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Date: September 2007
Virgin Mobile UK is part of the Virgin Media group that also provides broadband, TV and home phone services. Virgin Mobile is a virtual mobile network, using the EE network to supply its services.
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How much is Essential tariff per month...1g a month?
Asked by Joanna
from United kingdom
on 31st Oct 2016
Was on an unlimited sim only deal £20 month woke up one day and my tariff had changed to 1g a month...why wasnt i informed as thought Virgin had to give me months notice? New tariff was Essential tariff £8 per month so why is Virgin telling me its now £20 a month? For 1g foreign lady insisted Essential tariff is 20 a month even when i pointed out its advertised on screen at £8 am i missing something? Sick of this.
My unlimited data has now run out and i was never given any notice my sim only deal would change..i am now stuck with no data can virgin do this legally?
Asked by Joanna
from United kingdom
on 20th Oct 2016
Reply by John
on 21st Oct 2016
Virgin Mobile data is constantly monitored, any sudden demand in data is slowed down or stopped immediately. Please do not watch any full HD videos, streaming YouTube HD videos or any HD CCTV apps etc. Basically it's only for surfing the Internet and sending/receiving small emails.
How can I check my phone package on my mobile ie unlimited calls and texts etc on my Nokia Lumia please?
Asked by Georgina Westbury
on 23rd Aug 2016
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Reviewed by Richard
on 19th Nov 2016
Been with Virgin since the NTL days, over 15 years, and was mainly happy with them. However today I received a letter informing me my long time loyalty discount deal on my mobile (Sim only unlimited tariff) at £5 per month (discount of £15) was ending. Spoke to their customer service nothing they could do. So have just cancelled all my Virgin services (large broadband, TV, home phone & 3 mobile sims) in protest, after 15 years with them, feel so strongly about it. Seems short sighted of them, I have probably spent at least £15-20K with them over the years, and I do not even use my mobile sim much, but it is the principle and the only protest I can make. Now need to find alternative providers!
Reviewed by Sue
on 19th Nov 2016
Poorest customer service I have experienced difficult to deal with due to lack of communication skills and although I have been with virgin mobile for many years felt I could no longer continue my mobile contract with them. Could not recommend.
Reviewed by Kevin
on 25th Oct 2016
Service is unbelievable bad, I've been with virgin since 1999 and recently they have started to get ridiculously expensive.
Firstly on my last contract I had a completely unlimited package, after a period I noticed that my 3G would slow right down, I enquired as to why and was told I had used my allowance. But I have paid for unlimited, yes I get unlimited but it slows down after an allowance
O.k then go figure.
In my current package I have 4gb data, but guess what, it's not all at full speed, they cut the speed after 3gb of use!
Now after I've used 4gb I pay £2/day and they still keep it slow until renewal date.
Also when I arranged this contract I asked for a specific billing date, which they agreed to, but they bill me a week before which plays havoc with my budget.
Anytime I've had a queerie it's always been met with the same derision and unhelpfulnes. I have another phone with 3 whose support and help has so far been exemplary.
Also, for a top provider to not offer 4g (but charge the same rates) is ridiculous.
Reviewed by Jason
on 21st Oct 2016
I joined Virgin Mobile after the offer for 4 gig of data. I found after few seconds of checking my full HD CCTV cameras at home that the data becomes unusable. I contacted Virgin Mobile and they said they do not permit tethering on their mobile service. I explained to them that I only use my CCTV App on my mobile phone, but they system thinks I am Tethering. Sorry to say I have left Virgin and my new networks don't have this issue. Virgin data is ok if you just want to browse the Internet, not usable for HD CCTV cameras, YouTube and streaming videos.
Reviewed by Customer
on 15th Oct 2016
Virgin Media tricking customers for money---£44 for only 300MB!!!
This summer I was calling virgin media to stop its broadband service which i been using for the past year, while somehow the staff transferred me to the mobile team.
The staff in the mobile team strongly convinced me to enter into a £5 monthly deal with virgin media, she told me what is included in the package, yet DID NOT tell me that I would be charged £2/day for any amount of data I use from the date I use up the contract allowance till the date of end of the contract month. (As long as you turn on the mobile date, even if you do not use the browser, you will still be charged £2/day!! if you only use 1MB/day, the result is the SAME!!)
As the only information I could get during the phone call was what the staff has told me, I used to trust Virgin Media and therefore relied on the what they said. Therefore, I signed up the contract.
I have received text messages notifying me that I have reached the allowance but the messages also did not say the £2 charge thing. Thus, I did not know about it until I been charged £44 pounds in total for only 300 MB!!! (was charged £22 for 200MB in the second contract month and £22 for ONLY 100MB in the third!!!)
I called the customers service yet was refused to get refund.
From this thing, we can see that Virgin Media was hiding important commercial information from customers during the contract negotiation process and the terms on the contract are very unfair to the customers!
Even though I, as the customer, do have the duty to know about terms and conditions before signing up the contract, it is common sense that the sellers do not hide important cost details in the numberless pages long wordy terms and conditions and without informing the customers during the negotiation (where, on the phone call, I was not having the contract with me!).
I've learned a lesson from this thing, BUT I did that as I trusted Virgin Media!!! Phewwwwwww what a bad day!
I sincerely warn all Mobile customers to be aware of this issue and be very very careful regarding Virgin!
Reviewed by Denise
on 11th Oct 2016
I have been a Virgin media and mobile customer for more years than I can remember. I have been very happy with my service until now. I share some of the views already expressed on this site. I am beyond frustrated. I am 55yrs old and can honestly say Virgin has the worst customer service I have experienced in my LIFE. There is no transparent process for complaints..... no address, no email, no dedicated phone number on their website. I have lost count of the number of phone calls I have made to try and get resolution to my issue. Each time I have to explain the same thing and face a general lack of understanding. I receive scripted responses which indicate they have not listened to what has been explained. The whole experience has really put me off continuing with Virgin and would definitely prevent me from recommending them.
Reviewed by Adrien
on 10th Oct 2016
My operator kept me on the phone even though I ask at the begging of the call if i could pay with a foreign account and she said yes ! after about half an hour she told me that "I can't pay with a foreign acount" ???
Of course the refunded me the price of the call.... NO, just joking they kept my money of course !
I send a letter to have this explain, no answer, then I use "resolver", a website and I've been told that they tried to contact me and had no answers HOW CONVENIENT ???? No email, no mail, no missed calls or voicemail ....
(my rating is 1 star just because you can't put 0)
Reviewed by Paul gamble
from United kingdom
on 23rd Sep 2016
The network may be okay, but I have spent 2.5 hours on the phone to try and cancel my mother in laws contract due to going into care and totally unable to us the phone. As I didn't have a password no member of customer services would speak with me regard this eve though I had phone No account number D.O.B. Bank account details. Overall 2.4 hours spent on phone, what a totally rubbish company I am a virgin media customer but after this experience when the contract is up NEVER WILL I GIVE THEM MY MONEY. Put useless into the therouris and add every word to describe them.
Reviewed by M Ahmed
on 22nd Sep 2016
Nothing works right or fast enough I have ok fone but rubbish service that off putt using fone public. Lost numbers and they suck life of people 3G ain't what it should b but fake logo.
Reviewed by Jason
on 11th Sep 2016
I was with EE and prices were nearly double compared to the offer I got with Virgin Mobile. 2500 minutes unlimited texts and 4 gigabytes of data for £10 per month 30-day rolling contract. I ported my number over the next working day all working fine. Set maximum account balance to £50 down from £125. Telephone Virgin Mobile twice which took proximally 5 to 8 minutes to get through to them. My voicemail was set up the next working day after porting my number over. Everything fine no complaints.
Reply by Sara
on 22nd Sep 2016
Hi I'm a new customer to virgin got the same deal £5 a month for first 6 months then £10 for the last 6 months .ring them back and tell them ur mates got this deal.
Reviewed by Gaynor
on 5th Sep 2016
I have been with Virgin media for 15 years without a problem until last week. I have an iPhone 6sand am on a split contract paying off the cost of the handset on a separate monthly debit to the tariff. All I wanted to do was increase my monthly data from 1g to 2g (easy right?)
I checked online and the website for monthly contract stated that data could be changed at any time and the units available were 1g, 2g, 3g, 5g etc. When I called the customer services I was told, however, that I had to increase to 3g as 2g was not available on my contract. I asked why their website stated differently and was told that I had looked at the wrong page and it was my mistake (?) I was then, quite rudely, told to go online again and look.
