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

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  • £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

£10.00 upfront cost

  • £60 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
£27.99 for 18 months
£38.98 thereafter

No upfront cost

  • £60 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
  • 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 6142 customer ratings since 2018-08-24. See more Plusnet customer ratings and reviews.

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£197
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£13.49
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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!

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10Mb
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£228 £18.99
£28.98 after 12 months
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Free Hub One AC-rated wireless router!
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802.11ac Wireless Router

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£260
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£17.49
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£50.00 upfront cost

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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!

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£298 £23.99
£34.98 after 18 months
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Free Hub One AC-rated wireless router!
Fixed price guaranteed - no broadband price rise for the length of the contract!

802.11ac Wireless Router

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66Mb
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£320
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£22.49
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£50.00 upfront cost

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£336 £27.99
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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 6142 customer ratings since 2018-08-24

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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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Problem with their router which they will not recognise. Prior to joining Plusnet, BT had checked the line from the exchange and replaced the line in box/plate on the wall as it enters the house - all fine. The router is plugged into that and works fine for a while and then 'hangs'. Plusnet ask me to plug a wire into it to test, but I only have a MAcBook Air in the house - so can't do a wired check. So they have just washed their hands of my problem.
Also their customer service from the technical side is dire. They send out tickets which may mean something to someone - but not me (I have a PhD!). They try and herd you off to their help pages. But none of this helps me with a rubbish router.
Dreadful customer service. I wish I'd stayed with BT
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
Faringdon Plusnet  
Unable to pay! Just want to pay! No end of obstacles being put in the way.
 
Before going into too much detail about my experience as a customer, I just want to highlight that I echo many of the thoughts and sentiments being raised and expressed via other platforms including this one, that of trustpilot, facebook, twitter and the official plusnet community forum. It goes without saying that nothing could be more damning for a business than to rate so poorly on trustpilot, for example; it is clear to see that customers are feeling aggrieved and let down by Plusnet, and yet when it comes to it, very little, it would seem, is being done in the way of damage limitation - and I'm afraid that just about sums up how bad things have apparently become for Plusnet, or so it seems from a customer point of view.
 
It pains me to have to come on here to post a negative review, but sadly none of the official channels are listening; my message just isn't getting through to them (and I don't mean that in literal terms, just from the perspective of constantly being ignored and fobbed off with promises that are never delivered).
 
Okay, so where should I begin with this one? Well first things first, I should point out that I am a loyal customer. I have been with them now for a good number of years, since March 2013 in actual fact. In that time the service has been pretty much consistent, and exceptional value for money, with perhaps the occasional connectivity glitch which was always happily nipped in the bud and corrected quite promptly. In the rare event of anything ever going wrong, communication with this company was always top notch, and in most cases, I wouldn't even need to chase them, they would reach out to me with an apology and explanation. Indeed, if I was to travel back in time, say up to around this time last year, I would certainly be giving them a 5 star positive and glowing review, but how things change - and not for the better, it would seem!
 
So what happened I hear you cry? Well, I guess it won't come as any surprise to those taking the time to read the other reviews on the likes of trustpilot and broadband.co.uk that I too am a victim of Plusnets inability to migrate from one billing system, to another without catastrophically messing things up along the way. What's happened is of clear detriment to me as a customer, and frankly I'm really annoyed by the way this is all being handled.
 
In September 2018 Plusnet moved over to a new billing system which was somehow meant to improve the customer experience. This apparently followed on from many years, it would seem, of customer feedback and complaints being raised and shared on the community forum. This fine post here being one such example: community.plus.net/t5/Plusnet-Feedback/Why-I-have-left-Plusnet/td-p/1389353 I dare say that's the Plusnet I knew and loved; one that always put the customer first, by listening, learning and adapting.

In reality though, what was delivered in September of last year was an ill-conceived rush job full of holes, errors and a huge step backwards in terms of what was on offer. For example, prior to the introduction of the new billing system, communication was fantastic. Every month a reminder email would arrive stating that payment would be taken on the set billing date, and following a successful payment, a confirmation email would land in one's inbox.

