Virgin Mobile Network Review

Virgin Mobiles, launched in 1999 has grown to become of the leading and mobile phone provider in United Kingdom.

Virgin Mobile is the world's first virtual network operator (MVNO), meaning that Virgin does not maintain its own network, and rather has contracts to use existing networks of other operators. This is an advantage for the customer, as Virgin customers can leverage the combined T-Mobile/Orange/EE network at no additional costs, and enjoy the strongest signal across the wider EE network, with minimal disruption regardless of the location.

Pay Monthly Contracts

Virgin offers a choice of four contracts: Starter, Essential, premier and VIP packages

The starter pack offers 100 minutes of talk time, 250 MB of data and 250 texts. The essential plan offers 1000 minutes of talk time, 500 MB of data and unlimited text. The premier plan offers unlimited talk time and text, and 2 GB of data. The VIP packages offer unlimited minutes, data and text, and also unlimited calls to 0800, 0845, 0870 and 0808 numbers.

Pay monthly contracts are for 24 months, with a 30-day billing cycle.

Virgin Mobile offers a wide range of handsets, including Apple iPhone, Sony Xperia, Motorola, and other top brands. The price depends on the handset chosen, but Virgin is known to offer many freebies and customer incentives. For instance, customers who have already subscribed to Virgin Broadband, TV or home phone get unlimited calls to other Virgin Mobiles, regardless of the plan chosen, apart from £10 a month off the cost of the Pay Monthly tariff.

Another notable offer is free phone insurance, with the promise of a replacement handset within 24 hours if the handset is lost or stolen. Another notable freebie is five call-back text service, making it possible to get in touch with someone urgently when out of credit.

SIM Only Contracts

Virgin offers a host of SIM only deals as well. The most popular one is the VIP tariff, offering a fully unlimited package - unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and unlimited data, for £15 per 30 days. The VIP Plus plan goes a notch better, offering unlimited calls to 0800, 0845, 0870 and 0808 numbers, all for £18 per 30 days.

The essential plan offers 1200 minutes, unlimited texts, 1GB data for £12. The starter plan offers 250 minutes, unlimited texts, 1GB data, for £10. There is also a mobile tariff, offering 150 minutes, unlimited texts, 500MB data, for £7. Those with Virgin Broadband, TV or home phone get unlimited calls and texts to other Virgin Mobile numbers.

The wide range of flexible plans have contributed in a big way to Virgin Mobile's growth over the last decade.

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