Virgin Media Ultimate Volt Bundle (now Mega Volt)

Last updated: 04 January 2024   By Dr Lucy Brown, Editor

Mega Volt has now replaced the previous Ultimate Volt bundle, but still includes the provider's flagship TV, broadband and calls.

Ultimate Volt bundles so many services it's value for money is hard to beat, both by its own Stream TV as well as by any other provider.

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Virgin Media Mega Volt combines over 230 TV channels, Sky Sports HD, Sky Cinema HD, Netflix, M500 broadband, anytime calls, and an unlimited O2 SIM.

The bundle represents excellent value for money for households who want it all, with Mega Volt offering a complete all-round home entertainment and telecoms package.

While Virgin have now renamed this bundle to Mega Volt, it still includes their flagship TV and telecoms packages, although broadband speeds have reduced from Gig1 to M500.

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At a glance

Price from £70 (was £85)
TV channels 230+
TV content Sky Sports HD, Sky Cinema HD, entertainment, kids pack, Netflix
TV apps Prime Video, Disney+, Paramount+, Youtube, BBC iPlayer, ITVX, My5
TV add-ons Optional: TNT Sports
Broadband 516Mbps average
Home phone Anytime chatter
Mobile Unlimited 5G O2 SIM
TV box TV 360 box + 360 mini box
Router WiFi Hub
Minimum term 18 months
Pros Cons
Very good value for money for services included Only bundles M500, not Gig1 broadband
WiFi guarantee included for free Some Ultra HD content costs extra
Unlimited data O2 mobile SIM No longer includes TNT Sports, but is available as an extra
Package TV Broadband Monthly price Upfront price Contract term
Mega Volt bundle 230 1.13Gb average £84.99 Free 18 months
offer Offer: £250 bill credit or a LG 43 inch TV + No setup fee (was £35) + O2 mobile SIM with Unlimited data, minutes and texts (Ends 27/05/2024)

Who is the Ultimate Volt bundle best suited for?

Virgin Media's Ultimate Volt bundle, now Mega Volt, offers a great deal of value for money for households who want at least the majority of the services included.

It's ultimately an all-round home entertainment plan and telecoms package, with just about everything you might need, including over 230 TV channels, Sky Sports in HD, Sky Cinema in HD, Netflix Standard, ultrafast broadband, anytime UK calls, and an unlimited mobile SIM.

It's best suited for:

  • People who love TV and particularly want to watch live sports and the latest films
  • It's great for families with kids channels and enough broadband for everyone to get online at the same time
  • Households who use O2 for their mobile provider, with double data benefits, roaming, and an unlimited O2 SIM plan
  • People who game or work online and need a fast broadband connection

Virgin Media Ultimate Volt is the provider's top tier plan with everything included, so it can work out as an excellent way to save money as long as customers make sure they make use of the bundled services.


Is the Ultimate Volt bundle good value for money?

As we've mentioned, Ultimate Volt bundles a lot, but customers really need to want the services to make the most of the package.

Here's a rundown of the services included and what you could expect to pay for them separately:

Cost if purchased separately
M500 broadband £38.50
Anytime chatter £29
Maxit TV £39.50
Sky Sports pack £31.75
Sky Cinema pack £21
Kids pack £5
Netflix Standard £10.99
Unlimited O2 mobile SIM £25
Other Volt benefits £15 (approx)
Total £215.74

Ultimate Volt costs just £70 per month for the first 18 months - so you can see the huge amount of savings customers are getting from this pre-made bundle.

The biggest drawback to the Ultimate Volt bundle however, is the inability to customise it to a household's specific preferences. For example, it's not possible to take out elements you don't want to reduce the price.

While other pre-made bundles are available with slightly less to them, they don't always offer better value for money. For example, the next bundle down, the Biggest TV Bundle, offers less but actually costs £9 per month more.

Even the Bigger Bundle + Sports HD is only £13 per month cheaper, but only offers Sky Sports in SD, halves the broadband speed, and doesn't include Sky Cinema, Netflix, anytime calls, or an unlimited O2 SIM.

