Virgin Mobile launches first TV ad in eight years

10th February 2017

Latest investment in UK relaunch of the iconic Virgin Mobile brand “4G with added oomph” for UK consumers

Virgin Mobile has unveiled its latest move as part of an extensive UK relaunch of the iconic brand.

A new marketing campaign launched today will see Virgin Mobile back on TV screens for the first time in eight years.  Virgin Mobile also recently launched its 4G service with free WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Data Rollover and a new five year full Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) deal with BT. 

The new campaign coincides with the tenth anniversary since Virgin Group founder Richard Branson launched parent company Virgin Media in February 2007 to create the UK’s first ‘quad play’ provider offering ultrafast broadband, mobile, home phone and TV.  The multi-million pound campaign includes digital, social, press and out of home advertising, the TV advert will air on Saturday 11 February during ITV’s Ninja Warriors. 

Directed by Ernest Desumbila, the creative powerhouse behind the highly acclaimed Adidas “There Will Be Haters” advert,  the campaign centres on a series of striking phone cases using fast-paced and bold imagery carrying phrases like ‘WhatsApp like a demon’, ‘data doggy bags’ and ‘be a monthly plan player’ to highlight the main benefits of Virgin Mobile’s game changing 4G offer.   

Peter Kelly, Managing Director of Virgin Mobile, said: “This is a big moment for Virgin Mobile and a fitting tribute to our history as pioneer in the UK mobile market.   

“Ten years ago this week, Richard Branson shook up the UK telecoms market by combining broadband, TV, home phone and mobile services to create Virgin Media.  Today, we’re bringing some of that Virgin magic back to the mobile market and there’s more to come.” 

Kerris Bright, Chief Marketing Officer at Virgin Media, said: “”4G with added oomph” puts Virgin Mobile front and centre again and sets the tone for the red hot work you’ll see from Virgin Media throughout the year.

“Virgin Mobile has a long track record of innovating to bring a better deal to UK mobile users.  Our latest offer means our customers have even greater flexibility with their mobile data.”


About Virgin Media

Virgin Media offers four multi award-winning services across the UK and Ireland: broadband, TV, mobile phone and landline.

The company’s dedicated, ultrafast network delivers the fastest widely available broadband speeds to homes and businesses. We’re expanding this through our £3bn Project Lightning programme, which will reach 17 million premises by the end of 2019.

Our interactive TV service brings live programmes, thousands of hours of on-demand programming and the best apps and games in a set-top box, as well as on-the-go for tablets and smartphones.

We launched the world’s first virtual mobile network, offering fantastic value and services. We are also one of the largest fixed-line home phone providers in the UK and Ireland.

Through Virgin Media Business, we support entrepreneurs, businesses and the public sector, delivering the fastest speeds and tailor-made services.

Virgin Media is part of Liberty Global, the world’s largest international cable company, with operations in more than 30 countries.