Warrington first to see 50meg broadband
While Warrington looks set to be the first bit of the Virgin Media network to get access to the DOCSIS3 based product running at 50Mbps, this will be for only 200 customers who are being invited onto the package.
The Virgin Media XXL product must rate as one of the most widely known about new broadband product launches - if it was a bit of software some would be calling it vapour-ware. No price information yet, but it seems likely that the questionnaires may be part of a strategy to gauge what price people think is fair.
One aspect of Virgin Media products is the wide variety of deals available, which probably explains why The Register lists the existing 20Mbps product as costing £20 per month plus £11 line rental, when the Virgin Media website is currently listing £29 a month for the first 12 months, then rising to £36 and a telephone line if you want one will cost £11 a month extra. There is a deal where you can sign-up for a dual-play bundle with XL at £10 a month for six months, rising to £20 a month for the rest of the contract, you are required to take a Virgin telephone line at £11 a month to get this price. Details of the usage restrictions that apply over the various times of the day are detailed here.
Update 3:35pm The Register has altered the pricing for XL that it listed, and changed the limit wording to reflect its peak time period. As of 6pm, we have altered the XL pricing we list, it seems there is a variety of offers, and which price you see will depend on how you navigate around the Virgin Media website