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[Neowin] Virgin to launch 50mbps service for UK customers today

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Virgin Media is expected to unveil its 50Mbps broadband service at a press briefing this morning.

It will be the fastest domestic connection available to UK web surfers. Early reports suggest the XXL service will be priced at £52 per month with upload speeds capped to 1.75Mbit, increasing to 2.5Mbit in 2009.

According to a report in the FT, Virgin Media CEO Neil Berkett was quoted as saying "It will be premium-priced," at an investors conference in New York last week. "I see no reason to go in cheap" he added.

Earlier this year Virgin was slapped on the wrist by the Advertising Standards Authority for misleading adverts regarding its speed packages. Virgin media controversially began throttling users internet connections in May 2007 during peak times (4pm till midnight) for customers who downloaded a certain amount of data in that given time. It is unclear whether Virgin will apply these restrictions to the XXL service.

Members at popular cable forums are reporting the service is available now for £52 a month and confirmed this by posting the following self care page where Virgin Media customers can upgrade:



Source: Neowin
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That's pretty expensive :O
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That's pretty expensive :O
I was thinking same thing.

For Americans that's about 78 bucks a month.
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That's pretty expensive :O
Us Canadians have to pay more than that for 25mbps
    
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dont support virgin media! :x they are against net neutrality
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you will get that speed for 1hr of the day, then you will be capped for the rest of the day.
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you will get that speed for 1hr of the day, then you will be capped for the rest of the day.
Erm no...

Were on 20mb and we do get 20mb quite often. Its only during high load times that its goes down to about 8-10Mbps

You only get capped if you download more than 6gb between the hours of 9-6pm
    
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Why would anyone pay more money just to have their monthly bandwidth caped so they can't even use it?
Edited by Col. Newman - 12/15/08 at 4:26am
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That'd be pretty good if it delivers, but yes, EXPENSIVE!
    
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Erm no...

Were on 20mb and we do get 20mb quite often. Its only during high load times that its goes down to about 8-10Mbps

You only get capped if you download more than 6gb between the hours of 9-6pm
proof please? i think it's way less than just 6gb's. i'm on the 10mb service btw.

http://allyours.virginmedia.com/html...t/traffic.html
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