Virgin Media has agreed a five-year mobile deal with Vodafone after deciding not to renew its agreement with BT. The deal, which will involve more than 3 million mobile customers, ends a year relationship between Virgin Media and BT-owned EE. Virgin Mobile services will start to move across to the Vodafone network from late and its 5G products will be hosted on the latter in the near future, the company said. The third-party deal — called a mobile virtual network operator MVNO venture — is a significant shift for Vodafone , which has so far resisted signing such agreements in the UK. Several mobile providers sell own-branded mobile services that are bought in from other companies.
Virgin Mobile - Wikipedia
Virgin Mobile is a wireless communications brand used by eight independent brand-licensees worldwide. Virgin Mobile branded services used to be offered in Singapore, India and Qatar. Each Virgin Mobile branded entity acts independently from the others, thus the handsets, service plans and network radio interfaces vary from country to country. In a given country, the Virgin Mobile wireless entity is typically a partnership between Richard Branson 's Virgin Group and an existing mobile network operator or mobile virtual network operator MVNO. They sell through over 73 retail outlets,  including flagship stores in Perth, Sydney, Adelaide, Canberra, Melbourne and Brisbane, as well as via telesales and online. In Australia, Virgin Mobile operates on the Optus network.
Virgin Mobile Australia
Optus has revealed it will stop selling Virgin Mobile Australia services as of 15 June with all the retail stores under its outgoing Virgin Mobile brand set to be closed by the end of June. As previously reported , Optus plans phase out its use of the Virgin Mobile Australia brand over the next two years. In a media announcement, Optus said it was "shortly" going to begin closing Virgin Mobile Australia retails stores, however, on a webpage created to inform customers of the changes, the company revealed all stores will be closed by the end of June. The telco said its retail stores located nearby those of Virgin Mobile are already prepared to provide services to Virgin Mobile customers. Optus said it will support Virgin Mobile Australia customers by offering specially tailored plans for those who decide to stay on the Optus network after Virgin Mobile closes its doors in Australia.
It was founded by Richard Branson in , and although it became a wholly owned subsidiary of Optus in , it maintained its own brand identity, customer service, management structure and staff. Virgin Mobile offered postpaid mobile phone and mobile broadband services to approximately one million customers in Australia. In 24 May , parent company Optus has announced it will be phasing out the Virgin Mobile brand, closing 36 Virgin Mobile retail outlets and staff would be affected. In late , Virgin Mobile changed the Virgin Broadband offer for new customers, halving the data allowance to 2GB as well as comprehensively re-writing their acceptable use policy. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.