Plusnet Broadband Buyers Guide

Award winning good value broadband, available with competitive phone bundles

  • Fibre broadband averaging 66Mb downloads
  • Fixed price guarantee
  • UK-based award winning customer service
  • Available in many rural and remote areas

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Plusnet Unlimited Broadband and Phone
£17.99 for 18 months
£30.98 thereafter

No upfront cost

  • Ending £50 Reward Card!
  • 18 months reduced fixed price
  • Truly unlimited usage
  • 10Mb average download speed
  • UK-based customer support
  • Plusnet Protect powered by McAfee
  • N-rated wireless router
  • Only pay for the calls you use
  • No activation fee
  • 18 month contract

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Plusnet Unlimited Fibre Broadband with Phone
£22.50 for 18 months
£35.98 thereafter

No upfront cost

  • Ending £50 Reward Card!
  • 18 months reduced fixed price
  • 36Mb average download speed
  • 9Mb average upload speed!
  • Truly unlimited usage
  • UK-based customer support
  • Plusnet Protect powered by McAfee
  • AC-rated Plusnet Hub One router
  • Only pay for the calls you use
  • No activation fee
  • 18 month contract

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Plusnet Unlimited Fibre Extra Broadband with phone
£25.99 for 18 months
£40.98 thereafter

No upfront cost

  • Ending £50 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
  • Phone bundles available - add an inclusive minutes call plan to any package, from £4 additional monthly cost
  • 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
  • Well above average complaint levels - Ofcom figures for January 2020 show Plusnet have the second highest 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

  • 18 month fixed price contracts offered as standard, cheaper 12 month contracts may be offered during promotions

  • All deals come with unlimited usage

  • Many deals with free or discounted activation

  • UK-based telephone support. NB: due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Plusnet have limited contact centre opening hours, see their website for details

  • 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

  • All broadband packages include line rental, inclusive minutes phone packages may be added from £4 a month extra

  • Plusnet have published a Traffic Management Policy

3.3 stars
  satisfaction rating based on 5477 customer ratings since 2019-08-12. See more Plusnet customer ratings and reviews.

Details last checked on 2020-08-05

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Plusnet Unlimited Broadband and Phone More Info

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

802.11n Wireless RouterPhone CallingLine Rental

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10Mb
truly
unlimited
18
months
£216 £17.99
£30.98 after 18 months
Reward Card restrictions apply, see Plusnet site for details

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Plusnet Unlimited Fibre Broadband with Phone More Info

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

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingLine Rental

averages
36Mb
truly
unlimited
18
months
£270 £22.50
£35.98 after 18 months
Reward Card restrictions apply, see Plusnet site for details

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Plusnet Unlimited Fibre Extra Broadband with phone More Info

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

802.11ac Wireless RouterPhone CallingLine Rental

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66Mb
truly
unlimited
18
months
£312 £25.99
£40.98 after 18 months
Reward Card restrictions apply, see Plusnet site for details

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  • Line Rental

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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
    3.6 stars
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    3.2 stars

Based on 5477 customer ratings since 2019-08-12

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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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Signed up on the 15th July, it's now the 10th of August and I still have no access to the internet!

Forced to spend countless hours in phone queues just to hear Plusnet staff play pass the buck and allude to the idea that some people have been waiting even longer than 27 days! Beyond a joke.