Virgin Media's slightly uneven pricing structure can make working out value for money confusing, especially when we don't want to overspend on something we're unlikely to use. However, particular offers can make switching down counterproductive as it costs more.

Overall, as long as customers can look at what's included and know they want and will make use of the majority of services, the level of value for money on offer with the Ultimate Volt bundle is so high, it mitigates having the odd service a customer may not use.


How much does the Ultimate Volt bundle cost?

We've looked at what's included in the bundle above, but let's look at the different prices and terms of the deal.

Currently, the latest pricing for new customers is:

Package TV Broadband Monthly price Upfront price Contract term
Mega Volt bundle 230 1.13Gb average £84.99 Free 18 months
offer Offer: £250 bill credit or a LG 43 inch TV + No setup fee (was £35) + O2 mobile SIM with Unlimited data, minutes and texts (Ends 27/05/2024)

The Ultimate Volt bundle currently costs £70 per month for new customers for the length of the 18-month minimum term (subject to annual price rises). Setup is also currently free, although this can cost up to £35.

There is a steep jump up in price at the end of the minimum term, with the out of contract price currently £180 per month. Customers will be sent a notification when their contract is coming to an end, and if they don't switch away they should certainly negotiate a better price with Virgin at this point.

Virgin Media also reserve the right to increase prices on an annual basis, something that's become increasingly common amongst broadband providers.

Virgin say prices will go up by Retail Price Index (RPI) + 3.9% around April each year, and so if prices do rise by this much customers won't be able to leave their contracts early without penalty.

What's included?

The monthly price isn't cheap, but it does include a lot. Ultimate Volt bundles:

  • Maxit TV with 230+ channels, Sky Sports in HD, Sky Cinema in HD, Netflix Standard, and the kids pack
  • TV 360 box with app support for Prime Video, Disney+, and Paramount+
  • M500 broadband with average download speeds of 516Mb per second
  • Anytime chatter with inclusive calls to UK landlines and UK mobiles at any time
  • Unlimited data, minutes and texts with a 5G O2 mobile SIM

As a Volt bundle, Ultimate Volt also includes all the benefits offered by Volt, including Virgin Media's WiFi Max guarantee, which providers up to three WiFi Pods to boost wireless signal around the home.

If the WiFi Pods fail to provide at least 30Mbps download speeds in every room in a customer's home, they can claim a £100 bill credit.


M500 broadband

The new Mega Volt bundle, renamed from Ultimate Volt, now includes Virgin Media's second fastest broadband package, M500.

M500 broadband offers:

  • Average download speeds at peak times of 516Mb per second
  • Average upload speeds at peak times of 36Mb per second
  • Virgin Media WiFi Hub, most likely the Hub 4
  • Up to three WiFi Pods free with the WiFi Max guarantee

While M500 is not currently the fastest widely available broadband package in the UK, it is available across Virgin Media's entire network of over 16.1 million premises, or 55% of the UK.

In Ofcom's latest speed research, they confirmed amongst independent testers that Virgin Media's M500 package does indeed deliver 514.59Mbps download speeds at peak times, and 533.91Mbps over 24 hours on average.

Virgin WiFi Hub

Ultimate Volt customers will be provided with Virgin Media's branded router, the Hub 4.

The Hub 4 supports dual-band WiFi 5 and Intelligent Mesh, which is used by the Wifi Max guarantee and WiFi boosters.

Overall, the Virgin Media WiFi Hub router is one of the best routers offered by broadband providers as part of the package.

Virgin Media WiFi Max

WiFi Max is Virgin Media's whole home WiFi guarantee which pledges to provide minimum download speeds of 30Mb per second in every room in a customer's home over the wireless network, or Virgin will give them a £100 bill credit.

It's by far the best WiFi guarantee available in the market, and offer customers up to three WiFi Pods which are basically mesh boosters that will seamlessly extend a wireless network from the main router.

WiFi Pods can be located around a home, placed somewhere between areas with good signal and areas with poor signal to extend the network range. WiFi Pods can work in a wireless daisy chain fashion too, reaching the furthest points in a home through extending via more than one WiFi Pod.