I did this, and engaged in live chat asking about increasing my data and was told I could do this but only if I changed my number (??). There wa a contact number on the web page which I rang and a lovely advisor told me that I could increase my data to 2g per month for an extra £4 -perfect - but she would have to put me through to the tariff team to action this. As soon as she transferred me I was advised that I could not increase to 2g and had to increase to 3g (an extra £9 per month). When I questioned this giving the information I had just been told I was advised that the sales advisor was wrong and that their system wouldn't allow them to change to 2g, only 3g!!!
When I again queried what they were telling me the man on the phone became defensive, aggressive and rude, he started shouting at me saying that he knew what he was doing and everyone else was wrong. When I tried to point out that I was the customer and that he should not be raising his voice, he replied that he was talking to me in the same way that I was talking to him (not true - I work in customer service myself and do not abuse people on the phone). When I came off the phone I actually cried - after telling Carl that he was rude - something he disputed quite loudly.
Since that call I have changed my broadband, home phone and tv package to Sky (at a loss to Virgin of £90 per month) and will pay off my handset tonight and transfer to EE for my monthly tariff (losing virgin a further £43 a month). I am only one customer but it will take me a long time (and I speak to a lot of people) to forget how disgustingly bad I was treated by Virgin.
Reviewed by Joe Gray
on 25th Aug 2016
I have been with virgin for 14 years now, no more when my contract is up in 2 months time. They lied to me about my damaged phone saying there was liquid damage. I took phone for a end opinion the Samsung tech guy said there was no evidence of liquid damage. I think I deserve better for bieng a virgin customer for 14 years.
Reviewed by evie
on 30th Jul 2016
I have been with virgin for 6 years.
My contract is due to expire so was offers an upgrade.
They took my details and apparently they now have a new credit check system.Please Beware..three weeks had passed.four calls to virgin.no one speaks English .they do not understand..in frustration I put the phone down the advisor is telling me now.my address that olive at is not reconuzed by their credit agency..are they serios.so can I fill a form out.
I did this was told I would be called back..did they.ha.never. I called again..no record of your check we will do another one..
I said no you don't cancell my contract. And train your staff properly a little customer service wouldn't go a miss..
When I asked to put in a formal complaint.was told but you have cancelled we cannot do anything for you..so realy..doesnt matter how long you e been with them and the regularity of your payments always on time..it means absolutely nothing..
customer services is an absolute joke.
Reply by andrew g
on 11th Aug 2016
I have just had similar experience with staff I could not understand that would not accept my password ...ended up with me hanging up ... tried again half hour later ... new member of staff almost impossible to understand them ...finally got them to accept my password and managed to changed my sim only package ... as they had sent me letter telling me my old one had expired ..Always used to get british staff that you could understand which is what I always liked about virgin ...have been with them since before they were virgin ! ... shall be moving elswhere ... I agree customer service in now awful ...shame ...
Reply by evie
on 16th Aug 2016
My god.this is the most frustrateing company i have ever had to deal with.at last in my anger and after cancelling my contract i have now got an english manager called mike.
Yey..he tells me to call cancellations dept tell them that i do not want to cancel.then he can deal with my problem.
So now 14 Calls later to virgin was informed that they now use a company called Equifax.credit check agency.as now all upgrades go through the system now as a loan.all my problems were that this agency did not recinise my address..ah ive lived here 20 years.I have virgin media and have been paying virgin media for 12 years from my bank at this address..and an advisor was telling me i do not live here...have i got proof....ah are these poeple for real....mike informed me that after two calls later to finally get mike ..our advisor had put your address in incorectly..
no worrys i will take this over and call you back next week.
I will now put this through in your proper address..Finally...will call in the week.dont worry will be straight forward now.
Well over a week later nothing..an advisor again cannot understand and asks me three times so what is it you want...I said are you actually listening to what i am saying...AN UPGRADE.AND PLEASE HAS MY ADDRESS BEEN PUT THROUGH BY MIKE CORRECTLY...guess what..who is mike...mike the manager is it not up on your screen actually what he intended to rectify..and that i had to cancell the cancellation before he can go ahead to do this.
NO ONE CALLED MIKE HAS WROTE ANYTHING HERE...WE WILL FIND MIKE AND GET BACK TO YOU....
SO ALL YOU CUSTOMERS OUT THERE....DONT EXPECT ANYTHING FROM THESE POEPLE 12 YEARS ON MEDIA WITH VIRGIN AND 6 YEARS ON MOBILE MEANS NOTHING...IT IS LIKE PULLING TEETH..PAINFULL..DONT EXPECT ANYTHING..THEY REALY NEED TO GET POEPLE WHOM CAN UNDERSTEND CUSTOMERS FIRSTLY..AND NOT TALK TO CUSTOMERS LIKE WE ARE IDIOTS...TRUTH IS ITS A CIRCUS
Reviewed by Jai
on 30th Jul 2016
I've been a customer for years with Virgin Mobile and for the most part they've been good. However, I recently had a data usage issue where after having and using data for years and tracking my average data usage month as 2.5 gigs, suddenly in a two day period I used 6 gb of data and was charged over $50.
I called in to get answers as to why this would be. I was on hold for most of the morning. The phone finally rang through and it went to a busy signal and I was disconnected. I called back two more times and waited on hold before I finally reached an uncaring (in my opinion) rep.
His name is Sean (employee number 6052789) who simply said I'm only charged for what I use. I informed him of this unusual spike in my data and told hime that I've been a loyal customer for years and he just refused to see that perhaps Virgin could have made a mistake. Give me a break. He just kept saying that's what I used.
He said there is nothing he is willing to do because I was charged correctly. How does he know? I asked to speak to a supervisor and he said he is one. I asked to speak to his supervisor and he said his supervisor doesn't handle calls. I asked who I can talk to above him and he gave me this email address...email@example.com
I will buy out my contract this week and it is not my intention to cause harm, slander or misrepresent this company in any way but I will share my experience with everyone I know and care about to avoid this company because I feel they have glitches with their data usage tracking and are unwilling to give loyal customers the benefit of the doubt. I don't want this to happen to anyone else.
After being with them faithfully for years, when a problem comes up it is clear that they do not know how to handle a problem when an issue comes up to the customer's satisfaction. I couldn't believe he wasn't even willing to be open to consider the possibility that there could be an error in relation to my data calculation and usage.
Sir Richard Branson, founder, would be horrified that reps within his company are not even open to the possibility that something on their end could be malfunctioning. Total failure of excelling in service here.
If anyone can recommend a data and cell provider in Alberta that is dependable with data tracking and willing to look at possibilities if something goes wrong, please let me know.
Reviewed by janette gardiner
on 29th Jul 2016
Worst company to deal with on fone treat disabled customers like disposable garbage...upgraded my phone cancelled old contract as i was told to do for 2mnths still took money out my bank account for old fone phoned them ooh old account not been cancelled.. yes it was i will sort that for u just now ...what about my mny ooh we will refund it to ur bank account within 7 to 14 working days ...i have bills to pay i cant wait that long...ooh soz will be 7 to 14 days for ur refund...well 14 days are here and ive still no refund and phoned again to be cut off so yeah lot of help ur staff are ...but im sure u wont wait to take money out my bank on tues wen my bill is due to come off even thou im still waiting on my £71 refund from you.
Reviewed by Nick
from United Kingdom
on 25th Jul 2016
On Pay as You Go Big Talk Tariff. Withdrawn benefits mid month without notice so paid standard rate for phone calls and texts, also withdrew my 40 minutes talk time bundle and barred me from topping up. Now into day three and phone call 11 yes thats ELEVEN with still no sign of resolution. Absolute shower. See you in Court for loss of benefits, credit vouchers purchased which are unusable.
Reviewed by John Roger Wilkinson
on 3rd Jul 2016
Phone stopped working, black screen. Phoned 150 4 times, no real help to sort it out, went to Huddersfield store 35 minutes away. Problem not solved. Phoned 150 again was given no real help was told I have to wait 3 days for them to (maybe) book phone for repair. Will stop direct debit if they don't sort out the issue and go elsewhere. Terrible service, no care for the customer at all. I use my mobile for my business so could be plus 1 week without sales due to having no phone.
Virgin media really need to get their act together.
Reviewed by Marianna
on 1st Jul 2016
My husband called them to have a monthly mobile plan and the only thing we can say is that Virgin has the worst costumer service we have ever experienced! After more than an hour on the phone nothing was sorted out! The speed and efficiency of the people who work in this company is just unbelievable. If this is to give them money, can you imagine what happens if you have a problem with them? We are just highly disappointed, shocked and frustrated.
Reviewed by BM
on 20th Jun 2016
Shocking customer service. Tried to change direct debit date to help with earning some bank interest. Was given a date and month and told it would happen then. Heard nothing, rang a day before due date to check and was again told it would happen.
