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 averaging 66Mb downloads
  • Unlimited usage allowances
  • UK-based award winning customer service

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Plusnet Unlimited Broadband and Phone
£18.99 for 12 months
£28.98 thereafter

£5.00 upfront cost

  • £40 Reward Card
  • 18 months reduced fixed price
  • Truly unlimited usage
  • 10Mb average download speed
  • UK-based customer support
  • Plusnet Protect powered by McAfee
  • N-rated wireless router
  • Only pay for the calls you use
  • 12 month contract

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Plusnet Unlimited Fibre Broadband with Phone
£23.99 for 18 months
£34.98 thereafter

£5.00 upfront cost

  • £50 Reward Card!
  • 18 months reduced fixed price
  • 36Mb average download speed
  • 9Mb average upload speed!
  • Truly unlimited usage
  • UK-based customer support
  • Plusnet Protect powered by McAfee
  • AC-rated Plusnet Hub One router
  • Only pay for the calls you use
  • 18 month contract

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Plusnet Unlimited Fibre Extra Broadband with phone
£27.50 for 18 months
£38.98 thereafter

No upfront cost

  • £75 Reward Card!
  • 18 months reduced fixed price
  • 66Mb average download speed
  • 18Mb average upload speed!
  • Truly unlimited usage
  • UK-based customer support
  • AC-rated Plusnet Hub One router
  • Only pay for the calls you use
  • No activation fee
  • 18 month contract

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Reasons to choose Plusnet

  • Affordable - one of the cheapest providers in the UK
  • Unlimited broadband - no download or upload usage allowances
  • Fibre packages available - speeds averaging 66Mb download and 18Mb 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
  • Not truly unlimited - traffic management is used to prioritise interactive traffic like browsing, email and gaming over download traffic, and to flex the network during abnormal load
  • Short contracts are more expensive - they also don't qualify for most Plusnet special offers

Features at a glance

  • Download speeds average 10Mbps for standard broadband, 36Mbps for Fibre and 66Mbps for Fibre Extra

  • 12 or 18 months as standard, no contract options available you an additional cost, give only 14 days notice to cancel at any time (30 day minumum term)

  • All deals come with unlimited usage

  • Many deals with free or discounted activation

  • UK-based telephone support, available between 7:30am and 10pm, 365 days a year

  • Unlimited email addresses

  • Safeguard online parental controls - easily block or allow websites and categories with no download needed. Plusnet Protect powered by McAfee - optional security suite of Anti-Virus, Anti-Spyware and Anti-Spam protection (£2 extra on standard fibre)

  • Free N-rated wireless router with standard broadband, ac-rated for fibre

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

  • Plusnet have published a Traffic Management Policy

3.2 stars
  satisfaction rating based on 6650 customer ratings since 2018-04-20. See more Plusnet customer ratings and reviews.

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Plusnet Unlimited More Info

Free N-rated wireless router!
Fixed price guaranteed - no broadband price rise for the length of the contract!

802.11n Wireless Router

averages
10Mb
truly
unlimited
12
months
£197
plus line
rental costs
£13.49
Separate line rental required

£35.00 upfront cost

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Plusnet Unlimited Broadband and Phone More Info

Hurry, ends soon! £40 Reward Card + 18 months reduced fixed price!
Fixed price guaranteed - no broadband or line rental price rise for the length of the contract!
Add Evening & Weeked calls for £4 a month or Unlimited calls for £8 a month!

802.11n Wireless RouterPhone CallingLine Rental

averages
10Mb
truly
unlimited
12
months
£233 £18.99
£28.98 after 12 months
Reward Card restrictions apply, see Plusnet site for details

£5.00 upfront cost

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Plusnet Unlimited Fibre More Info

Free Hub One AC-rated wireless router!
Fixed price guaranteed - no broadband price rise for the length of the contract!

802.11ac Wireless Router

averages
36Mb
truly
unlimited
12
months
£260
plus line
rental costs
£17.49
Separate line rental required

£50.00 upfront cost

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Plusnet Unlimited Fibre Broadband with Phone More Info

Hurry, ends soon! £50 Reward Card + 18 months reduced fixed price!
Fixed price guaranteed - no broadband or line rental price rise for the length of the contract!
Add Evening & Weeked calls for £4 a month or Unlimited calls for £8 a month!

