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Getting charged for extra data allowance

I called the helpline last evening to ask why an extra £21 had been taken from my account.

The very unhelpful phone operator told me I had been charged £3 per day for going over my data allowance. When I queried this she just kept reciting my bill to me and that I should have got a text warning me.

I DID NOT receive any text or email and this is the first carrier I have ever known to just let you rollover into extra data and take the money from your account without telling you. When I asked to speak to a supervisor or manager I was put on hold and they never came back.

I am extremely unhappy with the service so far provided by Virgin and want to know if it's possible to place a cap on the data useage so this doesn't happen again. Again the phone operative was unable to help.

I have also tried to 'Live Chat' but the service always seems unavailable, why is this? Do Virgin not want unhappy customers contacting them. I would like this issue resolved asap.

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Re: Getting charged for extra data allowance

Hi LindfeildBrown,


Welcome to the Community Forum and thanks for your post. I'm sorry to hear that you are not receiving notification SMS's for your data usage and for the delay in responding to your post. You can request to have the notifications set up to be sent as an SMS to your mobile.
You can either choose to have percentage or amount alerts, and these can be set from 0 up to 100% or the maximum spending limit you have set on their account. 
The SMS will be set once you reach the chosen limit & includes all balances on the account, including billed & unbilled.

If you aren't receiving these texts, there are other ways to track your usage:

  • Use the Virgin Mobile Your Account app to keep track of your data usage balance (Install from your app store)
  • Login to Your Account online to view Recent Usage
  • Settings > Data traffic management > Traffic reminder settings > Monthly data limit > manually enter your package's limit
  • Settings > Data traffic management > Traffic reminder settings > When over monthly limit > select 'Disable mobile data'
  • Set up each of your apps, app store and OS to only update when connected through WiFi
  • Download a third party app that will track your data usage

The charge for breaching the monthly data allowance is £3.00 a day. This is within a 24 hour period, so if the data allowance has been used up, and an app on the mobile connects via the data connection, the charge will be £3 for that 24 hour period, no matter what amount of data is used. We advise about the charges for going over the tariff allowance here: Pay Monthly Charges. Also, please see our online Help & Support page: Managing Your Account for Virgin Mobile.


We don't offer Web Chat for the Mobile service, apologies for the inconvenience this causes. If you have any further problems, please let us know here on the Community.



Kind Regards,


Virgin Media Forum Team

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