Virgin Media Cable is a totally different technology from the Plusnet one.
VM is an amalgamation of all the cable TV companies that put most of the cabling in then went bust.
Plusnet FTTC is via BT Wholesale and that system is available from most ISPs. The major competitors to Plusnet on that are BT Infinity, Sky and TalkTalk.
The VM one is Virgin only.
I'm on Plusnet and recently renewed for a new 18-month term, so my opinion is obvious. I do always keep my phone line with BT Retail though, whichever ISP I have my broadband with at the time. I think the excellence I have always experienced from BT when I have had phone problems is worth the little extra they might cost at times. Also once you take into account the things you get free on BT call plans that get charged for by others, including Plusnet, the bare rental isn't quite as significant. The problem with not taking Plusnet phone though is the FTTC setup charge.
I think your best bet is Plusnet. At the moment the service itself seems to be up to the hype.
The Unlimited definitely is. They do not throttle at all, and keep adding capacity. They do apply traffic management, and this explanation of why
makes a lot of sense. I don't think I have seen a single complaint about it from a Plusnet user. Only from detractors and doubters who are not Plusnet customers, and a tiny few who had a bad experience over something else with them in the past. They also keep adding capacity due to the influx of customers recently - so they aren't letting things slip so far.
Virgin Media I get the impression is very hit and miss as to the performance you will get. Best to ask in their forum here and give your rough location. Possibly your postcode. See what others in the area reckon.
I hope that lot helps.
Edit - typo.
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Edited by RobertoS (Sun 14-Apr-13 13:52:25)