Plusnet contract and billing guide
By Aaron Howdle | Sunday, January 17th 2021
To keep its prices low, Plusnet contracts cover a more limited range of products than some competitors. For example, Plusnet offers two mid-range fibre broadband packages and one slower ADSL broadband package and there are few options beyond that.
In this guide we will look at what you can find in a Plusnet contract, what's on your monthly bill and what happens if you want to leave. In addition we will cover payment options and some of the rights associated with your contract.
What is in a Plusnet contract?
The relationship between you and Plusnet is established by your contract. A contract of this type is known as a Service Level Agreement (SLA) and sets out what each party should expect from the arrangement. So what can you expect to find in a Plusnet SLA?
Plusnet offers contracts lasting either 12 or 18 months. Plusnet’s 18 month contracts cost less per month than its 12 month ones. When your contract comes to an end you will be moved onto a more expensive monthly fee, so if you wish to stay with Plusnet, it is a good idea to call them and sign-up to a new 12 or 18 month contract.
Your contract will set out what is included in your package. It will consist of a telephone line plus one of its broadband packages and any call packages you have chosen. Plusnet broadband is delivered via a phone line, so all packages include a phone line. The price of your broadband package includes line rental.
Plusnet broadband packages come in three speeds. There are two fibre broadband packages offering a minimum guaranteed speed of either 30.8Mbps or 63.9Mbps. The cheapest deal from Plusnet is for ADSL broadband, with a download speed of around 11Mbps.
Other details such as your phone number are also shown on the contract. In addition you will see the details on any extras you have chosen to add to your package.
After signing up or switching it usually takes around 10 days for your service to be activated. In the intervening time you will receive your router in the post. If you already have an active phone line, then you can plug in the router and set it up yourself. If the phone line is inactive or you need a line to be installed, an engineer will need to carry out some work before your service can be activated.
Your contract gives Plusnet the ability to change the terms and cost of your package during the course of your contract. If it makes changes which leave you materially worse off, it may be possible to cancel the contract.
For the first 14 days of your Plusnet contract, you can cancel free of charge, after 14 days a fee is charged for cancelling your service before the contract ends.
What is in a Plusnet bill?
Plusnet bills are laid out incredibly clearly and simply. There are three boxes in a row. The first box contains a list of your monthly charges. The second box is a list of extra items and the third box is the amount you owe.
This is what you can expect to find on your Plusnet bill.
- Monthly charges – This section is a list of the services you pay for on a monthly basis. Package fees are charged a month in advance
- Other items – In this section you can see any extra charges you have accrued
- Outstanding balance – This section is the total you owe. It is the sum of the ‘monthly charges’ and ‘other items’ sections
- Itemised calls – The first page of your bill is simply a clear summary of the total you owe Plusnet. Later pages of the bill contain an itemised list of any calls you have made
- Plusnet Contact and payment details – You can find contact and payment details for Plusnet on the last page of your bill and at the bottom of the front page
Paying your Plusnet bill
Plusnet encourages customers to set up a direct debit. However, if you prefer to pay manually you can do so by logging into your Plusnet account to make a payment, paying over the phone, recurring card payments, bank transfer, or by cheque.
Late payment will lead to extra charges, so if you are having trouble with your bill it is important to contact Plusnet which may be able to help you avoid extra fees.
Cancelling your Plusnet contract or moving home
If you are moving or wish to cancel Plusnet, here is what you should know.
If you leave Plusnet while you are still in-contract, you will be charged an early termination fee. How much you have to pay depends on how much time is left on your contract. Plusnet requires 30 days' notice to cancel your contract. If your contract or monthly charges are changed by Plusnet, or your broadband speed is consistently lower than advertised, you should be able to cancel your contract without an early termination fee. Leaving Plusnet after your contract has ended will not incur any extra fees. You can also leave Plusnet, penalty free during the first 14 days of your contract.
Plusnet will move your service to your new address for free if you take out a new contract with them at the time of moving. If you want to take Plusnet with you but do not want a new contract, then there is a fee for moving to your new address. Plusnet asks for four weeks' notice if you are moving home.
Managing your Plusnet account
To manage your Plusnet account, sign-in to your account on the Plusnet website.
The Plusnet website allows you to view and download your bills, check your usage, change your personal details and upgrade your package. You can also add any extras you want. There is also a comprehensive help section to solve any problems you may have.
Frequently asked questions
Will I pay more with Plusnet out of contract?
A discount is applied to your bill during your contract. After your contract ends the discounted price ends, so the monthly cost goes up. If you wish to stay with Plusnet after your contract ends, contact them to get a new deal.
How do I pay my final Plusnet bill?
If you pay by Direct Debit, the full amount will be taken as usual and you won't have to cancel the Direct Debit. Payment by other methods will also work in the usual way.
What if my account is in credit when I leave Plusnet?
Plusnet will pay you back any money it owes you. This is usually paid by the same method you use to pay your bills.
When do I pay the one-off installation charge?
If you are charged for installation. The charge will form part of your first bill, which you receive within a few days of your connection going live.
How can I speak to Plusnet about my bill?
You can contact Plusnet customer service by phone on 0800 432 0200. There will be a series of options to choose via your telephone's keypad.