WiFi Max usually costs £8 per month, but is provided free for Virgin Media customers who take Gig1 broadband, or any Volt bundle, including Ultimate Volt.

Overall, it's a great selling point to Volt bundles, especially for customers with ultrafast broadband, like M500, to help them better experience what the package is capable of.


Maxit TV + Sky Sports HD + Sky Cinema HD + Netflix

The Ultimate Volt's best-selling point is undoubtedly it's comprehensive premium TV package, with just about everything included.

Maxit TV is Virgin's top-tier channel pack, offering all the channels available on Virgin Media, including additional content in HD and Ultra HD.

Ultimate Volt includes:

  • Maxit TV with 230+ channels
  • Netflix Standard
  • Sky Sports in HD
  • Sky Cinema in HD
  • Kids pack, including Nickelodeon and the Cartoon Network
  • Virgin TV 360 box, plus a mini TV 360 box for a second room

Ultimate Volt customers get multiroom included with a free mini TV 360 box for use in a second room. Another add-on that would otherwise cost an extra £10 per month.

Ultimate Volt TV channels

Virgin Media Ultimate Volt Bundle offers over 230 channels, as well as access to on-demand apps through the TV 360 box.

Channels are included in HD where available, and there is some Ultra HD 4K content on the dedicated Virgin TV Ultra HD channel, as well as on BBC iPlayer and YouTube.

However, even Ultimate Volt customers will need to pay an extra £6 per month to watch Sky Cinema and Sky Entertainment content in 4K Ultra HD.

Here's an overview of the main channels found on Ultimate Volt.

Entertainment

Sky Max Sky Showcase Sky Witness Sky Sci-Fi Comedy Central
Watch Alibi Universal TCM Paramount Network
TLC Lifetime Real Lives MTV Kerrang!

Documentaries

History Crime & Investigation Discovery Sky Arts Animal Planet
H2 DMAX Eden National Geographic Nat Geo Wild
I.D Love Nation Discovery History Discovery Science Discovery Turbo

Movies

Sky Premiere Sky Animation Sky Hits Sky Greats Sky Family
Sky Action Sky Comedy Sky Thriller Sky Drama Sky Scifi
Sky Select Film 4 HD Movies 24 Sony Movies HorrorXtra

Sports

Sky Sports Main Event Sky Sports Premier League Sky Sports Football Sky Sports Cricket Sky Sports Golf
Sky Sports F1 Sky Sports NFL Sky Sports Arena Eurosport 1 & 2 Sky Sports Racing
Sky Sports Mix Sky Sports News Freesports

Kids TV

Nickelodeon Cartoon Network Cartoonito Boomerang Zoomoo
Nick Junior Nictoons Nick Jr Too Tiny Pop POP

Ultimate Volt is the only way to watch Sky Sports in HD on Virgin Media, and customers also get Eurosport and Viaplay Xtra. All of the Sky Cinema channels are in HD, along with many of the entertainment, documentary and even Kids channels.

Netflix

The Ultimate Volt Bundle includes a built-in subscription to Netflix Standard as part of the monthly fee. This offers Netflix in 1080p HD, with the option to view on two screens at once, which works well with the extra TV 360 mini box included in the bundle.

Netflix Standard is worth £10.99 per month as a separate subscription, so is another added extra that brings value for money to the Ultimate Volt Bundle.

The only other Virgin Media bundle to include Netflix in the cost is the Biggest TV Bundle, which is the next step down from Ultimate Volt. The biggest downgrade on the bundle is the broadband package to just M125, or 132Mb average speeds. At the time of writing, the Biggest TV Bundle is also more expensive than Ultimate Volt, so it's not worth considering.

TV 360 box and mini box

Virgin Media Ultimate Volt comes with a TV 360 box and a mini box through the multiroom service.

Multiroom, or the second mini TV 360 box, is worth £10 per month, but Ultimate Volt customers get this included for free.

