Virgin Media offers M50, M100, M200, M350 and M500 fibre broadband plans. Compare Virgin Media’s broadband plans.

In the UK, Virgin Media offers a range of fibre broadband plans from £26 per month.

Unlike other major providers like BT, Sky and TalkTalk, Virgin Media uses their own cable-based network to provide a fibre broadband service. This allows them to offer a broadband service with much faster download speeds. However, it means that availability is currently limited to just 53% of UK homes.

In this article, we’ll review and compare Virgin Media’s fibre broadband plans including M50, M100, M200, M350 and M500 broadband. We’ll also look at M600 which is exclusive to Ultimate Oomph customers and Gig1 Fibre which is now available in 15 towns and cities. We’ll also look at the speeds available on Virgin Media, along with the Hub 3 or Hub 4 router that you’ll get provided.

Prices From: £26 per month
Contract Length: 18 months
Download Speed: 54Mbps (M50 Fibre)
108Mbps (M100 Fibre)
213Mbps (M200 Fibre)
362Mbps (M350 Fibre)
516Mbps (M500 Fibre)
630Mbps (M600 Ultimate Oomph)
1,104Mbps (Gig1 Fibre)
Upload Speed: 5Mbps (M50 Fibre)
10Mbps (M100 Fibre)
20Mbps (M200 Fibre)
36Mbps (M350 & M500 Fibre)
41Mbps (M600 Ultimate Oomph)
52Mbps (Gig1 Fibre)
Router: Hub 3 (standard router)
Hub 4 (with Gig1 Fibre Broadband)
Coverage: 53% of UK homes (most plans)
12 towns & cites (Gig1 Fibre Broadband)
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Virgin Media Broadband Plans

In the UK, Virgin Media currently offers a choice of the following fibre broadband plans:

  • M50 Fibre Broadband has an average download speed of 54Mbps.
  • M100 Fibre Broadband has an average download speed of 108Mbps. This is Virgin Media’s most popular plan.
  • M200 Fibre Broadband has an average download speed of 213Mbps.
  • M350 Fibre Broadband has an average download speed of 362Mbps.
  • M500 Fibre Broadband has an average download speed of 516Mbps.

The following table shows a side-by-side comparison of the five plans:

M50 Fibre M100 Fibre M200 Fibre M350 Fibre M500 Fibre
Monthly Price: £28 per month £26 per month £32 per month £38 per month £44 per month
No. of devices
(recommended):
3-5 devices 5-9 devices 10+ devices 15+ devices 25+ devices
Download Speed
(average):
54Mbps 108Mbps 213Mbps 362Mbps 516Mbps
Upload Speed
(average):
5Mbps 10Mbps 20Mbps 36Mbps 36Mbps
Technology
Router: Hub 3 Hub 3 Hub 3 Hub 3 Hub 3
Technology: Cable Cable Cable Cable Cable
Availability: 53% of UK homes
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In addition, Virgin Media also offers a M600 fibre broadband plan which is exclusive to customers getting an Ultimate Oomph bundle. There’s also a Gig1 fibre broadband service for customers in 12 UK towns and cities along with a M15 Essential Broadband service for customers on Universal Credit.

M50 Fibre Broadband

Virgin Media’s entry-level fibre broadband service is known as M50 Broadband. Currently available from £28 per month, Virgin Media says it’s perfect for customers using up to 5 devices at the same time.

On M50 Broadband, you’ll get an average download speed of 54Mbps. This is comparable in speed to fibre broadband from other providers like BT, Sky and TalkTalk (typically between 35Mbps and 67Mbps depending on the plan you choose). You’ll get an average upload speed of 5Mbps (a little slower than the average upload speed on comparable providers which is 9-19Mbps).

The following table shows Virgin Media’s M50 Fibre Broadband deals:

ServiceBroadbandTelevisionPhoneMonthly Price
Virgin Media
M50 fibre broadband + phone

54Mbps
average download

No TV

Talk Weekends
landlines only
£28/month
for 18 months
Virgin Media
Big bundle

54Mbps
average download
100+ channels

Mixit TV

Talk Weekends
landlines only
£33/month
for 18 months
plus £35 upfront

You’ll also get M50 Fibre Broadband included when you sign up to Virgin Media’s Big Bundle package. This includes Mixit TV with more than 100 channels and a Virgin TV 360 box. You’ll also get a home phone service with inclusive weekend calls to UK landlines.

