Updated: November, 2016
Introduction to Virgin Mobile 4G
Virgin Mobile is an MVNO that uses EE, and while for a long time its 4G services were limited to business customers, it’s finally launched 4G for everyone.
Virgin Mobile is in the enviable position of being able to take advantage of EE’s extensive 4G network, which currently covers over 97% of the UK population, with OpenSignal users on EE reporting a 4G signal 60.60% of the time – that’s more than any other network.
The company also aims to stand out, with low prices (starting at just £6 per month for 300MB of data, 300 minutes and unlimited texts), along with data allowances that roll over each month – so if you don’t use all your data you get the remaining amount added on to your next month’s allowance. Plus, all customers can use WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger without eating into their data allowances, and you get access to Virgin Mobile’s network of 250,000 Wi-Fi hotspots across the UK.
Virgin Mobile 4G Network Overview
Types of 4G from Virgin Mobile:
- 4G – Typically 5 times faster than a standard 3G network.
4G from Virgin Mobile uses the following network frequencies:
- 800 MHz (0.8 GHz)
- 1800 MHz (1.8 GHz)
- 2600 MHz (2.6 GHz)
Find out more about 4G frequencies in the UK here.
As Virgin Mobile is an EE MVNO it uses the same 4G spectrum bands as EE. That means it has access to the 800MHz band, the 1800MHz band and the 2600MHz band. Between the three of them Virgin Mobile is equipped to deliver reliable 4G signals both in urban and rural locations, over long distances and through walls while still being able to deliver the capacity needed in busy areas.
With 4G, Virgin Mobile customers can get speeds which are roughly five times faster than a standard 3G connection.
Virgin Mobile 4G Coverage
As Virgin Mobile uses EE’s network its 4G service is available in the same locations. Right now that means you can get Virgin Mobile 4G in over 666 large towns and cities and over 6,900 smaller towns and villages across the UK.
Currently the places it’s available in include but are not limited to Aberdeen, Abingdon, Accrington, Aldershot, Altrincham, Amersham, Antrim, Armadale, Armagh City Ashby-De-La-Zouch, Ashford (Kent), Ashford (Surrey), Ashton-In-Makerfield, Ashton-Under-Lyne, Aylesbury, Ballymena, Banbridge, Bangor, Barnsley, Basildon, Basingstoke, Bath, Beaconsfield, Bedford, Belfast, Bellshill, Belper, Benfleet, Berkhamsted, Bicester, Billericay, Bingley, Birkenhead, Birmingham, Bishop Auckland, Bishop’s Stortford, Blackburn, Blackpool, Bolton, Bournemouth, Bracknell, Bradford, Braintree, Brentwood, Bridgend, Brighouse, Brighton, Bristol, Brownhills, Buckingham, Burnley, Burntwood, Burton Upon Trent, Caerphilly, Camberley, Cambridge, Cannock, Cardiff, Castleford, Coalville, Caldicot, Canvey Island, Carlisle, Carrickfergus, Chatham, Chelmsford, Cheltenham, Chepstow, Chesham, Chester, Chester-Le-Street, Cheshunt, Chesterfield, Chorley, Clydebank, Coatbridge, Colchester, Coleraine, Corringham, Coventry, Craigavon, Crawley, Cumbernauld, Cwmbran, Dalkeith, Darlington, Derby, Dewsbury, Doncaster, Dudley, Dumbarton, Dundee, Dungannon, Durham, Edinburgh, East Grinstead, Ellesmere Port, Exeter, Farnborough, Farnham, Faversham, Fleet, Fleetwood, Formby, Frimley, Gateshead, Gerrards Cross, Gillingham, Glasgow, Glossop, Gloucester, Grangemouth, Gravesend, Grays, Grimsby, Guildford, Guiseley, Halifax, Hamilton, Harlow, Harpenden, Harrogate, Hartlepool, Hatfield, Hebburn, Helensburgh, Hemel Hempstead, Hertford, High Wycombe, Hinckley, Hitchin, Hoddesdon, Houghton-Le-Spring, Holywood, Horsham, Huddersfield, Hull, Hythe, Ilkeston, Ipswich, Jarrow, Keighley, Kenilworth, Keynsham, Kirkby, Kirkintilloch, Larne, Leatherhead, Leeds, Leicester, Leigh, Leighton Buzzard, Letchworth, Leyland, Lichfield, Lincoln, Lisburn, Liverpool, Livingston, London, Londonderry/Derry, Loughborough, Luton, Lytham St Annes, Macclesfield, Maidenhead, Maidstone, Manchester, Mansfield, Marlow, Merthyr Tydfil, Milton Keynes, Middlesbrough, Motherwell, Nailsea, Neath, Newbury, Newcastle, Newcastle Under Lyme, Newport, Newry, Newton Abbot, Newtownabbey, Newtownards, Northampton, Norwich, Nottingham, Nuneaton, Oldham, Omagh, Ormskirk, Oxford, Paignton, Peterborough, Peterlee, Plymouth, Pontypool, Poole, Pontefract, Portishead, Portsmouth, Port Talbot, Potters Bar, Prestatyn, Preston, Ramsbottom, Rayleigh, Reading, Redcar, Redhill, Reigate, Rhyl, Richmond, Rochdale, Rochester, Rotherham, Rugeley, Runcorn, Sale, Saltash, Sandhurst, Sevenoaks, Sheerness, Sheffield, Shipley, Sittingbourne, Skelmersdale, Slough, Southampton, Southend-On-Sea, Southport, South Shields, Spennymoor, Stevenage, St Albans, Stafford, Staines, Stockport, Stockton-On-Tees, Stoke, Strabane, Sunderland, Sutton Coldfield, Sutton in Ashfield, Swadlincote, Swansea, Swindon, Swinton, Tamworth, Telford, Thame, Thornaby-on-Tees, Tilbury, Tonbridge, Torquay, Totton, Tyldesley, Tunbridge Wells, Wakefield, Wallasey, Walsall, Waltham Abbey, Walton-On-Thames, Ware, Warrington, Washington, Watford, Welwyn Garden City, Weston-Super-Mare, West Bromwich, Wickford Widnes, Wigan, Wimborne Minster, Windsor, Witney, Woking, Wolverhampton, Wombourne, Worksop, Wishaw and York among other places.
Virgin Mobile offers 30 day travel passes for EU roaming, with 10MB of data for 35p, 50MB for £1.50 and 250MB for £5.