Plusnet

Award winning good value broadband, available standalone or with competitive phone bundles

  • Cheapest standalone broadband
  • Take good value phone bundles or keep your own landline and phone provider
  • One month rolling contracts available
  • Fibre broadband up to 76Mb
  • Truly unlimited broadband
  • 24/7 UK-based award winning customer service

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Plusnet Unlimited Broadband and Calls
Free for 12 months
£9.99 thereafter

Line rental from £12.99

  • Free for 12 months!
  • £75 cashback!
  • Truly unlimited usage
  • Plusnet's best value broadband
  • UK-based 24/7 customer support
  • Plusnet Protect powered by McAfee
  • N-rated wireless router
  • Weekend UK landline calls
  • Free connection
  • 12 month contract

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Plusnet Unlimited Broadband and Anytime Calls
£5.00 for 12 months
£14.99 thereafter

Line rental from £12.99

  • 12 months better than half price!
  • £75 cashback!
  • Truly unlimited usage
  • UK-based 24/7 customer support
  • Plusnet Protect powered by McAfee
  • Add international calls for £2 more
  • N-rated wireless router
  • Anytime UK landline calls
  • Free connection
  • 12 month contract

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Plusnet Unlimited Fibre Broadband with Evening & Weekend Calls
Free for 6 months
£14.99 thereafter

Line rental from £12.99

  • Free for 6 months!
  • Up to 38Mb download speed
  • Up to 9.5Mb upload speed!
  • Truly unlimited usage
  • N-rated wireless router
  • Evening and weekend calling
  • Free connection
  • 18 month contract

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Reasons to choose Plusnet

  • Affordable - one of the cheapest providers in the UK
  • Truly unlimited broadband with no caps or traffic shaping
  • Fibre packages available - speeds of up to 76Mb download and up to 19.5Mb upload available in enabled areas
  • Rolling contract options available - customers who opt for no minimum contract just need to give Plusnet 14 days notification to cancel their service at any time
  • Phone bundles available - take out line rental and a call plan to make savings with bundled packages
  • Standalone broadband available - keep your line rental and phone plan with your current supplier if you don't want to move them
  • Line rental saver - pay a year up front to benefit from a line rental discount
  • UK-based customer services - get support from a guaranteed UK call centre
  • Award winning products and customer service - for example, Plusnet are Which? Magazine's recommended broadband supplier

Possible downsides

  • More expensive in areas outside of 'high competition areas' - those in rural areas are most likely to be affected by this
  • Short contracts are more expensive - they also don't qualify for most Plusnet special offers

Features at a glance

  • up to 17Mb download speeds on standard broadband and up to 76Mb in fibre enabled areas, maximum fibre upload speed of 19.5Mb

  • No contract options available you an additional cost, give only 10 days notice to cancel at any time

  • All deals truly unlimited

  • Free connection if you sign up for one of Plusnet's Homephone bundles, £25 otherwise

  • UK-based 24/7 telephone support

  • Unlimited email addresses

  • Broadband firewall and spam protection

  • Free N-rated wireless router with all deals

  • Phone bundles with line rental available - pay line rental up front and get Anytime calls included

  • Plusnet have published a Traffic Management Policy

Details last checked on 2015-05-01

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Plusnet Unlimited Broadband and Calls More Info

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802.11n Wireless RouterPhone CallingLine Rental (15.95 pounds)

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Plusnet Unlimited Broadband and Anytime Calls More Info

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802.11n Wireless RouterPhone CallingLine Rental (15.95 pounds)

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months
£9
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£5.00
£14.99 after 12 months

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Plusnet Unlimited Broadband and Anytime International Calls More Info

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802.11n Wireless RouterPhone CallingLine Rental (15.95 pounds)

up to
17Mb
truly
unlimited
12
months
£15 £7.00
£16.99 after 12 months

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Plusnet Unlimited Fibre Broadband with Evening & Weekend Calls More Info

Special offer: Free for 6 months + free connection!

802.11n Wireless RouterPhone CallingLine Rental (15.95 pounds)

up to
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£96 Free
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Plusnet Unlimited Fibre Broadband with Anytime Calls More Info

Special offer: 6 months free fibre + free connection!

