Plusnet Broadband Buyers Guide

Award winning good value broadband, available with competitive phone bundles

  • Fibre broadband averaging 66Mb downloads, Full Fibre up to 500Mb
  • UK-based award winning customer service
  • Slower packages available in many rural and remote areas

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Plusnet Unlimited Broadband Line Only
£21.99 for 18 months
£35.93 thereafter

No upfront cost

  • 18 months reduced price!
  • Truly unlimited usage
  • 10Mb average download speed
  • UK-based customer support
  • Plusnet Protect powered by Norton
  • 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 Line Only
£21.99 for 18 months
£41.75 thereafter

No upfront cost

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

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Plusnet Unlimited Fibre Extra Broadband Line Only
£23.99 for 18 months
£47.54 thereafter

No upfront cost

  • £50 Reward Card!
  • 18 months reduced price!
  • 66Mb average download speed
  • 18Mb average upload speed!
  • Truly unlimited usage
  • UK-based customer support
  • AC-rated Plusnet Hub Two router
  • Only pay for the calls you use
  • No activation fee
  • 18 month contract

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Details last checked on 2022-12-22

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
  • Full Fibre available - speeds of up to 500Mb in anabled areas
  • Phone bundles available - add an inclusive minutes call plan to any package, from £5.71 additional monthly cost
  • UK-based customer services - get support from a guaranteed UK call centre

Possible downsides

  • Annual CPI plus 3.9% price rises - prices for broadband, line, call plans and call charges will increase with the Consumer Price Index plus 3.9% in March every year

Features at a glance

  • Download speeds average 10Mbps for standard broadband, 36Mbps for Fibre, 66Mbps for Fibre Extra and up to 75Mb on Full Fibre

  • 18 month 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 from 8am to 8pm, 7days a week

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

  • Free AC-rated Plusnet Hub Two with fibre packages

  • Inclusive minutes phone packages may be added from £4 a month extra

3.7 stars
  satisfaction rating based on 1339 customer ratings since 2022-02-01. See more Plusnet customer ratings and reviews.

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
    3.7 stars
  • Customer Service
    3.9 stars
  • Speed
    3.6 stars
  • Reliability
    3.7 stars

