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Virgin Slashes 50Mbit Broadband Price Again

Gordon Kelly


Virgin Cuts 50Mbit Broadband Price Again

The fastest just got cheaper...

In a piece of news we'd be happy to write up every week of the year, the UK's fastest ISP has announced it is cutting the price of its premium 50Mbit cable broadband service for the second time in three months.

The major benefit this time around is for customers without a Virgin phone line, which sees the monthly connection fee reduced from £38pm to £33pm as part of a three month introductory offer. At launch in December, this would have set you back £51pm. As for Virgin phone line subscribers (£11pm), they have been offered a deal to cut their 50Mbit connection to £18pm for three months. It will return to £28pm after that, a £10 drop from the original £38pm launch price.

On top of this all Virgin 50Mbit subscribers receive free installation, a free DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem (a rather swanky one at that), free wireless n router, unlimited online storage, 100 free photo prints each month and PCguard Total security antivirus, firewall and pop-up blocker software. Perhaps more importantly, however, unlike other Virgin cable broadband packages the 50Mbit deal has no maximum upload or download restrictions whatsoever (upload speeds are 1.5Mbit) and operates separately from the 2Mbit, 10Mbit and 20Mbit deals on its own dedicated DOCSIS 3.0 network.

So now we're even more tempted to join, but if you make these offers permanent Virgin then we'll really think long and hard about it...


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September 2, 2009, 2:09 pm

as long as the speed throttling isn't too bad. seriously, received my free 10 meg upgrade, only to find it throttles down back to 2 meg at exactly the time i arrive from work. seriously, like, what the hell?


September 2, 2009, 3:04 pm

@ilovethemonkeyhead: there's no throttling at all on the 50mb package, no matter how much you download.


September 2, 2009, 4:41 pm

I had a look at the website and those reduced prices don't seem available to existing users!:-S


September 2, 2009, 4:43 pm

For private users, (i get it for businesses) what's the point of a 50Mbit connection when P2P is so heavily policed (so it is reported) on Virgin? Seriously, what do people need / use this speed for to make proper use of the bandwidth and the money your paying for it?

All the uses I can think of involve involve torrents which Virgin seem to be taking a rather dim view of. (Not that that's their job). :)


September 2, 2009, 5:16 pm

it looks like most people are happy on the lower speeds and not taking up the 50mb connection, I was happy on 2mb but Virgin pulled a fast one and upgraded me to 10mb and charged £2 a month more for something I didn't want. the throttling is ridiculous and that's why I have the cheapest package, I used to have the premium services in the past but Virgin has a poor history of customer satisfaction, NTL weren't brilliant but they treated the customers better. p.s. if you change your subscription check your bills.


September 2, 2009, 8:39 pm

@lifethroughalens: How about all those legal uses of bittorrent like game demos and movie trailers?


September 2, 2009, 9:55 pm


Haha, you're joking right?! It took me about an hour to download AA3 - the entire game- on a 8Mbit line - game demos take minutes and HD movie trailers stream in real time & download in seconds. You'd have to be downloading 100's of full game versions and constantly streaming video whilst downloading Wikipedia's entire server content to get the most of that 50Mbit line! :)


September 2, 2009, 11:37 pm

@lifethroughalens: If you are a fan of technology which I presume you are as you visit this site on a regular basis why say "what's the point in a 50mb connection?" and why do you "understand for business?" Does sharing word and excel documents or the odd VPN connection require that much more bandwidth than watching online tv, voip clients, online gaming and uploading/downloading from my online backup provider? I don't think it does .

Maybe 50mb is excessive for your needs but please don't say what's the point because if everyone had that attitude we'd all still be living in the 80's.


September 3, 2009, 1:39 am

@lifethroughalens: I'd guess its more a question of principle, You pay for a 50mb line so you want to get a 50mb line, not pay for a 10mb line and get a 2. As for a possible legitimate use; how about hosting your own web server or even an impromptu private game server for just you and your mates?


September 3, 2009, 3:46 am

@ Mockleshuckle - oh yes, I totally agree with you over your first point - i'm always harping on about ISP's talking rubbish about line speeds.

Your point about hosting your own web server is a really good one, i've always wanted do do that myself!


September 3, 2009, 8:06 pm

I have been a customer since cable went down our street. I pay £52.00 for the 50Mb then £11.00 for the phone £7.95 for the Talk Unlimited and £22.00 for the XL TV total (£92.95)then they take off £25.95 as a package bonus so it comes to £67.00. It makes it hard to see what I do pay for each service but if I apportion the £25.95 out it would take £14.52 off the broadband price so it would be £37.48 which is about what people pay for the service with no phone. I contacted Virgin and there are no reductions for current users at the moment, hopefully there will be soon. By the way with 5 PC's and Wiis and Xboxes in constant use the 50Mb service is well worth it. We usually get about 48Mb but have seen 98Mb on one occasion using speedtest.net.


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