Guess what............nothing happened. Rang to investigate and after waiting an hour on the phone was told it wouldn't happen until the following month, two months after I made the change. Well this wasn't pointed out to me at all. I would have made other changes had I known. I had a half hearted apology. Not good enough, so I'm leaving. Switched to Life Mobile, through U switch. Better deal and a tiny bit cheaper.
Pity there's not a no star option.
Reviewed by Tracy
on 18th Jun 2016
Bought a phone from virgin mobile and 18 days later the phone screen turned black and aprox 1/3 of the top of the screen was green pixels. Although the phone would ring if called it couldn't be answered. As it was over 14 days indeed to have it refurbished but I see it as I've been sold a faulty product and don't want it refurbished I want a new one. Short version of story is I did all the checks with customer services and it needs to be sent away. I asked to speak To a manger regarding a new phone to be told he was unavailable, I asked if he could call me when free to be told he was unavailable. I asked if the manager had a manager to be told he was unavailable but guess what an email was being sent to the manager asking him to call me in the next hour. Good enough he called .... On the broken mobile!!!i then phoned back to go through security and tell me story to then be cut off. So I called again and went through security again but after 20minutes of banging my head against the wall I still hadn't spoke to a manager and I was no further forward. I even threatened to end all my other virgin media services which is aprox £100+ a month but all operatives kept to the same script. I feel completely let down and disgusted with the customer service I received. I did ask to be put through to to cancellations and they were shocked at why I told them I was leaving and even went through their procedure of speaking to a manger and steps to resolve issues.
I can't wait for my contract to end so I never have to deal with them again. Customer service is appalling !!! Should have stuck to Vodafone.
Reviewed by Robert Tomlinson
on 7th Jun 2016
Compared to orange they are excellent. If requested they will send you text messages when you have nearly used all your data, calls or text messages. The signal is also excellent. I have, on many occasions, had signal when everyone else I was with did not, the customer care is adequate however there is sometimes a long wait before you get through to a real person.
Reviewed by Tina
on 28th May 2016
Have had Virgin Mobile for over a decade. Used to be no problems, then in the last several years (6 or so), NOTHING BUT problems. Now, for the last few weeks, my calls are being dropped CONSTANTLY. I was on a phone interview, and had to call back 10 times!!!!!!!!!!! The current perp is an android, and have had this phone for maybe about a year. Don't remember having this problem to this extent ever. VERY frustrating to say the least.
Reviewed by Gwyn
on 19th May 2016
My phone End Call ab is faulty some times having to touch 2 or 3 times.
Rang a 0271 Number no reply so touch End Call Tab Have received Bill from
Virgin of £152 58 have contacted Customer Services 4 times still waiting
Recieved text Message that they woud take payment from my Direct Debit 1st June
Cancelled Direct Debit I expect I will be conntacted very soon.
Reviewed by Steve
on 14th May 2016
I used to be able to login easily and check my mobile calls, text, balance etc. Now they have set up a new system and it is useless! It was not transparent so despite not changing my password I have had to waste hours trying to set up a new one which will not accept. It has not been properly tested so you get text overlapping the login boxes and it doesn't accept valid email and passwords. Why have they messed it up big time when it used to work reliably for years?
Reply by Lnda
on 21st May 2016
Not much use to you, but I am having exactly the same problem!!!
Reviewed by MarkO
on 27th Apr 2016
I am on SIM only monthly.
Most expensive provider - when you are abroad- outside EU- £4 per min to call and £1 per min to recieve( ?!).
What a rip off.
Reviewed by john
on 27th Apr 2016
Had to contact Virgin mobile regarding registration, was delighted with the help and information I was given.
The operator was very pleasant and pointed me in the right direction. Very professional.
Good to do business with.
Reviewed by Shafei
from United Kingdom
on 8th Apr 2016
Someone stupid in the Philippines cancelled my contract without my authorization! managed to to speak another stupid manager after 2 hours waiting (her name is Angy). They all have stupid racist attitude and very inefficient. I am writing A letter to the CEO.
Reviewed by Michael
from United Kingdom
on 11th Mar 2016
Been with Virgin for years and was on a £42 per month vip deal. Decided to go sim only and pay £15 while I looked at offers, but failed the credit checks and was explained about sensible lending, but then offered a £40 deal which was suitable to my needs... Not sure how a £40 per month contract deal is more sensible leading then a £15 deal???
I was then cut of, however I was called back by the same women who couldn't pronounce my name and refused to talk to me as she had no proof it was me??? As the customer services weren't great I went in store who then couldn't help for 30 days as the customer services had updated my account and would have to call them back. They wouldn't even let me use their phones.
Called customers services back who said the stores would say anything to get rid of you and adviced to write to some customer department who don't have telephone numbers or email addresses. Think I'm just going to cancel and go elsewhere and avoid the hassle... First world problems!!!
Reviewed by Mark
on 9th Mar 2016
Years ago Virgin mobile used to be good.
Now they have gone dow the pan - you are waiting on hold for ages to have the privleges of speaking to someone in the philippines if their is a problem with your account or signal - i changed to Life mobile - much cheaper than virgin and customer service is better to.
Reviewed by me
on 5th Feb 2016
Have had a contracrt with virgin mobile for over 4 yrs, always been paid but cannot upgrade!!!!
Reply by Anna
on 14th Jun 2016
I've had three contracts in my name with virgin mobile for many years, never missed a direct debit payment. My contract is up for renewal any day now. Called them to discuss and was told i have to have a credit check. The rude and abrupt operator told me that i have failed this and that there is nothing that they could do and suggested i go on to sim only. I'm disgusted.
Reply by EVIE
on 16th Aug 2016
ANNA ITS ALL RUBBISH TRUTH IS THE ARE NOW GOING THROUGH A DIFFERENT CHEAPER CREDIT CHECK AGENCY CALLED EQIFAX..WHO DO NOT KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING...THEY TRY TO SIGHN YOU UP TO A MONTHLY SUBSCRIPTION...
i WENT TO CLEARSCORE..ITS FREE..i HAD THE SAME PROBLEM ANNA.ITS A CON ...i JUST FOUND OUT THAT THEIR ADVISOR WHOM DEALT WITH MY UPGRADE PUT IN WRONG ADDRESS..GO TO THE STORE WITH YOUR COUNCIL TAX BILL AND FORMS WITH ADRESS ON..THEY SPEAK ENGLISH AND YOUR PROBLEM WILL THEN GET SORTED..we are dealing with
poeple whom dont speak english and read from scripts..anything else and its just a circus
Reviewed by Kev
on 6th Jan 2016
Was with Vigin mobile for many years on the £20 VIP with unlimited everything all for £8. Virgin started to become unrliable with data speeds. Sometimes couldnt even load a webpage, it wasnt down to 3.5gb limit.
The other con they pull is offer 8gb data but its still capped at 3.5gb at full speed.
Spoke to someone in headoffice which was just pointles, so i left and went with EE. No speed issues at all.
Just moved the wife over to Life mobile as shes happy with 3g.
Reviewed by Jane
on 4th Jan 2016
Have a PAYG mobile. When I ring to top up with a new card the system loops back to the beginning once I have given the expiry date. This has been going on for a month now. Twice I have managed to get through to a so-called release Redon and guess what? They disappear when I reach the same point of registering a new card.
I have been subject to canard fraud twice recently and am thinking could it be this site?
Minus 10 stars.
Reviewed by Tanja
on 22nd Dec 2015
Virgin mobile is a disgrace - I have a telecoms bundle worth £80 plus a mobile contract with them. Had to make an emergency phone call abroad outside of my normal UK allowance and was under the impression I had a £50 credit limit. They allowed me to make that call and accumulate costs for texts abroad to the value of over £100 before barring my account twice.
Once after the foreign call when I phoned them up and enquired I was told my credit limit was £60 - so I was under the impression I reached my credit limit then and asked how to re-establish my phone to work again, was told no action was needed as money would come out of direct debit. I asked for my credit limit to be lowered to the lowest possible which is £50 and the customer services assistant said she would action this.
second time around, 5 days later the phone was barred again, no more phone calls abroad so not sure why it should. Told my credit limit suddenly was £100 and some unintelligle garble about why I was over £100 in debt with them. They then insisted I asked them to increase my credit limit to £100 at the last phone call!!! what a joke. before I spoke to the supervisor who made no sense, the customer services person made no sense either and patronisingly told me I shouldn't make calls abroad.
I am considering seriously to cancel my whole telecoms bundle with them plus my mobile phone contract as I had nothing but hassle and problems with them over the years, have been with them since 15 years.