What's not to like? Well perhaps that some irrational individual for reasons unbeknownst to the customer, suddenly decided to adjust this procedure so that the email communication was banished until failed payment. Instead customers now had to log in to the member centre to keep track of bills in the form of PDF invoices, and even they proved hard to reach with blank pages and timeouts being encountered in the process of trying to view them. The invoices only state the amount due; for if the customer expected to see if payment had been successful taken, well frankly they were out of luck. For this you now had to visit a second page, which rather unhelpfully only states the total amount paid.
 
You could argue that the sudden lack of email communication could offer the illusion that if the customer didn't hear from plusnet by email, then everything must be fine and dandy. A huge step backwards, I'm sure you will agree!
 
From around October 2018, I noticed that the reminders and confirmations had stopped coming in. This shouldn't be anything to worry about, given how the new system works, but how wrong was I to assume this? What a mistake to make. In January of this year, I was rudely awaken to the sound of 'internets down!' and indeed it was. In the first instance, you would most likely inspect the router to see if the connectivity lights were on. Well what do you know; wan was connected. So, yes, I logged in to the router to ascertain whether or not this was true. Correct. The link was up, the modem was happily connected. Odd, I thought to myself, what could possibly have gone wrong? It was only when I, myself, decided to try and connect to a webpage when I spotted the URL in the browser was attempting to load failed.billing.plus.net/apps/payment/failed instead of the requested page.
 
Aha, slight problemo. Clearly something wasn't right, nothing a quick call to Plusnet wouldn't solve, after all, their ads state they're "happy to help". Did I say quick phone-call? Perhaps I should scrap that part, as there was nothing quick about it. On average it was taking around 45 minutes to actually make first contact. Recorded messages and annoying music bite your ear during the frustrating wait. Of course by the time you actually get through to anyone, not only are you desperate for a tinkle and most likely feeling a tad grumpy too, but your phone is starting to nag you that it's battery is exhausted. Marvellous! So, were they "happy to help"? What I will say is the advisor on the line was friendly and mostly helpful, and occasionally sympathetic putting himself in my shoes and looking at things from a customer perspective, which can only be praised. Sadly though the positive experience was somewhat short-lived.
 
It was explained that the account had incorrectly hit failed billing status, and assurances were offered that this was of no fault of my own as a customer. This is when I learned of the catastrophic mess the new billing system had caused, and what followed was a prime example of this. The system had failed to take continuous card payments automatically dating back to October 2018. This then put me in a scenario where multiple months were now owed. I'm not one to like owing money, and when payment is due, I always promptly ensure this is dealt with. As my account was in failed billing mode, access to the internet was now 'restricted'. The quickest way to remove further restrictions is, of course, to pay - nothing a manual payment over the phone couldn't resolve! Or so you would think! Upon trying to process payment, I was informed that the entire billing system was down, and therefore payment could not be made at this time. Given that I had tried to make payment, and the fact the system hadn't taken payment automatically for a number of months through no fault of my own, I was told any late payment fees would be waived, however I was advised there shouldn't be any in the first place as the error was their end due to the billing system catching up, and the fact the account had erroneously been placed into restricted mode too early. Apparently this should only happen 14 days after failed payment - anything before that should simply be a case of alerting the customer of the failed payment, rather than restricting access.
 
In this instance restrictions were lifted, and I was advised to visit plus.net/pay later in the day to try and make a payment via the website rather than having to phone back. It's worth noting that when restrictions are applied to the account, Plusnet send out an email alerting of the failed payment, and this tells you to go to plus.net/pay to make a payment. This then presents two issues the first being that email communication is absolutely pointless when access is restricted, as it is impossible to access email via a restricted service, and secondly that the restrictions actually block and prevent access to the plus.net website including that of the payment page.
 