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingLine Rental

averages
36Mb
truly
unlimited
18
months
£293 £23.99
£34.98 after 18 months
Reward Card restrictions apply, see Plusnet site for details

£5.00 upfront cost

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Plusnet Unlimited Fibre Extra More Info

Free Hub One AC-rated wireless router!
Fixed price guaranteed - no broadband price rise for the length of the contract!

802.11ac Wireless Router

averages
66Mb
truly
unlimited
12
months
£320
plus line
rental costs
£22.49
Separate line rental required

£50.00 upfront cost

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Plusnet Unlimited Fibre Extra Broadband with phone More Info

Hurry, ends soon! £75 Reward Card + 18 months reduced fixed price + no activation fee!
Fixed price guaranteed - no broadband or line rental price rise for the length of the contract!
Add Evening & Weeked calls for £4 a month or Unlimited calls for £8 a month!

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingLine Rental

averages
66Mb
truly
unlimited
18
months
£330 £27.50
£38.98 after 18 months
Reward Card restrictions apply, see Plusnet site for details

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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
    3.2 stars
  • Customer Service
    3.4 stars
  • Speed
    2.9 stars
  • Reliability
    3.1 stars

Based on 6650 customer ratings since 2018-04-20

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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.

Reviewer Location Reviewing Date Ratings
I have been a Plusnet customer for 12 months of an 18 month contract. The service is dreadful. The customer support which they claim is so awesome is a joke. You get the same support as any other ISP - every problem is apparently solved by doing hard reset on the router, losing all your settings, only to find nothing is improved. On two occasions, their agents simply hung up because I would not accept following their idiotic problem resolution sheet to address issues that were blatantly not connected with my end but are (and remain) problems with their own infrastructure. I also have Sky Broadband which has for 5 years performed faultlessly (a different building). I would not touch Plusnet. For all the advertising hype they are a complete shower.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
Cornwall Plusnet  
very good service best ive had been with them over 6 years now never forget what talk talk was like. been thinking about changing to zen as they are offering 130mb speed
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
newport Plusnet  
Have been with Plusnet for years and my contract was due to expire, so was looking to see what they would do. My phone call was met with a 50% reduction in my broadband charge. This meant I could get cheaper elsewhere according to the website information. A few days later I did an online chat with PlusNet, this resulted in free broadband for 18 months. So, all I have to pay is the line rental, which matched the website comparisons available. So I stayed with PlusNet, but would have gone to another provider if they had not improved the first offer. Don't take an offer if it does not meet your expectations.
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    4 stars
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Whitstable Plusnet  
My average speeds obtainable are between 1-2Mbps. Often I am receiving less than 1Mbps. Also regular outages. (No point showing an online map of where outages are if your customer has no internet!)
I chose Plusnet because I thought it was supported by BT - either way it's just not reliable.
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    2 stars
Birmingham Plusnet  
I decided to move from Plusnet to BT because of slow Internet speed and Customer Service, particularly now that you could keep your email addresses despite changing providers. I changed over from Plusnet to BT and Plusnet instead of making the necessary detail adjustments for continuation of our two email addresses with BT, just cancelled our account. On contacting Plusnet, and having been passed around and told that I couldn't keep our email addresses, I spoke with a Manager who said it was correct, you can change provider and keep your email address. She apologised and said she would arrange for our email addresses to be resurrected and that it would take a couple of days. After some five or so days of not having any emails coming through I contacted Plusnet who advised that resurrecting a cancelled account cannot be done and as such I have lost everything. Hence my new email address and I am still making contact and trying to make contact with all the people and businesses and authorities that communicate with me via email. Nightmare! Plusnet's commercial - .......NO PROBLEM - for me is the biggest lie on TV. If you use Plusnet hope for the best but PLAN FOR THE WORST.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    3 stars
Billericay Plusnet  
AVOID PLUSNET, THEY DON'T CARE TWO HOOTS ABOUT YOU.