802.11n Wireless RouterPhone CallingLine Rental (15.95 pounds)

up to
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18
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£156 £5.00
£19.99 after 6 months

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Plusnet Unlimited Fibre Extra Broadband with Evening & Weekend Calls More Info

Special offer: 6 months better than half price + free connection!

802.11n Wireless RouterPhone CallingLine Rental (15.95 pounds)

up to
76Mb
truly
unlimited
18
months
£180 £8.99
£19.99 after 6 months

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Plusnet Unlimited More Info

802.11n Wireless Router

up to
17Mb
truly
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12
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£181 £12.49

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Plusnet Unlimited Fibre Extra Broadband with Anytime Calls More Info

Special offer: 6 months reduced price + free connection

802.11n Wireless RouterPhone CallingLine Rental (15.95 pounds)

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18
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£238 £13.75
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Plusnet Unlimited Fibre More Info

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£266 £17.49

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Plusnet Unlimited Fibre Extra More Info

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£326 £22.49

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Customer Reviews

Sometimes the best way to get a feel for a broadband provider is to read what those who are already customers think of the service they're receiving. Below are all the reviews we've received for Plusnet.

Customer Ratings Summary

  • Satisfaction 3.5 Stars
  • Speed 3 Stars
  • Reliability 3.5 Stars
  • Customer Service 3.5 Stars

Based on 3035 customer ratings since 2014-05-05

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Ratings are left by users of our speed test as well as by reviewers. Recent star ratings summarise the last 12 months of ratings or the last 100 placed, whichever is largest.

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I decided to leave plusnet as they kept saying i had had more than my limit and adding extra charges. Once i had apparently gone over my limit at around 10 minutes to midnight before the next allowance so that cost me an extra £5 for a couple of minutes use.
And i am a single person who doesnt use the iplayer or anything, works full time snd just uses broadband for emails and the occasional internet browse. How on earth i was meant to be using so much data i cannot fathom.
Anyway i signed up to EE and it appears plusnet then just cut off my phone and broadband, even though i had paid for the whole month. They said they could not reinstate it now as they were passing it over to EE and the line had started to be checked by BT, Apparently both use BT lines so it didnt need to be checked but they had requested it anyway and said this process could not be stopped once started and i would just have to do without any phone or broadband for a week even though i had paid for this.
I explained i was in the middle of a house purchase and really needed access to my phone and broadband but they did that "the computer says no" thing, and just left me in the lurch.
This has been a nightmare, i guess they are saying its not okay to leave them and if you do you will be punished.
  • Satisfaction 2 Stars
  • Speed 1 Stars
  • Reliability 3 Stars
  • Customer Service 1 Stars
tessa London Plusnet 2015-04-17  
I booked and paid for Plusnet Fibre Optic broadband. As I am a teacher I cannot take days off from my work so I booked the engineer to come out to set up my broadband during the school holidays - I thought it would be worth the 6 weeks and 5 days wait to receive my fantastic new broadband. After not receiving any contact from Plusnet (although they had taken the money from my account straight away) I telephone them. Lots of frustrating 1980's music later and being put through to 3 different departments it turns out that my order had not gone through. The operator was very apologetic: "It should have been picked up by us but wasn't". This is incompetence and I have cancelled my account (that never started) and I now have to wait 5-7 days for my refund. I do not recommend this company.
  • Satisfaction 1 Stars
  • Speed 1 Stars
Frustrated East Lothian Plusnet 2015-04-17  
Plusnet is as reliable as Victoria line during the weekend ( fellow Ldners will understand)
If you are looking for fast and reliable internet provider - Pkusnet IS NOT the one!!!!!
  • Satisfaction 1 Stars
  • Speed 1 Stars
  • Reliability 3 Stars
  • Customer Service 1 Stars
Robert London Plusnet 2015-04-17  
Broadband has been dropping out for over a month. Plusnet arranged for BT to visit twice - no show. Promised to call me back with another date - failed. Cannot contact them online(too busy) or by phone (too busy). And this is supposed to be a COMMUNICATIONS company. Hopeless!
  • Satisfaction 2 Stars
  • Speed 1 Stars
  • Reliability 2 Stars
  • Customer Service 1 Stars
David Small Guildford Plusnet 2015-04-16  
100% satisfaction, costumer service you cant even knock! and UK based.
no problems with broadband speed at all and never slowed down at peak times, always reccomend to friends and familys!!
  • Satisfaction 5 Stars
  • Speed 5 Stars
  • Reliability 5 Stars
  • Customer Service 5 Stars
daniele coventry Plusnet 2015-04-15  
i have been with plusnet a year now and they have been amazing, they are exactly what they say they are, affordable, reliable broadband and home phone, the line being stable was a massive worry for me before joining a year back but i can honestly say i have never had my speed drop below what they estimated it to be (9mb) and i have only rang up a couple of times (own mistake forgot my account password) and the team in sheffield who took my call were fantastic, i would recommend plusnet to anyone, i have referred several friends and family and each time one of my friends or family go to plusnet they discount my bills aswell which is a fantastic scheme
  • Satisfaction 5 Stars
  • Speed 5 Stars
  • Reliability 5 Stars
  • Customer Service 5 Stars
Rachel Oxford Plusnet 2015-04-15  
what a fantastic little company, never had any issues with them, they have given me deal, after deal after deal, i have stayed with them for that reason for the past 7 years, and will continue for a long time, every time you ring, the UK based call centre staff are extremely helpful and can resolve queries straight away, i've never had to wait on the line for longer than 3 minutes, can't think of a single negative thing to say, top work plusnet
  • Satisfaction 5 Stars
  • Speed 5 Stars
  • Reliability 5 Stars
  • Customer Service 5 Stars
Sebastian Leicester Plusnet 2015-04-15  
Absolutely Dreadful customer service, They do not reply to queries or complaints , won't send MAC codes ,
then charged my direct debit without my Knowledge or permission for 18 months after I cancelled contract, definitely the provider to avoid!
  • Satisfaction 1 Stars
  • Speed 1 Stars
  • Reliability 1 Stars
  • Customer Service 1 Stars
William Smith Rhyl Plusnet 2015-04-13  
changed to fibre and it does nothing but buffer, absolute rubbish
  • Satisfaction 1 Stars
  • Speed 3 Stars
  • Reliability 1 Stars
  • Customer Service 1 Stars
Lorraine Consett Plusnet 2015-04-13  
Cant fault them. Better than bt.
  • Satisfaction 5 Stars
  • Speed 5 Stars
  • Reliability 5 Stars
  • Customer Service 5 Stars
Rachel Warwick Plusnet 2015-04-12  