To their credit though they did manage one thing on time and that was to bill me my first months line rental, cracking.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
South West Plusnet  
I’m afraid I have rate Plusnet as being the worst at everything except price,,The speeds are slower than when we had dial up connections , the outages are a regular occurrence, Plusnet don’t report the faults to Open Reach unless you complain regularly and then they always threaten to charge for doing so,
I’ve said I’ll have to leave because they consistently can’t provide anything like the speed I’ve paid for, but they say I’ll still have to pay penalty charges, fortunately my contract runs out at the end of this month!, it amazes me how they can get away with such a misleading and inaccurate TV advertising campaign,,
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Southport Plusnet  
THESE ARE CALLED "MINUSNET" IN OUR HOUSE
After numerous phone calls over a month (each time waiting approx. an hour on hold) found out that my broadband installation had gone so wrong they need to start again. The worse thing is that several people had previously told me it would be fixed within 24 hours and it caused me no end of issues with inability to work due to no internet. The worst part is that it's really difficult to get hold of anyone to discuss anything, either a voicemail saying they aren't accepting calls, or a very long wait. There's also no continuity or responsibility on their behalf, each time you have to speak to someone new and start the whole process again, then their promise fails and you have to call back...over and over again. I'm currently on hold asking for my installation fee to be refunded (again). Really don't know where the claims to the award winning team come from on the website!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Manchester Plusnet  
Up until recent plusnet have been very good, however! over the past few months my internet speeds have slowed to a crawl and the amount of outages have driven us crazy, tried to contact them and all you get is a answerphone message that due to the high amount of calls they cannot put me through to a customer services adviser and to call back later or tomorrow, well that has been for several weeks now, cant get through! then to add insult to injury today i get an email telling me my bills will now be increasing.
I DON'T THINK SO MOOSH, looking elsewhere unless they contact me very soon or i can get through to them Direct Debit will be cancelled as they I can't contact them!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
essex Plusnet  
Plus net. Plus very poor customer service. And even worse after 2weeks dramatically falling internet speed .. I moved away from talktalk but at least they would at least answer you ..
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
Doncaster Plusnet  
Can’t review speed etc as it never worked. Sat with a router they didn’t activate. Could never speak to anyone, relied on Twitter who would answer after 3 days with “please dm us “ but never replied. Company is appalling and to be avoided at all costs!!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Selby Plusnet  
I’m that pissed off this is my 3rd review. Honestly, not much to say about this company other than they are a bunch of rip-offs with poor, slow, awful WiFi. My Internet sometimes can’t even reach above 1mb!!!! When We’re paying extra for “Fibre” which is apparently meant to give you “25mb” the “engineers” know no more than I do and are useful as a brick wall. Unless you want to put your money down the drain then don’t get sucked in to their contracts.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    2 stars
Plusnet  
Poor start-on limited time offer, a reward card advertised as £75, I got £50. Challenged this & told it's because customer services have ability to decide what offer should be. Such as lower rates for lower rewards card
Also- when I asked them why I only got 50 not £75, surprise!!!it look a day over my 14 day cancellation period to get back to me. I called them tight & Weasley.
Leics Plusnet  
Omg! Plusnet are a joke! My new broadband doesn’t work at all and I tried to contact them but was on hold for 30 minutes without them answering my call! Twice! I’ve cancelled my d/d and obtained a giffgaff sim instead! 80gb direct to my phone for £20pm. Cheaper and less hassle!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Liverpool Plusnet  
Informed I wished to switch service to new property, gave 4 weeks notice told no problem? After 5 weeks eventually had a phone line then informed they had misplaced order for broadband ? so will have to wait 2 more weeks ! Customer Service wait approx 30 mins, sometimes informed that you need to ring back later as C.S busy ?
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
cornwall Plusnet  

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Out of contract customers

Out of contract broadband users to save £270 million a year

Posted on 2020-07-31 12:08 in News Sky BT Plusnet EE Virgin Media TalkTalk

Coming to the end of your broadband contract? You could be set to take your share of a £270 million saving following a new agreement between Ofcom and some of the industry's biggest brands.

The deal will see EE, Plusnet and Sky join BT, TalkTalk and Virgin Media in cutting prices for vulnerable customers when their contract ends.

On top of that, EE, Plusnet, Sky, BT and TalkTalk have also all agreed to make New Customer pricing available to their existing users when they upgrade. It guarantees them access to the most attractive deals.

The changes will result in price cuts worth £270 million each year for the UK's nearly nine million out-of-contract customers, slashing the half a billion pound excess they normally pay.

The measures are the latest part of the industry watchdog's ongoing plan to ensure that everyone gets the best deal on their broadband by avoiding the often hefty price rises that follow when a user's initial contract period ends.

The benefits of signing a new deal or switching providers are well known. Yet as many as 40% of all users are still on an out-of-contract deal, paying an average of £56 a year more than they should be.

Ofcom found that Virgin Media have the highest proportion of out-of-contract users, at a massive 61%. Sky and Plusnet are also above average, with 42% still on old deals.

But EE's out-of-contract customers pay the most, at an average of £7.90 extra each month - or nearly £95 per year.