I used to get 9 meg with Sky. Swapped to plusnet a year ago and this dropped immediately to 7 meg (at best).
Recently had a line fault and lost everything. Openreach quickly fixed the problem at the box at the end of the road.
Since then my max speed has been 4 meg. Plusnet will make no attempt to get me back to 7 meg because it still meets the new ofcom minimum requirement of 3.5 meg.
Beware of the minimum guaranteed speeds when you sign up because that is what you may end up with for the whole contract period. The speeds splashed all over the adverts are no guarantee that you will get anything like this. The minimum speeds are buried in the small print.

36 meg fibre broadband !!!!! You might end up with 10 meg from one provider I noticed. These advertised speeds need to be changed to minimum guaranteed speeds.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Bristol Plusnet  
In a town of 30,000 my house is one of 3 with no Openreach connection due to the line being left in disrepair. Ordered Plusnet on 15 August and after incompetently handling the matter and charging me every month for 7 MONTHS they finally tell me there will be a £4k charge for me to repair Openreach lines that are not even in my property!Then they blacklisted the property so no one can ever apply from here - don't want the hassle of having to actually make an effort in customer service.
The service with Plusnet is dreadful. Hours of waiting. Agents don't read notes. Repeating everything and they never listen. Untrained workers only sticking to script. Utterly incompetent. I used to love them but never again!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Scotland Plusnet  
15/3/19 Decide to join Plusnet due to positive reviews and my son having joined recently with no problems.
Supposed to go live on 29/3/19
On 25/3/19 no router had arrived. Tried to call but waiting time was too long for me to wait. Tried online chat, all lines busy.
I then went away for 2 days. On return on 29/3/19 no router or Royal Mail red card. My previous provider had disconnected the line so I had no internet.
Tried to track order from email with link to ‘track your order’ to be informed that I had no order.......
Rang customer services. Explained. After checking, member of staff said the router would be delivered in 2-3 days and apologised. I asked about compensation and was told I’d have to call back after set up to claim compensation.
1/4/19. No router. Rang customer services. Was told the router would be 4-5 days. I said that I was told it would be 2-3 days and that it hadn't arrived. I was told there was nothing she could do. I again asked about compensation and was told that I would get refund of the rental for however many days I was disconnected. I asked if she thought that was sufficient. I rang off.
2/4/19. No router. 14 minutes of online chat waste of time. Was told there was billing error on my account........Offered me one month line and broadband rental refund. He didn’t answer my questions. When asked when router would arrive, was told 3 working days. Online chat recorded.
Simultaneously got email saying my hardware had been ordered and would be 3-5 working days....
14.27. Rang customer services again..... was offered £40 to go and buy a router. Told 3-5 working days for theirs to be delivered. Asked to speak to manager. Said I didn’t want to buy router as I knew nothing about them. Asked why their router could not be sent express delivery. Their routers sent out from warehouse not them. Explained it all. Data on my mobile running out. Error made by first person who took order? Manager will look in to it and get back to me within 2 hours. This call was 22 minutes.