Based on 1346 customer ratings since 2022-01-31

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Made an order through Plusnet for my elderly disabled mum. Made an account, got everything in line, entered her bank details with her the lot. They never sent anything through and when I rang them up denied all knowledge of the account we had set up. Complete time wasters.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
NW England Plusnet  
I spent 3 months dealing with these clowns after ordering bb. 6+ missed appointments, multiple hour long phone calls and still no bb. I cancelled the order after they failed to show up again with no reason given. Avoid the scammers over at scamnet
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Glasgow Plusnet  
Spend the money on a ‘big boy’, because this will consistently let you down…
Have been a customer for 6 unfortunate years. When previous contract expired, was given option to upgrade broadband capacity for a good rate - I should have known it was a lie. My WiFi is actually worse now than before. And customer service is non-existent! Really disappointing, bad value.
For example: I’m watching a film currently, and every 15 minutes the sound cuts out, then the screen freezes. I have to turn back a few minutes (if it will let me: otherwise exit and re-enter altogether), knowing it will happen again in a few minutes.
Not my problem if they regularly cannot meet the guaranteed MINIMUM speed we contracted.
Freeview is much more reliable; so if you can receive it - USE IT!!!
  • Satisfaction
    3 stars
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    2 stars
Marlborough, Wiltshire Plusnet  
I have been with Plusnet for many years and until recently had no cause for complaint 2022 was a different matter - on renewing my contract I was not offered a particularly beneficial deal in comparison to the prices offered to new customers End of Oct my internet went down and was without it for over 10 days Explanation: Service Outage whatever that is Multiple calls with multiple tests of the line and eventually got it back but no refund for the days I paid for where I couldn't use it Now the Plusnet Email doesn't work - inbox just buffers and according to the 'Service Records' there are no major issues / maintenance going on This has been going on for some three weeks and after unfortunately being separated from family over Xmas due to covid - no chance of having my Xmas Zoom meeting on Christmas Day. I am also using the email to arrange a house move so not being able to look at messages really doesn't help. Always delays on the customer service phones too - No idea why the service is now so poor but I will soldier on for a few months until I move then I think I will have to change supplier - I am disabled and on a limited income - value for money and a quality service is priority for me and as I am clearly no longer getting it - just paying for an expensive dud!
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    2 stars
Buckinghamshire Plusnet  
This service is awful. It’s a nightmare. They make a new problem for me every week. First, after my call at the begin of November they took 22.99 GBP from my account and we were agreed about that that my plan is 22.99 GBP per month. I switched the broadband from John Lewis to Plusnet. I should receive the router at the end of November, but it didn’t come. I called after few days and somehow they ordered and cancelled delivery twice. So, they ordered again and it came finally. Then they said that I have to receive an email on the 14th of December and after that, they can connect the broadband to my house. Ok, but then John Lewis took 47 GBP from my account. They said that they will send me my money back, but they didn’t. I didn’t receive any email on 14th of December. So, I called them and they sent me an email and after that only I could get a broadband connection to my house. I’ve tried to connect and it didn’t work. So, I’ve had to call them again. They forgot to connect the broadband to my house
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    2 stars
Grimsby Plusnet  
Our contract run is couse, so we changed BT solo for £21.95 per month
Plusnet/ BT did not process the change over and kept us on £60 per month.
Both plusnet and BT solo were no help
refusing to give us the £21.95 rate as promised and only offering £26.95
not to be trusted
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    3 stars
Oxon Plusnet  
AVOID, AVOID. Kept delaying connection and do not answer calls. I cannot believe how woeful the service is, diabolical doesn't even come close to describe how bad. Biggest regret and worst service from anyone I've ever had. Should be investigated by Trading Standards for selling a service not fit for purpose. Stupid adverts are a reflection of what to expect. Disgusted beyond belief.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Kent Plusnet  
Oh my goodness I've never had worse service! Paying for fibre but connection is ridiculously slow, intermittent and struggles with more that one or two devices connected. Complaints to customer service got me no where and despite never having received their guaranteed minimum speed I was charged a hefty cancellation fee. Avoid!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
Durham Plusnet  
I have been with plusnet for 20 years now. The first year I had dial-up then progressed to adsl broadband. Always had a reliable service. Two months ago I bit the bullet and upgraded to FTTC fibre. Change over occured on the agreed date, but the new speed was variable, sometimes it was slower than my previous 17mbps broadband. I reported the problem to them (I was surprised to find I was only on hold for about 3 minutes!) Anyway they did a remote test on my line and diagnosed a potential issue with my house line, so arranged for an openreach engineer to visit later that week. The engineer arrived at the arranged time and diagnosed a faulty master socket. He replaced it, and tested again. Problem fixed! I now have a rock solid 39mbps download speed. 5 stars for plusnet from me!
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
North Norfolk Plusnet  
terrible service, my engineer was supposed to be here Monday the 5th Dec didnt arrive, heard nothing tried to contact Plusnet over passed three days clocked up 9 hours 22 mins waiting to speak to customer service! more like sales prevention I was ringing to try and sort out the problem but now not interested in dealing with such a poor company cancel my deal mind you havent done anything to cancel!!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
Dudley Plusnet  

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Virgin Media outed by Ofcom as the most complained-about broadband provider

Posted by Andy Betts on in NewsBTSkyPlusnetTalkTalkVirgin MediaEEVodafone

Ofcom's latest figures on broadband complaints are out - and it's bad news for Virgin Media. The company has rocketed to the top of the list as the major broadband supplier that gets the highest rate of complaints.

The report covers January to March this year, and counted the number of complaints made to Ofcom about providers with a market share of 1.5% or more.

It shows that Virgin Media generated 33 complaints per 100,000 customers, an increase of 20 in just a year. That puts them a long way ahead - or should that be behind - the next two worst performers, with Vodafone and TalkTalk both getting 24 complaints. Vodafone had been the worst ranking provider in six of the last seven quarters. Plusnet also generated complaint levels above the industry average.

And that's not the end of the bad news for Virgin Media. They also racked up the highest complaint levels for their landline service (19 per 100,000) and their pay TV service (17 per 100,000), and were second worst for mobile (5 per 100,000) behind Three.

