupidly good deal! We have 3 PCs, 3 phones, 4 tablets, 6 media streamers and 4 servers (one streaming media out) and don't find a problem with the 76Mb TBH. If Virgin up their uploads I'd be tempted to switch back, but for now I can't justify the cost increase to lower my upload speeds.

That said I always found virgin rock solid for stability, it took a lot to make me go fibre!
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tek-monkey

Lol, yeah, was a stupidly good deal! We have 3 PCs, 3 phones, 4 tablets, … Lol, yeah, was a stupidly good deal! We have 3 PCs, 3 phones, 4 tablets, 6 media streamers and 4 servers (one streaming media out) and don't find a problem with the 76Mb TBH. If Virgin up their uploads I'd be tempted to switch back, but for now I can't justify the cost increase to lower my upload speeds.That said I always found virgin rock solid for stability, it took a lot to make me go fibre!



I get it, I'm switching from bt's upto 80Mb and the upgrade certainly isn't due to lack of clout, but I've ditched all the inclusive calls (due to excessive mobile allowances now) etc and this is actually a lot less than I was paying BT!
tek-monkey

How often do you need 200mb? Not to stream thats for sure, or to browse, … How often do you need 200mb? Not to stream thats for sure, or to browse, so its just for large file transfers in a single direction. I went with fibre as I get 17Mb upstream with 74Mb down, which seemed a more balanced package as I stream data in both directions. I also only pay £24 a month inc line rental and got £120 cashback!



Who's this with? I've been with Virgin cable since more or less the day it was available, and generally it's been rock solid, just the price has slowly crept up over the years, and these days I'm as interested in up as much as down, so beginning to think about alternatives.

mike
jwph1985

I get it, I'm switching from bt's upto 80Mb and the upgrade certainly … I get it, I'm switching from bt's upto 80Mb and the upgrade certainly isn't due to lack of clout, but I've ditched all the inclusive calls (due to excessive mobile allowances now) etc and this is actually a lot less than I was paying BT!



Know what you mean, I was with BT for a bit but escaped when they upped my costs (only been with them 6 months and got over £300 cashback out of them!). The main issue with fibre is installation, BT Openreach are a bunch of cowboys. They installed a phone line at mine and insisted it was a fibre line, took a week to get it sorted as they'd only tell my ISP that the job was marked as successful. Next guy to come out said he'd not even connected the fibre at the cabninet, said something about lazy contractors and made references to their suspect parentage
mbuckhurst

Who's this with? I've been with Virgin cable since more or less the day … Who's this with? I've been with Virgin cable since more or less the day it was available, and generally it's been rock solid, just the price has slowly crept up over the years, and these days I'm as interested in up as much as down, so beginning to think about alternatives.mike



It was with SSE, not as cheap anymore but I posted it on here last summer:
hotukdeals.com/dea…409

On there I said I didn't qualify for the cashback but I got it anyway
jwph1985

What hype are we referring to? What's the best fibre optic deal, because … What hype are we referring to? What's the best fibre optic deal, because the way I see it you're paying a premium of maybe £10/month to have broadband that's going to be at least twice as fast.



It won't improve your standard browsing speed. The latency is key, and 200mb will not improve that. The servers serving the web pages won't be able to multi serve users and keep your data at 200mb.

The only benefit is if you are using FTP from powerful servers to download Gigs of data. It WON'T improve Gaming, it WON'T improve general surfing and email viewing.



It is marketing to the fools who think this is a good deal. Milking them for £700 a year unnecessarily.
Chiptivo

It won't improve your standard browsing speed. The latency is key, and … It won't improve your standard browsing speed. The latency is key, and 200mb will not improve that. The servers serving the web pages won't be able to multi serve users and keep your data at 200mb. The only benefit is if you are using FTP from powerful servers to download Gigs of data. It WON'T improve Gaming, it WON'T improve general surfing and email viewing. It is marketing to the fools who think this is a good deal. Milking them for £700 a year unnecessarily.




where are you getting this £700 you've quoted a couple of times. Looking at the op its way less than that, someplace like £777/18 x 12 = £518 a year for broad band and your phoneline/weekend calls. Then there is the £140 quidco to potentially come off that, assuming its tracked etc.

Might have missed it but cant see a £700 a year cost, more like £35 a month average (£420 p/a pro rata) for 18m (then you renegotiate or move on) assuming you get some quidco cashback.
that said, don't think the speed justifies the cost
ibblackberry1

where are you getting this £700 you've quoted a couple of times.