Manager called back as promised. He’d arranged router to be sent out recorded delivery and gave me delivery tracking number.
His confirmation email said that the agreed ..... was ‘XXX’....... phone call agreement was £30 credit.
7pm. Tried to track router on Royal Mail. Not trackable. Tried again at 11pm. Still not trackable.
3/4/19. 7am. Router still not trackable on Royal Mail
9.42. Tracked again. Royal Mail saying it’s been delivered. I was in at time of delivery so it had been delivered wrongly. Eventually went to neighbour the other side of estate, not in. Back home to write letter, delivered it. Owner of other house (not my address) contacted me having picked up my letter.
Got back at lunchtime and collected the TWO separate routers sent... the address on both parcels was wrong. The first one I opened had wrong power cable. Luckily 2nd parcel had right one. Connected computer after some help from Technical Support. Phone and printer also connected.
Later:
Smart TV not holding connection via WPS. Dropped connection every time I turned TV off and I had to reconnect by pushing WPS button and starting again. Rang TV company. They found same problem. Suggested it was router at fault as TV had worked perfectly with previous provider.
Ookla speeds through the night poor - worst at 7am when upload was 0.02.... best was 35 so average well below 38/40 for which I am paying.
4/4/10. Tried Smart TV again. WPS lost.
Rang Plusnet. 31 minutes later got answer from Technical support. Established it was probably faulty router as I had suspected. Told they’d send out new router. As I had been sent 2 routers in error, I agreed to change routers as most likely problem was that. Now have to reset phone, computer, printer and TV.....
4/4/19. Installed new router. Connected computer, iPhone and printer. WPS on Smart TV still very dodgy but appears to be working and not disconnecting every time.
Speeds extremely slow - often less than 1......
Online chat said the speed to my property was 38 - of COURSE IT WAS!!
Changed channel - speeds slightly better but nothing like 38 - 40.
Have asked for increased compensation as Plusnet is part of BT who have signed up to Offcom agreement at £8 a day. I had no internet for 5 and a half days. Awaiting answer.
Totally fed up with the whole service and after all the t5ourble, still got slow speeds.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Exeter Plusnet  
Absolutely awful! Stay clear!
Award winning customer service? Absolute joke, I had the worst time with this company.
Lied to, mislead, treated awfully thr list could go on, save yourself the stress and stick to the big providers.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    2 stars
Nottingham Plusnet  
We moved a month ago, and took plusnet with us. Since then, there is always an issue after another one. Everytime, we're told to wait 2 working days... And then there is again an issue, so need to wait again... It's been a month, we still don't have internet, and they ask us to pay the bill...
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    3 stars
Chesterfield Plusnet  

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Broadband compensation

Automatic compensation for loss of broadband service goes live from today

Posted on 2019-04-01 16:56 in News TalkTalk Zen Plusnet BT EE Sky Vodafone Virgin Media Hyperoptic

A new voluntary code introduced by Ofcom goes into effect today. This scheme means that the broadband providers who have signed up will have to reimburse customers in the event of their broadband or landline phone service being down for longer than two days. Here's what you need to know.

The compensation you can expect

  • Delayed repair following loss of service - if a fault takes longer than two days to fix, you can expect £8 for each day after that period that your broadband is not repaired
  • Missed appointments - if the engineer does not turn up or your appointment is cancelled with less than 24 hours of notice, you can expect £25 per missed appointment
  • Delays with the start of a new service - if your broadband does not go live on the agreed date, you can expect £5 for each day of delay, including the missed start date

Homes and small to medium businesses who choose to use residential broadband are eligible for compensation on this scheme, and you should only need to report the fault for compensation to be paid out automatically.

To qualify for compensation, faults must not be of your own making (for example, your problem is down to your own wiring and equipment, you shove a spade through a vital cable on your property, or you're not at home for an engineer visit). You're also due compensation in the event of extreme weather causing problems and third-party incidents that contribute to the delay of repairs.

The providers taking part

Originally BT, Sky, TalkTalk, Virgin Media and Zen signed up to the agreement back when it was proposed in 2017. Since then EE, Hyperoptic, Plusnet and Vodafone have also signed up, accounting for more than 95% of broadband and landline customers in the UK. While most of these providers will be participating in this scheme from today, Hyperoptic and Vodafone will start automatic compensation later this year, and EE should be ready to do so next year.

Find more information in Ofcom's press release.

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BT with Google Home and a £90 BT Reward Card

Rewards roundup: wrapping up March with end of the month deals

Posted on 2019-03-29 17:35 in News Offers TalkTalk Three Plusnet NOW Broadband BT

We've got a few broadband offers to highlight over the last few days of March, with many deals continuing into April and beyond.

BT's latest offer is a Google Home Smart Speaker that's worth £129! This handy gadget acts as an assistant to help you control your home, organise your day, play music and TV shows and much more - all with the power of your voice! It's available with BT Fibre packages and also comes with a BT Reward card increasing the total value of this offer to up to £219! Superfast Fibre is £29.99 a month and comes with Google Home and an £30 reward card. In areas that can get it, Superfast Fibre 2 is £39.99 a month with a Google Home and £90 reward card.1

For anyone looking for non-fibre options, BT's standard Broadband with Weekend Calls is only £24.99 a month and comes with a £50 reward card, but no Google Home. You can also get TV packages with these rewards.1

