Broadband and phone line for £16.99 a month from Plusnet
Broadband appears to be one of those few products where year on year cost savings have become normal. Plusnet is pruning the price of its basic offering with the launch of Plusnet Essentials which is a £16.99 package that offers an up to 8Mbps ADSL service, 1GB of inclusive usage allowance (top-ups at £1.25 per GB, and unmetered usage between midnight and 8am), telephone line rental and inclusive weekend calls to UK landlines and other Plusnet customers.
The pricing is not an introductory offer but rather the ongoing price, so there will be no surprise rise in price a few months down the road. The product also eschews the trend for ever longer contracts, with a 12 month minimum contract length.
A 1GB usage allowance is fairly small, but with each extra 1GB costing £1.25, for people doing the basic things of paying bills and doing their banking online and general bargain hunting this will be more than enough.
What is possible with a 1GB usage allowance.
- Surfing and instant messaging (e.g. MSN), 4 hours a day
- Email with attachments, 15 a week
- Email, 100 a week
- Downloading songs and short video, 10 a week
- Listen to online radio, 2 hours a week
When one considers that if you opt for a £10 a month mobile data dongle, if you exceed the usage allowance extra usage may be automatically charged at anything from £15 per GB to £100 per GB, one can see how landline broadband still has a clear advantage, even though you have to pay for the phone line rental.
The call tariffs are detailed on the Plusnet website, the key points being a 6p per call set up fee, calls to mobiles at 11.5p per minute during the day and 6.5p in the evenings. Chargeable calls to 01, 02 and 03 numbers cost 4p per minute.
The £6.99 broadband element from Plusnet Essentials is not available on its own, the cheapest broadband only package without an inclusive line rental deal is Option 1 for £9.99 per month which includes 2GB of usage allowance.