Speed upgrades and downgrades at Plusnet (and price increases).
Plusnet yesterday announced that they are following in the footsteps of parent company BT in upgrading some customers on Unlimited Fibre broadband services to the new 55/10 GEA-FTTC product offering users download speeds of approximately 52meg and upload of 9meg. This affects those on the 38meg download/19meg upload fibre broadband product. This is good and bad as customers will have to trade a decrease in upload speed for an increase in the download speed. This may please some, but not others. This change will happen on the 1st August and if you are affected you should receive an e-mail from Plusnet.
Price increases have also been announced from 1st September. This includes rises in line rental by £1, but line rental saver (paying 12 months up front) is frozen at the current price. Broadband prices will also increase by £1 per month if you do not take a calls package. The Anytime and Evening & Weekend call plans are also set to increase in price whilst being removed from new sale in favour of new more expensive plans that include calls to mobiles.
We've set out below some of the key changes (more details on the Plusnet homepage). Note some of these changes will affect obsolete products that may no longer be available for new sale.
|Old Price||New Price|
|Line Rental Saver||£15.49||£15.49|
|Plusnet Unlimited Broadband||£12.49||£13.49|
|Essentials broadband and phone||£5.99||£6.99|
|Value broadband and phone||£6.49||£7.49|
|Evening and Weekend calls plan||£3.00||£3.50|
|Anytime calls plan||£6.00||£6.50|
|Evening and Weekend UK & Mobile calls plan||-||£4.00|
|Unlimited UK & Mobils calls plan||-||£8.00|
|Call setup fee||16p||19p|
With the above, some may see their overall costs increase by £2 per month which could amount to nearly a 10% increase. If you are not tied into a minimum contract, it may be worth looking at switching provider to take advantage of new broadband offers to help reduce your outgoing costs.