Reviewed by b hoad
on 18th Dec 2015
rubbish rubbish rubbish. customer service rubbish mobile phone contact rubbish….. managers rubbish problem solving rubbish
Reviewed by Bob Fish
on 10th Dec 2015
Virgin steal your money I had a pay as you go phone for emergency purposes with a credit balance of £11.49 due to their stated lack of use this service has been terminated without any notification and the monetary balance kept I am told there will not be any refund or mechanism to reclaim. I am totally disgusted with virgin. I have been a loyal customer for about 10 years silly me.
Reply by Patricia Green
on 23rd Apr 2016
I have just realised I have the same problem - I kept an English mobile for emergency use, and there must have been over £10 credit, and now no service. How can they steal your money like this?
I also had a sim which I used in my iphone, and paid every month for over 2years and only used it when in UK, and last December tried to use it - no service, so I cancelled it. So I suppose this is their way of paying me back for having the nerve to cancel one of their contracts - which actually THEY DID, because the sim didn't work, so I was well within my rights. Good job I have another sim for the iphone, so not without a phone. Will never use virgin again.
Reviewed by Michael
from United Kingdom
on 6th Dec 2015
This is probably the only problem I've had with VirginMobile. The problem is that ny allowance updates on the 5th of every month but I haven't been updated yet. It is now the 6th. Why could this be?
Reviewed by Carol
on 29th Nov 2015
I have two virgin mobiles soon to be one won't let me get a upgrade to say I'm disgusted is an understatement I've been with them for 3 1/2 years to be told I didn't pass the credit check I think they're all wrong I've never missed or been late with payments I don't think they should be allowed to get away with it angry is not even the word.
Reviewed by Sarah
on 17th Nov 2015
I have been a Virgin Mobile customer for years and had pay monthly VIP for the last 4 years for 2 handsets when trying to upgrade i was told that I couldn't even though it says so on my online account. I am absolutely disgusted as I have never missed a payment EVER. GREAT WAY TO TREAT LOYAL CUSTOMERS !
Reviewed by Blackjag
on 7th Nov 2015
Virgin Mobile is the worst mobile company in the world. The service is disgusting. They have stolen my credit balance due to lack of use and refuse to repay me.
Reviewed by Darren
on 4th Nov 2015
Shocking customer service
They want to charge me £78 for a repair to my phone or i can pay £70 excess fee on my insurance for a phone that if recycled through virgin is worth £9.00
My LCD screen under the glass screen on my Sony Xperia M2 as started bleeding across from the bottom right to the top left of the screen, there is no physical damage to the glass screen on the phone, however they are claiming it is accidental damage, thus invalidating my warranty on the phone, however they tell me this fault could occur at anytime and could take months to come to light so their findings are inconclusive yet they feel able to make a definitive decision based upon inconclusive data, really really poor.
The phone was kept in a case from day one to prevent accidental damage occurring.
They do not care about their customers full stop, its a shame as some of their staff are very good but do not the authority to deal with the issues.
I was told to go online to find out how to contact their complaints department, there were two options either call in which they recommended you do or write into a PO box address, however when i called the number i was reliably informed by their member of staff that you cannot raise complaints over the phone, talk about the left and right hand not knowing whats going on.
I have since written my complaints letter and i await their response, however if they do not resolve this matter in a satisfactory manner i will not only take my business but i will also take my families business elsewhere at a cost to Virgin of £1,500 a year,they only care about money so hit them were it hurts them the most.
This is not the first time i have received or experienced poor customer service from virgin in the last 12 months, however it will be the last as this is the straw that as broken the camels back.
VIRGIN = DISGRACE
Reviewed by Dez
on 1st Nov 2015
Having been with virgin mobile for many many years I must say how rubbish they are now we have 3 contracts had to send my 9 month old phone back to them sent it back sayin it's water damage they say as it may not have been dropped in water which it has not it may have been caused by a change in the climate or by moisture by takin it in the shower or bath what a joke now left with my old phone well we r cancelling two of the contracts as they r up for renewal and I will not be upgrading mine so avoide virgin mobile as they are just not bothered about long standing customers and customer service is terrible.
Reviewed by Marc
on 27th Oct 2015
After being a mobile customer for 15 years and on contract for last 2 years being told can't upgrade or even have sim only is like a kick in teath . . Computer says NO.
Reviewed by Carl
on 27th Oct 2015
I have had a SIM only deal for 2 years with Virgin media. £15 per month for unlimited calls, texts and 3G data.
I needed to contact them today. Call centre was based outside the UK but had no problem dealing with my address change. I asked if I was eligible for a mobile phone and got transferred to a UK team.
Advisor in the upgrades team told me I have a C3 credit rating with Virgin mobile, so I can have 3 phones and any models except I phone 6 or new Samsung.
I have never had an issue with Virgin Mobile and can't fault their customer service. I would recommend based on my experience with them.
Reviewed by Yoda
on 23rd Oct 2015
Avoid this mob at all costs.
Terrible customer service, 'Unlimited' means, the sim tops up daily to the max daily network allowance.
If you go over, the service gets cut and then a cycle of madness ensues involving 'customer services'.....
When you pay for 'unlimited' you should GET 'UNLIMITED' !
I'm not even gonna go into it, just do yourself a favour.....
Reviewed by Aaina
on 23rd Oct 2015
Do not buy virgin sim, the internet data reception is pathetic... Stay away. I have one, and it is slow, never connects at various areas... It's horrible.
Reviewed by Matthew
on 20th Oct 2015
Avoid Virgin mobile at all costs, the Internet on there all. Inclusive packages are caped at a fare usage limit to suit there selves, the Internet speed is atrocious to say the least that's if you can connect at all. Over seas call centres that basically are useless that is if you can get through or understand them, complain about the coverage and you will spend hrs getting no where Diabolical service and can't wait for the contract to end.
Reviewed by Jim
on 17th Oct 2015
Absolutely the worst service in the world!! I had the dire misfortune of dealing with this sub par company for several years and was repeatedly subject to severely handicapped customer service reps who could barely string a sentence of English together. They continually cut off my service at random times without warning claiming I had gone over my service...which I hadn't. It caused me to miss work, miss personal calls and then have the arduous task of calling customer service again and try to plead with them to turn my service back on. Only to have the abhorrent cycle to start again a month later!! Please do not support this band of degenerate charlatans and use a proper company! The ultimate insult was when I called to cancel, they informed me after my rant that it would be 35$ to re activate my account lol
Reviewed by Christine
on 6th Oct 2015
Virgin is the worst network iv even know of I wanted to go from three and thought I'd give virgin a go what a joke I went to a virgin store and had my new therty day rolover the guy in the store asked me if I was keeping my old number I told yes he then asked me if I have a paccode I said yes he then said that he could activate my paccode former I thought good save me doing how I wish I never bothered I did it on the twenty ninth of September and still waiting when I phone virgin up thay say thay are waiting for my number from three then thay say it's frozen then thay only have part of my number then I phone three thay say it's nothing to do with them I don't know what to do know as I have three weeks left can anybody help
Reviewed by Tracey
on 5th Oct 2015
Diabolical customer service. Wrong phone sent out, seven phone calls later & five non call backs still waiting for the correct phone to be delivered. The service team continually lie, promise resolutions that don't materilise. So today I gave up & ordered a phone from Carphone Warehouse. No compensation offerred by Virgin so I decided to take my business else where.
I will be pursuing this tragic episode via Watchdog, The Guardian & Trading Standards.
Buy at your peril! ;(
Reviewed by Kenneth Jiles
on 5th Oct 2015
Terrible customer service, telephone staff tell lies and fail to action orders. Do not use this company as they will fob you off with any old rubbish and when a refund is warranted they take time to refund unlike when you pay them.
ASvoid this company at all costs.
Reviewed by MT
from United Kingdom
on 4th Oct 2015
I wouldn't return to this company ever! It goes from worse to worse. First they decide to 'emigrate' my broadband account (probably because I wouldn't buy into one of their pricey media packages!!) - so I find myself with TalkTalk (a very nice way to treat a loyal customer of many years!!). As for the mobile phone (purchased before 'emigrated' by Virgin!), I have had the worst ever reception; I cannot even use the phone in my own home most of the time!! Right now, I cannot access emails or the internet! And, in London, I've been cut off in the middle of calls more often than I can actually count! There's better and more caring companies out there then this!
