Virgin Media O2 launches its first joint product since £31B merger

Virgin Media O2 launches its first joint product since £31B merger
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Virgin Media O2 has launched Volt, the company’s first joint product since the £31 billion merger between the telecoms giants earlier this year.

Volt is a service that combines Virgin Media’s speedy broadband network with O2’s mobile connectivity into a single “supercharged” package for customers.

Benefits of taking up a broadband package and pay monthly mobile plan with Volt include:

  • A broadband speed boost to the next tier available (e.g. 100Mbps boosted to 200Mbps) 
  • Double mobile data on all eligible O2 Pay Monthly plans (e.g. 10GB boosted to 20GB)
  • Up to £150 off a connected device such as a tablet or smartwatch when taking a new O2 Pay Monthly Custom plan
  • WiFi Pods available to bolster connectivity around the home 
  • Roaming in 75 countries including USA, Australia and Spain with O2 Travel

Volt will be available for both new and existing customers. New customers can upgrade to Volt at sign-up while existing customers of either Virgin Media or O2 can enrol via MyO2. 

Jeff Dodds, Chief Operating Officer at Virgin Media O2, said:

“With Volt, we’re combining the speed and reliability of Virgin Media’s broadband and O2’s mobile networks alongside a variety of incredible perks to give our customers more. 

The launch of converged services in less than 150 days as a business is a huge milestone moment and demonstrates the momentum we have behind our commitment to supercharge connectivity across the UK. This is just the start.”

Converged packages are becoming increasingly attractive for consumers looking for more simplicity and often greater value. Only two companies in the UK own both a broadband and mobile network: Virgin Media O2 and BT.

Virgin Media also runs its own TV service, making it the only company to have complete flexibility when it comes to offering “triple-play” bundles of broadband, mobile, and TV. 

Pricing for the Volt bundles start at £40/month for 200Mbps Broadband (boosted from 100Mbps), Talk More Weekends, and a 10GB O2 SIM (boosted from 5GB). The top Volt bundle (Ultimate Volt) includes Gig1 broadband, an unlimited data O2 SIM, and adds in a TV package with two TV 360 boxes for a total of £99/month.

Rivals often offer such bundles but through partnerships with competitors. Sky, for example, runs its own TV service but is a MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator) of O2 and relies on the BT-owned Openreach network for broadband.

(Image Credit: Virgin Media O2)

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