This is the review of Virgin Mobiles Pay Monthly offering. If you want to read the reviews of their pay as you go service head over to the pay as you go area of the site.
Virgin Mobile is part of the Virgin Media brand and is the UK’s first ever MVNO. They offer a wide range of 12 and 24 month contracts that come with phones or 30 day rolling contracts that come without phones.
Virgin Mobile Coverage
Coverage is usually the main concern with moving to a new network but you’ve got nothing to worry about here.
Virgin uses the T-Mobile signal so it covers over 99% of the UK with a 2g signal and about 85% of it with a 3G signal. Virgin have also recently announced that the Orange signal will also be used when there’s no decent T-Mobile signal around!
This means that Virgins coverage can’t really be beaten by any other UK network!
Sim Only Deals
Remember to check the “truly unlimited guide to sim only” in the resources section to get a better idea of how virgins offering compares. They only do 30 day rolling contracts with their sim only deals and here are some examples of what you can expect:
|£7||125 minutes, 2500 texts, 250MB of internet|
|£12||This is the Blackberry tariff so you get access to BIS, 125 minutes, 2500 texts and 250MB of internet|
|£15||250 minutes, 2500 texts, 250MB of internet|
|£25.99||800 minutes, 2500 texts, 250MB of internet|
Click here to see the rest of the sim only deals.The £7 deal is a good one for really light users and the rest are about standard when compared to what’s offered on other networks.
Specific Blackberry tariffs are offered for Blackberry users who want access to the Blackberry Internet Services like BBM.
Virgin media customers have the option to go for an amazing £5 sim only deal that includes 100 minutes, 3000 texts and 3000 of minutes to other virgin mobile users. This is an amazing deal for really lite users.
All the deals are better for virgin media users too. For example for £20.99 a month you could get 3000 minutes, 5000 texts and 1GB of internet which is pretty impressive. For an extra £5 per month you could get 5GB of extra internet.
Virgin Mobile also offer 12 and 24 month contracts that come with phones. The range of phones is quite small for example at the moment there are only 18 different phones on offer.
Virgin media customers get better deals so if you’re already a virgin media customer you can get much better value. I can’t go through every phone so I will use the Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus as an example:
- Non Virgin Media Customers – The phone is free from £17.99 per month on a 24 month contract and for that you get 200 minutes, 200 texts and 250 MB of internet.
- Exclusive for Virgin Media Customers – The phone is free from £12.99 on a 24 month contract and for that you get 200 minutes, 500 texts and 500MB of internet but you also get 3000 minutes to other Virgin Mobile customers. Virgin media customers also get 3 months of free access to Spotify Premium.
All customers get 1 months free insurance. After the first month you can keep your insurance for £5.99 or £7.99 depending on which phone it’s for.
The tariffs that are exclusive to virgin media customers offer pretty great value but for everyone else better deals can be found elsewhere.
Click here to see all the available phones.
iPhones and Micro Sims
Unfortunately Virgin Mobile don’t yet provide micro sims but I can only assume they will do at some point in the near future.
If you really want to use Virgin media you could always cut your sim into shape but you could risk making the sim card unusable.
Verdict and Conclusion
There are some genuinely great deals to be had if your already a Virgin media customer. For the rest of us the offering isn’t that amazing. Other networks like TalkMobile can offer better value with some phones or on some sim only tariffs.
It’s a shame that Micro Sim’s aren’t available either! If the deals that Virgin media users could get were avaliable for everyone I would be giving Virgin a higher rating but as things are I’m going to give them a rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars.
I have no idea what Virgin medias customer service is like so hopefully some of you could help future readers out by letting us know about your experiences in the comment section below!