Virgin Media to start offering iPhone 5s and 5c on contract from Friday

While it's not uncommon to be able to pick up the latest iPhone on many of the major carriers in the U.K., the same can't be said for Virgin Media, which until now has required that its customers go find an iPhone elsewhere "off contract" along with the hefty purchase price.

Starting from this Friday though, Virgin Media customers will be able to pick up either the 5s or 5c on a two-year contract at a starting price of £69 for all three storage options on the handset. The 5c will set you back £29 for the 16GB model, rising to £69 for the 32GB option, providing of course you're cool with the 24-month commitment.

The monthly contract for the iPhone 5S starts at a lofty £41 per month, but that gets you 1,200 minutes of talk time, unlimited text messages, and 1GB of data. The carrier is also offering the iPhone 4S for the first time as a more budget-friendly offering for Apple fans, with no upfront cost on a two-year contract costing £23 a month for 100 minutes of talk time, 250 SMS messages and 250MB of data.

For the full details, check out the press release and price plans for the different iPhone models over at Virgin.

Source: Phones Review | Image: Business Insider

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GreatMarkO said,
Hang on Virgin "Media"? Surely this comes under the Virgin "Mobile" brand instead?!

In the UK it's called Virgin Media, it even says so in their own press release.

Virgin Mobile in the UK is owned by Virgin Media, which used to be NTL:Telewest, they bought Virgin Mobile to access the Virgin brand name for comms

Ben Macrow said,
Virgin Mobile in the UK is owned by Virgin Media, which used to be NTL:Telewest, they bought Virgin Mobile to access the Virgin brand name for comms

Yes, I'm fully aware that the Virgin Group own both Virgin Media and Virgin Mobile here in the UK, but Virgin Mobile Telecoms Ltd is a SUBSIDIARY of Virgin Media - Virgin Media is the *parent* company, with Virgin Mobile operating as a Limited company in it's own right. Therefore, it's not the "parent" Virgin Media company offering iPhones, it's the subsidiary Virgin Mobile Telecoms Ltd!

GreatMarkO said,

Yes, I'm fully aware that the Virgin Group own both Virgin Media and Virgin Mobile here in the UK, but Virgin Mobile Telecoms Ltd is a SUBSIDIARY of Virgin Media - Virgin Media is the *parent* company, with Virgin Mobile operating as a Limited company in it's own right. Therefore, it's not the "parent" Virgin Media company offering iPhones, it's the subsidiary Virgin Mobile Telecoms Ltd!


If you're going to be picky about it, Virgin Group own neither. Liberty Global own Virgin Media/Mobile who license the brand from Virgin.

I called up Virgin Mobile last week and they told me I have an upgrade since September and whether I want to upgrade now. I was like "Well you don't actually have any nice handsets at the moment" I am sure it wasn't only my feedback but their store was a bit poor with non-premium handsets in early November.

Personally I make little voice calls and send almost no SMS. I much prefer data over both. WhatsApp/iMessage and Facetime all use data. I wish more carriers worked around maximising data rather than minutes.

Not too bad... if you're a virgin media cable customer anyway. Since you can drop your phone line, I think it works out about £7 a month saving on a broadband only package, so you could go with the mobile contract rather then landline. Even with their inclusive calls on the landlane, you're probably going to save money even after paying for the mobile phone contract each month from the free calls since even the landline connection charges are silly expensive.