Who are Virgin Media?
Virgin Media launched in Ireland in 2010, but the truth is, they’ve been operating in Ireland under different names since well before then.
If you're old enough, you'll remember media companies UPC Ireland and Chorus NTL, although you probably won't remember what happened to them.
In a series of mergers, these brands and older ones like UGC Europe and Tele-Communications Inc. were taken under the wing of Liberty Global, the British-Dutch-American multinational telecommunications giant.
This company now provides TV, mobile, and broadband services in Ireland as Virgin Media Ireland Ltd.
The Virgin Media Ireland brand
The Virgin Media Ireland brand came into being in 2005 and has been providing TV, broadband internet, VoIP-based, and mobile phone services to the Irish market since then.
With over 24% of broadband subscriptions in Ireland, they are the second largest provider after Eir and have a reputation for reliability and excellent quality of service.
Free-to-air TV with locally produced content
In addition to high-speed broadband, they offer three free-to-air TV channels with locally produced content specific to Irish audiences and a broad range of sports and entertainment add-ons.
As a technology company, they also offer lots of fun options, including voice-operated TV remotes, smart home devices, WiFi blackspot solutions, and over 100 channels packed with sports, cinema, news, and entertainment.
Is Virgin Media For You?
Virgin Media is an easy choice if you already watch any of their free-to-air channels and want even more of the same high-quality TV included along with your broadband.
You can mix and match TV bundles along with the standard channels to suit your taste with options that are either sports, news, or entertainment-heavy.
On the other hand, if you're looking for reliability and consistency of service but don't need a TV bundle, Virgin Media offers competitive broadband-only deals from 500Mb to 1Gbp with unlimited data usage and a WiFi quality guarantee.
Still need to know more? Check out our FAQs below.
What is the Virgin Media WiFi guarantee?
Virgin Media has the answer if you've ever found that areas of your home or those of your friends have WiFi blackspots.
Every 1Gbp broadband bundle includes a guarantee of ultrafast and seamless WiFi in every room in your house or apartment.
Virgin Media will supply up to 3 Smart WiFi pods, entirely free of charge, to ensure every blackspot is covered, and all you have to do is plug them in wherever the issue is occurring.
The pods monitor your WiFi usage and adapt on the fly to ensure you always get the best coverage for your needs whenever anyone in your household is using the internet.
What is Virgin Media Loaded TV?
Virgin Media Loaded TV solves the problem of switching between screens, devices, and apps, making all your favorite channels available in one easy-to-navigate space.
Whether it's one of the over 100 channels that come with the product, including exclusive Virgin Media TV content, or a streaming content app like Netflix, YouTube, or Amazon Prime, you'll find it all to hand on one screen in one easy-to-use visual format.
The technology also includes Cloud Recording, so you can save and then play back episodes of your favorite shows with up to 1000 hours of savable content time.
It also comes with voice control so you can sit back like a James Bond supervillain and command your smart TV to find, record, or stream all the content you desire.
Is Virgin Media broadband good?
Virgin Media has over 24% market share of broadband subscriptions in Ireland and is the second largest provider.
The company has been providing high-speed broadband to Irish customers since 2010, launching with a 100Mbp/s service.
They are the 2022 holders of the industry award Best Broadband Provider and have customer service centres located here in Ireland.
Does Virgin Media broadband need a phone?
No. You don't need an existing copper wire phone line for Virgin Media broadband. The company is partnered with SIRO as part of the Irish national plan to extend ultra-fast fibre broadband to every corner of Ireland.
You'll be informed during the sign-up process if there is any issue with availability in your area.
If you have any doubts, head over to the Virgin Media website, and you can either send a message through their contact form, chat directly via online help, or call them to find out.
How does Virgin Media broadband work?
- Choose a bundle that suits your needs.
- If you have an existing broadband package, make sure you're out of contract and then call to cancel your service
- Sign up for your new bundle
- Your kit will arrive the next day
- Follow some simple instructions to install the equipment
- Enjoy your ultrafast broadband internet service
How fast is Virgin Media broadband?
Virgin Media is always competitive on speed. It launched in 2010 at 100Mb, and today, it offers packages at a minimum of 500Mb.
Alternatively, you can opt for 1Gbp/s service, which, combined with their smart hub technology and WiFi guarantee, will be all the speed you'll need whether gaming, working from home, or streaming on multiple devices.
Virgin is a SIRO broadband partner, which means that when upgrades happen to the national fibre broadband network, their customers will benefit from these, with 2Gb speeds already in the pipeline.
Is Virgin Media broadband unlimited?
Every Virgin Media broadband option includes unlimited data usage. It's all-you-can-eat data, all the time, for everyone in your household.
Does Virgin Media include line rental?
You don't need a telephone line for Virgin Media broadband. Your monthly broadband payment covers everything you have signed up for, including the connection to your home.
Is Virgin Media broadband safe?
Virgin Media takes the safety of its customers very seriously. While you still need to take responsibility for your internet usage as an adult or parent, the Virgin Media parental controls are an excellent way to keep your children safe while they learn, communicate, and play on the internet.
How much is Virgin Media Broadband and TV per month?
It depends on what bundle you need. The most streamlined, 500Mb broadband-only package costs €35 per month with no activation fee. This amount is subject to change, so make sure to check the most current prices and offers on the Virgin Media Ireland website.
At the other end of the scale is the 1Gb broadband and Loaded TV bundle at €65 per month, also with no activation fee.
You can then add contract-free SIM plans, TV Mini Boxes, Sky Sports and Sky Cinema packages, and a host of other devices and services to your plan for additional monthly fees, depending on what you need. These range in cost from €3 to €47.50 per month.
What extras can I include in my bundle?
Virgin Media is much more than just a broadband provider.
Here’s a list of the current optional extras you can add on to your 500Mb or 1Gb broadband:
- Free Spirit Unlimited SIM contract-free plan
- TV Mini Box for full home entertainment
- World Talk home phone international phone calls
- Sky Sports bundle
- Sky Sports and Sky Sports Extra bundle
- Sky Cinema 11 channel bundle
- Entertainment Smart Home Device pack
- Home Automation Smart Home Device pack
- Complete Smart Home Device Pack
How quickly can I have Virgin Media broadband installed?
Virgin Media promises next-day delivery of all the equipment you need to get up and running as quickly as possible.
They'll send you an SMS with a 60-minute window to let you know when their driver will be at your door.
Setup and installation are simple and should take no more than 30 minutes to one hour.
Do you still have questions?