M100 Fibre Broadband

On Virgin Media, the most popular fibre broadband plan is currently M100 Fibre Broadband. Currently available for £26 per month, Virgin Media says it’s perfect for customers using up to 9 devices at the same time on their home network.

On the M100 fibre broadband plan, you’ll get an average download speed of 108Mbps. To put that in context, it’s enough for watching high definition video on up to 20 devices or watching ultra-HD video on 4 devices at the same time. It will also allow you to download a HD-quality movie in around 5 minutes. Because of this, the vast majority of UK households will find that M100 is already fast enough for their usage.

The average upload speed on M100 Fibre Broadband is 10Mbps (a little slower than comparable plans from other providers where you’ll normally get up an upload speed of up to 19Mbps).

The following table shows Virgin Media’s M100 Fibre Broadband deals:

ServiceBroadbandTelevisionPhoneMonthly Price
Virgin Media
M100 fibre broadband + phone

108Mbps
average download

No TV

Talk More Weekends
landline & mobile
£26/month
for 18 months
Virgin Media
M100 fibre broadband only

108Mbps
average download

No TV

No Phone
£44/month
for 18 months
plus £35 upfront

You can also get M100 Fibre Broadband through Virgin Media’s Big Bundle + Drama Picks or through Virgin Media’s Bigger Bundle packages. Both of them will give you a Virgin TV 360 box and a phone line with inclusive weekend calls to UK landlines:

ServiceBroadbandTelevisionPhoneMonthly Price
Virgin Media
Big bundle + Drama Pick

108Mbps
average download
Sky One
135+ channels

Mixit TV + Drama Pick

Talk Weekends
landlines only
£37.99/month
for 18 months
plus £35 upfront
Virgin Media
Bigger bundle + Movies

108Mbps
average download
Sky OneSky Cinema
200+ channels

Maxit TV + Sky Cinema

Talk Weekends
landlines only
£62/month
for 18 months
plus £35 upfront
Virgin Media
Bigger bundle + Sports & Movies

108Mbps
average download
Sky OneSky SportsBT SportSky Cinema
210+ channels

Maxit TV + Sky Sports + Sky Cinema

Talk Weekends
landlines only
£79/month
for 18 months
plus £35 upfront

M200 Fibre Broadband

If you’re living in a busy household and are looking for faster home broadband, Virgin Media offers M200 Fibre Broadband from £32 per month. According to Virgin Media, it’s designed for customers using more than 10 devices at the same time.

On M200 broadband, you’ll get an average download speed of 213Mbps. This will allow you to stream ultra-HD video on 8 devices at the same time. Alternatively, you can download a HD quality film in around 3 minutes on this plan. You’ll also get an average upload speed of 20Mbps.

The following table shows Virgin Media’s M200 Fibre Broadband deals:

ServiceBroadbandTelevisionPhoneMonthly Price
Virgin Media
M200 fibre broadband + phone

213Mbps
average download

No TV

Talk More Weekends
landline & mobile
£32/month
for 18 months
Virgin Media
Bigger bundle

213Mbps
average download
Sky OneBT Sport
190+ channels

Maxit TV

Talk Weekends
landlines only
£49/month
for 18 months
plus £35 upfront
Virgin Media
M200 fibre broadband only

213Mbps
average download

No TV

No Phone
£50/month
for 18 months
plus £35 upfront
Virgin Media
Bigger bundle + Sports

213Mbps
average download
Sky OneSky SportsBT Sport
195+ channels

Maxit TV + Sky Sports

Talk Weekends
landlines only
£69/month
for 18 months
plus £35 upfront

It’s possible to get M200 Fibre Broadband as part of a Virgin Media Oomph package. This also includes a Virgin Mobile SIM card with 5GB of data per month. If there’s a disruption to your fibre broadband service, you’ll also benefit from unlimited data on your Virgin Mobile SIM card.

M350 Fibre Broadband

At present, you can get Virgin Media’s M350 Fibre Broadband service from £38 per month. It gives you an average download speed of 362Mbps and an average upload speed of 36Mbps.

The following table shows Virgin Media’s M350 Fibre Broadband deals:

ServiceBroadbandTelevisionPhoneMonthly Price
Virgin Media
M350 fibre broadband + phone

362Mbps
average download

No TV

Talk More Weekends
landline & mobile
£38/month
for 18 months
Virgin Media
M350 fibre broadband only

362Mbps
average download

No TV

No Phone
£56/month
for 18 months
plus £35 upfront

M500 Fibre Broadband

In most areas, if you’re looking for Virgin Media’s fastest standalone fibre broadband service, you can get M500 Fibre Broadband for £44 per month. This gives you an average download speed of 516Mbps and an average upload speed of 36Mbps.