How ridiculous! I asked the advisor why it was that Plusnet hadn't made any attempt to alert me of the failed payments up until this point, to which I was cheerfully informed that they are now a paperless company and they won't post anything out or phone the customer about such issues, it's generally accepted that these days customers are likely to have an alternative means of accessing their email and/or Plusnet account should their primary method of internet connectivity go down. To be fair though the advisor also stated that email communication was daft given that restrictions prevent access, and that he had personally raised this as feedback via the internal teams on numerous occasions. (Make a mental note of this part; I'll come back to it later in the review)
 
With the restrictions now being lifted, naturally the first thing I did was to visit the member centre to try and make a payment - but just like the advisor on the phone, I couldn't process this due to errors and timeouts. I gave it a bit of time, around an hour, and tried again - same problem. So I kept trying, but eventually gave up. I reached out to the social media team explaining the situation, and the growing concern that if this couldn't be resolved within 14 days, that billing would apply late payment fees. The social media team took note, and promised to phone me when payment could be processed. Later in the day I received the phone-call as promised, but once again payment over the phone could not be processed. I was advised to keep trying via the website, so that I did. After many hours of trying, I spotted that the member centre had the ability to process a one off manual payment, so I opted to use this method instead. It worked. And yes, I did use the exact same payment type and details that plusnet held on my account for continuous card payments. Odd, then, that it worked and payment could be made using this method. That then brings me onto an observational point - payment via this method, it seems, does not generate a receipt. I had nothing to confirm that payment had been received. With that in mind I contacted the online chat team, and after security checks, they were able to confirm that payment had been received, and that nothing was now owed.
 
As, by this time, I now had a lot of information to hand, and experiences to share, I decided to reach out to the CEO to try and highlight what I had been through. That was easier said than done. The only means of being able to reach this team was by opening a new complaint - although I had no intention of raising a complaint, as this was the only option open to me, I reluctantly chose this path.
 
As the large bill for many months of failed payments arrived so soon after the festive period, as part of the 'complaints' process, I cheekily asked if there was any option of a refund - given that the failed billing was no fault of my own, and owing to the amount of time I spent chasing up and trying to process a payment. To cut a long story short, I was told, as a service was provided, it was up to me to pay, but as there had been a disappointing response, a goodwill gesture of one month's refund in the form of a credit would be issued should I accept. But, should I wish not to accept, the case would be deemed in 'deadlock' and thus any further communication would have to be with the ombudsman rather than Plusnet themselves.
 
I wasn't about to enter a deadlock situation as I didn't regard my communication as a complaint; it was meant to be something of a learning experience to ensure what happened to me wouldn't happen to other customers; of course though the goodwill credit was gratefully received and accepted. It’s worth noting that at no stage did I contest payment or refuse to pay. Plusnet had provided a service, and I was happy to pay the agreed amount owed for the service being provided, however the issue was that the ability to pay was somewhat restricted at the time due to numerous faults and errors on the billing system.
 
Now, as a payment had been processed, you would expect this to be the end of it, but alas, no! After the free month of service, in the next chargeable period, my account went back into failed billing. Clearly lessons had not been learned, and the billing issue was still present on my account. Once again, the same issues encountered in January repeated themselves - failed billing email sent out, account restrictions applied and access to the plusnet website and payment page blocked.
 
With this in mind, I once again reached out to the customer services team, who removed restrictions and advised to pay via the website. Once again though, any attempts to pay via the website failed with error messages. What's more, after the restrictions were lifted, I noticed that the solution I used in January to make a payment had been removed from the member centre, leaving manual payment over the phone as the only method to pay - so that I did.
 
My communication with the complaints team had been closed due to a period of inactivity, so I opened a new ticket requesting that the complaints ticket be re-opened thus to allow me to feed in my second experience of failed billing. My complaints handler wasn't in the office to respond on this occasion, but thankfully someone who was extremely honest and understanding responded to my query. At this stage it was stated that after thorough investigation, the problem affecting automatic monthly payments on my account had been located, and would be raised with the internal faults team to investigate further. "After some considerable searching I have located the internal fault on your account preventing the Continuous Card payment processing per month. I have now raised this to an internal faults team and they will, now your account has been specifically flagged, apply the fix to your account once the issue has been fully rectified. Meaning that, and I will be as brutally honest with you here, given your significant loyalty as a customer I will speak to your like a member of our family - I have no idea when this will be resolved. These are not always simple resolutions and can take a few months, so I will say prepare yourself for the fact we may have to continue in the same vain for a little while. Please be assured though now it has been diagnosed fully, the correct back office team are now specifically looking at your account too in regards to a resolution." Another goodwill credit was added to my account, this time covering two months of service.
 
