Some time ago now I mentioned that I was leaving Tiscali’s awful broadband service behind and joining Plus.Net on a 90-day trial instead and at that time I promised to give my thoughts on my new ISP after a few weeks. Well I’m coming to the end of my second full month with Plus.Net so figured my review was overdue (and I know people are dying to find out what I think of Plus.Net).
Speed: “Up to” 8Mb/s
Usage: 8GB 15GB (plus unlimited usage from 00:00 to 08:00 every day)
Plus.Net and their Service
Overall I’m quite pleased with the service. The first month went off swimmingly; my broadband speed ended up somewhere around 6,000 kb/s download and 375kb/s upload according to SpeedTest.net. My ADSL modem says it’s synced at about 8,000KB/s so everything’s looking good. I’ve been pleased with the speeds, haven’t noticed any service interruptions and billing seems to have been hassle-free.
Overall I like the company too. I like the reassurance I get from knowing I can contact them without using a rip-off 0870/0871 number like Tiscali’s if I can’t quickly resolve any matter that might arise by using their forums. I also like the fact that they don’t use scummy Tiscali/BT-type marketing of “From Â£4.99 a month” with tiny small-print hidden away somewhere informing you that that only applies to the first 3 months of an 18-month contract!
As far as the 8GB daytime data transfer limit of my “Broadband Your Way Option 2” package goes, the first month (including over Christmas when I was out of the house for 3 or 4 days) I stayed well within the 8GB daytime limit.
On the second month though, I was racking up the data transfer bloody fast. By the end of a week and a half I’d used about 4.5GB during the ‘peak’ times (8AM to midnight) and I still had 3 weeks to go. It was at this point I decided I could only download overnight, which means it’s taking a severely long time to download large files, although I think slow sources are as much to blame as anything.
It is annoying having to download overnight and switch my PC off as soon as I get up at 8AM (or setting it to shut itself down at 8AM at the weekend), but that seems to be the sacrifice necessary for good value broadband.
I could always go back to Tiscali who are now offering 8Mbps speeds on the £14.99 unlimited usage package I was on, I couldn’t actually download anything during the day, but then again with the usage limit I can’t really do that on Plus.net either. The main thing keeping me away, I suppose, is that their support is expensive (0871) and also pure shite.
There is an option 3 with a 20GB daytime usage limit for an extra fiver, but for that same price you can get a 30GB daytime package from ADSL24 who, like Plus.Net, also offer a geographic number to contact support (although their overnight transfer-limit is 300GB instead of unlimited).
So I have 3 options: Stay on Plus.net’s Option 2 at £14.99 and monitor my usage closely, upgrade to Option 3 and relax a bit with 20GB transfer but pay £19.99 or switch to ADSL24, or another Entanet reseller, and relax a bit more with 30GB usage but risk the unknown in terms of quality and service – oh and risk a £5 penalty if I go over my limit! ADSL24 offer similar features (static IP, generous overnight usage etc.) for the same price.
ADSL24’s extra transfer allowance and the fact that they don’t throttle different types of data has to be weighed against the ominous £5 penalty if you do go over (Plus.net just block P2P and limit your web speed for the remainder of the month) and the ‘better the devil you know’ factor.
It’s maybe not as resounding a recommendation as they deserve given my previous experience with Tiscali, but overall I’d be happy to recommend Plus.net to all but the heaviest peer-2-peer users. If you do decide to take my recommendation, please tell them the user who referred you was ferson. Thanks.
* since I wrote this review, Plus.Net have increased the daytime usage limit on Option 2 from 8GB per month to 15GB per month. To me this makes them easily the best choice provider.