The following table shows Virgin Media’s M500 Fibre Broadband deals:

ServiceBroadbandTelevisionPhoneMonthly Price
Virgin Media
M500 fibre broadband + phone

516Mbps
average download

No TV

Talk More Weekends
landline & mobile
£44/month
for 18 months
plus £35 upfront
Virgin Media
M500 fibre broadband only

516Mbps
average download

No TV

No Phone
£62/month
for 18 months
plus £35 upfront

M600 Ultimate Oomph

If you take Virgin Media’s flagship Ultimate Oomph bundle, you’ll get access to their exclusive M600 Fibre Broadband plan. This gives you an average download speed of 630Mbps (this is about 20% faster than M500). You’ll also get an average upload speed of 41Mbps (about 10% faster than M500).

On the Ultimate Oomph bundle, you’ll also get the Virgin TV 360 service included with access to more than 230 channels including Sky Sports, Sky Cinema and BT Sport. There’s also a home phone service with inclusive anytime calls (both to landlines and mobiles) and a 5G-ready Virgin Mobile SIM card with unlimited data.

ServiceBroadbandTelevisionPhoneMonthly Price
Virgin Media
Ultimate Oomph Bundle

630Mbps
average download
Sky OneSky SportsBT SportSky Cinema
230+ channels

Maxit TV + Sky Sports + Sky Cinema + Kids Pick

Talk More Anytime
landline & mobile
£89/month
for 18 months
plus £35 upfront

Customers choosing the Ultimate Oomph bundle will also receive Virgin Media’s Intelligent WiFi Plus at no extra cost. This is a mesh wi-fi system giving you whole home wi-fi. You’ll get up to three “WiFi Pods” that extend the range of the Wi-Fi signal through your home.

Gig1 Fibre Broadband

If you’re living in or around one of 12 UK towns and cities, you might have access to Virgin Media’s new Gig1 Fibre Broadband. This gives you even faster gigabit-level speeds, with an average download speed of 1,104Mbps. You’ll also get a Hub 4 router which is required to support the faster gigabit speeds.

Unfortunately, the Gig1 fibre broadband plan is currently quite expensive and costs £62 per month on a 18 month contract. You’ll also only get an average upload speed of 52Mbps, which is much slower than the full fibre broadband plans available from other providers.

ServiceBroadbandTelevisionPhoneMonthly Price
Virgin Media
Gig1 fibre broadband only

1104Mbps
average download

No TV

No Phone
£62/month
for 18 months
plus £35 upfront
Virgin Media
Gig1 fibre broadband + phone

1104Mbps
average download

No TV

Talk More Weekends
landline & mobile
£65/month
for 18 months
plus £35 upfront

Customers choosing Gig1 Fibre Broadband will also receive the Intelligent WiFi Plus system at no extra cost.

At present, the Gig1 Fibre service is available in 12 UK towns and cities, with Virgin Media having a goal to roll it out across their entire network by the end of 2021. To see whether Gig1 Fibre is available at your address, enter your postcode on the Virgin Media website.

In the background, Virgin’s Gig1 Fibre Broadband uses DOCSIS 3.1 technology for downloading. This enables the faster gigabit-level download speeds. Uploads continue to use DOCSIS 3.0 technology so there isn’t currently a significant difference in upload speeds.

M15 Essential Broadband

For customers in receipt of Universal Credit, Virgin Media offers a lower-cost Essential Broadband service. This costs £15 per month for an average download speed of 15Mbps and is sometimes also referred to as M15 Broadband. You’ll get an average upload speed of 2Mbps on this plan.

There’s more information about Virgin Media’s Essential Broadband on their website. There’s no home phone or TV service available with M15 broadband.

Virgin Media Speeds

On Virgin Media, the speeds you’ll get on your home broadband service will depend on the plan you have with them.

On the entry-level M50 Fibre Broadband service, you’ll get an average download speed of 54Mbps. This is comparable to the download speeds you can get on fibre broadband plans from BT, TalkTalk and Sky (these typically have an average download speed of 35-67Mbps).

On the more popular M100 Fibre Broadband plan, you’ll get an average download speed of 108Mbps. This is twice as fast as M50 Fibre Broadband and around 60% faster than the fibre broadband plans from BT and Sky.

