Virgin Mobile uses the Optus network; so when their network improves, our customers win.
As part of Optus’ 4G network expansion, they have evolved their ‘4G Plus’ brand to encompass the entire 4G network. This is mainly a change in terminology.
At the same time, the Optus 4G Plus network is growing fast and is set to reach 90% of the Australian population by April 2015. This is great news for our customers.
What’s the difference between 4G and 4G Plus?
4G Plus is the new term for the superfast 4G network combining all of the Optus 4G spectrums: 1800MHz, 2300 MHz (previously the only spectrum referred to as “4G Plus”), as well as the 700 MHz and 2600 MHz frequencies which will bring even better 4G coverage and capacity.
What devices work on the 4G Plus Network?
As always, coverage depends on your device and your location.
Existing 4G devices will continue to access the 4G Plus Network but coverage will vary depending on what frequencies your device supports. The very latest devices will fully enjoy the 4G Plus network wherever it expands by taking advantage of the 700MHz frequency, which is the main frequency Optus are using to expand the 4G Plus network to reach 90% of the Australian population.
Will I be able to get 4G Plus network coverage in my area?
To answer that question, check out our coverage maps. Just enter your address, select your device and tick an option at the bottom of the map to see what’s available today and how coverage is expected to look in 3 or 6 months’ time for that area.
I bought a device with the 4G Plus symbols a few years ago. Is it useless now?
Definitely not! Existing devices with the old 4G Plus symbol indicated compatibility with the 2300 MHz spectrum (most widely available in Canberra and parts of other major metro cities) as well as 1800 MHz network. As such, you will still be able to enjoy the 4G Plus network as you currently do, using those spectrums.
To find out more about coverage in your area with your particular device, check out our coverage maps, select your device and type in your address.
What is VoLTE?
VoLTE (Voice over LTE) is technology that enables voice calls on our 4G Plus network. We expect this technology to be available to Virgin Mobile customers in late 2017.
It will deliver some great improvements to voice calling. You can experience faster call connection times compared to 3G, and be able to talk and browse at the same time using 4G. Plus, just like our 3G network, 4G voice calls are high definition (HD) for sharp, clear call quality.
WiFi calling is another feature Virgin Mobile will be releasing later in 2017. For more info click here.
What is WiFi calling?
WiFi Calling allows you to make calls and receive calls, SMS and MMS over a WiFi network. This will be available to Virgin Mobile customers in late 2017.
You'll be able to use this feature if you have a compatible WiFi Calling phone, you're connected to a supported WiFi network and you don't have sufficient mobile network coverage to make a call.
VoLTE is another feature Virgin Mobile will be releasing later in 2017. For more info click here.
Virgin Mobile uses the Optus network, which reaches 98.5% of the population in Australia. Should you encounter issues with receiving mobile reception, we recommend following the below steps to determine the potential cause.
Check for Outages/Planned Work
Go to our coverage maps.
Click on the Outages tab.
Enter an address in the address field then click the search button.
Clicking on an affected tower will open further information regarding the outage or planned work as well as the expected resolve date.
If there are no outages or planned work that could be causing the reception issues, we recommend performing some simple phone troubleshooting to get you back up and running.
Power-cycle your phone. Switch your phone off then on again to try and reconnect to the network.
Reset network settings: (t his will delete WiFi and Bluetooth settings)
For iPhone: Tap Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings.
For Android: Go to Settings > Mobile Networks > Network Operator > Select Virgin Mobile.
Ensure your phone software is up to date . New software is often released to fix known phone issues and to improve the overall functionality of the phone.
Try your SIM card in another phone. This will help isolate whether the issue is with the phone or the network.
If you have tried all of the above and still cannot get sufficient signal on your phone, contact us for further assistance.
Optus are currently upgrading towers across the country to make them ready for super- fast 4G. Woo hoo! Unfortunately this means there may be some disruption to services for customers in and around the towers being upgraded. We apologise for the impact to our customers from this work. This is part of the 4G 700 and 2600 MHz network expansion, which will see the Optus network bring 4G to around 200 regional and holiday locations early next year once the new 4G spectrum is available.
Will I be impacted?
We will be listing all the upcoming work on our coverage page when we are notified by Optus at least 3 days prior. For more information about your area, search for your location and click “Outages in the area”.
Are you telling customers about the work?
We are endeavouring to contact customers who will be severely impacted by the works with as much notice as possible, to help minimise the inconvenience. Whilst we understand that it's frustrating when service interruptions happen, we hope customers with a compatible device will enjoy the benefits of Optus bringing 4G to the area with faster mobile internet.
What will be the impact and what can I do?
You can check the impact to a location based on the coverage map here - in many cases the network impact will just be a deterioration of service. Even without network coverage your phone will still work in an emergency. Calls to 000 will go through provided coverage is available on another network.
You can also set up your phone to divert to another line using the guide here, and you can retrieve your voicemail from a landline by dialling 0411000212 then entering their phone number and voicemail PIN.
If you have a fixed internet connection at home, you can use your Wi-Fi connection to make calls using internet calling applications like Skype.
Why does the planned work have to happen during the day?
Engineers need to install special new antennas (alongside other equipment), which means the work has to take place in daylight for occupational health and safety reasons. To complete the work, Optus need to take the tower offline.
What is the benefit of this work to me?
The upgrades are to bring super-fast 4G to areas impacted. This is part of the 4G 700Mhz and 2600 MHz network expansion, which will see the Optus network bring 4G to around 200 regional and holiday locations early next year once the new 4G spectrum is available. With more people moving onto the 4G data network, it will also free up 3G space which means those without 4G ready handsets will also benefit from this upgrade.
Updated - 17/07/2017
What's happening to the 2G Optus mobile network?
Optus is closing down the 2G network on 1 August, 2017 in NSW, VIC, SA, QLD, ACT & TAS. The 2G network in WA & NT was shut down on 3 April, 2017.
After this date you won’t be able to use 2G devices on the Optus mobile network with your Virgin Mobile service. 3G Single Band devices also use the 2G mobile network in certain areas, so if you have a 3G Single Band device and are outside the coverage of our 3G 2100 MHz network, you will lose mobile service in these areas when the 2G mobile network closes. For more information on 3G Single Band devices, please check this page.
Why is this happening?
The 2G mobile network has been doing its thing for many years, but from 3 April 2017 it will be closing down. That means we are able to focus and invest in technology that offers better services for Virgin Mobile customers now and into the future. And so to stay connected and get the best possible coverage from that date, you’ll need to upgrade your device.
For frequently asked questions or to check if your phone will be affected by the 2G shutdown, click here.
Our friendly team are here to help, contact us here.