That's the end of it; right? Wrong! Three months later, my account entered failed billing again, with all the usual problems. By this time I was quite frustrated. Remember that mental note I asked you to make earlier in the review? I will add to that at this stage, a trend is becoming apparent - that the managerial level of Plusnet seem not to be listening to important feedback and concerns being raised by their own colleagues, so, evidently, it's not just the customer being ignored. You would think the internal faults team would have immediately applied a fix or remedy to my account, but clearly this didn't happen! I'm not sure why, but having to continually chase plusnet to try and make a payment, given that it should be a painless automatic process, was becoming something of a frustrating experience.
 
The original message sent in response to the 'complaint' is certainly valid, given that Plusnet are providing me with a service, I am happy to pay, but I just wish they would let me do so using the method I opted for when signing up as a new customer. That’s their contractual obligation as this was the payment method chosen when signing up for the account back in 2013. Again, to remedy this, I resorted to paying manually over the phone. As, evidently, the complaints process didn't resolve anything, the next best option available was to share my experience via plusnets own community forum.
 
At this stage I learned that there were in fact numerous faults affecting my account, the first of which being that where restrictions had been applied to the account, what was meant to be happening was a splash page should appear in the web browser alerting that the bill had not been paid. This splash page, apparently, has an acknowledgement button which, when clicked, removes restrictions until the next notification period, thus allowing the payment page and other websites to be accessed without any restrictions. That was the first discovery, the second was that the billing error seemingly has multiple triggers and failure points, whether it's a change of details, a product or service being added to the account, and so on. Standard policy, it seems, is for Plusnet to respond by telling the customer that they are aware of the issue, are working on applying a fix, and that only a small handful of customers are affected by the issue. "We’re aware that a small number of customers are still experiencing problems from our new billing system and we’re working hard to fix these legacy issues. We want to reassure those affected that may not have received a bill from us recently, we’re doing all we can to get everything back on track. We’re sorry that this isn’t the service customers have come to expect from us and give our assurance this will be sorted as soon as we can. Apologies for any inconvenience caused." The other element learned via this communication, and this is worth noting if you are in the same situation, is that when restrictions have been applied to the account, if these are manually removed by plusnet, rather than by the customer (on the splash page), even if an amount is still outstanding, the system automatically jumps forward to the next billing date, thus making it harder to pay. It would seem the best option is to phone in, pay over the phone, and then wait for restrictions to be lifted. It’s also worth noting that even though the billing date jumps forward to the next due date after a manual removal of restrictions, the system will still automatically re-apply restrictions at various points throughout the month! Bonkers!
 
Through researching the issue, I noticed that where others had shared similar experiences (failed billing) via the community forum, and twitter, another standard reply seemed to be "We can also confirm that once your bill has been generated we will only charge for a maximum of 90 days leading up to the invoice generating so if for example we've not generated your bill for 4 months then we'll just charge you for the last 3 months. If you also need a payment plan to split this cost over more than one month then we're happy to offer it."
 
With this in mind, I presented a number of different possible solutions to Plusnet, the first being the option to migrate my service to a new account thus to hopefully escape the billing issue. "As the issue is not account specific but is related to the payment method I feel that is is unlikely that setting up a new account will allow you to make payments via a card". The second was an offer to pay by cheque, which was seemingly ignored, even though the cancellations page states, and I quote "A posted cheque can be accepted in exceptional circumstances. When sending a cheque, the username must be written clearly on the reverse, and this should be sent by recorded delivery to Plusnet plc, The Balance, 2 Pinfold St. Sheffield, S1 2GU." The third solution I put to the team was the suspension of billing until such a time as a fix could be applied to the account, as has been offered to other customers encountering the same billing issue. The community staff decided to offer option three, should I be in agreement. It's by no means a perfect solution, after all, a service is being provided, and I expect to pay for said service - but, arguably, it is their own system error preventing this from happening in a smooth and seamless way, so with that in mind, it seemed like a viable temporary solution, and one I was happy to try.
 