The following table shows the average download speed and upload speed you can expect on each of Virgin Media’s fibre broadband plans:

Virgin Media Plan Average Download Speed Average Upload Speed
M15 Essential Broadband 15Mbps
(8Mbps minimum)
2Mbps
M50 Fibre Broadband 54Mbps
(27Mbps minimum)
5Mbps
M100 Fibre Broadband 108Mbps
(54Mbps minimum)
10Mbps
M200 Fibre Broadband 213Mbps
(107Mbps minimum)
20Mbps
M350 Fibre Broadband 362Mbps
(181Mbps minimum)
36Mbps
M500 Fibre Broadband 516Mbps
(258Mbps minimum)
36Mbps
M600 Fibre Broadband 630Mbps
(258Mbps minimum)
41Mbps
Gig1 Fibre Broadband 1,104Mbps
(552Mbps minimum)
52Mbps

Unlike most other fibre broadband providers, Virgin Media uses their own cable-based network. Compared to the copper phone lines used by BT, Sky, TalkTalk and other providers on the Openreach network, they use a thicker cable with insulation so it can support faster speeds.

On Virgin Media’s fastest Gig1 Fibre Broadband plan, you’ll get an average download speed of 1,104Mbps and an average upload speed of 52Mbps. This makes the download speed on Gig1 comparable to many full fibre (FTTP) broadband plans. However, the upload speeds on Gig1 are still significantly slower.

According to Virgin Media, they don’t use any traffic management on their network. For this reason, you won’t see your speeds being reduced for using too much data or for using certain applications such as P2P file sharing.

Virgin Media Routers

When you sign up for Virgin Media’s fibre broadband service, you’ll normally be given a Hub 3 router to use with the service. The Hub 3 router produces a Wi-Fi network for your other devices to connect to. You’ll also get 4 Gigabit Ethernet sockets, allowing you to attach wired devices to your home network. Customers signing up for Gig1 Fibre Broadband will receive the faster Hub 4 router instead.

The following table shows a side-by-side comparison of the two hubs from Virgin Media:

Virgin Media Hub 3 Virgin Media Hub 4
Availability
Broadband Plans: M50 Fibre
M100 Fibre
M200 Fibre
M350 Fibre
M500 Fibre
M600 Fibre
Gig1 Fibre
Connectivity
Dual-Band Wi-Fi: Yes Yes
Wi-Fi Connectivity: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Wi-Fi Speed: Up to 1,600Mbps total Up to 2,183Mbps total
2.4GHz Wi-Fi: 2×2 MIMO (up to 300Mbps) 3×3 MIMO (up to 450Mbps)
5GHz Wi-Fi: 3×3 MIMO (up to 1,300Mbps) 4×4 MIMO (up to 1,733Mbps)
Intelligent WiFi: Yes, included Yes, included
Intelligent WiFi Plus: £5 per month (most plans)
Included on M600 Ultimate Oomph
Included on Gig1 Fibre
Ethernet: 4 Gigabit Ethernet ports 4 Gigabit Ethernet ports
Other: WPA2 / WPA / WEP security
Built-in firewall
Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) enabled
WPA2 / WPA / WEP security
Built-in firewall
Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) enabled
Other
Model: Arris TG2492LG-VM (VMDG505)
Arris TG3492LG-VMB
Colour: Black Black
More Information: Virgin Media Website Virgin Media Website

Coverage & Availability

In the UK, Virgin Media’s cable broadband service is currently available in around 53% of all homes.

To get the service, you’ll need to be living on a street that’s been cabled by Virgin Media. In addition, a small amount of cable will need to be laid between the street and your home. This is unless you’ve previously had a Virgin Media service.

To see whether Virgin Media is available at your address, enter your postcode on their website:

Check Virgin Media Availability (virginmedia.com) →

Unlike many other fibre broadband providers (e.g. BT, Sky, TalkTalk, Plusnet and more), Virgin Media does not use the Openreach network for broadband. For this reason, you might not be able to get a Virgin Media service even if you’re able to get fibre broadband from most other providers.

Switching to Virgin Media

If you’re currently using another broadband provider, it’s easy to switch your broadband service to Virgin Media.

Start by ordering your new Virgin Media package online. If you’d like to keep your current landline or home phone number, you can do this as long as you provide your existing phone number to Virgin. You’ll also need to choose a package that includes a home phone service.

When you order your Virgin Media service only, you’ll be given a choice of possible installation dates for the service. Usually, a Virgin Media engineer will come round to install the service on that date. However, if your home has previously been connected to the Virgin Media network, it might be possible to install it yourself using a QuickStart kit.

