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O2 and Virgin Media, two of the UK’s most iconic brands combining 46 million+ broadband, mobile, phone, and home subscribers, have come together to give the UK more choice and better value. And if you're a customer of both O2 and Virgin Media, it's time to supercharge your world.

 

Faster Virgin Media broadband. Double O2 mobile data. On us. We're better, connected.


This guide will give you all the info you need to ensure you're fully informed on Volt, who's eligible, and how to apply it to your account.

 

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Get these exclusive benefits for being with both Virgin Media and O2

  1. Broadband speed boost: Virgin Media broadband speed boost to the next available level (if you don’t already have the fastest speeds in your area)
  2. Double data: Double data on every eligible O2 Pay Monthly plan in your household
  3. Roam freely: Use your phone in 75 destinations worldwide at no extra cost
  4. WiFi pods: Black-spot busting WiFi Pods if you find any WiFi blackspots at home
  5. Tech treats: Up to £150 off an additional connected device, such as a tablet, laptop or smartwatch

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At present, you need to be a customer of both O2 mobile and Virgin Media broadband, with both accounts under the same name and at the same address. However, from 12 April 2022, we’ll be introducing 'premise matching', meaning you’ll just need to have the same address on both your O2 and Virgin Media broadband accounts to be eligible for supercharged benefits.

 

If you're an existing Pay Monthly customer of O2 but you're not with Virgin Media yet, you'll need to get broadband from Virgin Media. Or, if you're already a Virgin Media broadband customer but you're not with O2, you'll then need to get a Pay Monthly sim or mobile with O2.

  • If you’re a current O2 only customer, check Virgin Media’s Volt packages here
  • If you currently only have a Virgin Media account, then why not send us a message on Facebook or Twitter and one of our team will be able to chat through all the options available to you
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You can opt in for Volt benefits from the My O2 app. Once you're in the app, go to 'Offers', then 'Supercharge your world with Volt', then tap 'See what you can get. From here, simply fill in the details you're asked for and within 14 days you should have your benefits applied on both your O2 and Virgin Media accounts.

 

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We've gathered together some of our top FAQ's but if you have any other questions, we have more covered in our dedicated FAQ's page.

 

I think I should be eligible for Volt, but I can’t see the offer to activate my Volt benefits in My O2

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If you think you should be eligible for Volt benefits but aren’t seeing or able to select the offer in My O2, then please make sure your name and address match on both your O2 and Virgin Media accounts. If you think everything’s correct and still aren’t seeing the option to activate your benefits, then please get in touch by calling 202 from your O2 mobile.

Which customer service team should I contact?

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We’ll still bring you the same level of customer service you expect from O2. If you want to discuss Virgin Media products like TV or broadband, you'll need to speak to Virgin Media's customer service team.

I'm having issues applying my Volt benefits

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O2 and Virgin Media will contact you separately when your Volt benefits have been applied, these will come through at different times and could be on different days. Virgin Media confirmation usually comes after O2 and it can take up to 14 days for the Virgin Media speed boost to be active on your account.

Just to let you know, your O2 tariff name won’t change but your new data allowance and any changes to your roaming Bolt Ons can be seen in My O2.

If you're having problems joining O2 or applying your data boost, you can contact us on one of our Social Media channels for help - we're on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. If you'd prefer to contact us another way, you can find our other contact info here. If your issue is with joining Virgin Media or applying your broadband speed boost, hopefully our FAQ's up above (or here for full FAQ's) will help.

I’ve got Virgin Media broadband at my address, but it’s not registered in my name, can I get Volt benefits?

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Right now that means you’re not eligible for Volt benefits because your name and address both need to match across your O2 and Virgin Media accounts, but don’t worry, we’re changing this. Very soon, you’ll be able to get Volt benefits through your household’s Virgin Media broadband account – and so will anyone else who has their own O2 Pay Monthly plan who lives at an address with an active Virgin Media broadband service.

Keep an eye on My O2, you’ll see the option to activate Volt benefits when it becomes available to you.

See Volt terms and conditions.

What happens to Volt benefits if I upgrade or change tariff?

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When you upgrade or change a tariff on your O2 account, your Volt benefits will drop off temporarily. These benefits will be re-applied within 14 days.

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While you're applying for your Volt benefits, we're aware of some very specific circumstances in which you may experience an issue or see an error. We've highlighted these here so you're aware of the solution, or what to do next. If you're still having issues not covered by the below, then please do reach out to us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and we'll get things sorted for you.

 

My O2 Activation error?

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Once you've signed up and if you're new to O2, you’ll be able to access and manage your account 24/7 via My O2. To get started, you first need to activate My O2 via the activation link we automatically send you via email and by SMS. Unfortunately, the link on the SMS isn't currently working, so we need to ask you to please use the activation link included in the email we send you within 14 days. If you’ve not done this within 14 days and the link expires, contact us via our Social Channels where we can help (FacebookTwitter or Instagram)

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Volt Unavailable error?

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If you see the screen / error below then it likely means you already have Volt benefits, or VM service is not available in your area. However, if VM is available or you already have VM, then this may be a small conflict or error on our side. If you’re impacted by this, please contact us here (FacebookTwitter or Instagram) and we'll get this sorted for you.

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Double data not showing via My O2?