Is that the end? Of course not. As payment could be made manually over the phone once a month, the billing department apparently declined the request(s) to suspend billing - yet another example of Plusnet ignoring their own staff! Instead they recommend that I change payment method to one I didn't agree to at the time of registering as a new customer. One of the main reasons I chose Plusnet was because the option to pay by credit card was available, and thus that's what, contractually, I signed up to. So I now find myself in a situation where I've got to phone in once a month to manually pay by card, chasing them for something which was never my fault. How do I feel about this? Well to be honest, I'm not happy! Remember, should the billing system fail on their end, as a customer I've only got 14 days to keep trying, otherwise late payment fees are applied no matter what - anything beyond that gets sent out to a collection agency, and there's plenty of examples of that already happening on the forum and social media platforms. The other ridiculous point, worthy of note, is Plusnet seem unable, or unwilling, to take payments in advance. So in my case, should I wish to pay for the next month prior to a 'failed billing' status being applied, it is not possible to do so. I have to wait until restrictions are applied, and then phone in!
 
What happened next is just abhorrent on every level, and severely damaged any last shred of trust and confidence that I had remaining in the company. In addition to the billing department refusing to suspend billing on the account until such a time as a fix could be applied (but at no stage have they ever told me this directly, they simply ignore requests from their own colleagues to action this as a reasonable request) – yes, you’ve guessed it, after a brief period of little or no communication from plusnet, suddenly I find I am back in restricted mode again due to failed payment. This time, apparently, I owe them for two months of service. What’s worse is I specifically reached out to plusnet to seek an update last month, only to be told it seemed like automatic card payments had resumed, that the request to suspend billing had never been actioned, and that everything is back to normal on my account. Well how wrong could they be? Failed billing and restrictions again this month! After raising this with the social media team in an attempt to resolve this, I was offered a good-will by way of apology, and this would consist of two separate credit notes. Upon the first credit note being applied, which should have covered one months bill, the account immediately went back into restricted mode as the current month was also due to be paid. And, surprise, surprise, the second credit note never materialised. This company has, it would seem, adopted the mindset of elected politicians – they tell the people what they think the people want to hear! And they clearly think they can get away with it too.
 
As you can tell, I do everything I can to share my experiences with Plusnet to try and help them learn from them, and to ensure that nobody else will ever have to encounter the same issues I’ve had to endure for 11 months. This is where the mundane becomes frankly absurd. At this point I was informed, and I quote: “I am sorry that you were previously advised by one of my colleagues that we could suspend the billing on your account. It has been confirmed that this would not be an option and would not resolve the issue. In order for this matter to be resolved we would recommend setting up a direct debit payment on this account. We would be unable to offer any further options of resolution as we are unable to support card payments.” Do what? So we’ve gone from please phone in every month to make a manual payment over the phone to suddenly being unable to take any card payments, at all? Which then begs the question, if that’s true, then how would Direct Debit be unaffected by this issue? And also, in which way would suspending billing not resolve, at least temporarily, an ongoing billing issue? A rather contradictory response from plusnet there, I am sure you will agree!
 
Given the number of similar complaints being raised on other review platforms, the community forum, social media platforms, in the press, and elsewhere, you have to question why it is that trends haven't been spotted, and why this has been allowed to continue for so long. Certainly from my own experience thus far, there has been an eagerness from the complaints handler to push me to the Alternative Disputes Resolution Service, the ombudsman. I can easily find many examples of customers who have been in a similar situation to my me that have followed through with this process, and in most cases it would seem the outcome is far from satisfactory. It does beg the question, though, of how it is even the ombudsman has seemingly failed to spot a very obvious trend where the level of complaints regarding the billing system is concerned.

