Plusnet Broadband Buyers Guide

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
  • Fixed price guarantee
  • UK-based award winning customer service

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

No upfront cost

  • £75 cashback!
  • 12 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
  • No activation fee
  • 12 month contract

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

No upfront cost

  • £70 cashback!
  • 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
  • No activation fee
  • 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 cashback!
  • 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
  • Fixed price guarantee - your price won't go up during your minimum contract period
  • Rolling contract options available - if you'd rather not take out a long contract you can choose standard broadband on a 30-day rolling deal instead
  • 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

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
  • Slightly above average complaint levels - Ofcom figures for January 2019 show an above average level of complaints compared to other major broadband suppliers

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

  • 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 - optionally pay line rental up front to save on your annual cost

  • Plusnet have published a Traffic Management Policy

3.3 stars
  satisfaction rating based on 6152 customer ratings since 2018-08-17. 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 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 Broadband and Phone More Info

Special offer: £75 cashback + 12 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!

802.11n Wireless RouterPhone CallingLine Rental

averages
10Mb
truly
unlimited
12
months
£228 £18.99
£28.98 after 12 months
Cashback restrictions apply, see Plusnet site for details

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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 Broadband with Phone More Info

Special offer: £70 cashback + 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
36Mb
truly
unlimited
18
months
£288 £23.99
£34.98 after 18 months
Cashback restrictions apply, see Plusnet site for details

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Plusnet Unlimited Fibre Extra Broadband with phone More Info

Special offer: £75 cashback + 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

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66Mb
truly
unlimited
18
months
£330 £27.50
£38.98 after 18 months
Cashback 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
    3.3 stars
  • Customer Service
    3.5 stars
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    3.2 stars

Based on 6152 customer ratings since 2018-08-17

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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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Let's just say do not forget your password. Was treated like a child and told to write it in a book and get someone to help me as I had forgotten it due to stress. I had to say I am not a dementia sufferer. I am a new customer and not even up and running yet. Do have time to cancel the contract which I might do. Made to feel like an idiot.
  • Customer Service
    1 star
Cambridge Plusnet  
6 months of bad service, cant get online. Having to call up every month to make payments because they can't sort there direct debits out. Not helpful; dont seem to know what they are doing.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Manchester Plusnet  
Complete insanity and shocking incompetency.

Received an email out of the blue saying I’ve been charged £197 for up an front advanced payment for line rental yet I had done no such thing. (This came at a time when I was about to move house why would I pay line rental for 12 months up front? I also had no contact with plusnet for months before this incident so it’s not like they could even have misunderstood another product that I was ordering.) When I called to ask what was going on I was passed around 4 different departments each with a 25-30 minute hold between all of them. Every person I spoke to had a new story from saying I must have agreed to this payment, to saying I had probably agreed to auto-renewal of an existing policy (became obvious this wasn’t the case when they checked the dates of my existing policy). Eventually I came to someone who just asked if I would like to cancel the policy I have taken out, at which point I said I need to talk to someone higher up the chain. At which point Team Leader came on the phone after another 10 minutes on hold.

When I tried to explain everything he took issue with me using the word “incompetent” (bear in mind when I first called the operator simply hung up on me) Eventually he said he would pass it onto the billing department to find out what had happened and haven’t heard from them since. Well INCOMPETENT is the only word that could describe plusnet and if you think differently you must have such low standards of customer service that it actually begins to explain what’s been going on over there.

After three and a half hours on the phone to them I’m not any closer to understanding if I’m going to be charged £197 for a policy I didn’t take out or not. I’m dreading calling them again just to find out.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Canterbury Plusnet  
Can't get wifi anywhere in my house (previously okay with TalkTalk). Plusnet are not interested and say they only guarantee broadband and not wifi. However, if I cancel my contract they will charge me over £150 cancellation fee. Absolutely terrible company. Avoid at all costs...unless you are happy to have broadband but no wifi.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Essex Plusnet  
Awful internet service, been stuck with it for nearly 18th months and if you try and ring them its a joke of a queue time. The only time we got through to someone in reasonable time was because we pressed the we wanted to leave option. And the person who answered was cocky saying if we do not know there is a problem how can we fix it! Well for starters answer your technical phone lines, this would be a good start. This annoyed me so I hung up. For some unknown reason they have a good rating online but when you dig deeper and see stuff like on here you find the truth. This provider should be banned from price comparison sites. Truly awful internet provider.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Stockport area Plusnet  
Avoid this broken company! Calling support can take over an hour. They allowed my line to be taken over by another user! despite having spent 89 minutes in a queue to ask them to make sure this does NOT happen. They promise to call you back but never do!! I have wasted hours.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
Manchester Plusnet  
I have been with Plusnet for 3 months and have superfast broadband. Quality of service, price, broadband speed and quality are excellent and exactly as described in my contract. I do not have to speak to Help/Centres overseas which is a big plus. Have had Virgin, BT and Sky in the past Plusnet is so much better. Virgin might claim faster speeds but no good if your system has repeated outages.
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Rochdale Plusnet  
Recently we had been experiencing a high level of drop of signal on the wi-fi and a definate throttling of the diwnload and up load speeds.
  • Satisfaction
    3 stars
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    2 stars
Honiton Plusnet  
Do net use this broken company.
their support does not respond or help. they havw2 promised to call back to update on my disconnected service seven times and broken their promise every t8me. disgusted.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
Manchester Plusnet  
Plusnet are living off past reputation, that is no longer deserved. Connection on fibre drops out repeatedly over the hour and had no success in extracting an investigation or improvement from Plusnet. Service is almost non-existent. For example I called just now to cancel BT Sport after it's doubled in price. Waited 6 minutes to be connected, and then the operator connected the call and disconnected it immediately (can only assume to improve their stats during long wait period). Switch to 'Live Chat' and that is offline as well. And there is no email facility to raise a ticket. Was once a good provider but BT have killed it off.
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Leeds Plusnet  