From the Subject of this thread at the top of the page. £777.82
Chiptivo

From the Subject of this thread at the top of the page. £777.82



read the post, that's for 18 months and pre cashback
ibblackberry1

read the post, that's for 18 months and pre cashback



Cashback is not guaranteed, but get your point about 18 months. Sorry about that.
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ibblackberry1

where are you getting this £700 you've quoted a couple of times. Looking … where are you getting this £700 you've quoted a couple of times. Looking at the op its way less than that, someplace like £777/18 x 12 = £518 a year for broad band and your phoneline/weekend calls. Then there is the £140 quidco to potentially come off that, assuming its tracked etc.Might have missed it but cant see a £700 a year cost, more like £35 a month average (£420 p/a pro rata) for 18m (then you renegotiate or move on) assuming you get some quidco cashback.



Well done on the reading comprehension. Seems to be dying art

Edited by: "jwph1985" 18th Apr 2016
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jwph1985

What hype are we referring to? What's the best fibre optic deal, because … What hype are we referring to? What's the best fibre optic deal, because the way I see it you're paying a premium of maybe £10/month to have broadband that's going to be at least twice as fast.



​They upgraded mine from 100 to 150 for free but it is still very slow on weekends and public holidays. Only time I get the advertised speed is after midnight. So the throughput you get depends on the number of your neighbours using Virgin broadband at the same time.
Chiptivo

It won't improve your standard browsing speed. The latency is key, and … It won't improve your standard browsing speed. The latency is key, and 200mb will not improve that. The servers serving the web pages won't be able to multi serve users and keep your data at 200mb. The only benefit is if you are using FTP from powerful servers to download Gigs of data. It WON'T improve Gaming, it WON'T improve general surfing and email viewing. It is marketing to the fools who think this is a good deal. Milking them for £700 a year unnecessarily.



You might say that, but when I downgraded from 200 to 100, it did have a noticeable impact, presumably Virgin route the different speed bands differently to ensure there is a difference, it might be as simple as more people in my local area on 100 or whatever, but it is very noticeable, at the end of the day, not so bad that I'm willing to pay the extra. I'm seeing increased page download times, ping times and lost packets on some games.

mike
They don't honor the quidco cashback. Provided them with all the details and quidco came back to me saying virgin media don't recognized the installation date. Excuse me, then who am I paying monthly for my TV and BB subscription if virgin media don't recognize the installation date. Cheaters
SomebodE

If you're out of contract, you can negotiate 12 months big kahuna bundle … If you're out of contract, you can negotiate 12 months big kahuna bundle for 39 a month



Can you explain how?> I have tried everything with them but they can be a hard nut to crack, last time I had to actually cancel then wait for a week for the retention team to call lol.
Ronnyuk

Can you explain how? I have tried everything with them but they can be a … Can you explain how?> I have tried everything with them but they can be a hard nut to crack, last time I had to actually cancel then wait for a week for the retention team to call lol.



I used the straight approach of saying the upload speed was better for cloud services and BT fibre has better speed here. From there, it was pure negotiations against the 50% + offers from Sky. Took me 15 mins
SomebodE

I used the straight approach of saying the upload speed was better for … I used the straight approach of saying the upload speed was better for cloud services and BT fibre has better speed here. From there, it was pure negotiations against the 50% + offers from Sky. Took me 15 mins



Tried that haha, in the end just cancelled, lets see what retentions do when they call me
Chiptivo

It won't improve your standard browsing speed. The latency is key, and … It won't improve your standard browsing speed. The latency is key, and 200mb will not improve that. The servers serving the web pages won't be able to multi serve users and keep your data at 200mb. The only benefit is if you are using FTP from powerful servers to download Gigs of data. It WON'T improve Gaming, it WON'T improve general surfing and email viewing. It is marketing to the fools who think this is a good deal. Milking them for £700 a year unnecessarily.




Well said! .. It's the speed of the Name Servers that's important.. It's a big part of the delay after you press enter! .. In Google Chrome you can temporary switch to an American based one and see the effect ..
Not a bad price, was about to get this via TCB but now will go quidco. Thanks op
worst fibre ive ever had, never again
what do you guys think about the 50mbps option for £8 per month (rising to £19 after 12 months) and £17.99 line rental - and £100 back from quidco...?

Thanks.
user84

what do you guys think about the 50mbps option for £8 per month (rising … what do you guys think about the 50mbps option for £8 per month (rising to £19 after 12 months) and £17.99 line rental - and £100 back from quidco...?Thanks.


Fine if a 12 month contract. Shizzle if 18 months.
theyll probably increase prices mid way, at which point you can leave i expect?..
I waited 3 weeks and had phone calls from VM every day but never answered it until yesterday, the team that call after you cancel say they can offer almost anything so I asked for big Kahuna plus line rental and 200mb broadband, total cost was £49 quid a month, I'm happy with that and it's a 12 month deal.
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