Research shows that older and vulnerable users are the least likely to switch, so they've been a large focus of Ofcom's campaign. Only last week they called on the industry to treat vulnerable people - including those with disabilities, health or financial problems - more fairly, to identify them more quickly, and to increase staff training.

Ofcom say that around a million vulnerable customers should save as much as £70 each per year as a result of these new rules.

Don't pay more than you need to

Other Ofcom rules came into force in February that require your broadband supplier to contact you when your deal ends. They now need to tell you how much you'll be paying if you remain on the same deal, compared to what you could pay if you took on a new contract. But you still need to act on it.

Even if you're happy with your current supplier, you shouldn't simply remain on your old deal. Do that, and the price will go up. If you're willing to sign a new contract with them you'll be able to get a much better price. You might even get other perks, too, like a new router, a speed guarantee, extra data on your mobile plan, and so on.

If you're open minded about switching, use our postcode checker to see what broadband deals are available in your area. Prices rise by as much as 50% when your contract ends, so you should be able to find a far better price than what you would pay if you did nothing.

Make sure you factor in the value of rewards like cashback. And remember that this is also your chance to bring several services together in a single bundle. Getting TV, mobile and landline calls from one provider will often bag you a better deal than if you get them all from different companies.

Sound like a plan? Then compare then best broadband deals now.

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How to claim your free broadband rewards

How to claim your free broadband rewards

Posted on 2020-07-17 16:26 in Features BT John Lewis Plusnet EE Virgin Media Sky NOW Broadband TalkTalk

A lot of broadband suppliers offer freebies to tempt you to sign up, and some of them are really worth having. They can range from cashback and bill credit, to shopping vouchers, and sometimes even tech gadgets. They change all the time, so if you're on the hunt for a new deal it's worth keeping an eye out for what's around.

But the important thing to remember is that you very often have to claim your reward separately. And you normally only get a short window in which to do so - miss it and you'll miss out!

We've got a full guide to broadband rewards and free gifts if you want to know more. Or if you just want to know how to claim your swag for many of the main providers, here's what you need to do.

How to claim Plusnet rewards

Plusnet regularly offer cashback, gift cards and reward cards to new customers. They'll send you an email within 10 days of your signing up with a link to claim your reward. You then need to claim it within two months, and should get it around 10 days later.

How to claim BT rewards

A lot of BT Broadband deals include a BT Reward Card as their special offer. This is preloaded with a cash sum that you can spend in most places that accept Mastercard payments. You can claim up to three months after your broadband is activated, and it should arrive within 30 days. Visit https://www.bt.com/manage/bt-reward-card/ to start your claim.

How to claim Sky Broadband rewards

Sky Broadband offer a range of sweeteners at various times, including a pre-paid Mastercard and high street vouchers. You get 90 days to claim your reward. If you're eligible, head over to sky.com/claim and log in with your Sky ID to start the process.

How to claim John Lewis Broadband rewards

Rewards from John Lewis Broadband include e-gift cards that can be spent at John Lewis or Waitrose. You don't need to claim this one - it should be sent via email within 60 days of the activation of your broadband service, so keep an eye on your inbox.

How to claim NOW Broadband rewards

NOW Broadband don't offer as many extra perks as other providers, but when they do have them they'll send the info on how to claim via email. You should get this within two weeks of your service being activated.

How to claim EE rewards

EE Broadband regularly offer cashback or Amazon gift cards as a reward for signing up. If you're eligible for one of the gift cards you'll be sent an email with instructions on how to claim it after your broadband goes live.

How to claim TalkTalk rewards

When TalkTalk offer rewards, they're normally either e-gift cards for specific stores or vouchers to be spent on the high street. Look out for an email with all the details, and you should receive your reward within 90 days of activation.

How to claim Virgin Media rewards

Virgin Media rewards can include bill credit, tech products or even wine, and you don't normally have to claim. The credit will be applied to your bill automatically, and any free gift will be sent out within 28 days of installation of your Virgin service.

To see what free gifts are available right now, take a look at the best broadband deals available today.

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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. 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.

All Plusnet Broadband 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. Plusnet offer the option to add an inclusive calls phone service to any of these packages. 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. 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.

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.
  • 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 - All Plusnet packages include 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.
  • 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 second highest in the complaints table covering the eight main broadband providers.
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