Personally I think the auditors and Chief Executive should be ashamed of themselves, and, accordingly, I have asked Plusnet to give me the contact details of their auditor so I can raise this directly with them, but of course, that request has fallen on deaf ears.

Plusnet clearly has little or no regard for customer service, customer experience or delivering on the advertised slogan of “We’ll do you proud!” The billing date of each month now fills me with dread, and the nagging thought of having to spend so much time continuously chasing this has, I will admit, taken its toll now.
 
I can only assume that the well rehearsed statements in response to billing issues are some sort of code for all is not well behind the scenes. Admittedly I haven't sussed out what's actually happening, but if you start putting the pieces of the jigsaw together, given the length of time this has gone unfixed and unchallenged by the powers that be, including the auditors, one can only assume that the business is either set up to deliberately push more, unnecessary costs on to the customer or to deliberately push legacy customers away, or, even worse, maybe Plusnet have completely lost control of their own payment gateway (I say their own, but transactions seemingly get sent to the BT payment gateway via a plusnet domain).
 
If that is the case, surely that opens an even bigger can of worms, namely how safe personal and financial data is at this company. Food for thought! In the early days of this billing issue, where the entire system failed, I was told “When trying to take this payment from yourself I was unable to do but I have raised this due to it’s an issue we are experiencing where we are faced with an empty assignment key when trying to take payment.” They were obviously aware of an issue at that stage, in January, but it would seem there is now a much bigger issue arising here. The question is, what is it, and how can it be resolved?
 
To me it seems to be very similar behaviour and traits of that of a company that knows it’s on its last legs and about to call in administrators. It's the whole let's blame everyone but ourselves mentality. That’s the message that is coming across from Plusnet, and they are doing nothing to remedy this hopefully false perception.
 
Why did Plusnet even let it get to this stage? They had ample opportunity to put this right, but they have failed me miserably for something which, to be honest, would be quick and easy to resolve from their end.
 
I was hoping to remain a loyal customer for many more years to come, and I keep my fingers crossed that this can be promptly resolved in a satisfactory way that not only helps restore my trust and confidence in Plusnet, but reaffirms what I said at the beginning of this review - that a 5 star glowing review from me was possible – so let's make it happen. I’ve done my bit by airing and sharing my experiences, concerns and feedback, and I have logged and documented every step throughout this miserable 11 months. Time for you, Plusnet, to do your bit and, yes… do me proud!
 
In conclusion:
In its current state, regrettably I'm unable to recommend plusnet to others at the moment as I wouldn't wish others to encounter the same disappointing experience I've been through now for what is fast approaching nearly one year since the problem first materialised, which I base on early indications raised via the community forum in September 2018, but of course for me, it's not quite a year yet as my problem began in October 2018 - that being said though, should we reach October 2019 and I’m still in the same situation, I dare say the easiest way to conclude it will be for me to completely abandon plusnet as a customer - but even then, there's a fairly strong chance the damage has already been done, as it it possible Plusnets inability to process an automatic payment, and accusing me of failed payment due to their own systems error has, no doubt, been of detriment to me as a customer as it has likely been flagged on my credit rating. And going by other reviews, even closing the account doesn’t guarantee that they won’t continue to get things wrong and send out payment reminders and collection notices in the future!
 
I just hope this isn't the case, but cast iron assurances are going to have to be offered to me now. Plusnet, no standard responses here please - I'm willing to work with you to resolve this in a way which is mutually acceptable to both parties, but to achieve this, I feel there is a real need to re-evaluate my experience, to assign a named advisor/contact from a senior management level to engage with me, and to hopefully resolve this and learn from it. I do not want the current named complaints handler to continue with this case as, well you can see for yourself, he’s only made matters worse and hasn’t resolved the issue at all. I want you to escalate this to another more sympathetic, caring and understanding advisor within Plusnet who will go above and beyond to read through the case history, become familiar with the issue, and offer a practical solution at the earliest possible opportunity. It needs to be someone who has the authority to make changes to the account, to action and deliver on any agreed promises, and to have direct contact with myself throughout. Communication and honesty is integral to this working.
 
