I have been a virgin customer for my broadband for the last 3 years. I had 10 meg then 50.
I have never had a single problem with the service, it's always been consistently good and fast, it's dropped signal maybe 4 or 5 times in the entire 3 years I've used it, and it always comes straight back up.
I have also noticed that the speed is always slightly higher than they estimate (for example my 10mbps service used to get about 12mbps on speedtest dot net. My 50 meg service often reaches between 51 and 53, however it's never gone below 44 and there are usually between 3 - 5 computers using my network at any point in time.
I have also had no trouble at all with the customer service team, who I've found to be friendly and reasonable. My last house move, it only took them 3 days to come and reinstall my broadband (even though they quote 2 weeks, they rang me to see if I was free earlier).
I have no problem paying the £35/month for my broadband connection whatsoever. Totally worth it, and I think that most of the people on here must have just had a couple of unfortunate experiences.
And I can also verify that it works fine on Linux (one of my rigs runs Ubuntu), and that you don't need the software installed at all.
Hope this helps
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I have been a virgin customer for my broadband for the last 3 years. I had 10 meg then 50.
Looking at the review from redbaron101 i can totally agree with all of his comments i to have had no problems with virgin,but you must insist on talking to the correct person about your individual query.As for using linux i know quite a few users that are constantly using it with no problems,it also obviously helps if you have the use of a good anti-virus software and you keep up to date with defrags etc etc.Happy Browsing
i have been the ntl / virgin media about 11 years. The actual broadband service (at least for me) has been consistantly good over the years and our family have been sharing internet even in the dialup days. Customer services is also very consistant - notoriously rubbish. I am a technical user and work in the IT field; their first line support in India is incredibly inept, I dont think they could even tie their shoe laces. Seriously I rang once to tell them their DNS servers were down and after prying the call centre guy from his script he insisted my problem was that broadband wouldnt never run on Linux after I accidently answered one of his persistant questions, even though I had happily been running it at least for the last four years before that call, then he stuck to it must be a virus, yeah right! There is a hidden second line support in India and if you insist enough to get yourself put through to them, most of those guys will actually know what they are talking about. Balance your choices though - although broadband and TV service is reasonable, telephone is ultra crap, or maybe I have just been really unlucky over the years!
The broadband service offered by Virgin is the worst service I have ever had. Having moved quite frequently I have gone through various internet providers and none have made me as frustrated and regretful as Virgin. The internet service will sometimes cut out completely without warning and if it doesn't cut out then everything takes ages to load. When trying to stream music and videos the site sometimes doesn't load at all. For example, I've been on this web page for 3 minutes now and it still isn't completely finished loading. My router is downstairs, about 30 feet away, and I'm lucky if I can find enough service to load a simple e-mail. Not only is it incredibly slow but the customer service line is frustrating to deal with and whilst I try to explain my difficulty it seems as though no one is actually listening to my problem, instead attempting to placate me so I don't call back again. I would warn anyone to steer far clear from Virgin broadband services.
I've recently had Virgin Broadband installed but my Big Issue is with the free package of Virgin Media Security that came with it. It's available to buy for about £26.00 but as a broadband customer I got it free.
Once it loaded I was amazed to see that my entire Outlook file had been quarantined as a virus. I had enormous trouble in getting this massive file un-quarantined. Why couldn't Virgin Media recognise Microsoft Outlook? Two days later, after making a copy of Outlook, the software did another scan and promptly quarantined Outlook again!!!
I did some research and found out that Virgin know about this problem and have continued to see their crappy product. When I phoned to complain I was told that maybe Outlook did have a virus. I asked if that applied to the thousands of customers who had had Outlook quarantined and he said 'probably'. I could have throttled him so it was probably good he was in India.