You’ll need to tell your old provider that you’re moving to Virgin Media and that you’d like to cancel your old service with them. For step-by-step instructions, please select your current broadband provider below:

Switch to Virgin Media
Your step-by-step guide to switching

Select your current broadband provider:

More Options

For more information, see our full guide to switching broadband provider in the UK.

Frequently Asked Questions

What broadband plans and speeds are available on Virgin Media?
Virgin Media currently offers a choice of the following fibre broadband plans:
  • M50 Fibre: 54Mbps average download, 5Mbps average upload.
  • M100 Fibre: 108Mbps average download, 10Mbps average upload.
  • M200 Fibre: 213Mbps average download, 20Mbps average upload.
  • M350 Fibre: 362Mbps average download, 36Mbps average upload.
  • M500 Fibre: 516Mbps average download, 36Mbps average upload.

In addition, there’s an M600 package with average download speeds of 630Mbps which is exclusive to customers taking an Ultimate Oomph bundle. In certain areas, you can also get Gig1 Fibre broadband which has an average download speed of 1,104Mbps.

What is Virgin Media M100 broadband?
Virgin Media’s M100 Broadband costs £26 per month and is currently their most popular fibre broadband plan. It gives you average download speeds of 108Mbps (about 60% faster than the fibre broadband plans from BT, TalkTalk and Sky). It allows you to download a HD-quality film in around 5 minutes. Alternatively, you can stream ultra-HD video on up to 4 devices at the same time.
What are Oomph bundles?
If you choose a Virgin Media Oomph bundle, you’ll get a Virgin Mobile SIM card for your phone together with your Virgin Media fibre broadband service.

On most plans, you’ll get a 5GB per month mobile SIM card included. However, you’ll get an unlimited data SIM card if you choose the Ultimate Oomph bundle.

What router will I get with Virgin Media broadband?
The vast majority of Virgin Media customers will receive the Hub 3 router. This supports Wi-Fi 5 technology (802.11ac) and Virgin Media’s Intelligent WiFi with automatic band steering and automatic channel selection.

Customers signing up to Virgin’s Gig1 Fibre Broadband service will receive the newer Hub 4 router instead. This supports newer DOCSIS 3.1 technology that allows the service to deliver gigabit download speeds.

Are there any download limits on Virgin Media?
No. There are no download limits on Virgin Media’s home broadband service, nor is traffic management used to reduce your download speeds for using too much data or for using services like P2P sharing.
Does Virgin Media offer full fibre broadband?
In most areas, Virgin Media offers cable broadband. A fibre optic connection will run to a cabinet near your home, with a co-axial cable running from the cabinet to your home. This technology is known as Hybrid Fibre Coax (or HFC for short).

In certain areas, Virgin Media has started to roll out a full fibre (FTTP) network as part of their Project Lightning network expansion works. This uses RFOG technology (Radio Frequency Over Glass).

Can I get Virgin Media broadband at my address?
To see whether Virgin Media is available where you live, enter your postcode on their website. This will also show you the broadband plans available in your area.

More Information

For more information, please see the official Virgin Media website.

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  • Hi Ken,
    I need some advice.
    I’m stuck on what’s better. Virgin Media’s 200mb plan or BT Full Fibre 100?

    Look forward to hearing from you. I’ve been with Virgin Media for years. Called BT to switch over as wifi coverage with Virgin router was rubbish and never got the 200mb speeds. When i did that and Virgin found out, they offered the 200mb at the same price as BT or the 350mb at £35. Not sure what to do now as extra speed may be pointless if Virgin’s hub 3 is rubbish. Which router is better? BT hub 2 or virgin hub 3?

    If possible could i contact you directly for some advice where you can provide it

    • Hi Ali,
      Thanks for your comment. If it were me, I’d personally go for the Full Fibre (FTTP) broadband plan from BT. It should give you a more reliable service than Virgin Media’s cable-based service, and the difference between 100Mbps and 200Mbps is probably negligible for most users. With regards to the two hubs, I think the BT Smart Hub 2 probably has a better reputation, though I haven’t compared the two side-by-side at the same time.
      Hope this helps,
      Ken

    • Hi Tony,
      Thanks for your comment. Unfortunately, this is probably something you’ll need to speak to Virgin Mobile Customer Services about – you can reach them by dialling 789 from your Virgin Mobile handset. Alternatively, you can always port your Virgin Mobile phone number out to another network, and then port it back in to Virgin on the new Oomph SIM card.
      Ken

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