In a broadband not-spot? Interested in a smart speaker for your home? A 4G home broadband deal from Three might work well for you. For just £25 a month you can get a Huawei AI Cube, a wireless router that acts like a smart speaker and has the Alexa voice assistant built in. What's more, you also get unlimited data each month! If you're not interested in smart gadgets, then Three's basic HomeFi deal also boasts unlimited data for just £22 a month. You can find out more about 4G home broadband in our help page on the subject.2

If you're interested in trying out streaming and TV passes, or looking for a cheap way to watch the final season of Game of Thrones, then NOW Broadband may have an offer that appeals to you. They're offering a 6 month Entertainment Pass and free Anytime calls on all their broadband products. The Entertainment Pass comes with 11 pay TV entertainment channels not available on Freeview, including Sky Atlantic, FOX, Comedy Central and Discovery Channel, and over 300 Box Sets to watch On Demand. Brilliant Broadband is £18 a month, Fab Fibre £25 a month and, in areas where it's available, Super Fibre is £30 a month. If you're an existing Entertainment Pass customer taking out a new broadband contract, then you can redeem this offer in the final 30 days of your current subscription.3

Plusnet's Unlimited Broadband package is not only reduced to £18.99 a month in low cost areas, but also comes with a £50 reward card! No reward cards for their Fibre products, but they are also reduced in price. Unlimited Fibre is currently at £23.99 a month and Unlimited Fibre Extra is £27.99 a month.4

Finally, TalkTalk's Fast Broadband package is currently only £17 per month for the 12 month contract, and you'll also receive a £50 voucher of your choice for Amazon, Argos, Tesco or Ticketmaster! This offer isn't on our usual listings, so be sure to sign up via the link in this blog post.5

 


All offers available to new customers only unless otherwise specified. Some offers only available in provider network areas. Use our postcode checker to find out what's available in your area. See respective landing pages for full terms and conditions and details of how to claim rewards.

1. All BT products are on an 18 month contract. Connection fees may apply. Prices increase from month 19, see website for out of contract prices. BT reward is a prepaid Mastercard of the specified amount. Google Home offer ends 11:59pm 25th April. Reward card offer ends 11:59pm 4th April.

2. 24 month minimum contract. Availability and speeds vary depending on the mobile coverage in your area and level of usage on the same cell tower. Traffic prioritisation will apply so some services may be slower during peak times. Check coverage for your area on the Three website.

3. NOW Broadband products come on a 12 month contract, or a 1 month contract with a £60 setup fee. Offer is also available on their 1 month contracts, though an ongoing broadband subscription is required for the 6 month pass. Pass auto-renews from month 7 at £7.99 a month, unless cancelled. You can cancel any time. Offer ends 11:59pm 7th May.

4. Standard broadband products are on a 12 month contract, fibre products on an 18 month contract. Connection fees may apply. Prices increase at the end of the offer period when your contract is up, see website for out of contract prices. Customers outside Plusnet Low Cost network areas pay an additional £7.50 per month on all broadband products. Plusnet reward is a prepaid Mastercard of the specified amount. Offers end 11:59pm 2nd April.

5. TalkTalk Fast Broadband is on a 12 month contract. You must enter a valid email address on the Giftcloud landing page before you sign up. Offer ends 11:59pm 11th April.

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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 - unlimited, allowing you to use the internet as much as you like without limits on how much you're allowed to download or upload

This package comes with speeds averaging at 10Mb, 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 - average download speeds 36Mb, average upload speeds 9Mb, unlimited usage
  • Plusnet Unlimited Fibre Extra Broadband - average download speeds 66Mb, average upload speeds 18Mb, unlimited usage

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's basic line rental only package, where you only pay for the calls you make, but you do get free calls to other Plusnet customers and Plusnet support. For an extra £3/month you can upgrade to Evenings and Weekends, and for £6/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 £7.50/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 averaging 10Mb 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.
  • UK-based customer service - Unlike most other providers, Plusnet’s customer service is entirely based in the UK, and is available between 7:30am and 10pm, 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.
  • Unlimited usage on all deals - There's no reason to choose between price and usage allowance when Plusnet's entire range of broadband products come with no limits on the amount you're allowed to download or upload each month.
  • 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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