A day of good and bad news, we have just finished updating our PlusNet package listing to reflect changes in voice line rental and add their new up to 38 Mbps fibre based broadband package.
Voice line rental for new customers has increased from £14.50 per month to £15.95 per month, and the option for paying 12 months line rental in advance is now the equivalent of £12.99 per month (annual price £155.88) a rise of £2 per month. There are also some changes to the cost of out of bundle calls, the call set up fee is 15p and calls to UK landlines are at 9p per minute, which means a 3 minute phone call to a UK landline will cost 42p. The anytime call bundle remains the same price at £5 per month.
For those looking to buy a fibre based broadband service there is a new option, with the introduction of an unlimited usage up to 38 Mbps download (up to 9 Mbps upload) option at £14.99 per month.
Update 11:30am We have checked via @PlusNet on twitter and they claim the cheaper fibre service does offer up to 19.5 Mbps upload speeds, which would mean it is based on the GEA-FTTC 80/20 product, which makes its lower price point very surprising if actually correct.
The price rises in voice line rental are at a time when the wholesale cost of the basic rental is coming down, and either reflects the increasing usage of the inclusive call elements or as many believe the pricing of broadband is so keenly watched that almost all providers want to avoid broadband price rises and people simply blame BT when the voice rental goes up, even though their cut has gone down.
We believe PlusNet is unique in the UK with its differential pricing on the fibre services and with the increasing roll-out in rural areas via the BDUK projects this will become more noticeable. The price of unlimited fibre extra in the expensive areas is £27.49/month.