The biggest reason why customers complained to Ofcom about Virgin Media was failings in the broadband provider's own complaints handling system - amounting to 39% in total. A third complained about faults and issues with the service, and a further 13% about billing problems.

Industry-wide, faults, service and provisioning issues accounted for 42% of reports, followed by complaints handling and billing.

Sky and EE were the least complained-about providers, generating just seven apiece. They've been in the top two positions for the last two years. The only other provider to beat the industry average was BT, with 15.

In good news for the industry overall, the average number of complaints has more than halved over the last decade, from 40 per 100,000 in the first quarter of 2011, to 19 now. The numbers are up from a record low of 10 in Q2 of last year, perhaps in part a consequence of pandemic disruption and the increasing importance of internet access for work, school and entertainment.

Broadband complaints per 100,000 customers

  • EE: 7
  • Sky: 7
  • BT: 15
  • Industry average: 19
  • Plusnet: 21
  • Vodafone: 24
  • TalkTalk: 24
  • Virgin Media: 33

In pay TV, Virgin Media generated 17 complaints against an industry average of 6. Sky performed best with just two. For landlines, Virgin had 19 complaints, eight more than the average, and EE and Sky tied as best performers with five each.

Mobile complaints were largely flat, and at much lower levels. Three performed worst with six complaints, while Tesco Mobile, Sky Mobile and EE had just one each.

Service reliability, billing, and complaint handling are important factors you should consider when choosing a new broadband provider. Our site contains thousands of customer ratings and reviews that can give you a true feel for how each provider performs. Currently, Zen top our list for customer satisfaction.

If you aren't happy with the service you're getting from your supplier, and you're coming to the end of your contract, it's easy to switch. Use our postcode checker to find the best broadband deal available in your area today.

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What broadband speed do you need for your smart TV?

Posted by Andy Betts on in FeaturesSkyBTTalkTalkPlusnetVirgin MediaVodafone

If you're splashing out on a big screen smart TV, perhaps to watch the Euros or to build your dream Home Cinema experience, it's worth also checking to make sure that your broadband package is up to scratch.

It's not really a big deal if you've gone for a smaller set, but if you're rocking a 65 inch screen or more, you want the best resolution you can get. 4K streaming is a must.

So what exactly do you need? When it comes to broadband for TV streaming, how fast is fast enough? Let's take a look.

What speeds do you need?

First, load up our speed test tool, go and stand next to your telly and run it a couple of times. This will give you an idea of the speeds your TV is able to get.

Now, you can compare the results to the speed requirements for many of the most popular streaming services:

  • BBC iPlayer - 4K: 24Mb, HD: 5MB. (iPlayer currently only offers a few shows in 4K, including the whole of the Euro 2020 competition.)
  • NOW TV - 1080p HD: 12Mb (There's no 4K option at the moment.)
  • Netflix - 4K: 25Mb, HD: 5Mb
  • Amazon - 4K: 15Mb, HD: 5Mb
  • Disney+ - 4K: 25Mb, HD 5Mb
  • Apple TV+ - 4K, 15Mb, HD: 8Mb

You might need to upgrade your subscription to get 4K streaming on some of these services. They will stream in 4K if your connection is fast enough, but will drop down to 1080p HD (and potentially even lower) if it isn't, so you don't have to worry about adjusting the settings of your streaming apps to find the appropriate quality.

Smart TVs use the same bandwidth as dedicated streaming sticks or set-top boxes, so the requirement is the same if you're using one of those instead - it's based on the software rather than the hardware.

And if you're wondering whether streaming uses more bandwidth than downloading, it's basically the same. You can technically download at a higher quality on a slower connection if you're willing to wait long enough, although you wound't want to do that too often. The big difference is for live TV, where you're always reliant on your internet connection when streaming, as compared to an aerial, cable or dish, where you always get the highest quality available, regardless.

How can you speed up the internet for your smart TV?

If you're struggling with buffering or pixellated images, or you're concerned you aren't getting the maximum quality available, there are a few things you can try.

