Feeds
55%
Mobile Broadband - Virgin Mobile

Virgin Mobile

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Remote control for virtualized desktops

Review Virgin offers two simple contract tariffs: one for £10 per month which gives you 1GB of data, and another for £15 which gives you 3GB. Go over that and you will be charged 1.46p per megabyte. Both contracts last for 18 months and both come with a free dongle.

Virgin also does one-month contracts, again priced at £10 for 1GB and £15 for 3GB. But the modem will set you back £25.

Mobile Broadband Comparison

At the time of writing, existing Virgin customers can get 20 per cent off those monthly costs. Use your dongle overseas and you will be charged a flat fee of £5 per megabyte.

In the UK, Virgin Mobile uses T-Mobile's network so you would expect performance to be very similar, and you would be right. According to the Virgin coverage checker, 3G reception would be patchy at site A, but good at the other two test sites - exactly the same forecast I got from T-Mobile's coverage checker.

The Windows control panel is basic but functional, though the red-on-black colour scheme may not to be everyone's taste, and isn't the best effort at legibility that I've seen.

Mobile Broadband Comparison

Download speeds where roughly the same as with T-Mobile at all three sites, but Virgin did significantly better in the upload speed stakes, suggesting the TCT dongle has the edge over T-Mobile's Huawei-made model. ®

Next: Vodafone

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

55%
Mobile Broadband - Virgin Mobile

Virgin Mobile

A lacklustre showing with little to recommend it, though it did at least outperform T-Mobile, whose network it shares.
Price: See Review RRP

More from The Register

next story
Broadband sellers in the UK are UP TO no good, says Which?
Speedy network claims only apply to 10% of customers
YOU are the threat: True confessions of real-life sysadmins
Who will save the systems from the men and women who save the systems from you?
Virgin Media struck dumb by NATIONWIDE packet loss balls-up
Turning it off and on again fixes glitch 12 HOURS LATER
Facebook, working on Facebook at Work, works on Facebook. At Work
You don't want your cat or drunk pics at the office
Soz, web devs: Google snatches its Wallet off the table
Killing off web service in 3 months... but app-happy bonkers are fine
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Simplify SSL certificate management across the enterprise
Simple steps to take control of SSL across the enterprise, and recommendations for a management platform for full visibility and single-point of control for these Certificates.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.