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Virgin Media with £150 credit

Discounts, rewards, credit and tech in our broadband offers roundup!

Posted on 2019-07-08 15:16 in News Offers Three Plusnet BT John Lewis Virgin Media Shell Energy

There are so many strong broadband offers being presented this week that we felt it was time for another round up of the best broadband discounts and rewards around.

Onestream has one of the cheapest broadband deals we've ever seen. The Flow Unlimited package offers average speeds of 11Mb and is an impressively low £13.99 a month on a 12 month contract, with line rental included! Onesteam also have a range of competitively priced Fibre products, starting with their 17Mb average speed truly unlimited Jetstream Lite Fibre that comes in at just £17.99 a month on a 12 month contract with line rental included - that's cheaper than many provider's standard broadband deals!1 £9.99 setup cost applies on all offers.

Shell Energy aren't far behind Onestream for extremely cheap standard broaband, their Fast Broadband package with average speeds of 11Mb is only £15.99 a month all in.2

There are also a number of strong reward offers on this week. For example, if you want a Fibre package from BT, then not only will you get a BT Reward card, you'll also receive a Marks & Spencer voucher! Superfast Fibre is £31.99 a month and comes with an £80 M&S voucher and a £30 Reward Card, while Superfast Fibre 2 is £39.99 a month with an £80 M&S voucher and a £60 Reward Card.3

Plusnet have a mix of reward cards and cashback offers on their broadband and phone bundles this week. Unlimited Broadband is £18.99 a month in low cost areas and comes with £75 cashback, Unlimited Fibre is £24.50 a month and comes with £50 cashback, while the Unlimited Fibre Extra package is £27.50 a month and comes with a £60 reward card. You'll need to hurry, because the Fibre offers end tomorrow night!4

John Lewis are bundling in a Google Home Hub with all their broadband products. This is a hands-free Smart Speaker with a 7" screen worth £119! You can choose between Broadband Unlimited with average speeds of 10Mb for £20 a month, Fibre Broadband with average speeds of 36Mb for £28.50 a month or Fibre Extra with average speeds of 66Mb for £35 a month.5

Blink and you'll miss it, Virgin Media's flash sale on TV bundles starts today. You can get a fantastic £150 bill credit on select broadband and TV packages. Choose from the Bigger Bundle for £57 a month, Bigger Bundle + Movies for £62 a month or the Bigger Bundle + Sports for £72 a month - all of these packages have average speeds of 108Mb. If you to up your speeds to an average of 213Mb and get more TV options, you can get the Bigger Bundle + Sports & Movies for £79 a month. Or you could go all out and get Sky Cinema, Sky Sports, BT Sport, Kids Pick and whopping average speeds of 516Mb with the Ultimate Oomph Bundle for £99 a month. Hurry, this offer ends on the 12th July!6

Finally, Three's already excellent unlimited usage offer on the HomeFi 4G home broadband router has been further discounted! You can now get unlimited data for just £11.50 a month for the first 6 months of the 24 month contract. After that, it's only £23 a month! Find out all you need to know about 4G home broadband in our dedicated help page on the subject.7

Confused about all the different types of rewards and how to claim them? Our Broadband Rewards Explained help page has all you need to know!


All offers available to new customers only unless otherwise specified. Some offers only available in provider network areas. Use our Use our postcode checker or verify on the provider landing pages 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. 12 month minimum contract. Standard broadband price rises to £24.99 from month 13, Fibre Lite rises to £27.99 from month 13. £9.99 delivery fee for the router applies to all deals. Further terms and conditions may apply, see Onestream site for details. Offer is only available via the landing pages linked from this blog post and may end at any time.