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National Average Speeds March 2015

Minor drops in download speeds for majority of ISPs during March 2015

Posted on 2015-04-02 16:22 in Announcements News TalkTalk Sky Virgin Media BT Plusnet

March 2015 saw average download speeds recorded by users of our Broadband Speed Test drop slightly by 0.32Mb in comparison to the results from February, coming in at 21.11Mb. Average upload speeds remained stable at 4.22Mb.

Virgin Media's average download speeds dropped by a further 1.29Mb to 39.69Mb, with upload speeds remaining stable at 5.34Mb. BT Broadband hold second place with average download and upload speeds remaining stable at 19.85Mb and 5.81Mb. Plusnet remain in third place, with download speeds taking a 1.15Mb hit down to 14.59Mb with a 0.29Mb increase to 5.08Mb for average upload speeds. TalkTalk stay in fourth place, with download speeds increasing by 0.78Mb to 14.26Mb and upload speeds holding stable at 1.76Mb. Finally, Sky are in fifth place with a 0.57Mb decrease to download speeds, putting them at 12.8Mb, with upload speeds falling slightly to 3.24Mb.

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National Average Speeds February 2015

Average download speeds see slight decrease over February 2015, with increase in speeds for Sky

Posted on 2015-03-02 18:16 in Announcements News EE TalkTalk Sky Virgin Media BT Plusnet

February 2015 saw average download speeds recorded by users of our Broadband Speed Test drop by 0.48Mb in comparison to the results from January, coming in at 21.43Mb. Average upload speeds saw a 0.23Mb increase to 4.32Mb.

