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When am I eligible for Virgin Media’s automatic compensation scheme? 

 

We’re proud of our award winning service, including our free service and repairs.

But, we know that sometimes things can go wrong, so it’s only right that we make amends.

We’ve worked with both other broadband providers and Ofcom, to make sure that our automatic compensation scheme offers fair and consistent compensation for our customers who experience a qualifying service issue.

We’ll automatically credit your bill for fixed phone line and broadband issues, no matter if you’re a new or existing customer. Here’s how much we’ll credit you for the following service issues:

  • £8 per day for a total loss of service after 2 full working days from registering the loss of service to us
  • £5 per day if we don’t install your services on the promised day until installation’s completed
  • £25 if we don’t turn up on the promised day of an appointment

What do you need to do? Actually, very little!

Other than reporting a total loss of service to us if this is your issue, you won’t need to lift a finger to report either delayed installs or a missed appointment.

Find out more about when you may be eligible and how to register for our automatic compensation scheme.
 


Total loss of broadband or phone service 

Your broadband or fixed phone line aren’t working at all?

Check to see if there’s an outage in your area on our handy service checker. You can report the issue to us by registering it online or alternatively, calling us. If we haven’t fixed the fault within 48 hours from the end of that day, we’ll credit your next bill by £8 per day until it’s sorted.

Once you’ve reported the issue to us, any credit owed will be automatically calculated and applied to your next bill – so there’s no need to call us to credit you.

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Installation date is delayed 


For any delayed installation, we’ll automatically calculate what you’re owed and apply it to your next bill, without you having to do a thing!

1.  If you’ve arranged a self-install via our QuickStart service, we’ll treat delivery of your kit as the installation date. If for any reason you experience you can’t get any service once you’ve received the kit, chat to us online or give our friendly team a call on 150 from your Virgin Media home phone or mobile, or on 0345 454 1111 * from any phone to register a loss of service issue. 

As with any total loss of service, if we’re not able to resolve the problem within 2 full working days from you contacting us, we’ll start to automatically credit your first bill at £8 per day until it’s fixed.

2.  If you require an engineer installation, we’ll arrange the most convenient date. If at the point of placing your order, we’re aware of any additional engineering work required in order to provide the service – such as the premises to our network, it may require third party permissions or permits outside of our control. In which case, we’ll provide a provisional activation date, but we may need to contact you to let you know if we need to confirm a different install date. If we have to change a provisional activation date, this will not trigger a credit under the scheme.

If we don’t install on any confirmed date we’ll automatically credit your first bill by £5 per day until you’re up and running, providing you’re eligible.

*For details about how much it costs to call our team from a Virgin Media home phone, visit virginmedia.com/callcosts. Call costs from other networks and mobiles vary.

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We’ve missed your appointment 

If we promised to be with you on a particular day and we don’t turn up that day, or cancel with less than 24 hours’ notice, we’ll automatically apply a £25 credit to your bill.

Worth remembering, we also try to give you an idea of the time our engineer will visit.  We try our best to meet our appointment times, but these are for guidance, although we’ll always try to get in touch if something unforeseeable stops us.  If we arrive outside of these guidance times, this will not trigger compensation if we do arrive during that day.

We also need someone over 18 to be in. Naturally there are a few exceptions and rules around these scenarios. For more details and information on what you’re entitled to, visit our Terms and Conditions page.

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FAQs 

Only our Broadband and Home Phone services fall under our automatic compensation scheme.

Credit is calculated automatically, which means that any credit will automatically appear on your next bill – so you won’t need to do anything!

  • £8 per day for a total loss of service after 2 full working days* from registering the loss of service to us
  • £5 per day if we don’t install your services on the promised day until installation’s completed
  • £25 if we don’t turn up on the promised day of an appointment

Credit may be less if you don’t accept the earliest appointment offered to you or if you have rescheduled an appointment to a later time.

* For example, if you reported a total loss of service on Monday, we will have until the end of Wednesday to fix it. You will receive a bill credit for each day after Wednesday if it’s not fixed.

Total loss of Phone service is when you are unable to make or receive any calls, or you just get a dial tone. Total loss of broadband is when you are unable to connect to the internet using a wired connection. Any broadband issues relating to intermittent issues, slow speeds or a degraded service aren’t considered a total service loss.

Want to find out more about our broadband speeds? Visit our Help Page.

In order to be eligible for any credit, you need to go online or call us to register that you’re affected by an outage. Registering means we can record the start of the time you’ve been affected. Check to see if there’s an outage in your area on our handy service checker. If there is, just register and we’ll let you know if you are eligible for a credit. If you do not register that you are affected by an outage, you will not receive a bill credit. You can report if you’re affected by a service outage online or give our friendly team a call on 150 from your Virgin Media home phone or mobile, or on 0345 454 1111 * from any phone.

Our vulnerable customers need to contact us when affected by an outage, however, the calculation of their bill credit will start from the day of the outage and not from the day we are notified.

*For details about how much it costs to call our team from a Virgin Media home phone, visit virginmedia.com/callcosts. Call costs from other networks and mobiles vary.

 

If you experience a total loss of service for Phone and Broadband, you’ll only receive credit for one total loss at the rate of £8 per calendar day.

Bill credit is automatically calculated based on the time your fault was reported to Virgin Media and the time it is resolved. Some periods may not count towards calculating the bill credit. If for example you didn’t take the first available appointment or you asked for your appointment to be moved to another day.

For example if we offered to fix your fault on a Wednesday, but you wanted to book an engineer appointment on a Friday, you will not receive a bill credit for those two days.

Credit is also automatically calculated based on whether Virgin Media is at fault for the delay or service issue. These calculations are in-line with the communication providers voluntary code of practice agreed with Ofcom. Head over to our ‘legal stuff’ page for details of exceptions and eligibility. If you still think that we’ve made a mistake, chat to us online or give our friendly team a call on 150 from your Virgin Media home phone or mobile, or on 0345 454 1111 * from any phone. If our team can’t resolve the issue there and then, we will follow our complaints process to try to find a resolution.

*For details about how much it costs to call our team from a Virgin Media home phone, visit virginmedia.com/callcosts. Call costs from other networks and mobiles vary.

Any bill credit will be grouped as one amount once the issue is resolved. But, if you receive credit for more than one issue, e.g. total loss of service and a missed appointment then these will appear as separate line items.

This will appear on your next available bill.

Unfortunately, you won’t be eligible to receive a bill credit under this scheme.

Unfortunately, the appointment won’t be able to go ahead and will need to be rescheduled. In this case Virgin Media will not pay any credits for the time between the first appointment and any rescheduled appointment

You can report a loss of service or outage online, or give our friendly team a call on 150 from your Virgin Media home phone or mobile, or on 0345 454 1111 * from any phone. Unfortunately, if you don’t report your fault online or using this number, you won’t be able to receive a bill credit, as we need your customer account details. Reports made via Facebook, Twitter and Forums will not count.

*For details about how much it costs to call our team from a Virgin Media home phone, visit virginmedia.com/callcosts. Call costs from other networks and mobiles vary.

 


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