  • Check your TV has a good Wi-Fi signal to begin with - you can usually see this if you delve into the TV's W-Fi settings. The weaker your signal, the slower your connection might be, and if it gets too weak, there's where you're likely to encounter problems.
  • If you have a weak connection, make sure there are no electrical devices nearby that can cause interference, like a cordless phone.
  • Also, you could try moving your router so that there are no heavy, physical objects like large bookcases that could block the signal.
  • Most smart TVs should have an Ethernet port around the back, so you can plug in a cable direct from your router to ensure a fast, consistent connection. Alternatively, you could use something like a Powerline adapter to extend your network coverage into a room where your Wi-Fi performance tends to be less than stellar.

The best broadband for your smart TV

As you can see from the speed requirements above, even 4K streaming is easily within the capabilities of almost all fibre packages, assuming you don't live too far away from your nearest street cabinet. This can cause a big drop-off in your download speeds.

The complication comes when you factor in what the rest of your household is doing while you're watching.

A typical entry level fibre deal, with 36Mb download speeds, comfortably exceeds the 25Mb requirement for 4K. But if you've got kids YouTubing and FaceTiming, and a partner in your home office downloading, all at the same time, your bandwidth will be spread a lot more thinly. Suddenly, that 4K streaming could be off limits.

So what speeds should you go for? Assuming a busy household, a top-end fibre-to-the-cabinet package should be the minimum. These have speeds in the region of 63-66Mb, and are enough for a few people to be busy online at the same time. Vodafone, TalkTalk and Plusnet are among the providers that offer great value fibre deals with these speeds.

But you should go faster for a larger household, to get the peace of mind that your connection will always be speedy enough to meet your needs. Most providers offer packages faster than 100Mb, including Sky, BT and Virgin Media.

If you're ready to upgrade to get the best TV and Home Cinema experience possible, use our postcode checker to discover the best broadband deals available in your area 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

While you'll still need to be in enabled areas for higher speed Fibre to the Cabinet and Full Fibre packages, no matter where you are, Plusnet are there for you. This is good news if you're in a rural area, as you'll be able to benefit from Plusnet's competetive pricing with standard broadband packages. 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:

  • Unlimited - standard broadband with an average speed of 10Mb
  • Unlimited Fibre - average download speeds 36Mb, average upload speeds 9Mb
  • Unlimited Fibre Extra - average download speeds 66Mb, average upload speeds 18Mb
  • Full Fibre 74 - average download speeds 74Mb, average upload speeds20Mb
  • Full Fibre 145 - average download speeds 145Mb, average upload speeds 30Mb
  • Full Fibre 500 - average download speeds 500Mb, average upload speeds 75Mb

All deals are unlimited, with no traffic prioritisation. For standard and Fibre to the Cabinet products you can usually choose between a contract of 12 months or 18 months, but special offers may only apply to one or other contract length. Full Fibre products are all on a 24 month contract.

Standard and Fibre to the Cabinet include call plans where you only pay for the calls you make, but you do have the option to add an inclusive calls phone service to any of these packages. For an extra £5.71 a month you can upgrade to Evening, Weekend and Mobile calls, and for £10.28 a month you can upgrade to Unlimited UK and Mobile calls. Finally, you can upgrade to Plusnet International Anytime 300 for an extra £10.28 a 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.

There are no call packages for Full Fubre products as these do not use the landline system, it's fibre all the way to your property. This suits most people these days as we tend to use our mobile phones for calls and don't need a landline phone. In the event that you do, there are VoIP services available that provide you a similar service, but it's done over the internet rather than the old landline system.

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 Two. 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 8am and 8pm, 7 days a week to help with any queries you may have. All Plusnet phone customers get free calls to Plusnet's customer service.
  • Plusnet Protect - Powered by Norton, 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.

What are the drawbacks of Plusnet?

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

  • Few extras - Unlike many of the larger providers, Plusnet does not offer much in the way of extras like wi-fi hotspot access, online TV, or a home move service. However this is reflected in the cheaper cost, and it does not affect the core broadband service.
  • Annual CPI increases apply - As of October 2020, Plusnet no longer offers a fixed price guarantee, instead prices for broadband, line, call plans and call charges will all increase in March each year by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) plus 3.9%. Other prices, content and terms may also change during your contract.
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