Virgin Mobile worldwide is comprised of eight independent brand-licensees in Australia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, India, Poland, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Each brand acts independently from the others, with services and products varying from country to country. Usually operating as a partnership between the Virgin Group and an existing mobile network operator in that region.
In the UK Virgin Mobile is a virtual mobile phone service provider which was launched in 1999. As a virtual operator, Virgin Mobile UK does not maintain its own network; rather they use the existing network of EE (Everything Everywhere). Originally Virgin Mobile was bought by Telewest in 2006 before being rebranded as Virgin Media in 2007. When launched in 1999, Virgin Mobile UK was a joint venture with One2One.
Today in the UK Virgin Mobile mainly sells pay as you go and pay monthly mobile contracts in addition to mobile phone handsets. In recent years they have added mobile broadband packages through the EE 3G network. The Virgin Mobile products and services are sold through their website and through Virgin Media and its high street stores. Since 2011, Virgin Mobile customers have been able to use the Orange UK network where there is no signal from T-Mobile, thanks to the merger of T-Mobile UK and Orange UK in 2011 to form EE.