I see they are re-aligning their mobile service so it has the same qualities as vm broadband.
If so it is a dns failure / cabinet failure / leaves on the line / the fibres are fraying.
Virgin Mobile customers are struggling to get new SIM cards to work or be recognised by the network, leaving them unable to make or receive calls or use data services. The company is telling affected customers that replacement SIM cards are from a faulty batch, according to sources. A Reg reader contacted us having tried and …
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Use them for mobile, £8 a month for 8GB data + calls, texts. Always works. Still on red sim card though.
Use them for broadband, no downtime despite others in my area saying they have it. Granted I use my own router.
Broken clock, twice a day, etc.
Sometimes, if you are savvy, have a specific meetable consumer need, are able to "game" the system, going with the worse/cheapest provider can work out. I've done it to use/test companies "guaranteed" services, that we all know will fail, and thus get free service until you pull your hair out and have to go.
Not been with Virgin though.
No, you're not...
I'm into my 11th year with Virgin Media as my cable broadband provider (well, technically NTL in the first year or two) at three different addresses as I've moved around the county.
Speedtest.net has always reported at or above my advertised speeds, and the small number of outages have been fixed quickly and without fuss.
I've certainly never experienced the horror stories that BT/Openreach friends and associates have experienced, such as long lead times for connection, randomly disconnected services which aren't fixed for days/weeks, or fluctuating speeds.
I've been with them for broadband for more than 12 years. Only problem I've had in that time is a two week downtime which, IIRC, *was* due to incompetence. But compared to the regular horror stories I hear about other providers, I'm happy. Can get broadband without having to pay extra for a landline which I'll never use, so it's a win.
I had no end of problems with NTL then VM in the few years I was with them:
- No end of billing irregularities.
- The TV red button services hardly ever worked.
- Couldn't receive all TV channels, including Sky 1 (before they withdrew it)
- TV picture used to drop out for a few seconds at midnight every day.
- Broadband was always dropping out, so much so that YouTube rarely worked reliably.
- The phone line got wired up incorrectly in the green box so that I was connected to someone else's line, so they presumably got billed for my calls.
I think that's it. Problems I've had with the much-maligned Sky:
Broadband is usually very good, but daughter's phone and data signal has been getting worse and worse lately. Suspected SIM so requested a new one, you can guess how that worked out :-( She needs a reliable phone, now with EE!
I have had a remarkably long run without problem with broadband from them - current issue is not their fault (Cityfibre apparently went through their cable when digging up the pavement to put their ducts in), but their response is a bit disappointing - first available date for a 'repull' is a full 23 days after the fault occurred. I can only assume this has been happening a lot and thus the team that do the pulls is really busy.
Fortunately not a disaster for me as I have an FTTC link as well for redundancy, and on the bright side I think I get £8/day compensation...
Stuff happens, how they respond to it is the issue.
After numerous back-and-forths with Virgin support he has now given up and found a new network provider....... suggested his phone was to blame
And I am so sick to death of tech companies denying the cause of an issue and employing "switch it off and on again"/reset your device statements when they know full well they have an issue.
Sometimes they don't even tell their frontlline staff (VM are notorious for this).
WHY THE FUCK DO THEY DO THIS-IT WON'T GET BETTER BY MAGIC!!!!
Not the first time they've done this. I was sent a new SIM several months ago and was reluctant to use it. I then read interweb chatter that the SIMs would brick any iPhone handset unless it had been supplied by Virgin.
They flat out denied this. I refused to install the new SIM. Eventually they sent me a replacement, but still refused to acknowledge a problem.
TERRIBLE Customer Service all round
Bit of perspective needed here I think.
If you were a customer service rep and you had someone on the line complaining that their SIM card doesn't work, and you send them a replacement SIM and it *still* doesn't work, where would you assume the problem lies?
Interesting that something like this slipped testing, but SIM cards are usually pretty reliable and the true test of VM is how they sort things out going forward.
"If you were a customer service rep and you had someone on the line complaining that their SIM card doesn't work, and you send them a replacement SIM and it *still* doesn't work, where would you assume the problem lies?"
Yes, I would guess it was customer equipment. OTOH, if I were a CS supervisor and starting seeing a big trend and one where lots of new handsets weren't working as well with new SIM cards, I'd suspect something else.
I enjoyed the 80's hugely and am also without facial hair. The lack of smart phones and data networks to record the evidence was an added bonus back then. The issue here is that SWIMBO couldn't play farming and LLF's mates laughed at his disconnection from reality (FiFA & GTA mostly).
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