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Thinking of changing from Zen Internet to Virgin - any thoughts?

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Twenty Inch, 22 Apr 2008.

  1. Twenty Inch

    Twenty Inch New Member

    Behind a desk
    We could save GBP15 a month by switching from Zen+BT phoneline to Virgin Broadband and phoneline. We chose Zen initially as their customer service is very highly rated, but we haven't had to use it in 6 months. We're using a Mac laptop for our i'net access, which includes uploading baby photos and films for our relatives abroad. The main reason for the potential switch is to save money.

    Anyone had any experience with Virgin that they'd like to share? Thanks for feedback.
  2. Landslide

    Landslide Rare Migrant

    Called to the bar
    Virgin are evil - one of their vans hit tdr1nka!
  3. Crackle

    Crackle Pah

    Haven't used Virgin and Zen does cost more but I have found their service and support excellent. I've thought about the same thing but I'd rather pay a bit more for a better service provision. I'll be interested to hear how you get on if you swop.
  4. Tharg2007

    Tharg2007 Well-Known Member

    virgin are cack. If you have a problem your knackered.
    Go with Be , they are fast and have no download limits or restrictions of any kind. Great value. Be value is only £14

    Also if you want to sign up and you want a free connection then pm me your email address and I will refer you.
  5. cisamcgu

    cisamcgu Veteran

    I have used Virgin Media (and Telewest before that) for the last few years for TV/Internet (not phone however) - and have had almost no problems at all. They can be a little slow to answer the phone occasionally, but they have detailed information on any outstanding problems on both web pages and on recorded messages. I would pick them again if I was starting from scratch.

    Just my own experiences of course - I know other people have had problems.

  6. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Legendary Member

    We've used Virgin (which was Telewest, which was Birmingham Cable) for about 15 years. We've only ever had a couple of problems. Both were caused by fitters or changing things when moving house. I can't remember ever having a break in broadband connection nor with the phone.

    If things do go wrong their response is not immediate if they have to come out. Their customer service suffers from the same problems that everyone does (high staff turnover etc). But as we've not had any break in supply we haven't suffered with this.

    The only tv problems we've had is with the boxes overheating or breaking. We've got V+ now, which is great.

    The broadband speeds are excellent.
  7. Trillian

    Trillian New Member

    the only way to solve problems with virgin is to shout and scream down the phone and withhold money
  8. PatrickPending

    PatrickPending Guru

    I agree with the above! Mind you at least they have now stopped charging for broadband support (was 25p/min)
  9. Melvil

    Melvil Standard nerd

    Been with Virgin for two years now. Pretty much all of what people have said above is true. Their customer support isn't too bad but it really does depend on the time of day you ring in. The box used to overheat quite badly but seems fine now. We've attached an apple Airport wi-fi to the Virgin modem and internet is fine now. I'm sure there are better deals out there but this suits us quite well.
  10. mondobongo

    mondobongo Über Member

    Been with Virgin/Telewest for an easy four years now never had a major problem got all 3 for £30, I moved with them and it was painless everything arrived went live when they said it would.
    However I know that when it goes wrong with them its a bloody nightmare and if you need a cable repull ie from the street to your house you are going to hell in a handcart.
  11. marinyork

    marinyork Resting in suspended Animation

    Had Telewest and then virgin for a long time on and off. Telewest were on the whole good, when NTL took over though they are just basically idiots. Virgin are crap for several reasons.

    20Mbs is a joke, most people get nothing like this speed.
    Until recently the premium rate tech support.

    If you're going with virgin I'd strongly advise getting the 2Mbs or 4Mbs package.
  12. Danny

    Danny Legendary Member

    Zen has repeatedly got top marks in Which customer satisfaction surveys, while the big providers like Virgin, Tiscali, and Talk Talk score much worse. The reason they companies like Virgin can offer cheaper rates is that they cut right back on customer support.

    Even through it is more expensive, I have stuck with my relatively small ISP (UKonline) because the customer service is so good. I don't need it very often , but when I do it makes a real difference to be able to easily speak or email real people who know what they are talking about.

    People I know who are with Zen are even more impressed with their service. On the other hand I have heard plenty of disaster stories from people who are attracted to the big providers like Virgin.
  13. I've had Virgin for about 2 1/2years it was a bit of a problem getting phone at the start but that was mainly due to being in a new development zone and not enough room in their local exchange. Apart from that I've not really had a problem with it. I can only compare it to Sky in my parents house and it certainly better for broadband, its been very stable.
    I'm sorry to here about tdr1nka and their vans.
  14. dmoan

    dmoan Über Member

    I have been with Virgin (previously NTL, previously Cabletel) since they cabled our street. I had broadband installed as soon as it was available. I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of times the service has been unavailable.

    I presume you intend to go for cable broadband, rather than ADSL? If so, regarding the customer service angle, I have yet to phone Virgin and do not expect to because the phone always works and the broadband modem is a no-brainer - no software to go wrong. When I had the TV service, I had to phone more often.

    Another plus is that if you go for the 'L' option for broadband, which is currently 4Mb/sec, you will be upgraded to 10Mb/sec for free by the summer.
  15. piedwagtail91

    piedwagtail91 Über Member

    we're with virgin, any problems we've had such as loss of connection have been down to the poor installation.
    they just threw the cable down under the carpet, so eventually it was worn through by the castors on the chairs. then they had put it on top of the carpet grip, which eventually went into the cable and stopped the signal.
    if you make sure the cable is installed properly then you should be OK, well unless you have to use their overseas call centre !but thats another story.