Available to: 83% of UK
Speed: Up to 38Mb
Download limit: Unlimited
Traffic shaping? Yes
Contract length: 18 months
Deal requires line rental? Yes
Inclusive calls? No
New line installation: £49.99
Until Sun 30 Oct, BT-owned Plusnet* is offering a decent 18-month fibre deal for newbies. It includes line rent and unlimited downloads with fibre broadband boasting up-to-38Mb speeds.
The company was a strong performer in our latest customer service poll – 62% rated it 'great', only 15% 'poor'. This deal's available to 83% of the UK based on postcode (you're told when applying), though you can't get it if you're already a Plusnet customer (or left in the last month). Here's how it works...
Sign up now. Go via this Plusnet link*.
Choose to pay line rental upfront if you can afford to. It's cheapest if you pay the £185.88 year's line rent upfront, and then pay £17.99/mth for the remaining six months, a total of £293.82, equiv £16.32/mth. If you can't, or don't want to pay upfront, line rental's £17.99/mth for the entire 18 months. You choose which option in the phone section of the application.
Fibre broadband's £5/mth for the entire 18mth contract. If you stay after the contract, it increases to £14.99/mth. Those not living in 'low-cost areas' will pay £12.50/mth for 18 months then £22.49/mth after, on top of the line rental.
If you opt to pay a year's line rental upfront, then over the 18-month contract the total cost's £383.82 (equiv £21.32/mth). Pay line rental monthly at £17.99/mth and it's £413.82 for the 18 months (equiv £22.99/mth).
- What about calls? No calls are included – calls to UK phones are mostly a bit more than BT (see Plusnet charges).
- No line/switching from cable (or in a few cases, Sky cust)? Installation's £49.99. You'll know before committing.
- Need a router? There's an optional 'free' one available, though Plusnet charges £6.99 p&p. It's worth checking whether your router is compatible and whether you need to unblock it first. Read Plusnet's FAQ on this.
Credit to mse only a few pounds more than SSE and probably much better!
TCB of only £10.50