2. All Shell Energy deals are on an 18 month contract. Prices will rise from month 19, see Shell Energy site for more details. Offers are only available via the landing page linked from this blog post and ends 11:59pm 8th August.

3. 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. BT have announced the intention to raise all prices by a small amount annually from March 2020 in line with the consumer price index, this figure is published each January. Offers end 11:59pm 11th July.

4. All Plusnet deals are 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, cashback will be issued as a cheque when your broadband is active. Offers are only available via the link in this blog post. Fibre broadband offers end 11:59pm 9th July, standard broadband offer ends 11:59pm 16th July.

5. Virgin Media packages are on a 12 month contract, prices will rise from month 13. £35 upfront cost applies. Credit will be applied to your first bill. See Virgin Media website for full details about included channels and extras. Offer ends 11:59pm 10th July.

6. John Lewis Broadband products come on a 12 month contract, John Lewis will contact you before this is up to inform you of price rises from month 13. Offer ends 11:59pm 30th July.

7. 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. Offer ends 11:59pm 22nd August. Three have announced the intention to raise all prices by a small amount annually from March 2020 in line with the consumer price index, this figure is published each January. Check coverage for your area on the Three website.

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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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Plusnet Broadband Buyers Guide - Is Plusnet right for you?

Can I get Plusnet?

Plusnet is owned by BT and benefits from BT’s network covering most of the UK. With a good 95% of homes covered, you should be able to get Plusnet broadband

However, while coverage is not an issue, it's important to know that Plusnet do charge different rates depending on where you are in the country. If you're in what Plusnet classify as a 'low cost area', where other providers have also installed their equipment at your local telephone exchange and there's lots of competition, you will get your broadband at a cheaper price. If, however, you're in a non-low cost area you'll pay in the region of 50% more each month. Plusnet's price areas are not arbitrary, they're based on market classifications provided by Ofcom.

The good news is that you're unlikely to be affected by this unless you're in a remote rural area. Plusnet say that 99% of the homes they cover are in low cost areas. You can find out if this applies to where you live by using our postcode checker.

What packages are available?

Plusnet offer three core broadband packages in a variety of configurations. You can choose your length of contract, and also get them with or without a phone line.

These are the three basic Plusnet broadband deals:

  • Plusnet Unlimited - unlimited standard broadband with an average speed of 10Mb
  • Plusnet Unlimited Fibre- average download speeds 36Mb, average upload speeds 9Mb, unlimited usage
  • Plusnet Unlimited Fibre Extra - average download speeds 66Mb, average upload speeds 18Mb, unlimited usage

All three deals are unlimited, with no traffic prioritisation. For each one you can choose between a contract of 12 months or 18 months, and you can get the Unlimited deal on a 30-day rolling deal with no contract. While you might expect the longer deal to work out cheaper, this isn't always the case. Offers that Plusnet run regularly may actually make the 12 month contract cheaper. If you go for the no-contract option, that is more expensive, and comes with a much higher activation fee of £50.

All the deals have a fixed price guarantee, so the price of either your broadband or line rental will stay the same for the length of your contract.

Plusnet Broadband comes with a phone line and line rental as standard. But if you've got a phone line from a different company and would like to stick with that, you can choose to take Plusnet without line rental. This works out cheaper each month, although is subject to a higher £35 activation fee. The important thing to note here is that you do need to get a phone line from someone. Even if you don't use your landline phone you still need a line, since that's how the broadband connection enters your home (even on fibre).

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 £4/month you can upgrade to Evening, Weekend and Mobile calls, and for £8 a month you can upgrade to Unlimited UK and Mobile calls. Finally, you can upgrade to Plusnet International Anytime 300 for an extra £8/month, 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. Mobile calls aren't included in this.

You need to pay line rental to Plusnet with all packages with a calling plan. This cost is included in the advertised price, not charged separately, although you can save on line rental fees by paying for a year up front. Plusnet's broadband-only packages still require a phone line, but you have the choice of staying with your current phone provider or choosing another supplier that suits your needs or beats Plusnet's prices.

Lastly, you can add a subscription to BT Sport for a price starting at £5 a month, depending on whether you want to watch it through an app, a YouView TV box, or have it added to your Sky satellite service.

Which package should I choose?

An important first question to ask yourself is whether you need the speed of fibre 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. On the Unlimited deal you get an N-rated Hub Zero, and on the fibre plans you get the more up-to-date Hub One. This is AC-rated, giving it a stronger signal over a greater range. 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 Fibre and Fibre Extra customers, available for an extra £2 per month for standard Fibre after a three month trial. 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.
  • 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.

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 (apart from a BT Sport subscription) 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.
  • Complaint levels - Ofcom figures show that Plusnet are in the middle of the complaints table covering the eight main broadband providers. However, the actual number of complaints is above average.
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