Want HD movies, a seamless online gaming experience and super-fast downloads? You do? Then you need a Virgin Media broadband deal. Here’s ten things that make it one of the UK’s best ISPs:
1 Free mobile phone calls
From April 2010, Virgin Media broadband customers with quad play packages (which bundle together a broadband connection, a landline, mobile phone and TV) are in line for free voice calls from Virgin Media home phones to mobiles on the network.
That spells potentially massive savings of hundreds of pounds per year. Or even more, we predict, if you’re lucky enough to have friends and family with Virgin Media phones.
2 Cheap broadband bundles
If you sign up now for Virgin Media’s phone, TV and you get free installation and pay nothing for your broadband for the first two months of your contract. You’ll need to hurry to take advantage of the savings, though. This is a strictly limited period promotion.
3 10Mb broadband for free
Top10 and Virgin Media have united for a super cheap broadband deal which entitles subscribers to free 10Mb broadband for the first three months of their contract. Better still, you also get a home phone with unlimited free calls to UK landlines at the weekends.
4 Cutting-edge broadband
Virgin Media’s high-end fibre optic network allows it to offer the UK’s fastest broadband service, as certified by our exhaustive studies. From just £28 per month, you can be at the vanguard of consumer technology.
So fast is the 50Mb service that you can get your hands on an entire 60Mb album in as little as 11 seconds. Furthermore, because there’s no download limit, you can grab as many movies and songs as you like without having to worry about incurring excess use charges. So, if you really want to make the most of all the rich seam of entertainment options that internet has to offer, fibre optic is the only way to go.
5 Say goodbye to ping
We’d venture that at some stage all gamers have known the pain of ping (irritating interruptions during online gaming caused by unreliable and slow broadband connections). Sign up for Virgin Media’s broadband products, however, and you can bid adieu to this blight on gaming forever.
If you’re a fan of first-person shooters who is fed up of losing lives through no fault of your own, fibre optic broadband is the silver bullet you’ve been waiting for.
6 Peerless wireless connections
The new wireless routers provided free with Virgin Media L, XL and XXL are state of the art ‘N’ wireless standard devices. Wireless N routers provide a more stable connection than outmoded G standard models and employ the latest wireless encryption technology to keep you safe online. Plus, they offer a longer signal range and allow for a 600 per cent speedier broadband service to boot.
7 Premium TV content in sparkling HD
Watching media in high definition adds a new dimension to all your film and TV favourites. And the range of channels Virgin Media customers can get is second to none. The BBC and Channel 4’s HD channels are free to all subscribers, bringing you the best of British broadcasting. Alternatively, signing up for the top TV package gets you the likes of FX HD (the first channel to broadcast The Wire in the UK) and stunning documentaries about the natural world from National Geographic HD.
And just for good measure, the premium TV offering also includes ESPN HD, which features 46 exclusive live Premiership football matches per season. Plus there’s pulsating action from the NBA courtesy of the network’s US division.
8 Ditch the dish
Because Virgin Media uses fibre optic cables to deliver its service, there’s absolutely no need to install a satellite dish outside your home. The cables that form its network are also unaffected by bad weather, so you can rest assured that you’ll have a massive array of entertainment to choose from in the event of a repeat of this year’s snowfall. The same, of course, cannot be said for satellite TV...
9 V Stuff
It’s always worth looking for out value-adding sweeteners when choosing a broadband provider. And Virgin Media’s VStuff is sweeter than most. The free service allows users to save photos and files so that they’ll be safe from harm or accidental loss even disaster befalls your computer. You can also gain access to them wherever you can get an internet connection.
And there’s more. V Stuff offers free photo printing, too. L and XL customers get 25 and 50 free prints per month. Meanwhile, those who’ve opted XXL can get quality prints are in line for a whopping 100 prints.
10 PCguard Total internet security
Not for nothing is PCguard garlanded with awards. The software is the safest around, offering unsurpassed protection from viruses, identity theft and spyware. It also includes the option to apply parental controls. And it’s free when you choose Virgin Media.