Reviewed by So pin
on 1st Oct 2015
vigin mobile have the poorest customer service ever. I changed my contract over was told my phone was delivered by the courier when it wasn't, faugulently signed for and when I rang Virgin to complain they put the blame on me and tried to accuse me of stealing the phone. I have get till this day not had my phone or sim delivered I have to ring the police to tell them about the theft by yodel, and they still will not send out another phone or cancel my contract. I think the service is disgusting and will never use vergin again. EE u r the best, with 15 years of loyal service phones delivered on time.
Reviewed by Kerry
on 19th Sep 2015
I am a complaints and sales handler in my present company so I do understand how difficult it can be dealing customers on a daily basis. But the service I have received from Virgin is disgusting.
Signed up to a 24 month mobile contract on the 1st of September. On the 5th of September my phone developed a hairline crack under the jack cable, roughly about the size of a postage stamp. I contacted customer care who decided to refer me directly to Microsoft technical help desk. The person I spoke to informed me that because the screen was cracked, then this was out with my warranty and I would be charged for a repair if their engineers concluded the crack was the result of a handling issue. They arranged to send prepaid envelope to return the phone for repair.
I called Virgin the next day after reading threads on the web from customers who had similar issues with their handsets within the warranty period. I spoke to a customer care adviser, and again advised that I was within the cooling off period and wanted a replacement handset or would have to cancel as the product was not fit for use (The product wasn't dropped, handled heavily or banged so the crack must be a manufacturing issue) The adviser assured me the matter was resolved and I would be sent an exchange within two days - he mentioned a replacement may take an extra day as he was busy but I would be sent a new phone before the end of the week. Two days passed, still no callback.
I again called Virgin to check on the progress of the previous call. The next adviser I spoke to said he would gladly get a replacement organised and would contact me on the 16th to confirm delivery. Because I reported the fault on the 9th, I spoke to the adviser at length regarding the cooling off period and was told I could cancel as the product was not fit for use and the 14 day period still applied. He arranged a replacement for today, involving a courier to my address and the old phone would be exchanged for a new one. He said someone would have to be at home to sign for it.
Fast forward to today. My husband waited in all day for a call as I was working. Get home and there's been no call from Virgin and my old phone is still sitting on the table. Called the helpline and spoke to yet another customer service adviser. Turns out the guy who arranged the exchange was off and there was a note in the system saying Virgin had cancelled the exchange. Nobody bothered to tell me. Fifty minutes later, I was told they are not replacing a faulty product within the 14 day cooling off period and told me I couldn't take it into store to have someone look at it. I said I wished to return the product and cancel due to poor service and products - Their Manager said I have lost my right to cancel as Microsoft must confirm if the product was faulty in the first place. They are now sending me another prepaid envelope.
What happens now? Nothing. They won't pull the calls I made with the previous advisers but said they will pass on my concerns as a 'Training Issue.' If I can't prove the phone was faulty when i purchased it, then I'll be landed with a damaged product for 24 months. If they do find the product was faulty, I get to cancel and sign up with a better phone provider.
I know people bitch and moan about call centres in places like India. The people I spoke to are in their UK call centre so I won't be blaming a language barrier for Virgin taking the mick while taking my Direct Debit.
Reviewed by David Marshall
on 19th Sep 2015
Five weeks since VIRGIN Media blocked my mobile phone
The service has been absolutely rubbish so many promises that they must have run out of crossed fingers
Supervisors hanging up on me twice
Promise of call back....still waiting
Promises that the phone would be freed within 24 hours
Now the department that can free there admin error is not open but a further call back
Reviewed by keith
on 18th Sep 2015
Been with virgin mobile for 6 years have 4 phones with them for family never missed payments all are vip deal so pay £140 a month for all contracts, coming up for renewal tried renew one but told failed credit checks , my credit is poor but never had problem before so looks like pay as u go deals needs to be done , in away sad but hey least no cntracts anymore will save £100 A month ish which is my gain virgins loss. Anyone having trouble like me , have they changed their policy lately?
Reply by evie
on 16th Aug 2016
yes they have now gone through a credit company called eqifax...whom do not reconise my address..same problems as yourself keith.
I was told to call them myself to rectify my problem..its all complete and utter bullshit.excuse the pun..they asked me to enrole in a monthly subscription to look at my credit score..
I explained i am with clearscore my credit is fine .
and that your computer is not reconiseing my address...but whom am i paying each and every month then...
dont waste your breath over this past year they are dealing with new credit check agency and advisors whom .well are bog standard...
I have same problem but can not deal with these idiots much longer .SHAME.BUT LOYALY COUNTS FOR NOTHING..AS SAD AS IT IS
Reviewed by Carol
on 17th Sep 2015
Took out a mobile contract for my daughter to use. I told them I only wanted a year as she would be leaving after that. They now say the contract was for two years and that they would listen to the original phone call to prove it. Funnily enough they now say they can't listen to the original call and that I owe them next 12 months money. Told me to look on terms and conditions which I didn't receive. I only received an e mail stating the phone was on its way.
Reviewed by RON
on 13th Sep 2015
Hi I have read all of the reviews and agree with all the one star reviews. I have been handling my wife's account with Virgin regarding her wish to cancel her mobile phone contract which she has had for between 3/4 years. This enquiry was started in July 2015. I notified Virgin customer service then that she no longer wished to continue. During my conversation I was asked for her pass word unfortunately she had forgotten it. Because the pass word could not be sorted THEY refuse to cancel the contract and continued to ask for payment. The monthly payment were made from bank direct debit. This has been stopped. The follow up was letter from Virgin which arrived asking to start up the direct debit and demanding £10.40 outstanding. Obviously they are not on . It appears they have trained staff to be arrogant and pressurise people into paying for a truly bad service. People who don't know how to deal with this sort of situation.
Reviewed by Becca
on 11th Sep 2015
I used to have a phone with Virgin, but after reading these reviews I am so glad I changed to O2. Even more so after trying to help my dad with his phone.
As he doesn't use his phone that much, he was offered a customer loyalty discount that would last him two years. Fine, until the discount came to an end as did his contract. With no warning. The previous contract he was on was not a roll on contract, so he should have either been notified the contract was at an end, or had his phone stopped. Instead, horribly, his was charged double and even one month quadruple what he always paid with NO NOTIFICATION.
Due to some personal issues and circumstances my dad didn't notice this was happening until nine months later. Immediately he was on the phone to customer service. After being told they'd phone back, he waited a week before taking the initiative to call them once more.
Not only was there no record of having to call him back, apparently they 'forgot to make a note to call him back', but as Virgin is a 'large company' they are not obligated to inform someone of their contract ending. They encourage people to look at their accounts and their bills. Being a large company, it is 'difficult to contact each customer when their contract is up'. Well, O2 do it for me, I was informed via text 2 months before my contract was up, and reminded via email every week for the last remaining month. But despite the difficult personal issues my dad was going through, he should have remembered his TWO year contract was ending.
Essentially, they blamed my dad for the nine months of extra payment, and cannot reimburse him the money lost. Instead they sold him a SIM only contract for £5; just a small victory, but it's not going to bring back the £150+ my dad is owed. But I swear to whatever deity is out there, if I find out that my dad gets charged any more than the amount he was told by customer service, I will be furious.
Pathetic customer service and despicable excuses.
Reviewed by Charlotte
on 8th Sep 2015
Spoke to virgin mobile in April, asked them when my end of contract date was and told them I wished the contract to end then and not continue. Still being billed for a phone that's in the bin and they just keep saying "that's not the convocation you had" but when I ask them to go check the conversation that should be recorded I'm told they can't do that.....well why did the guy last week say that he could and would do that if you can't? Now, 4 months down the line, I'm being told I had to inform them within 30 days that I wished for the contract to finish. Wasn't told the originally though and now tell me they can't cancel the contract until I pay them £75 to bring the account upto date....what an account I cancelled months ago!!!
Their systems are dated, their staff are untrained and are only trained to get customers to pay money that's it, no help no service nothing like it was 10 years ago!
Discussed, and to make a complaint you have to write a flipping letter to somewhere in Swansea! !!! Who writes letters these days why can't I email? Why can't I speak to somebody???
I am not paying a damn penny for somebody else's mistake they can jump! HAVE virgin media wouldnt even giving them 1 star!
We had same problems last year with virgin media when we moved house, was told the area COULD receive virgin media, when we moved house we were told different, and we would have to pay to get out of the contract or go with a secondary service which would cost more money....do one! Argued, won the case, and yet they still sent debt letters out so we had to ring them back to argue what they had already told us!! And they never changed our address after telling them 10+ times!