I got rid of Virgin 'security' immediately - and installed Kapersky instead. Don't buy the Virgin security software. It's slow - it doesn't do a thorough job and you could easily lose years of work in Outlook. Have a look here for more information:
We have been customers with Virgin for 4 years and their customer service went down. We have spent days on the phone in order to sort technical problems with our broadband and I can tell you it was the waste of time. We didn't solve anything. We have met pretty uncompetent customer service staff who changed their minds whenever it suited to them. One minute they are saying yes it is possible and in 5 minutes they say no we can't do it. Regarding the technical issues, we have been trasnfered somewhere to India and spoke on the phone with people who didn't know anything about the matter. We are really appauled and we don't want to have anything to do with Virgin.
Don't bother, been with them for over ten years and their level of service has gone down the pan, Just spent four days trying to speak to their cancellations department, each time being told I would be on hold for a minimum of 30 minutes. Eventualy got to speak to someone only to have him arguing with me about down load speeds etc...bunch of idiots. I will never use them again.
Any one there knows the fastest and most reliable brodband in the uk is supplied by virginmedia over a fibre optic network. All the spatics on here slagging virgin why not try another company and check your speed. I'm on 20mb and get 19 every speed test no matter what time of the day!
My broadband was fine up to about 3/4 months ago. Noticed it had started to get slower, sometimes losing connection. Got to the point could hardly use it. As soon as the schoolkids went back in September after summer holidays it started working quicker again. Now, after 4pm, its very slow, thats if I can use it at all. Ive realised its when schoolkids are home, and weekends. Virgin broadband cannot cope with this and I think I need to look elsewhere.
i would advise to go else where after being with them for years they are probably getting complacent -hard to contact-and hard to understand when you do
Beware the hidden charges like a 12p connection charge on calls to mobiles and broadband instalation charges. As for trying to resolve any problems with Virgin you can forget it! I have wasted hours of my life trying to get through to anyone who is interested. I have been cut off mid conversation several times. They may (appear to be) cheap but its not worth it.
Virgin broadband connection is very slow for most of the day, but has spurts of speed - if you are lucky!! Sometimes - often the connection stops! and virgin search page finds much less than other search engines. I'm goiong to change - soon.
i am not describing my emotions, i want to solve my query that is someone told me virgin media has waived the set up price which is 35 ponds and in some of your ads you stated 15 ponds and in some ads 20 ponds per month charges, and 2nd is if i change my home then re-setup charges i have to pay or not. i am interested to bye home broadband package.
My experience is exactly the same as Abi's (10 July2010). The only thing I can add is that is if you are unfortunate enough to deal with this company I strongly recommend you record all your calls. They will renege on any agreement and use Virgin staff to pretend to be debt collectors with the threat of court proceedings/CCJs.
Stay well clear.
i am on virgin 1.5mb or 2.00mb connection
my connection is slow from 6am till 12.30pm when i am on youtube or bbciplayer are some times very hard to browse the internet.
i use my ps3 on live and it jumps are does not connect because it is too slow.
i think it is because my area is all on virgin saw i am not getting the speed i pay for saw i am going to go to sky because i have been on it before and it is faster in my area and it is alot cheaper :)
I have been a customer from the very begining (cable tel). I have always had good connection and service however my bills have been wrong and i find costs generally expensive. I have threatened to leave 3 times and have managed to be persuaded to stay by promises of cheaper deals. I am now considering to leave again but I am not sure who too.
I’ve tried to find an e mail address to write to Virgin Media but failed, also phone their help line/sales line – no help there either. I would appear that Virgin is reluctant to commit any information to hard copy.
Can anybody help me please?
I am situated in Birmingham in the Kings Norton area and am aware the area has Virgin cable installed, but also hear the area is oversubscribed with very slow speeds being the norm.
I won’t bore everybody with my questions but if anybody can give me a name and e mail address to write to it would be greatly appreciated. I will let you know how I progress
I just want to echo what Sylivia (above) has said.
Virgin has the worst customer service I have ever experienced ( and I include RyanAir) and having been a customer for 12 years (shame on me) I have now cancelled all my services without putting anything else in place.