Virgin Media's average download speeds dropped again by 0.63Mb to 40.98Mb, with upload speeds remaining stable at 5.5Mb. BT Broadband remain second place with average download speeds dropping by 0.53Mb to 19.87Mb, though upload speeds increased by 0.29Mb to 5.97Mb. Plusnet hold third place, remaining stable at 15.74Mb for average download speeds with a 0.38Mb increase to 4.78Mb for average upload speeds. TalkTalk are also stable in fourth place, with download speeds at 13.22Mb and upload speeds at 1.75Mb. Finally, Sky are in fifth place with a strong 1.34Mb increase to download speeds, putting them at 13.37Mb, with upload speeds increased by 0.49Mb to 3.44Mb.

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Plusnet Buyers Guide

Can I get Plusnet?

Plusnet is owned by BT and benefits from BT’s network covering most of the UK. However, this does not mean that all areas have identical options available to them.

The broadband regulator, Ofcom, allows providers to make savings when selling broadband to customers connected to telephone exchanges where some broadband providers have installed their own equipment (market classification), which tend to be within large towns and cities. Plusnet passes on those savings to customers in these higher competition areas, meaning these customers can get a cheaper deal. You can find out if this applies to where you live by using our postcode checker.

However, Plusnet’s fibre-optic packages are only available in fibre network areas, as it depends on the same fibre to the cabinet technology as used by BT Infinity, which is currently available to two-thirds of UK households, typically in cities and towns. Again, you can use our postcode checker to find out if you live in one of these areas and are able to get Plusnet Fibre.

What packages are available?

Plusnet offer one core standard broadband package that comes with several phone plan options:

  • Plusnet Unlimited - truly unlimited, allowing you to use the internet as much as you like without traffic management or a download limit

This package comes with up to 17Mb download speed, but your speed could be a fair bit less than this due to various factors such as your distance from the BT telephone exchange, with speeds getting progressively slower the further away you are and the number of people using the network, with speeds at peak times such as evenings being slower than late at night. You can check how far you are from your nearest exchange using our postcode checker.

In addition to these, Plusnet also offer two fibre-optic broadband packages:

  • Plusnet Unlimited Fibre Broadband - up to 38Mb download speed, up to 2Mb upload speed, truly unlimited
  • Plusnet Unlimited Fibre Extra Broadband - up to 76Mb download speed, up to 19.5Mb upload speed, truly unlimited

These use newer technology which offers much faster download speeds than the regular ADSL broadband, and distance from phone exchanges does not matter as the connections use fibre-optics as far as the street cabinet, so the slow-down from copper wire is only based on the distance from these. This means that far more people can enjoy the faster speeds, and even homes that are relatively long distances from the street cabinet can generally receive speeds in excess of 15Mb.

Plusnet offer the option to add a phone service to any of these packages. All Plusnet Broadband & Calls packages come with Plusnet Weekends, which offers free inclusive weekend calls to UK landlines, 0845 and 0870 numbers, and free inclusive anytime calls to Plusnet customers and Plusnet support. For an extra £5/month you can upgrade to Plusnet Anytime which offers free inclusive anytime calls to UK landlines. Finally, you can upgrade to Plusnet International Anytime 300 for an extra £7/month over the basic package, which comes with free inclusive anytime calls to UK landlines and 300 inclusive anytime minutes to 35 international destinations as well as 25% off top international call destinations outside of your 300 minutes.

You need to pay line rental with all packages with a calling plan, although you can save on line rental fees by paying for a year up front. Standalone broadband packages require a phone line, but you have the choice of staying with your current phone provider, taking out line rental with Plusnet or choosing another supplier that suits your needs.

Which package should I choose?

An important first question to ask yourself is if you need the speed of fibre of if you can get by with standard broadband speeds.

The extra speed is indeed much faster and thus a tempting prospect, but there is no point paying for it if you’re not going to use it. Plusnet’s ADSL speeds of up to 17Mb are easily sufficient for most online activities including Skype calls and downloading music. However, this is not the case if you live far enough from a telephone exchange that your ADSL speed would be very low.

It would also be worth getting fibre if you are a heavy downloader, or regular gamer, as these are both activities that would benefit from the extra speed, reducing download times and preventing lag in games. Fibre packages will help also prevent slowdown in households with many heavy internet users, such as student flats or homes with large families, where one connection has to be divided between several people.

If you're a heavy uploader, perhaps because you share your own YouTube videos or use cloud backup and sync services, or if you're in a busy household where several people may be streaming HD video at once, then you may benefit from the upgrade to Unlimited Fibre Extra offering up to double the download speed and almost 10 times the upload speed.