Reviewed by Kimberly M
from United States
on 27th Aug 2015
I have to say I love Virgin Mobile. I have been using them as my cellular provider for about 3 years now. I have good service in most areas and I love that I am under no contract. Also there are no hidden fees like with other companies. I know what I will have to pay each and every month and I don't have to worry about some extra charge being tacked on without my knowledge. In fact, Virgin actually tacked on $5 to my account balance last month because it had been reported that there was an outage in my area. I hadn't asked for anything, they just gave it to me because they felt it was right! Who else does that?! Also I got a text from them saying that I had an added GB of data per month FREE of charge. I have unlimited data but everyone knows speeds are slowed down after you use so many (mine is normally 2GB). So I now have 3GB before my speeds slow and I thank them so much for giving me that extra. I had an issue today where I thought I had mistakenly charged my debit card twice to pay my monthly dues so I sent a quick email explaining that. Within a few hours I had a response from a lady at customer service. Normally with other customer services I would have had to call and be transferred around 4 or 5 times and then on hold for who knows how long. So I am thankful I could communicate through email and not have to wait forever. They are just great great great in my opinion!
Reviewed by David Neale
on 18th Aug 2015
Very poor customer service within the UK and at their overseas bases, they have a take it or leave it attitude, so i am leaving it.
Reviewed by Paul
on 18th Aug 2015
After failing to negotiate an improved offer on a new contract with Virgin at the beginning of July, I asked for my PAC code so I could transfer my number to new network. This happened on the 4th July, we are now at 18th August, my number hasn't been ported, Virgin are insisting that I still have a contract with them, and so I have a split contract - two phones, same number. I can receive calls and texts on the old phone and make calls/send texts on the new one. My new provider is unable to get an answer from Virgin either as to why all the files have not been sent across for porting.
The Virgin customer services is in the Philippines I believe - they are worse than useless. If anyone has a UK number I can call that would be very helpful.
Reviewed by Susan thompson
on 16th Aug 2015
After reading so many awful reviews.I feel I need to say something about the dreadful customer service that Virgin have . To say the staff are rude ignorant and just don't listen is an understatement to say the least . Oh and forgot to add Liars to that . To everyone who is thinking of going with Virgin don't and the ones that are already with them get out as soon as you can . Enough said.
Reviewed by ann
on 14th Aug 2015
Ok until needed a repair phone came back cracked and all techical team want to do is send sim cards ! The woman in techical team was very unpleasant and did not want to know about the crack and said well mine got a crack in to ! Now you told us your phone is cracked youry insurance is void she was so unpleasant and kept on about her phone ! Can't wait until my contract ends . I have been a good customer to vigin but it count for nothing .I would give them zero ratings.
Reviewed by Kasey
on 12th Aug 2015
Been a Virgin Mobile customer for almost 7 years.I do travel often and since I had some awful experience with Virgin previously but I accepted it was my fault by not turning my mobile data off while abroad this time around they went too far.I never fell in arrears with them and capped my monthly allowance to £100 due to above mentioned previous experience.I travelled on 14/7 to 4 different countries for a period of 24 days and never used any mobile data.I occasionally sent messages to friends and family plus had to make a call to Lufthansa to confirm a flight that's about it.I landed back on London Heathrow on 6/8 my phone was suspended on 7/8.I called them to find out exactly what happened.i was told my account went over the limit.Asked customer services regarding the adequate amount required the answer was 30 pounds to put me below my limit and my bill was due to be debited in a few days so I paid the amount I was advised on..since I'm on unlimited SIM only monthly roll on contract means once I'm back in the UK and below the credit limit my service was to be free. I was WRONG the next day my account was suspended bang in the middle of a very important chat.Tried calling 789 but all received was It looks like your account is suspended you can call us on 789 anytime you like and call disconnected.Despite a several more attempts with 789 then 0345 6000 789 I kept getting in the same message with disconnection.I asked my son to call them and he did he was told I was over my limit by 36 pounds I asked why and the customer service told me over usage abroad I explained it can not be right because I also have a secondary phone to use abroad and my virgin mobile is usually turned off and I always make sure that I accidentally do not dial a number which is almost impossible with an S6 anyway.Besides my bill was pulled below my limit which I am on unlimited tariff and no charges should be applicable but I still ended up paying further 36 pounds due to my mobile is very important.That was supposed to be it but WAIT.My phone was suspended again the third day again..Another few attempts and same message followed by disconnection I eventually called from another number to find out that my unlimited account was 39 pounds over the limit for over usage abroad.At that point the customer service received a proper mouthful and I requested a PAC code .Now I decided to move to 3 network unlimited SIM deal purely based on I can use my mobile in Europe and Israel with no extra cost Virgin will never get a penny of me again that's for sure.They are nothing short of disgraceful .
Reviewed by David Young
on 11th Aug 2015
virgin trying to charge direct debit for phone never recieved phoned numerous times over last month been told don't worry will be sorted and passed on to chase team two weeks later. Get letter saying in arrears and will affect credit rating phoned yet again and got told the same in hands of chase team pathetic customer service haven't got clue what there doing say anything to get you off phone good job I cancelled direct debit as they just say account open till they get phone back which I never recieved in begin how can I send it back.
Reviewed by Nth
on 5th Aug 2015
My case is basically identical to Susans.
My bill is up to date, no service and getting fobbed off, disconnected and run around. They have managed to register TWO sim cards to the one number resulting in it reverting to it being a PAYG sim whenever it, (seemingly), updates/updated !
Beyond USELESS is putting it lightly.
AS SOON AS POSSIBLE MY CONTRACT WILL BE CANCELLED with Venerial Media.
Reviewed by susan
from united Kingdom
on 28th Jul 2015
I have been suspended from my virgin mobile account for 3 weeks now. It all started when they cut me off on a Monday, i rang them up and asked why they had done this and they said they had technical difficulties with the system and that i would be up and running in 24 hours but of course i was not.i rang up two days after and asked why I was still not able to ring or text people and they said I owed them £45 and I told them I had paid it on the Wednesday which was a week before I was suspended. They checked their system and told me I was correct and said I would be on shortly. Of course I was not, throughout the whole of the 3 weeks I have been suspended,I have kept ringing customer service to see when I am going to be able to use my phone properly and all they have said is it would be up in 24 hours or reboot your device in the next hour, I am sick of hearing that same voice everytime I ring someone "sorry your account has been suspended if you would like to get back up and running you can call us on 789 anytime you like" I will not be coming back to virgin once my contract has run out they are appalling and the staff is useless because they can't even turn a phone on by a computer!
Reviewed by Fiona Breen
on 27th Jul 2015
Absolutely horrendous. i moved from O2 to Virgin a few months ago for a cheaper tariff and deeply deeply regret my decision. Some very rude staff, some very nice staff who unforuntately can't seem to get done due to rubbish internal systems and processes, internet down half the time and generally the whole service is backwards - I can get internet about 30% of the time and then it's incredibly slow through to having to call to use your mobile abroad ann turn on picture messaging - ridiculous.
If you do not have a job and enjoy spending your time on the phone complaining (and generally getting cut off), and have a trust fund to pay the outrageously high bills for anything outside your package - Virgin Mobile is definitely for you. If this doesn't sound like your thing DON'T DO IT.
Reviewed by Phil Jones
from Wales, UK
on 27th Jul 2015
When I moved to a non-cable area I terminated my TVetc contract with Virgin but stupidly kept the phone contract of £10 a month. Sometime in 2012 they called me and said that they were increasing the charge to £21 but that I would have a discount of £17.60. Stupidly, I agreed to this apparently generous offer. I had a number of issues over the following year where they "forgot" my discount but I usually got it changed back. About two tears ago my phone (my own handset) broke. My local (Swansea) Virgin store were not interested in any new deal anyway close to what I was paying so instead of trying to cancel the contract (for which I have no paperwork) I bought a cheap deal from Tesco and let the Virgin contract continue at £3.60 a month even though I didn't have a working phone (I know - I said I was stupid but I thought that one day I would replace the old phone).
Then in April I was not charged the usual £3.60. In May they advised me that my next bill would be £43.08. I immediately stopped my direct debit with Virgin and contacted them to ask why? No explanation but they now refuse to terminate my contract and continue to add a monthly charge of £21.60. They say I now owe £86.16, do not answer my letters and have put mu "debt" in the hands of Moorcroft Debt Recovery Agency who have sent me a very threatening letter. I don't know what to do because to pay them wouldn't stop Virgin continually increasing the debt to screw more money out of me.
Reviewed by M Trowell
on 21st Jul 2015
what Virgin mobile charge you for going over your monthly quote is absolutely disgusting and why they cannot cap your monthly time is unbelievable, I would advise do not Go with VIRGIN MOBILE.
VERY VERY POOR.
