The UK’s oldest MVNO, Virgin Media has finally gained access to 4G spectrum and has announced a range of tariffs utilising it.
The new 4G tariffs are to include “data rollover” - the ability to rollover any unused data to the next month. They also include free upload and download data for WhatsApp and Facebook messenger. However, due to EU net neutrality laws, if a customer uses up all their mobile data they will not be able to continue using this fOTT allowance.
4G will be available to all new Virgin Media customers, but existing customers will need to switch over to a new contract if they wish to have 4G access.
The new tariffs range from £6 (300 mins, 300MB) to £25 (5,000 mins, 20GB) on SIM-only. All new 4G tariffs will also include the ability to upgrade or downgrade the contract at any time, depending on data usage.
On Virgin Media’s new range of 4G options, their managing director of mobile, Peter Kelly, stated, ‘Virgin Media’s new mobile plans are fast, flexible and filled with data. By offering free messaging on WhatsApp and Messenger we’re making sure that Virgin Media customers never have to worry about messaging friends or family and if there’s data left over at the end of the month then we’ve got that covered too. With 4G our customers have a quicker way to browse, message, stream and play wherever they are.’
With Tesco Mobile, GiffGaff, Lebara and Lycamobile already utilising 4G, Virgin Media is the last major MVNO to get access to 4G, two years after Tesco Mobile and four years after the UK’s first 4G network rolled out (EE).