Compare Virgin Mobile vs. EE Network

Features
Network Provider EE EE
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2G Network Yes Yes
2nd generation network. Max data speed of 0.3 Mb per second.
3G Network Yes Yes
3rd generation network. Max data speed of 42 Mbps.
4G Network Yes Yes
4th generation network. Max data speed of 1 Gbps (1000 Mb/s).
5G Network Yes Yes
5th generation network. Max data speed of 10 or 20 Gb/s.
WiFi Calling Yes Yes
Use Wi-Fi for mobile phone calls and texts when no network signal.
4G Calling (VoLTE) No Yes
Voice over LTE (4G Calling) makes clearer HD calls over 4G networks.
Data Rollover Yes No
Unused mobile data allowance rolled over from one month to the next.
Tethering Allowed Yes Yes
Tethering allows you to share your mobile internet with other devices.
Network Frequency Bands
5G (NR) Frequency 3500 MHz 3500 MHz
4G (LTE) Frequency 800 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600 MHz 800 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600 MHz
3G (UMTS) Frequency 2100 MHz 2100 MHz
2G (GSM) Frequency 1800 MHz 1800 MHz

Virgin Mobile UK is a mobile phone service provider operating in the United Kingdom. The company was the world's first Mobile Virtual Network Operator, launched in 1999.

Being a virtual mobile operator, Virgin Media does not maintain its own network, but instead has contracts to use the existing network of EE.

On 25 January 2021, Virgin Media launched their 5G mobile service using the Vodafone network. Virgin Mobile 2G/3G/4G plans will remain on the EE network until the end of 2021. After which Virgin Media anticipates to fully move all Virgin Mobile customers over to the Vodafone network by early 2022.

EE (previously Everything Everywhere) is a British mobile network operator, Internet service provider and a division of BT Group. EEE was established in 2010 as a fifty-fifty joint venture between Deutsche Telekom and Orange S.A. (formerly France Télécom) through the merger of their respective T-Mobile and Orange businesses in the UK.

EE is currently the largest mobile network operator in the UK, with around 30 million customers and the largest operator of 4G services in Europe. All EE support calls are answered within the United Kingdom or Ireland, and you can easily manage your account either with the "My EE" mobile app, in store, or using the online chat.