While leaks began early about the impending Virgin Media mobile broadband offering it seems the company did manage to keep a lid on the best bit...
Yep, we're talking about price. In this recession hit (is it officially a recession yet or still a 'credit crunch'? Tomato, tomato) landscape Virgin has helpfully stepped forward to provide packages which will start from just £5pm - a new industry low.
As you might expect, the cost is contingent on already being a Virgin Media broadband subscriber but that's not unreasonable. So should you be on either the XL (20Mbit) or L (10Mbit) cable packages or ADSL 'Bundle 1' (8Mbit with 'TalkAnytime') you'll get a 1GB per month allowance for a mere fiver. Those on the cheaper M (2Mbit) cable package or ADSL 'Bundle 2' (8Mbit with 'Talk Evenings and Weekends') will get the same deal for £10pm.
One caveat is the USB modem itself will cost £25 but that's hardly an extortionate amount while the contract is for one year not the perhaps anticipated 18 months. Also excellent news is usage over the 1GB allowance is charged at just 1.46p per MB another industry low, I believe.
"Our 1GB mobile broadband is great for people who need home broadband but also want access to the internet on the move," said Graeme Oxby, Virgin Media's Managing Director for Mobile. "The bundle is exceptional value and offers complete peace of mind, not only because it comes from genuine broadband experts but also because it offers the safety net of considerably cheaper rates if customers go over the monthly data allowance."
I'd have to admit Graeme, I tend to agree...
Available from Monday, it's Game On, telcos.