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Virgin Joins Tesco With Unlimited Minutes Tariff

Gordon Kelly


Virgin Joins Tesco With Unlimited Minutes Tariff

That didn't take long...

Within 24 hours of Tesco announcing the UK's first unlimited monthly tariff (read: £30pm for £500pm worth of calls, SMS & data), T-Mobile virtual network Virgin Mobile has unveiled its own variation.

The 'Unlimited' monthly tariff (yes, it is that phrase again) takes a very different approach to Tesco's Sim only 30 day rolling contract. By contrast Virgin Mobile is offering a £65pm 18 month contract with subsidised premium Nokia N86 or Samsung Jet handsets (I'm famously not a fan of the latter) and 'unlimited' calls, SMS and data.

Naturally this is subject to a fair use clause but this much hated term actually translates to a generous 3,000 minutes, 3,000 texts and 3,000 Virgin mobile to Virgin mobile calls along with 1GB of data.

Yes, in all it's a big commitment and currently I also find a few details to be lacking. Namely: how big are the handset subsidies? Are any other models available? And when does this tariff launch? I'm going with 'free', 'not right now' and 'August'. I've lodged all three questions with Virgin so should favourable answers return and the side of your face is indented from your mobile phone use then this could very well be the tariff for you...

Update: I was close: The answers were: 'free', 'not right now' and 'right now'!


Virgin Mobile


July 30, 2009, 7:23 pm

1GB data allowance a month?


July 30, 2009, 7:55 pm

@xbrumster - that's what it says :)


July 30, 2009, 8:17 pm

Well it's better than what came before, but forgive me if i don't applaud the rather loose use of the world "unlimited". I don't know what dictionary the telecoms industry uses but let's be honest it's not unlimited is it, otherwise they wouldn't insist on having a fair usage policy. Surely they must see the hypocricy in calling something unlimited, and then immediately following that statement with a list of the restrictions!!

From a practical point of view, the Virgin tariff in particular is only going to appeal to a heavy mobile user because of the cost and if that's the case a 1 gb data limit won't be so hard to breach. A few music downloads, some video streaming, a few applications each month and you're there.

I'm not saying its not a good tariff or that it isn't good value, but why not call a spade a spade and name it the "Ultimate" tariff or something.


July 30, 2009, 8:40 pm

If I was on that contract I'd certainly watch my usage, 1gb/30 days gives you 33.3mb per day which isn't exactly unlimited..!


July 30, 2009, 9:11 pm

Yeah. No. This "unlimited" stuff has to stop.


July 30, 2009, 9:14 pm

I think Virgin could do great business with the '3,000 Tariff'. Agreed on the 'unlimited' use, it is reaching saturation point however and I think will become unfashionable soon just like 'Up to' broadband speeds and 'piano black' device finishes ;)


July 30, 2009, 9:38 pm

Indeed Unlimited must go - Is the term legal? No - Decent = No Honest? NO and with Ofcom and ASA more worried about its own fate these days don't hold your breath.

Of all these "Exciting New Tariffs" I see its not only the major networks but the virtual ones that cant see the need for a DEAF TARIFF for the 9 million Deaf and hard of hearing that have waited 25 YEARS for a tariff without a million free talk time mins a month for a service they cant use.

I just need a cheap ANDROID - No Mins Talk time - Im happy to pay for any calls

Unlimited access to my Google Account 24-7

Not Much to ask for - Go on networks - will only take one .....


July 30, 2009, 10:11 pm

Tesco's deal is way much better. For £60 quid you can get £1000 worth of voice and data, and save a fiver to buy a pint!

Ben 3

July 30, 2009, 11:09 pm

The handsets are exclusive ones for Virgin Media customers as far as I know (as are the unlimited Virgin Mobile to Virgin Mobile calls)

So no VM Cable or ADSL, no N86 or Jet

Ben 3

July 30, 2009, 11:11 pm

P.S It's the N86 8MP not the N96 (again as far as I am aware)


July 31, 2009, 12:08 am

@Ben - you're exactly right Ben. Fixed (I'm clearly having one of 'those' days). Thanks.


July 31, 2009, 4:31 am

Guess you'll have that hyperlink fixed too, when you've got another minute. ;-)


July 31, 2009, 7:36 am

@RafflesNH - don't see any broken hyperlinks. All 3 in the story body direct properly as does the link. Thanks for making me double check though!


July 31, 2009, 4:30 pm

@Gordon - eh? Sorry, but not from here. I'm referring to the sentence: "By contrast Virgin Mobile is offering a £65pm 18 month contract with subsidised premium Nokia N86 or Samsung Jet handsets (I'm famously not a fan of the latter) and 'unlimited' calls, SMS and data."

The hyperlink contained within "Nokia N86" still points to http://www.trustedreviews.c...

Just in case it's a cache issue or summat, I've even tried it using three other browsers on two different computers and they all come up with the same link, which when clicked on, actually results in the review pages for the N96 dated 12th October 2008 being displayed. I can't even find a review for the N86 using the TR search box, so I can't see where your own link could possibly point to anyway. Could you post that link here for me please?

Anyone else get this?


July 31, 2009, 5:01 pm

Yep, RafflesNH is correct. Hmmmm, drop someone in red hot water... boil boil boil...


July 31, 2009, 10:08 pm

@RafflesNH - it was a caching error *cough, splutter, choke*


August 1, 2009, 12:25 am

Thanks Gordon, all tickety-boo now. :-D

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