I don't care how bad Talk Talk is, or Skye or BT...or any of the others.
I have been lied to, insulted, lied to again, (which even their customer service people acknowledge)
Sylvia wouldn't recommend it to her worst enemy - but that's because she's obviously a nicer person than me.
Virgin is exactly who'd I'd recommend to my worst enemy, so that they can waste their time and money chasing non-existing services, talking to useless muppets in call centres, and waiting in all day for things that never arrive.
Worst service ever. Don't do it people,
lol after reading all this i now feel even more depressed il start at begining 3 or 4 years ago at old address had connection issues with bb xl (20meg at the time) i used to play a lot of online games when every day my connection would repeatadly drop out contacted vm tec and they first told me your pc too old replaced with a new 1 still the same then they told me it was my router causeing the proble so i replaced with he best money could buy at the time still same prob then 1 of there ofshore call centres let it slip i was being capped as i was useing %80 of my band width bear in mind i was paying for this service,i left and went to sky thinking slower speeds but no capping but how wrong i was in my area was just as bad since then moved home and for the last 18months had an ongoing fault with low signal the tec guys have bein doing there best to resolve it but dont seem to be getin anyway but accourding to there polociy you are intitled to compantion for loss of service from the time you first report the fault till the time it resolved yea right 18months i bet il be lucky to get 1 month free my advice is there network is great provided they can get it to work right dont mess around with customer service deal straght with the peep on the option you are thinking of leaveing us they are a much more oblidgeing lot and love to throw money at you refering back to my issue wich has angerd me they repulled the cable to my prop killing the grass on front lawn new modems new cable boxs network tecs and god knows how many hours on the phone my advice stay clear if you can get b.ts 20meg service hope this helps
You wouldn't believe that Richard Branson is such a nice guy yet he own's Virgin Media. I have never been more disgusted with the way a company treats it's customers. Their broadband service is tempramental at best or completly offline at worst.
I'm embarrased to say that I have been with them for about 2 years now but this is only because they offer the fastest connections and I need the high speed's. If i had a choice to use other ISP's I wouldn't waste another second with Virgin Media.
I warn anyone thinking of signing up with them to think again, it's really not worth the headaches your going to get. They will be the nicest and friendliest bunch of people in the world while their selling their service to you but once your a contracted customer prepare for the lies, the fob offs and the rude staff as well as a poor service.
When I first signed up I got their 20Mb package but the highest speed I got was 8Mb even though I live only one mile from the exchange. I would lose my service at least once per month so each time I had to call their PREMIUM number to speak to a tech guy to get it fixed. I would say it would usually take 3 or 4 different premium rate calls for any one issue and when you've done this as much as me you start to notice a pattern. I am convinced that Virgin Media support staff have been told to tell customers anything to get them off the phone because every single time I have had to deal with them, I always find one member of staff is saying something completly different to another member of staff. I've lost count of the times I caught them out on a lie and when I complain about this I'm told that I am the liar. Shocking isn't it!
I have no idea why I then went up to their 50Mb package. My thinking was, it was all new technology and their providing brand new equipment so I took the risk that this would be better. It actually got worse.
I'm now on first name terms with two people in the Virgin Media CEO office. These guys are actually very helpful but I suspect they have little respect from their staff because they are forever making excuses why something wasn't done.
In six months of service, my 50Mb connection has been okay for 2 months and this is a generous estimate. Even so I am still forced to pay for the FULL service. As I write this my connection is down. It has been running at 0.10Mb for the last 48hours and they say it will be working tomorrow but I'm not expecting it to be.
I've already filled a claim with the Small claims court to get back all the money spent on support phone calls and for a refund of the times I had no service as well as loss of earnings as I need my internet to work. My phone costs for ringing support over and over again in the last two years adds up to...wait for it.. £1.563.03p I was shocked when I added up all my itemised bills to virgin. Shocking isn't it?
