New customers on Virgin Media will from today be finding prices are a little higher. All their packages have seen a price rise. The cheapest standalone broadband service is a 30 Mbps product at £25 per month, alternatively you can take a telephone and broadband bundle for £15.99 + £15.50 (£31.49) per month.
Voice line rental has increased by £1 from £14.99 to £15.99 and while this can be reduced by paying a years rental in advance this has increased to the monthly equivalent of £10.66).
These more price rises are the expected 6.7% recently announced for February 2014 and are linked to various speed boosts and the launch of the BT killer product at 152 Mbps. The reason that these apply to new customers already is that new customers are billed two months in advance.
Virgin Media may be pushing the speed boundaries, but at a time when many people are still trying to reduce their monthly bills there will be many looking at the free or almost free broadband offerings, and thinking about whether to lose some speed and sign-up for example with TalkTalk whose SimplyBroadband service works out at £17.90 per month including line rental.
Correction: Virgin Media has been in touch to point out the price rises on their website are the ones linked to the February price rise. They are so early due to the advance billing that applies to new customers.