Plusnet Broadband Buyers Guide

Award winning good value broadband, available with competitive phone bundles

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

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Plusnet Unlimited Broadband Line Only
£18.95 for 12 months
£32.88 thereafter

No upfront cost

  • £75 Reward Card!
  • 12 months reduced 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 Line Only
£21.95 for 18 months
£38.20 thereafter

No upfront cost

  • £75 Reward Card!
  • 18 months reduced 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 Line Only
£23.95 for 18 months
£43.50 thereafter

No upfront cost

  • £75 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 One router
  • Only pay for the calls you use
  • No activation fee
  • 18 month contract

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Details last checked on 2021-11-23

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
  • 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
  • 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 June 2021, March 2022 and then annually each March onwards

Features at a glance

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

  • 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. 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 3113 customer ratings since 2020-11-30. 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
    3.3 stars
  • Customer Service
    3.5 stars
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    3.2 stars

Based on 3117 customer ratings since 2020-11-29

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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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Switched few months back and still regretting, customer service is not helpful.. had switched once before but didn't have current experience.

Broadband drops frequently and they have the worst router from which I don't even get proper signal upstairs. Can't wait for the contract to finish.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Luton Plusnet  
Worst internet I have ever had
Keeps locking up and price keeps going up without any increase in broadband speed. Will not use again
  • Satisfaction
    3 stars
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    2 stars
Bolton Plusnet  
It's really slow but only if you're lucky enought to actually get a connection. Quite possibly the worst ISP in the country.
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
KENDAL Plusnet  
Negotiating new contract, 35mins into call put on hold, put phone down after a further 25mins.....not impressed with this, generally few issues with plusnet until this....
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    4 stars
Devon Plusnet  
I have been a plusnet customer for several years. From 2019 - Oct 2021 our household started having intermittent connection problems. A couple of times it's been the outside line to the property. However the engineers were out ASAP and fixed the speed issues very quickly. The other has been device problems, connecting to the internet and maintaining a consistent connection or web or social media sites not loading properly. I used my own router and moved back to plusnet's Hub1. This still was not much better. I now have purchased a new router which can handle many more devices (an AX3000 spec) router and replaced plusnet's default DNS addresses and googles with BTs and now all is behaving perfectly once again. I can't fault customer service, this has been excellent. Probably one of the best out of all the companies I've delt with. IM about to renew my broadband package and having looked at other reviews I dont think I'll be changing for a cheaper provider.
  • Satisfaction
    4 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    4 stars
Knebworth, Hertfordshire Plusnet  
Plusnet is the worst Broadband company and customer service.I cancelled the contract after 1 month that I didn't provide internet even one day . After cancellation ,they threatened me to return the router otherwise they would charge me for it!!
Do I work for Plusnet to waist my day to pack it and go to post office to post it!!!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Birmingham Plusnet  
If I could give zero stars I would. The WORST EVER internet provider. How do they get customers . Nothing ever works correctly and they can't ever fix any issues. Go elsewhere.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Keighley Plusnet  
Honestly hands down the worst company We’ve been with at least the other companies told the truth when they messed up, plusnet will saying it’s your router or wires or location when in fact they’re the issue, had a new router fitted a day ago after our Wi-Fi was down for 2 days, cause that’s the “issue” after an engineer with plusnet reviewed it, next night down once again, god awful.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
Wrexham Plusnet  
Please avoid at all costs. Terrible and inconsistent broadband, and customer service that never helped or cared. I've counted down the days on the 18 month contract and I'm so happy I'm now able to change provider.

They even messed up my installation and left me without broadband for a week. But customer services sent me a 50p bill credit, and did nothing else.

Very very very bad.
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
Birmingham Plusnet  
The worst broadband provider - avoid at all costs .

Internet keeps going down - plusnet tried to change frequency, sent a new router (just as useless) and still the service keeps dropping .

Working from home both days and nights - and service drops overnight , yet no support to get this back up as they close at 10pm.

Have called several times , yet because it’s not dropping often enough (they say) I would need to pay £180 to leave .

Avoid avoid avoid !!!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Llantrisant 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

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, but special offers may only apply to one or other contract length.

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.
  • 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 June 2021 by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) rate of inflation published by the Office for National Statistics in April of that year plus 3.9%, and then will raise again on the same CPI plus 3.9% basis each March from 2022 onwards. Other prices, content and terms may also change during your contract.
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