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If you've signed up for Volt benefits you should receive a separate communication from both O2 and VM once your O2 data allowance and VM broadband speeds have been adjusted. Please note that these communications may arrive at different times so don't worry if you receive one and not the other – this could arrive several days later. If you still don’t have your O2 data benefits within 7 days of applying, please contact us here (FacebookTwitter or Instagram) so we can check this over and get it sorted for you. If you still don’t have your VM speed benefits within 7 days of applying, please contact Virgin Media here so they can check this over and get it sorted for you

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Being a Volt customer comes with a few extra bells and whistles too, as if the faster Virgin Media broadband, and double O2 mobile data wasn't enough...

 

  • Priority -  Is our way of saying thanks. It's exclusive to O2 & Virgin Media customers and brings you great offers from high street brands, tickets, and experiences, as well as access to the best in entertainment. You can get Priority Tickets to thousands of gigs and events across the UK, up to 48 hours before general sale. Get the free app for quick and easy access to Priority whenever you like.
  • 5G - Fast, reliable and mobile. It’s time to 5G your life. The power of 5G gives customers a faster and more reliable connection, downloads without delay and buffer-free streaming, on the go. But it’s so much more than that. More help and advice here. Use our network checker to keep tabs on the O2 network in your area.
  • Roam freely - Going on holiday? We cover roaming in our Europe Zone as part of our Tariffs. So your data, minutes, and text allowances will work in our Europe Zone, just like they do at home. Check out more here. You can also check our Roaming Megaguide which will give you all the info you need to ensure you're fully informed on allowances, costs, options, and what to expect when you travel abroad, even if it's outside of Europe.
  • Extras - When you take out a new phone, tablet or pay monthly sim only on eligible tariffs and/or devices, you'll get to hand pick an extra for up to 12 months*, on us. Whether you’re into TV and movies, music, meditation, books, or audiobooks, or you want to keep in touch with loved ones overseas, you can find an extra that’s perfect for you. More details here.
  • Spread the cost - Get the latest tech from O2 without draining your bank balance. Just like buying a new phone, you can now spread the cost of your device into affordable monthly payments. And with 0% APR, the price you see is the price you pay. More information here

If you have any questions not covered above, please register an account here on the O2 Community if you're not already a member, and reply to this thread with your question and our knowledgeable members will do their best to help. Alternatively, contact us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.


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Thanks for that update @gmarkj. I'm not a Volt customer so have to rely on info from those who are 😉

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Have just realised that today is actually the 11th, so either VMo2 are starting early there might be something else going on...

Please note, this is not customer services and we cannot access your account. Do not publish personal details (email, phone number, bank account).


Link to our guide on how to contact them can be found here

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So have just tried to activate on o2 again (as today is actually the day) and got a different screen to this:

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Instead I got a "Your Volt benefits are on their way".

 

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So success at last!

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Link to our guide on how to contact them can be found here

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Great to hear @gmarkj 👍

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Just to give some updates on this...

I got a text from o2 on the 14th confirming that my Volt benefits were now live, and checked my data allowance that evening it showed the increased amount.

To go with that, I called VM and after some struggles with the options (press 1 for this and 2 for that, etc, etc) I got through to a lovely chap who managed to get me a WiFi pod in the post.  Which is being delivered this evening!

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I have both VM and O2 accounts, both at the same address.  When I try to activate I get the error that Volt benefits aren't available either because I already have them (I don't) or because VM is not available in my area (it is available, I have it installed).  How do I get this issue sorted so I can register?

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Ok, stick with me guys because this is a long one.

 

I had a Virgin Media deal and an O2 contract so have Volt benefits on my account.

 

My virgin Media contract was running out so I signed a new one and that package came with an O2 Unlimited sim. Virgin have told me to contact O2 to request the sim. I spent a hour and a half on chat with O2 today and it was next to useless. They just kept saying they were selling me a sim and my current sim would be cancelled which is wrong, I want to keep the current sim I have and get the sim I'm paying for with my Virgin Media bundle already.

 

It seems really difficult for them to understand. Anyone got any idea what I can do? Virgin Media tell me to speak to O2, O2 tell me to speak to Virgin Media and neither company seems to speak to each other despite them working together on this Volt promotion.

 

Frustrating isn't the word I'd use, but is probably best for a forum like this

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@Smurf 

Looks like you should contact the sales team as they can help with that – message them on Social Media if that works best for you -on Facebook (https://o2uk.co/O2CFB) , Twitter (https://o2uk.co/O2CTW) or Instagram (https://o2uk.co/O2CIG)

Or you can call them on 0800 081 0255

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@Smurf 

 

Virgin are talking bull******, and this is to be expected from the useless Manila Call Centre....

 

If you have signed up for Volt, Virgin need to request the sim card from o2, there is nothing o2 sales can do about it, as it is tied to your Virgin Deal (although billed seperately).


You cant have both the Virgin Media Sim sold on Ooomph and the o2 sim card at the same time, as your VM sim card is tied to your Oomph contract and when that contract ends so does your VM Sim Card... You should be able to port the number out though. 

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Does the Virgin speed boost apply to any broadband package?  There only seem to be a limited number of Volt packages available on the Virgin pages.

In other words, if I signed up for a 350MB broadband-only package, will that be bumped up to 500MB?  Or a 500MB package will be bumped up to 1000MB?

Cheers

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