Reviewed by michelle
on 20th Jul 2015
I've got TV, Internet, phone a other box in the bedroom, I also have my mobile with them. Been with them for the last 5 years. Back in 2013 my phone (htc) died, so I went on line (October 2013) and ordered a new phone. Knowing my contract wasn't up until December 2013.
The phone came, noticed no sim or new number was in there. So phoned customer service, eventually spoke to someone in the upgrades team. Was told they allow their customers to upgrade 2/3 months before hand. Hence why I had no new sim or new number and my contract will continue with them for another 24 months.
Contract is due October, knowing I was allowed to upgrade early last time, I phoned the upgrades team. Only to be told it's too early and unless I want to pay £176 to end the contract there was nothing I can do.
so I explain what happened last time, the staff member said that it was impossible to do this and they don't allow it. Ok...... so why was last time different this time it's not. I was then told on the phone that I can't stay on the contract I've got I have to a free style contractc (I DONT WNT THAT CONTRACT), seen to many things that would put anyone off. Was then told that if I don't have that contract I won't be able to upgrade and can only get a pay as you go sim.
Yet their website shows freestyle and standard contracts................ I'm debating what to do when it's due. Staff are either rude or have no clue what they are talking about. Can never answer a question, they clearly don't know their products
Reviewed by David
on 19th Jul 2015
What a rubbish outfit, if you require any help from customer services it quite often takes 45 to 50 mins of talking to people who do not seem in the least bit interested. They pass you from one department to another and quite often the transfer results in either losing connection or a return to the multiple choice menu, which results in starting all over again.
It seems impossible to speak to anyone who is capable of answering the most simple question, you get the feeling everything is scripted and they are trained not to put their own brain in gear.
If you have all the time in the world to try and sort out minor problems go to Virgin, if you have a life beyond your mobile phone then steer clear.
Reviewed by karol
on 16th Jul 2015
Iv been a virgin mobile contract customer for over 20 yrs now. But since Jan when I upgraded iv been having major probs getting on the Internet. I only recently in march changed my package plan because I wanted unlimited Internet because I don't have a computer. But i'm worse of I'm wondering if I have ground's to cancel my contract without having to pay virgin to end it. Because I'v had more days not being able to connect to the Internet then getting on it.and it's not fair on me paying £30 mth for something I'm not able to load when I want it. Virgin have checked signal in my area and it's good. I personally think virgin stop me accessing the Internet to stop me using it.bearing in mind I upgraded to having my Internet usage unlimited !!
Reviewed by Andrew
on 16th Jul 2015
Terrible, terrible, TERRIBLE network coverage. 99.9% of the time it states I have full signal and 3G yet won't load Facebook, mail, send iMessages, watch videos on YouTube, stream Spotify, connect to games, and so on.
What is the point of owning a smart phone if the provider cannot provide what it states it can!?
The virgin media broadband is the best out there, yet their mobile network is horrific! They even let other companies use 4G through their service yet don't provide it themselves... Probably because they know that even if it states 4G, they wouldn't really be any signal!!
Something needs to be done with being able to get out of mobile contracts when you come to a point where your phone can't even do what it issue to do!
I would NEVER EVER recommend virgin mobile to anybody at all.
If you choose to go with them you will regret it!!
They are literally the worst provider I have ever had the displeasure of being with, and I've been with '3'!!
If I could select it they wouldn't even get 1 star!!
Virgin mobile, hang your heads in shame as you fail 100% at being a network provider!!
Reviewed by Chris
on 9th Jul 2015
Please don't sign virgin mobile contract bad customer service and no 4G service shame on you virgin.
Reviewed by brian.gumm
on 7th Jul 2015
virgin mobile. Will not un lock your mobile when you go to a new company. I have asked them to unlock my phone. I have had my phone for 5years. And they still not unlock it for me.
Reviewed by Maureen heathcote
on 3rd Jul 2015
Changed providers did the puk code, now they've taken old number so other provider now cut off, but haven't transferred my number to new phone . They text saying up & running welcome, are they joking? 3 calls later & nothing, so no one can get hold of me, but thanks virgin!,,, for nothing.
Reviewed by Simon cockerham
from United Kingdom
on 30th Jun 2015
Not at all happy with virgin, upgrade day today so rang up and got refused! I've been told I'd have to keep my tariff and very tired phone, pretty much got told to put up and shut up.
Anyway as I suspect this is because they ran a bare bones credit check (no previous address taken and I do refuse to sign the electoral roll)
They put me through to the loyalty dept which just said 'you failed your credit check there's nothing we can do.' cheers virgin! Their tone had also changed toward me I felt degraded and annoyed. (not much tho)
Soooooo I went to Vodafone and scored top of the range phone simples.
So that's my review loyalty means nothing to virgin, computer says no. Crazy.
Reviewed by Dot
on 29th Jun 2015
Have had Virgin Media TV,Broadband and Landline for years with no problems. Family bought me a Mobile Phone from Virgin for my Christmas. As a pay as you go customer I wanted to use up my existing balance with my previous supplier. Started with my new phone from Virgin in March and everything was fine until Mid-May when it all began to go pear shaped. Have yet to find anyone in customer service who knows what they are talking about. Each one had different ideas to the phones' problems, a couple even hung up as they had no clue whatsoever. Have just received number 3 replacement sim which doesn't work either in the ZTE Kiss 3 Max. It has now been decided by customer service that it is the handset itself that is faulty. They are now trying to say they have no record the phone was purchased from them but my daughter has proof to the contrary. They want me to take the phone to a Virgin store in Falkirk to have it checked out but won't guarantee I won't be charged. Not a chance. The phone is faulty and totally useless. DON'T TOUCH VIRGIN. Customer satisfaction doesn't exist.
Reviewed by johnlarvin
on 28th Jun 2015
Broke my phone two months before end of contract. All Virgin would offer was £60 repair or for me to pay off contract. Bought a new phone and two weeks later Virgin are all over me offering an upgrade! A dozen missed calls later a foreign call centre got hold of me started the upgrade and then discovered "incosistencies" on my account and rang off. Spoke toa very nice lady the next day who told me the problem was with their system. Still waiting for an answer to a complaint I made last year. When I rang about the complaint I was told they take up to 28 days to answer an email. Twelve months later no reply and even poorer customer service. There web site tells me I am one of their most valued customers! God help any one who and fixed line.
not. Looking for a new provider for three mobile accounts plus tv broadband and fixed line. Any suggestions?
Reviewed by Kim Anthony Simpson
from UK (Plymouth)
on 17th Jun 2015
What has happened to the Virgin signal?
Since ee took over its been really bad, all in the last cpl of months or so. I used to have all 4 bars showing now I'm lucky if I get one! When I call customer services they don't want to kno or tell me to switch fone off and on again! I'm thinking of leaving them out of sheer frustration! Virgin get your act together!
Reviewed by John Early
on 7th Jun 2015
had a virgin sim only phone, this phone broke beyond repair, bought lumia 535 was unable to register phone to my virgin media mobile account. I called the help centre and was infromed that my account would have to be reset and to wait 24hrs and retry. 24hrs later unable to log into my mobile account called customer services and after explaining my problem and 1 hour later was told to register my new phone using a different email address as you can only register one mobile per account. As soon as I have used up my credit I will be changing to another provider.
Reviewed by Douglas Hislop
from United Kingdom
on 28th May 2015
No available chat on their website, nor a direct email for contact. Have to go to their facebook page to make a public complaint for everyone to see and then get a link to complain on their social media form.
They need to get rid of the hip hop responses and employ serious customers relations staff who talk professionally and knowledgably.
Things like ''we're on the case'' and returned a repair item in a box with ''snug as a bug in a rug'' on it.
I get the impression customers get lied to and fobbed off, in the hopes they'll just go away.
Pointless getting sports stars to feature in their tv ads in the hopes that people will want to buy Virgin. Most people go by word of mouth and reviews and the word is spreading. Virgin are rubbish.
Reviewed by Darran Murphy
on 28th May 2015
sent me a new phone upgrade everything was buffering only getting 2 bars from 5 in signal slow connection disappointed in virgin the service is going downwards everyone has 4G except them something doesn't add up phone go,s back tomorrow fed up of trying to be a loyal customer and repeating myself over and over to them especially when i am getting less for my money on this new contract and the price has gone up already started having less on my tv package because nothing gets resolved by them
Reviewed by David
on 25th May 2015
I must say the service from virgin mobile has been an absolute shambles. There signal is bearly usable and they refuse to do anything about it. They simply pass the buck to EE. I would not recommend Virgin mobile services to anyone!
Reviewed by Chris
on 16th May 2015
If you want terrible customer service including those you sent a complaint to join virgin mobile. Id rather pay a tad extra to get customer service an a phone service of quality.