The second box can be placed anywhere in the home, but note that a second cable connection needs to be installed, as the boxes aren't wireless.

The TV 360 mini box works just like the main box, but without a hard drive, so while customers can access recordings from the main box, they can't record from the mini box itself.

The main TV 360 box is able to record six programmes simultaneously, while a customer watches a seventh, so there shouldn't be any problems with overlapping shows.

Virgin TV 360 also supports a range of on-demand apps, which means customers can access even more viewing content if they want to. Apps supported include:

BBC iPlayer ITV Hub All4 My5 YouTube
YouTube Kids CNN Pluto TV MTV Play BBC Sounds
Netflix Prime Video Disney+ STV Player Vevo
Paramount+

Paramount+ finally launched on the Virgin Media TV platform in May 2023, after the provider signed a deal back in November 2022.

The latest addition of Paramount+, joins Sky Sports Ultra HD and Disney+ in bringing the Virgin TV platform more in line with the rival Sky TV service.

Virgin Media Store

Virgin TV 360 also offers a Virgin Media Store app, this allows customers to rent or buy even more series or movies, and noticeably includes ones exclusive to Sky Atlantic, which is a channel exclusive to Sky themselves, and one of the reasons that sets Sky apart from Virgin.

The Virgin Media Store app then allows customers to rent shows like Game of Thrones, Westworld and the latest House of the Dragon. It's a shame that customers have to pay more for these shows, but at least it's possible to access them.

As a cost comparison however, House of the Dragon on the Virgin Media Store costs £23.99 to purchase outright all ten episodes of Season One. In contrast, a NOW TV Entertainment membership would cost £9.99 per month.

Overall then, while purchases can be watched again and again, it could be expensive for one time viewing in comparison to bingeing a must-see series on a one-month NOW Entertainment plan. However, customers will also need to get a smart TV stick, or compatible device, to access the NOW app as it's not included on the TV 360 box.


Anytime chatter

The Ultimate Volt Bundle includes a home landline in the monthly fee, as well as Virgin's Anytime chatter inclusive call plan.

As an add-on, Anytime chatter is worth £29 per month as a standalone service, but Ultimate Volt Bundle customers have this included for free.

The call plan offers free calls to UK landlines and UK mobiles at any time, but callers must hang-up and redial before 60 minutes to avoid charges.

Free phone services include voicemail, 1471 last calling number, 141 number conceal, and caller display.

Customers can choose additional features for an extra fee, such as anonymous caller rejection, voicemail plus, and international calling plans.


Unlimited data with O2 mobile

As a Volt bundle, Ultimate Volt includes a mobile service from O2, as the product premise is a joint offering from the recently merged Virgin Media O2 company group.

Ultimate Volt customers get an upgraded SIM plan however, with unlimited data, compared to just 10GB with all other Volt plans.

The O2 mobile SIM includes:

  • Unlimited 5G data
  • Unlimited calling minutes
  • Unlimited text messages

This pay monthly O2 SIM plan is worth £25 per month, but is included for free in the Ultimate Volt Bundle, and is another reason why the bundle offers such good value for money when you consider the individual prices of the services included.

As a Volt bundle, the Ultimate Volt package also includes these mobile benefits:

  • Double data on all O2 pay monthly plans in the same household
  • O2 Travel Inclusive Zone bolt-on for roaming in Europe, USA and Australia, covering 75 destinations in total
  • Access to O2 Priority exclusive discounts and savings on shopping, days out and events

In our full guide to Virgin Media Volt, we worked out the overall savings of all the benefits and extras offered by Volt was up to £29 per month, or £534 over the length of the contract.

One final note to make about the O2 mobile plan is that it will be separated on the Ultimate Volt Bundle bill, and O2 increase prices annually by RPI (inflation) + 3.9%, in line with the contract conditions of most UK mobile networks.

It's a little confusing, but basically the O2 and Virgin Media parts of the Ultimate Volt package are kept separated in contract and billing terms, although customers will receive just one bill that's itemised.


How has Ultimate Volt evolved?

