Plusnet launches cheap broadband internet dealCredit crunch beating broadband for £5.99 a month

18 February 2009

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Broadband provider Plusnet has introduced Plusnet Value, a broadband deal which Plusnet claims to be the UK’s cheapest standalone broadband. 

Plusnet Value broadband offers up to 8Mbps broadband speeds, an inclusive wireless internet router to connect to the internet wirelessly, and a monthly broadband download/upload limit of up to 10Gb – with no connection charge. For most people, this will cover their broadband needs.

For more on phone, internet and TV packages, take a look at the Which? review of phone, broadband and TV bundles.

Plusnet broadband cost

Most (80%) UK broadband customers will pay just £5.99 a month for Plusnet Value broadband, which has an 18-month broadband contract. By comparison, Plusnet's parent company BT charges £15.65 a month for BT Total Broadband Option 1, which has an equivalent broadband speed and usage limit.

For the 20% of customers not in Plusnet's low-cost broadband areas, the Plusnet Value broadband price will be £5.99 a month for 3 months and then £11.99.

Plusnet is also launching Plusnet Unlimited broadband. From £11.99 a month. Plusnet Unlimited broadband customers will get all the benefits included in Plusnet Value broadband but with unlimited broadband usage on top.

Cheap broadband deals

Which? broadband expert Ceri Stanaway says: 'The internet is a service which many would find hard to give up, even in troubled financial times, as many of the cheapest deals on services and products - including Which? Best Buy products - are available online.

'Although a number of broadband providers - including Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media - offer cheap broadband deals, they usually require a customer to sign up to a phone or digital TV service at the same time. Plusnet's standalone low-cost broadband deal offers people looking to cut their monthly outgoings another cheap broadband option without being tied into a phone, internet and TV bundle.'

Plusnet broadband satisfaction

Although Plusnet broadband is not a Which? Best Buy broadband provider, Plusnet broadband is often rated higher than average by Which? members in the twice yearly Which? broadband survey. It achieved a customer satisfaction score of 63% in the latest Which? broadband survey. 

This compares to broadband satisfaction scores of more than 80% for Which? Best Buy broadband providers O2 and Zen Internet, which have broadband deals starting at £12.23 and £17.61 respectively.

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