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Fibre Broadband Vs Virgin Media Broadband

Hi-hoping for some advice.
We are with Virgin Media. All good, however like many others have received the letter with the price increase and so I am looking at other options.

Previous experience with broadband has been with EE (dreadful-very very slow) and Plusnet (OK but still had problems quite slow at times), but Virgin Media is soooo much better than broadband through the phone line (from previous experience).

My question is-Has internet speed got better in the form of Fibre Broadband and is Fibre Broadband comparable to Virgin Media?

Husband and I are not heavy users-no streaming films/games. Not even Netflix lol.
It's mainly YouTube, surfing websites, checking social media that kind of thing. So we don't need upload/download speeds to be amazing but I don't really want to be waiting for pages to download either.

Any advice?
Thanks you!
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  • AndyPKAndyPK Forumite
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    What an excellent question, and one I am considering too.

    If you goto

    http://www.sky.com/shop

    Put in your post code I think they will give you a minimum speed for fibre.

    The cheaper package is upto 38Mb. I don't get that with virgin in the evenings!

    And you will save over £100
  • giraffe69giraffe69 Forumite
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    Any area that has fibre connected will (easily) give you what you want so it is only a matter of finding the best deal for both price and service.
    You can try https://www.samknows.com to give detail of speeds and available suppliers.
  • jem16jem16 Forumite
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    purply wrote: »
    My question is-Has internet speed got better in the form of Fibre Broadband and is Fibre Broadband comparable to Virgin Media?

    Speeds are better with fibre but can still be subject to issues with phone lines and how close you are to the cabinet.

    Virgin does not have those same issues but some areas do suffer from congestion which can lower speeds. If you're currently with Virgin you will know if that's your area or not. What package are you on and what speed do you usually get?

    You could of course cancel with Virgin and wait for Outbound retentions to phone with a better offer.
    AndyPK wrote: »
    The cheaper package is upto 38Mb. I don't get that with virgin in the evenings!

    Whereas I consistently get around 73mb on my 70mb connection at all times of the day.
  • OblivionOblivion Forumite
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    purply wrote: »
    Hi-hoping for some advice.
    We are with Virgin Media. All good, however like many others have received the letter with the price increase and so I am looking at other options.

    Previous experience with broadband has been with EE (dreadful-very very slow) and Plusnet (OK but still had problems quite slow at times), but Virgin Media is soooo much better than broadband through the phone line (from previous experience).


    If you've been getting good results with Virgin my advice is to stay with them despite the outrageous price increase. I'd rather pay for a reliable service that switch to some of the rubbish services that rely on a decaying phone line infrastructure.
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  • BrowntoaBrowntoa Forumite, Ambassador
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    had Infinity fibre broadband for 2 years with no stability or speed problems, on fibre to the cabinet
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  • purplypurply Forumite
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    Thank you-I have just signed into my sky account as we have TV with them and they are offering fibre broadband for half price (£5) for 12 months (plus line rental £17.40). That would be about £15 less that what I would be paying Virgin Media when the price increases. So thanks for that!
    AndyPK wrote: »
    What an excellent question, and one I am considering too.

    If you goto

    http://www.sky.com/shop

    Put in your post code I think they will give you a minimum speed for fibre.

    The cheaper package is upto 38Mb. I don't get that with virgin in the evenings!

    And you will save over £100
    Respond to every call that excites your spirit.
  • purplypurply Forumite
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    This is the dilemma!
    Oblivion wrote: »
    If you've been getting good results with Virgin my advice is to stay with them despite the outrageous price increase. I'd rather pay for a reliable service that switch to some of the rubbish services that rely on a decaying phone line infrastructure.
    Respond to every call that excites your spirit.
  • purplypurply Forumite
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    Thanks for your reply. I'm on the superfibre 50 package. I think I will ring Virgin Media in the first instance anyway. Sky are offering a good deal (in their offers to me when i checked my account) so hopefully I have some leverage...
    jem16 wrote: »
    Speeds are better with fibre but can still be subject to issues with phone lines and how close you are to the cabinet.

    Virgin does not have those same issues but some areas do suffer from congestion which can lower speeds. If you're currently with Virgin you will know if that's your area or not. What package are you on and what speed do you usually get?

    You could of course cancel with Virgin and wait for Outbound retentions to phone with a better offer.



    Whereas I consistently get around 73mb on my 70mb connection at all times of the day.
    Respond to every call that excites your spirit.
  • AndyPKAndyPK Forumite
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    New customers get that deal too.
  • jem16jem16 Forumite
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    purply wrote: »
    Thank you-I have just signed into my sky account as we have TV with them and they are offering fibre broadband for half price (£5) for 12 months (plus line rental £17.40). That would be about £15 less that what I would be paying Virgin Media when the price increases. So thanks for that!

    The £5pm offer is with a capped download of 25gb. Unlimited fibre is £10pm.

    I would be very surprised if you didn't get as good an offer to stay with Virgin although you may need to actually cancel to get it as that is when the best offers always appear.
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