Let's turn this around and make the negative a positive - I have every confidence that it can be achieved. I have to say though, with statements like “Whilst this issue is being investigated we are unable to provide a date as to when this matter will be resolved” do little in the way of filling me with any actual confidence that you will ever do me proud. Such a shame as I was a really happy and a loyal customer until this billing mess started. Throughout the whole thing you’ve put endless emphasis (and stress) on me as a customer to resolve this – and I just wish I could actually resolve this. As a customer there’s nothing I can do to access your back-end billing software to fix the issue, so please, use your initiative here and be sensible – stop making this my problem. I have spent many months and hours chasing this, by gathering and submitting the evidence of each step as requested, and still you treat me like this! How about you actually stick to the part where you say you will speak to me, and I quote “like a member of our family” I really hope you don’t treat your own family (colleagues) in this way! But, going by the job ads, you do treat your family quite well with a very nice package of free phone calls, broadband and TV – so at least they never have to encounter the dreaded billing issue. I just hope they actually get paid for their time and efforts. Would you be happy, as a representative of the company, if you had to go to such lengths and measures as I’ve been through to chase payment for your time? Thought not. Well don’t do it to me. I want to pay for the service, but your system won’t let me. Fix it!
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    4 stars
Essex Plusnet  
Absolutely useless advertisement says 65mps total rubbish no more then 22mps it’s supposed to be fibre what a lie can’t wait for contract to end.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Finchley Plusnet  
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  

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BT with £110 BT Reward Card

Offers roundup: grab a bargain over the Summer Bank Holiday

Posted on 2019-08-23 17:00 in Offers Virgin Media BT Plusnet Sky Shell Energy

It's the bank holiday weekend, and several providers have new offers on to tempt you to switch broadband. We've got the best highlighted for you below.

We're kicking off with BT and a reward card offer across the majority of their products. The non-fibre Broadband and Weekend Calls package is £24.99 a month and comes with a £60 reward card. If you can get it in your area, Superfast Fibre with Weekend Calls is £31.99 a month with a £90 reward card, and Superfast Fibre 2 with Weekend Calls is £39.99 a month with a £110 reward card. The rewards cards also apply to the broadband and TV offers if you want to throw that in at the same time.1

Plusnet are offering £75 cashback on their non-fibre Unlimited Broadband and Phone package, which is £18.99 a month. Their fibre products both come with a £60 reward card; Unlimited Fibre Broadband and Phone is £23.99 a month and Unlimited Fibre Extra Broadband and Phone is £27.99 a month. You'll need to hurry, all of these offers end on Tuesday night!2

Sky have got some great offers on TV and broadband bundles. Entertainment with Broadband Essential is currently £35 a month, while Entertainment with Broadband Superfast is £39 a month. If sports are your thing, then you can also choose Entertainment with Sports and HD for £62 a month. These packages all come with a 1TB Sky Q box and access to over 270 channels!3

You can get still Shell Energy's fantastically low-priced Standard Broadband for just £16.99 a month, exclusively through the link in this blog post. This offer is only on for another week, so take advantage of it while you can.4

In a Virgin Media area? You can get M50 Fibre and Phone for £26 a month, plus a £75 bill credit! This offer is only available 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 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. Connection fees may apply. BT reward is a prepaid Mastercard of the specified amount. Offer ends 11:59pm 29th August.

2. Plusnet ADSL products are on a 12 month contract and Fibre products 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. Offers end 11:59pm 27th August.

3. Sky deals are on an 18 month contract, prices will rise from month 19. Connection fees may apply. Offers end 11:59pm 26th September.

4. All Shell Energy deals are on an 18 month contract. Prices will rise from month 19, see Shell Energy site for more details. Connection fees may apply. Offer ends 11:59pm 1st September.

5. Virgin Media M50 is on an 18 month contract, prices will rise from month 19. Credit will be applied to your first bill. Connection fees may apply. Offer ends 11:59pm 30th September.

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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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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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