Well as you can see I'm not going to recommend you sign up to Virgin. In fact I recommend you run in the oposite direction and never look back. If you ever see, meet or talk to Richard Branson tell him to sort out Virgin Media. because of my experience with VM I will never use another service or product offered by Virgin because if this branch of the brand acts like this, I'm not going to risk my money with any other branch.
You have no idea how much I have helpped you if you take my advice.
I find them exctremely unreliable, I asked to transfer my account for the date of my move. 1 month before the move was due to take place I got an e-mail saying the account was going to be closed that day. Virgin admitted they had made a misstake, but it took another 10 days (!!!!) to get the bradband back again. It was back on for a few days when suddenly there was a technical fault and I was without braodband again for days. I must have spent at least in total a good day or more to find the right person to speak to (I think I have spoken to most of the virgin staff) as I constantly got passed on to another departmend. To top it, they tried to charge me for the disconnection that they had admitted was a misstake.
I'm in a current battle with Virgin(on the rediculous) At the beginning of May I called to get help with my router, sounds fairly easy doesn't it. Well it wasn;t a Virgin owned one and as they couldn't have been more unhelpful if they tried, I spent the weekend brooding on it and on the Monday I phoned to make a complaint about the lack of service in their customer service department. By way of apology I was offered a free router and I was thrilled.....then the fun started. Now unfortunately they don't record calls so I have no way to prove what's happened, my broadband has been upgraded from M to the XL at an extra cost of £17 a month. I called to tell them that I didn't ask for an upgrade all I alled about was to complain about the stroppy mare that refused to give any advice and see if I could get my router working. I was told the onus is on me to prove I didn't ask for the upgrade, so I immediately stopped my DD with my bank. I then got a satisfaction questionaire which I filled out IN DETAIL and was rewarded with a call from some CS manager promising me that I could keep the router and my broadband would be reduced to L as they no longer do M. Still I have a cost of £5 more which isn't much but that's not the point. I've been trying to pay the bill ever since and I'm currently in reciept of 5 different balances which have to be paid before they can reinstate my DD. I WANT to pay my bill but their incompetence is making it impossible to do so. All my emails have been ignored, I've been promised countless return calls which have never happened and I'm currently waiting for a call form the muppet who gave me his line and ext number in case I had any more trouble. He's one of the people who promised to call back and didn't last week and probably won't again today. The very second I get this bill (however much it is) settled I'm leaving. I don't even care who I leave to just as long as I leave Virgin. They now also think they're going to chanrge me a handling fee of £28.91 becasue the dd was refused, even though they knew it would be as I'd told them it had been stopped! Absolute idiots I wouldn't recommend them to my worst enemy!
I would not recommend Virgin Media to anyone. I canceled my account with them in May 2010... well tried to cancel with them. Shortly after I disconnected, I received a call from an employee offering me a lower rate, I said that she could sent information regarding the offer. I have yet to received any information. Today I rang to see about the offer and just to cancel it ...and was told that I was in a new one-year contract and would have to pay £167 to leave! Virgin Media is a disgrace and customer support is appalling.
Virgin is absolutely useless, the biggest mistake I made was to change to Virgin from AOL about a year ago. Can’t wait for my contract to end.
Be careful if you go with Virgin, they will say or do anything to get you to sign up, once there, they will conveniently loose any records of “3 months free Internet” etc. …and will add as much as they can to your bill. Be prepared to be charged 3-4 times as much as was advertised.
I called Virgin Media in March after it became apparant that I was paying well over the odds for what they offer new joining customers for the same services. After heading on a round the world tour of customer services departments, I finally spoke to a fairly switched on sounding chap, who said that he could guarantee me the fixed rate of £18 a month (excluding non contract calls) for the following 12 months if I committed to staying with Virgin over this period.
I thought this sounded reasonable so agreed. However, in April, they put their prices up on all accounts including mine.
