Virgin Media slash broadband only prices

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By Samantha Smith

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VIRGIN Media have dramatically reduced the price of their broadband-only deals, starting with their Superfast 50 Fibre on sale for £18 a month for the full 12 months of the initial contract.

Vivid 100 and Vivid 200 have also been reduced in price for the duration of the offer, which runs until December 29th.

The only package that isn't included in the pre-Christmas sale is the Gamer version of the 200Mb deal, although new customers will still benefit from a £5 a month saving on the regular price for 12 months.

The savings on offer

The offers, in full, look like this:

Package Broadband Contract term Upfront price Monthly price
Virgin Media Vivid 100Mb Up to 100Mb
Unlimited
12 months £20 £18
for 12 mths,
then £32.25
Virgin Media Vivid 200 Up to 200Mb
Unlimited
12 months £20 £23
for 12 mths,
then £37.25
Virgin Media Vivid 300 Up to 300Mb
Unlimited
12 months £20 £31
for 12 mths,
then £45.25

Virgin Media usually offer some kind of introductory incentive for new customers.

But with the exception of the Black Friday weekend, when they reduced prices to these levels for a very limited time, their recent introductory deals have been limited to £5 off the usual price for the first 12 months.

Signing up for one of the three packages above from now until December 29th will therefore save new customers over £110 more than usual - and a total of £171 off each package's standard price over the course of the contract.

Losing the landline

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Bear in mind, too, that Virgin Media line rental costs £19.

Usually when we're assessing the merits of going without a phone line, we have to point out that the saving isn't as much as we might hope - because Virgin are rather good at discounting prices for adding more services.

But for the time being at least, the saving is far more substantial - have a look at the table below to compare the cost of going with and without a Virgin Media landline:

Package Broadband Contract term Upfront price Monthly price
Virgin Media Vivid 100Mb Up to 100Mb
Unlimited
12 months £20 £18
for 12 mths,
then £32.25
Virgin Media Vivid 100Mb + Talk Weekends Up to 100Mb
Unlimited
12 months £20 £32
for 12 mths,
then £40
Virgin Media Vivid 200 Up to 200Mb
Unlimited
12 months £20 £23
for 12 mths,
then £37.25
Virgin Media Vivid 200 + Talk Weekends Up to 200Mb
Unlimited
12 months £20 £37
for 12 mths,
then £45
Virgin Media Vivid 300 Up to 300Mb
Unlimited
12 months £20 £31
for 12 mths,
then £45.25
Virgin Media Vivid 300 + Talk Weekends Up to 300Mb
Unlimited
12 months £20 £47
for 12 mths,
then £55

At £14 a month cheaper every month of the (shorter) minimum term, there are considerable savings to be made for those who know they really don't need a phone line.

In fact, Virgin say the offers make theirs the "UK's best price unlimited fibre broadband" - and a quick glance at the table below shows that for now at least, they are indeed cheaper than their main rivals' slower equivalent packages:

Package Broadband Contract term Upfront price Monthly price
bt Unlimited Infinity 1 + Weekend calls Up to 52Mb
Unlimited
12 months £9.99 £28.99
for 12 mths,
then £47.49
bt Unlimited Infinity 2 + Weekend calls Up to 76Mb
Unlimited
12 months £9.99 £44.99
for 12 mths,
then £53.99
plusnet Unlimited Fibre + Line Only Up to 38Mb
Unlimited
18 months £25 £25
for 18 mths,
then £32.98
plusnet Unlimited Fibre Extra + Line Only Up to 76Mb
Unlimited
18 months £25 £30
for 18 mths,
then £37.98
sky Fibre Unlimited + Talk Up to 38Mb
Unlimited
18 months £48.95 £30
for 18 mths,
then £38.99
sky Sky Fibre Max + Talk Up to 76Mb
Unlimited
18 months £48.95 £35
for 18 mths,
then £43.99
talktalk Faster Fibre Up to 38Mb
Unlimited
18 months Free £25
for 18 mths,
then £32
talktalk Faster Fibre (up to 76Mb) Up to 76Mb
Unlimited
18 months Free £30
for 18 mths,
then £37

That's down to the fact that each of packages listed above includes a landline, with the line rental adding to the overall price.

Only a handful of ISPs that use the BT Infinity network allow potential customers to get fibre broadband from them if they don't also agree to taking their landline, among them Plusnet.

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Like Virgin Media, they charge a higher equivalent price for broadband when it's bought on its own than when it's bundled with their phone service - but unlike Virgin Media, going the Plusnet route still means having to pay for a phone line from someone.

Of course, the other big issue for anyone looking at Virgin Media's deals is availability. Our postcode checker isn't as accurate as we'd like when it comes to Virgin, for reasons we explain here, but it should give a reasonable idea of whether they're available in an area or not:

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