Plusnet drops up to 19.5 Mbps uploads on its £14.99 fibre service
PlusNet has for a while now offered a unique fibre (VDSL2) service in the form of its up to 38 Mbps download and up to 19.5 Mbps upload entry level fibre service, but this popular product is now no more. Existing PlusNet fibre customers on the £14.99 service are not affected, but new customers now just have the option of a 40/2 or 80/20 wholesale product.
- Up to 38 Mbps down, up to 2 Mbps upload unlimited fibre, £5 per month for six months, then £14.99 per month for 18 months with an 18 month contract. Includes free evening calls.
- Up to 76 Mbps down, up to 19.5 Mbps upload unlimited fibre, £10 per month for six months, then £19.99 per month for 18 months and an 18 month contract. Includes evening and weekend calls.
- Unlimited ADSL2+, up to 17 Mbps downloads, £2.50 per month for 12 months, then £9.99 per month in low cost areas, £17.49 elsewhere. 12 month contract. Includes evening and weekend calls.
As always voice line rental at £15.95 per month is applicable. While the headline prices cover the vast majority of the UK there is a small percentage of places outside this low cost area, so check with the PlusNet site for your exact price.
The change will result in cost reductions for PlusNet as the 40/2 product is cheaper than the 80/20 wholesale services, but there is a real possibility that the reduced upload may make many broadband enthusiasts (who form a vocal core of PlusNet customers) recommend other providers that utilise the 40/10 wholesale product. For many people upload speeds are not important, but as more of us embrace services like cloud backup for photos from our mobile devices a decent upload speed at home becomes more important.
It also sends a clear message for those that already did not see it, that PlusNet as part of the BT brand is aiming to compete with TalkTalk who offer the same 40/2 product as their entry level fibre service.
We should add as this question is popping up in the mail bag more often and that is that PlusNet will provide their fibre services in areas where Openreach FTTP is available as the native superfast option, but you need to be an existing customer.