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Virgin Media 5G network and coverage: Availability and Plans

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Last update: May 29, 2023
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Virgin Media has effectively launchedthe Virgin Media 5G network throughout the U.K. The first 5G data call on the operational Virgin Media 5G network finished at the locations in England's Tamworth and Peak Region. This article will explore Virgin Media's 5g network: the price, availability, and coverage.

Does Virgin Media have 5G?

Virgin Media has already introduced 5G services in 100 UK towns and cities, and more are on the way. Users who choose a new 5G plan will also have access to the quickest, most robust internet connections offered by Virgin Media, which means they won't have to worry about downloading, browsing, video chatting, or gaming while they're out.

Virgin Media's 5G service is free of charge and is accessible on various plans, including SIM-only and Pay Monthly, with an average speed of 176.62Mbps (around 4.5 times faster than 4G).


Virgin Media 5G coverage and availability

The Virgin Media 5g network is available in over 100 towns and cities across the U.K. and counting, including:

  • Birmingham
  • Edinburgh
  • Glasgow
  • Leeds
  • Liverpool
  • London
  • Manchester
  • Reading
  • Southampton

Virgin Mobile launched its 5G service on January 25, 2021. The following locations have had access to Virgin Mobile's 5G network since then:

  • Blackpool
  • Bromley
  • Cleveland
  • Doncaster
  • Harrow
  • Ilford
  • Kingston upon Thames
  • Newport
  • Northampton
  • Oldham
  • Redhill
  • Romford
  • Slough
  • Southend-on-Sea
  • St Albans
  • Sutton
  • Twickenham

Using the website's digital availability checker, Virgin Mobile allows you to examine its availability. You will initially be required to indicate if you are currently a client and whether you want to purchase a device or SIM card, and after that, you can enter a location to view Virgin Media mobile 5G availability there.

This will display the 5G coverage and the 4G, 3G, and 2G coverage. You may also view speed estimations if you click the data speed info option.


Enjoy Virgin Media's 5G network with the sim-only plans

Every SIM-only package has a renewable 30-day subscription. You always have authority with the 30-day rollover SIM-only, which is a huge advantage. After every 30 days, your plan won't alter unless you decide to do so, which you can do at any time.

If you have a smartphone that is 5G capable, you can use any 5G-ready SIMs to enjoy the newest form of wireless technology.

The table below shows the information on 5g Virgin Media sim only plans:

Package Cost
10GB £7 per month
30GB £12 per month
Unlimited £20 per month

Virgin Media 5G with other sims options

To enjoy Virgin Media 5g service, you will need a 5G sim card to access 5G on the network. Virgin Media provides 5G SIM cards with its 5G phones.

The table below contains some of the information on Virgin Media 5g mobile plan deals:

The table below contains some of the information on Virgin Media 5g samsung plan deals:

Phone Type Cost
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 From £40 per month
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 From £60 per month
Samsung Galaxy S22 From £33 per month
Samsung Galaxy A22 5G From £15 per month
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra From £45 per month
Samsung Galaxy A53 5G From £18 per month

The table below contains some of the information on Virgin Media 5g iPhoneplan deals:

Phone Type Cost
Apple iPhone 14 Pro (pre-order) From £41 per month
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max (pre-order) From £44 per month
Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max From £38 per month
Apple iPhone 11 From £20.50 per month
Apple iPhone 12 From £26.50 per month
Apple iPhone 13 and AirPods From £33 per month

Frequently Asked Questions About Virgin Media 5G Network

How can I find out if Virgin Mobile has coverage in my area?

You can enter your address or postcode on the online Coverage Locator/map tool to find Virgin Mobile 5g coverage in your area.

How do I get Virgin Media 5G Service?

You are all required to get started: a valid Virgin Mobile subscription and a 5G-capable smartphone. The signal will appear on your device's screen when you enter a 5G region.

How much does Virgin Media 5g cost?

If you are an existing Virgin Media user, you will be upgraded to 5G at no extra cost as soon as it's available. All you'll need is a 5G-ready device and an eligible mobile plan. As a new user, you can get 5G with the Sim-only and mobile plans.

What is the difference between 4G and 5G?

5G is the latest mobile network technology, offering faster downloads, better coverage, and more. It's ideal when you want to stay connected in busy areas or when many people are using smartphones at once.

What network does Virgin Media use for 5G?

Virgin Media uses Vodafone's network for its 5G service.

Does 5G cost more on Virgin Media?

Virgin Media 5g provides a range of mobile and data plans with unlimited minutes and texts. You can also benefit from a data rollover monthly contract.

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