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Virgin Media Bigger Bundle

Virgin's mid-tier Bigger Bundle combines a fast 108Mbps fibre connection with a decent TV channel bundle, including BT Sport. But is it worth the money?

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Virgin Bigger Bundle: At a glance

Price £57 per month
Broadband M100 Fibre (108Mbps)
TV Maxit TV - 190+ channels including BT Sport HD
Phone Weekend calls to landlines and Virgin mobiles
Installation Free
Contract length 18 months


Virgin Media Broadband

Bigger Bundle

18 month contract Fibre + TV + Phone

362Mb / second

Average speed

Unlimited

Usage

£47.00 / month

£0 upfront fees

Bigger Bundle: Broadband

Virgin's Bigger Bundle comes with their M100 fibre broadband. This has an average download speed of 108Mbps, which will be perfectly sufficient for most mid-sized to large households.

At 100Mbps a full HD film will download in a few minutes and you'll be able to play online games without running into any trouble. You could easily have five people browsing at once without seeing performance dip.

Depending on the fibre capacity in your area, you'll often be given the chance to upgrade to one of Virgin's faster connections (e.g. M200 Fibre Broadband at 216Mbps) for a bit more money each month. If you've got a house full of people all doing data-intensive activities at once, it's worth considering this, otherwise it might not be worth the money.

Bigger Bundle TV package(s)

The Bigger Bundle comes as standard with Virgin Media's 'Maxit TV' package - the next step up from the 'Mixit TV' package that comes with the Big Bundle. You would, of course, be forgiven for not actually knowing what any of these words mean.

Maxit TV gives you over 190 channels, including everything you'd expect from a basic Entertainment selection, plus some key Sky channels (namely Sky One), Fox, Nat Geo, Discovery, etc.

Importantly, this also includes BT Sport, which is normally only available as part of a more expensive Sports channel add-on. Bear in mind that to get Sky Sports channels, you'll still need to get that add-on.

Add-ons

Speaking of add-ons, unsurprisingly, you can make your Bigger Bundle even bigger by building it out with extra channel packs. Movies will cost you an extra £5 per month, and Sports will cost you an extra £15.

Virgin Media Broadband

Bigger Bundle + Movies

18 month contract Fibre + TV + Phone

108Mb / second

Average speed

Unlimited

Usage

£62.00 / month

£0 upfront fees

Virgin Media Broadband

Bigger Bundle + Sports

18 month contract Fibre + TV + Phone

108Mb / second

Average speed

Unlimited

Usage

£72.00 / month

£0 upfront fees

Virgin Media Broadband

Bigger Bundle + Sports & Movies

18 month contract Fibre + TV + Phone

108Mb / second

Average speed

Unlimited

Usage

£79.00 / month

£0 upfront fees

Whether these are worth it will depend on your viewing habits, but if you're planning on adding both Movies and Sports, consider just going all in on the Ultimate Oomph bundle instead. It's a the same price, plus you get significantly faster internet, and a Virgin mobile 4G SIM thrown in. Note that this might not be available where you live though.

Virgin Media Broadband

Ultimate Oomph Bundle

18 month contract Fibre + TV + Phone

630Mb / second

Average speed

Unlimited

Usage

£79.00 / month

£0 upfront fees

TV equipment

You'll get the new Virgin Media TV 360 set top box with your tariff. It's advertised as 4K Ultra HD and HDR ready, but this isn't necessarily a unique selling point - you'll get no different from other big hitters like Sky or BT. A set top box is a set top box, after all.

Virgin 360 box

The 360 box does offer voice control functions, which are fun if not totally necessary. Otherwise it does everything you expect it to (watch, stream, and record TV).

You've got the option to add two 'Mini Boxes' that give you viewing/streaming functionality on other TVs round your house, but this will add £15 a month to your tariff.

Phone

The Bigger Bundle includes a UK landline with free weekend calls (to other UK landlines and Virgin mobiles). For most users, this won't matter much as not many people use landlines any more, but it's nice to have all the same.

Non-weekend calls, or calls to other mobiles, will cost extra anyway, so if a landline is important to you, you might want to think about upgrading to an anytime calls package for a bit more money each month.

Price: Is it worth it?

The Bigger Bundle costs £57 a month at the moment, and there's currently no installation charge for new customers. This is pretty good value for what you're getting. You'll struggle to get as many TV channels and similarly fast broadband for less elsewhere.

Once you factor in any add-ons you might want, though, you might find you're better off with the Ultimate Oomph package (at £79 a month).

If you want fewer channels, you can get the cheaper Big Bundle deal (for £33 a month), but bear in mind it only comes with 50Mbps internet at standard.

All of these Virgin bundles currently come with free installation and setup for new customers - this works out to a saving of £35.

Alternatives

Choosing between the Bigger Bundle and other Virgin Media broadband deal is a matter of working out how many channels and what kind of download and upload speeds you need. But how does it compare to similar offerings from other broadband providers?

BT's closest equivalent in terms of TV channels is it's Entertainment + Fibre 2 plan at £42.99. However the broadband speed is slower (67Mbps), and it's got fewer channels overall. You will get Sky Atlantic on BT though, which you won't get on Virgin, so if you're particularly keen on HBO programming, it's something to think about.

Sky's Ultra Deal at £59 offers stiff competition however. You get Sky Ultrafast broadband (at 145Mbps), and their basic Entertainment TV package, which comes with more channels than Virgin's Maxit (including, of course, Sky Atlantic). Adding Sports in will bump the cost up significantly though, so if you want to watch a good portion of the Premier League games on BT Sports, for example, you might still be better off with Virgin's Bigger Bundle.