Virgin Media becomes first telco to offer ‘quad play’ packages

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Virgin customers able to get all telecommunications services from the one provider

Virgin Media has broken ranks and became the first UK telecommunications provider to offer a ‘quad play’ service of fixed-line, broadband, TV and mobile as a bundle.

The Big Bundle packages offer minimum broadband speeds of 50MB and for an additional £5 per month, a mobile SIM with unlimited calls, texts and 250MB of data.

Two packages have been launched initially including The ‘Big Kahuna’ which incorporates 152MB broadband, a home phone, and 230 channels on its TiVo television service including BT Sport for £45 per month.

Virgin Media claims that the package when taken with a SIM for an extra £5 per month is a saving of £300 per month “versus the nearest comparable services from Sky and the next best value SIM from any mobile operator”.

The ‘Big Bang’ package offers 100MB broadband, a reduced TiVo service and home phone. For £30 a month.

Uswitch telecoms expert, Ernest Doku says that these types of deals can “seriously drive down costs” but it was important for consumers to choose carefully.

“Perhaps the biggest draw of Virgin’s new bundles is the super-fast home broadband – with a minimum speed of 50Mbps. This, coupled with the flexibility to tailor TV packages, makes these Big Bundles very attractive,” he said.

“Virgin’s quad-play bundles are likely to be popular with families, as the SIM could be used with an older handset and given to your kids.

“But the mobile offering isn’t as strong as it could be as each bundle only includes single SIM – with just 250MB of data. Before you opt for a bundle deal it’s important you make sure it’s right for your usage. While the cost of the package is obviously key, it’s not the only consideration

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