Ultimate Volt was first introduced by Virgin Media in mid 2019 as the Ultimate Oomph Bundle, and was the only package available at the time with download speeds of 500Mb.

Ultimate Oomph went on to receive a speed boost to 600Mb when Virgin Media made their M500 plan more widely available in 2020.

Following the merger of Virgin Media and O2 in 2021, and the launch of Volt a few months later, Ultimate Oomph was rebranded to the Ultimate Volt Bundle and boosted to 1Gb broadband speeds for the first time.

While Ultimate Oomph used to come with a bundled Virgin Mobile SIM plan, after the merger this was changed to an O2 mobile SIM, because Virgin Mobile is still under contract with Vodafone to provide the network service for their mobile plans.

Ultimate Volt was further enhanced in March 2022, when Virgin Media added a subscription to Netflix Standard into the bundle.

Most recently, in September 2023, the Ultimate Volt has been renamed Mega Volt by Virgin Media. It's not clear the reasons behind the name change, but the services included largely remains the same.

One major change that has happened in the launch of the Mega Volt Bundle is the downgrade of the broadband plan from Gig1 to M500. As prices have stayed the same, it means customers are now having to pay an extra £6 per month to upgrade to the Gig1 tier.

In Virgin Media's most recent financial reports, they revealed over one million customers were now on Volt bundle packages, including Ultimate Volt. That means Volt packages are now making up 20% of Virgin Media's customer base.

Overall, Volt is enabling Virgin Media customers to double their broadband speeds, with the average Volt customer receiving download speeds of 452Mb, compared to non-Volt Virgin customers who receive 261Mb on average, according to their latest results.


Verdict: Is the Ultimate Volt Bundle worth it?

When you look at everything that's included in the Ultimate Volt Bundle and how much those services would cost separately, you quickly come to see how much value the bundle is offering customers.

The Anytime phone line and O2 mobile SIM for example would cost over £60 per month, compared to the total cost of £70 for Ultimate Volt, which also includes their ultrafast M500 broadband plan (worth £38.50), and their biggest TV plan, with Sky Sports, Sky Cinema, and Netflix subscriptions.

For an all-round home entertainment package, it's hard to go wrong with the Ultimate Volt Bundle as there really isn't anything missing, and it still manages to provide it all at a reduced and very competitive price.

The only downside to the deal is the out of contract price at the end of the 18-month minimum term is high, currently £180. While that still offers value over taking the services separately, it's also a fair jump up.

Virgin Media are committed to notifying customers coming to the end of their contract with the options available to them, such as renegotiating a new deal for a new contract, or switching away. If customers are willing to sign a new minimum term they should be able to bring the monthly price down again however. Alternatively, they could switch to Sky, which is now available as an Internet-only service and no longer requires a satellite dish.

Overall, we like this bundle, it's comprehensive and covers all basis, but it's also competitively priced enough that if you don't need everything it offers you're not wasting money due to the large savings for bundling so much.

Even the closet alternative to this plan, Virgin Media's M500 service with Stream TV and all the relevant TV packs would cost over £90 per month, and that's including a number of discounts on Stream TV packs.

Right now, it's hard to beat the sheer value of the Ultimate Volt Bundle and all it offers.

See the latest pricing and check availability for Virgin Media.

Comments

Stephen
10 January 2024

Signed up to virgin in November Mega Volt Tv + Netflix , told at time TNT sports channel was included ( going live this Friday 12 Jan.Will I have to pay extra for TNT or will they honour the statements promised?

Choose team replying to Stephen
14 January 2024

TNT Sports was removed when the bundle was renamed to Mega Volt, so if you signed up to the 'Mega Volt' bundle you would unfortunately have to pay extra for TNT Sports. Hope this helps

Steve
25 June 2023

Just signed up for this after calling to cancel. My only condition was that Sky Atlantic was included which they said yes it is. So I'll wait and see as I believed it wasn't. Other than that the bundle looks great value.

Choose team replying to Steve
21 August 2023

Hi Steve, Please be aware Virgin Media don't offer access to Sky Atlantic on any package, as this channel is exclusive to Sky.

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