Points to consider before you choose

  • How far do you live from a BT telephone exchange, and will this be a problem for your ADSL speeds?
  • How many people will be using your broadband connection at any one time, especially for heavy downloading or online games?
  • Are you a heavy uploader, or someone who uses cloud backup and sync services?
  • Is fibre optic broadband available in your area?
  • Is the extra expense of fibre broadband really worth it for you?

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What do I get when I sign-up?

It's always good to know upfront what you'll get when signing up with an ISP so you know what you can enjoy for free, or to budget for any extras you may want.

  • Wireless router - All new customers signing up to Plusnet will receive a free wireless router worth £40. It comes with four ethernet ports for wired connections and ‘N’-reated wireless technology giving you a better signal, and it’s easy to set up, automatically connecting to the internet for you when you follow the set-up guide. If you wish to use your own router instead, Plusnet will allow that provided you check with them that it is compatible.
  • 24/7 UK-based customer service - Unlike most other providers, Plusnet’s customer service is entirely based in the UK, and is available 24/7 365-days a year to help with any queries you may have. All Plusnet phone customers get free calls to Plusnet's customer service.
  • Plusnet Protect - Powered by McAfee, Plusnet Protect is Plusnet’s internet security package free to Unlimited and Fibre Extra customers, available for an extra £2 per month for standard Fibre. Up to 7 PCs can be protected through its anti-virus, anti-spyware, anti-phishing and firewall tools. It also allows you to set parental controls to filter what children using the internet can access.
  • Plusnet Assist - Plusnet Assist is a tool provided free to Plusnet customers that allow them to take much of the hassle out of sorting out broadband connection problems. This instant technical support tool will watch for problems and attempt to fix any it encounters, including reconnecting if your connection drops, or troubleshooting your e-mail account.
  • Static IP available - Customers on Unlimited Broadband and Unlimited Fibre Extra can add a static IP address for a one off payment of £5.

What are the benefits of Plusnet?

The benefits offered by an ISP may be what seals the deal in your decision to buy a package from them.

  • Cost - Plusnet is among the cheapest of the large providers, making it a good choice for those on a tight budget or those who just like to save money. If you want standalone broadband without bundled line rental and calls, Plusnet tends to be the cheapest available.
  • One month contracts - Unlike many other providers, Plusnet offer one-month rolling contracts. Once you have paid a free to activate the service, you only need to give 14 days notice to cancel, meaning you are not committed to long contracts lasting a year or more. This is ideal for those with short tenancy agreements, students, or those who may need to move with minimal notice.
  • Standalone broadband - Plusnet are one of the few large providers to offer standalone broadband packages, meaning you don’t need to take your line rental or calls from Plusnet in order to use their broadband service. Plusnet's phone bundles are good value and you can keep your existing phone number, but if you'd prefer not to switch phone supplier or have found cheaper options elsewhere, you have the flexibility to do this with Plusnet broadband.
  • Truly unlimited broadband on all deals - There's no reason to choose between price and usage allowance when Plusnet's entire range of broadband products come with truly unlimited usage with no limits or traffic management.
  • Value line rental - If you take a package including line rental, you can cut the cost of this by paying a reduced price for a year of Plusnet line rental up front, producing a significant saving over the monthly rate.
  • Award winning - Plusnet have won numerous awards for their customer service and value. The most prestigious of these is that they are current holder of Which? Magazine's recommended broadband supplier award.

What are the drawbacks of Plusnet?

Let's face it, not everything can be perfect, and even the best deals may have a downside.

  • Few extras - Unlike many of the larger providers, Plusnet does not offer much in the way of extras like wi-fi hotspot access, online TV or a home move service. However this is reflected in the cheaper cost, and it does not affect the core broadband service.
  • No contract option is more expensive and not available with Fibre - 1 month contracts cost £2.50 per month extra, have a £25 installation charge and don't qualify for most Plusnet special offers. Only available on Standard (ADSL) products, not Fibre.
  • Higher rural prices - Although Plusnet is owned by BT, their packages are still cheaper in some areas than others. The cheapest prices tend not to be available in rural and remote areas - although due to the Ofcom market classification mechanism this is tied to, Plusnet are still likely to be the cheapest or among the cheapest stand alone broadband on any exchange.
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