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Virgin Media Joins Mobile Broadband Gang With £15 Offer; 5-play to follow soon?

Virgin Media aims to take a slice of the growing mobile broadband market with a deal that should appeal to its existing customers - four million of them - and, hopefully, bring in new customers as well.

The cable company, which is a MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator), is offering an 18-month contract with a 3GB monthly bandwidth limit for only £15 per month, a price that also includes a free dongle but ties you in an 18-month contract.

Virgin Media will use T-Mobile's network and users should expect fairly reasonable speeds and connectivity - Virgin expects speeds to go up to 3.6mbps although according to PC Pro (opens in new tab), users should see speeds closer to 2.1mbps in London at least.

The price though falls short of being impressive. Three Network offers 5GB for the same price which you can get for half price if you are an existing Three customer.

Prospective customers should be careful though not to go beyond that limit or you could face the prospects of paying £15 for every GB above the monthly limit.

Existing XL broadband subscribers - the same ones who should receive Virgin media first 50mbps lines soon - will be get their first three months free.

Expect Virgin Media to start offering the first five-play package of the market combining TV, Phone, fixed broadband, mobile broadband and Mobile phones fairly soon. Find out more about the offer here (opens in new tab).

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.