I called Virgin about this, and they conceded that prices had gone up on all accounts and while they were very sorry nobody stated it to me, that was policy. In addition they said that I'm still tied into the account and would have to pay £160 to leave them!! So I'm tied in until next year, having been missold a product.
The comments about customer services are all true, they are very pleasant in a "we are not going to help you" type way. I've had to remonstrate with Virgin about my account charges a couple of times, they quite happily shove them up otherwise, and don't contact to advise of changes either.
Overall, when things are good they are fine. However their actions have shown why they are not trustworthy as a service provider. I wish that I had seen the signs a couple of years ago.
BT and PlusNet or Talk Talk next time, which can't come soon enought.
I enquired aboutan upgrade that would put my bill up to £89.50 from £83.50 to which i'm paying now, when i got onto the sales i thought everything was all in the price until they started talking. Then came the add-ons like £35 installation charge which doesnt get explained properly and then you try to read the small print you need binoculars to read it. I have been with virgin for a long time but now its about time i started to take my good earned pennies elsewhere. I am very dissapointed with the customer service thar the loyal customers get treated when others join up first time and get the earth.
The whole of my family has found virgin media very good, the people who installed our tv were friendly and professional and whenever we've had a problem they sorted it, our tv remote stopped working properly so they sent a new one no questions asked then when our internet was slow and the reboot didnt work they sent a new, better router, very happy with the service
Generally I find the Virgin Media service very good, the broadband especially far exceeds what I have experienced before from other providers in both terms of reliablilty, and speed.
Granted, sometimes dealing with the offshore call centres can be a pain, but I very rarely have had occasion to do this.
As for limits, the XXL 50 MB package currently has no limits, the "Traffic Management" that is in place on the other packages is totally transparent and is documented at the following link :
Unlimited storage with the XXL package also means no worry about finding space for backing up files/photos etc.
On pure performance and reliablilty of the Broadband itself, Virgin Media is the best provider I have used.
I am currently with Virgin media and I am extremely unsatisfied. Me, my mum and my boyfriend all use the internet frequently as we are gamers. We get a disconnect every day, more then once. My mum is currently on the phone to them, doing the same routine (unplug the modem, switch it back on after a minute, have it plugged into only your computer, restart the computer. Basically a load of tripe read from a script). We had an engineer out a few weeks ago that got another engineer to try and fix the frequency outside our house which has done crap all. I am just so angry with everything about them. The connection always drops and their customer service can be rude and sometimes hard to understand..
Also the price isn't exactly great for what we are getting... My mum decided it was to expensive, paying inbetween £45-£55 a month, so we asked to just have broadband and phone. It still costs £32, and even though she has payed a month in advance they cut the TV off that same day.
To me they are just money grabbers and they only offer anything worthwhile to new customers just to lure you in.
My experience is that Virgin Media are unable or unwilling to fulfill their orders. I have been waiting several weeks to have a telephone, broadband and TV package installed. They have delivered the quick installation pack and they say;
‘All you need to do is sign to say it's arrived, then follow the instructions to get up and running. You'll be enjoying your Virgin Media services in no time!’
This turns out to be untrue because you can follow the instructions to the letter but if they have not been to install the wiring and connect you, then you will be ‘running’ nowhere. Maybe you can ring them and talk to their ‘expert team’. Nope! Because if you have ordered their telephone package you will have no telephone and the free phone number does not apply to mobile telephone calls – even if you are using a Virgin mobile. So only call if you are prepared to wait in a cue and incur substantial call costs. They ask for a contact number from you when you sign up but do not expect them to use it – unless maybe it is something to do with billing because they are very efficient when it comes to setting all that up, you will get plenty of communications from them on that issue.
If you have access to email from some other source, don’t bother emailing them because they simply will not respond which suggests they are not in the position to supply installation dates because they are unable to handle orders, which is not good but the worst thing is their cowardly handling of inquiries ie simply ignore them!
Would I recommend them – yes but only to my very very worst enemies.