Reviewed by Liz
on 16th May 2015
Wish I'd stayed with ee!
Reviewed by Steve
on 12th May 2015
I have been with Virgin Mobile for years and also have TV, Broadband and Land line. A couple of years ago I got a Nokia Lumia Windows phone and have been very happy with it. My contract is up for renewal and I phoned to upgrade but the only Windows phones on offer from Virgin are three out of date models. Have reduced my contract to the minimum Sim only deal and will be going to an alternative supplier to get a recent version phone. Love to know where the call centre is, the service staff speak in difficult to understand English and obviously depend on reading from scripts instead of listening to customers and making appropriate responses. I really think Virgin should drop mobile and concentrate on the Virgin Media side of the business. The reputation of the company being given by the customer service call centre is abysmal.
Reviewed by Augustas
on 11th May 2015
Worst compony ever, I tried to change my old pay monthly plan for half a year, going to the virgin media store, trying it online and calling customer service, nothing worked. Finally decided to quit the network and after cancelling it, they added random 56 pounds on my bill ! it was marked as "Other costs" on the bill with description "Offering correction". What the hell is that you ask ? I ask the same to the people in customer service, they had no reply, but said that it was a mistake ! Asked them 2-3 more time what was it for, they had no explanation, but agreed that it shouldn't be there. And this is not the worst part of that talk !!! In order to return me the money they said that they would need to charge me 3 pounds for the return transfer !!!!!! SERIOUSLY ? They try to ROB me and they ask me money for returning the money that they stole from me !!! I have 2 more contracts (another phone and internet) which will be canceled at the fist day that the contract ends.
Reviewed by Carole Laing
on 11th May 2015
Ordered a new update on my mobile account which should have been delivered 1st April never turned up. Tracking the parcel which should have been delivered by Yodel it stated that the phone had been delivered to my address, I asked for proof of delivery the phone should have been signed for still waiting for this proof now 11th May still no mobile . Have rung Virgin on 10 separate occasions still no joy have asked to cancel the phone but they have said cannot do this until the phone has been found and checked , I said I would cancel my direct debit and they told me the account would just mount up and I would have to pay in the end is there no way out of this stupid situation I have not even received the phone so why should I be penalised. I will ring again today and see what they fob me off with this time it's getting past a joke but what can one do.
Reviewed by David
on 8th May 2015
The conversation started with "Hi, I've got an issue with my rolling data bundle"
To which they said "So what is the issue with you unlimited talk and text bundle?"
I explained I have a five pound 1gb data bundle which is meant to roll over each month - but I'd run out of data and needed to buy another one.
After being told "There is an error" I was placed on hold for 10 minutes with no explanation to what they were going to do.
Finally they arranged to call back and set up 200mb until the could resolve the issue.
"We'll have it sorted out in 24 hours, you're 1gb of data will be applied automatically." she promised.
Well 24 hours have passed and no sign of the 1gb of data, now if I try to buy a new bundle by text I get a message saying "This service is no longer available".
I'll give them one more chance, honestly I'm not holding my breath and it will possibly be bye,bye Virgin.
Reviewed by Fintan
on 7th May 2015
Worst customer service experience of my life.
Spent 40 minuts on the phone with a sales guy to set up the 30 day rolling contract who was pleasant but kept repeating himself over and over. He warned me they were experiencing service issues and that I would receive a call to confirm the order.
A week later I haven't received the SIM and call customer services who tell me there is no record of the order and put me through to sales. I spoke to PETER who was frankly an idoit. He kept contradicting himself and trying to force me to make another order instead of investigating what happened to my original order. I gave up and asked to speak to a superviser when he transferred me back to customer services. After 5 minutes on hold I gave up and called again myself and spoke to another customer services representative. I explained the problem and she once again tried to transfer me to sales and I told her they would just transfer me back to her. She put me on hold while she was going to talk to sales and after 10 minutes on hold I gave up again.
I called a third time and got lucky. I spoke to a competent person who was able to see that I had made an order but would need to check the delivery information with Sales. He put me on hold and then told me I would have to talk to sales to make another order. I told him that's not what I wanted and I just wanted them to reissue the SIM. He told me that's what they would do. I was put through to IAN who was a typical sales guy. He told me he would have to make a replacement order and would need my details. I told him to use my existing details. He shouldn't need me to stay on the line again. He told me he wouldn't have all the details and would need to run another credit check at which point I refused and said that is totally unacceptable to run another credit check on me when I've already gone through the process. He became irrated and said it's not his fault that SIMs get lost in the post and I said I didn't believe that and that I was certain it was Virgin that had made the mistake. He tried to get me to continue to make an order and I told him no I just wanted to cancel the other one. He then put me through to the cancellation department.
Finally someone who was competent, upfront and honest. She told me that the original order was not processed correctly. The account was set up but no mobile number was linked to it which means no SIM was issued. She guaranteed that no Direct Debit would come from my account and that there was nothing to cancel. She told me she would escalate it with management.
The incompetence, dishonesty and unwillingness to help EXISTING customers is shameful. I am already a Virgin Media customer but thankfully the Mobile section appears to be run entirely differently. It is without doubt an absolute shambles of a serice.
I got lucky in that they failed to put my order through and now after reading the comments here I thank god for that! I'll be going to Vodafone or O2 and am happy to pay more for people who actually know what they're doing.
AVOID AVOID AVOID.
Reviewed by andy
on 6th May 2015
I live in Gravesend and mobile phone signal is down, any idea when it will working again?
Reviewed by LemonHEAD
on 4th May 2015
DO NOT GO WITH VIRGIN. Six years with them - won've give me upgrade. Refused and didn't care when I cancelled. I have read comments below and pretty much all of these comments were said to me. Lies. "System was down". Waited for 4 days for a call back; in the end I had to call them. Different member of staff telling me completely different stuff.
I was shocked that I was not able to upgrade at all. That a check apparently was carried out on me internally? However, they had no issue taking my monthly payments for years. NEVER missed one.
I am SHOCKED by this; Richard Branson, if you are reading this, sort this out. It feels to me like you want out of mobiles. ZERO customer loyalty. I am so hacked off that I have even given this company a penny.
If there was an option was zero stars, I would have chosen.
Reviewed by steve
on 4th May 2015
mobile data very poor often have problems getting into everyday sites like Wikipedia and Amazon
Takes forever to load up if at all.
Seems like virgins spin is very good but there actual mobile Internet is very poor would advise against using them.
And yes the customer services don't seem to have a clue overall when trying to get answers.
I use mobile internet on iPad and Nokia phone so it's not the device it's the rubbish signal.
Reviewed by mark caine
on 1st May 2015
Virgin mobile has advertised as unlimited data this is an outrageous lie as I soon discovered because my internet access was slowed down to the point my mobile phone was practically useless. If there is a data cap then potential customers should be given the truth. I can't believe they blatantly get away with such a lie like this. I will be stopping my direct debit because I am disgusted with this service. Now I warned you what will happen its just a pity no one warned me.
Reviewed by Jon
on 30th Apr 2015
So all I wanted to do was change the name on the account and request a micro sim. Same phone number, address and bank a/c for pay monthly. So after 3 hours, over 4 days, spent on the phone with a succession of operatives who can't talk to each other I've now been sent a micro sim for a new phone number; no sign of the micro sim for the number I want to keep. Phoned up again, a Uk call centre this time, but probably the most stupid employee on the planet. Without asking me, they proceeded to register the micro sim I haven't received. So my mobile is now useless and there's a validated sim card floating around somewhere.
Been waiting for several hours now for a call back from a centre manager.
It was really stupid of me to think that staying with Virgin was the simplest solution. I should just have phoned them once, to get a porting code, and gone elswhwere. Might still just do that if these time-wasters can't raise their game.
Reviewed by Kaylene Morris
on 28th Apr 2015
I have called Virgin's call centre to change my direct debit date, NOT once, NOT twice, NOT three times BUT four times!!!!! This is the worst service I have ever received from any organisation. RB should try and phone 789 and see what service he receives, I am quite sure the work will be brought back where it was being done slightly more costly but definitely more effeciently!! I was thinking of changing my broadband, landline and TV to Virgin but that will never happen!! When my contract expires I will move from Virgin!!! DON'T sign a Virgin contract!!!!
Reviewed by vicky
on 28th Apr 2015
Worst service I have ever received. Been waiting 28 days for an imei to be added to the system so a faulty phone can be booked in for repair. They never added it to the account when the phone was replaced by then. They said it would take 24 hours and 11 phone calls and 3 emails still no luck. Same as everyone else said different person said different thing everytime. I won't use then again.