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Plusnet Mobile Review 2022: Cheap & Cheerful Contracts Starting at Only £6 a Month

Plusnet Mobile is a low-cost provider that uses EE’s network for its coverage and speed in the UK. Check out our full breakdown of the network below.

Latest Offer: 32GB Data for £10 p/m!

Plusnet Mobile is offering new customers 32GB data for just £10/month. All Plusnet Mobile plans come with unlimited UK minutes and texts. Their deals are 30 day contracts which means you can cancel at anytime & Plusnet offers free roaming in over 40 EU destinations.

What is Plusnet Mobile?

Plusnet Mobile is a low-cost network with low-data plans running on the EE network. The carrier came to life when Plusnet acquired the mobile virtual network operator LIFE Mobile in November 2016 (as part of BT’s acquisition of EE) and LIFE Mobile was rebranded to Plusnet Mobile. The network doesn’t offer many features or extras, but gets the basics right and offers top-notch network coverage with fast download speeds. You can also use your monthly plan allowance in more than 40 EU destinations.

All Plusnet Mobile deals are 30-day contracts, meaning you’ll have to undergo a credit check no matter what. Their SIM only plans are wallet-friendly but don’t include any fancy features. Plusnet Mobile is yet to offer 5G to their customers.

Pro's

  • The best 4G network coverage and fastest 4G data speeds thanks to EE
  • Cheap and high-value SIM only plans
  • Flexibility due to only 30-day rolling plans
  • Easily manageable plans

Con's

  • Only low to mid GB data plans
  • No data rollover
  • No WiFi Calling or 4G Calling
  • No 5G coverage
  • No fancy features
  • All SIM only deals are contracts

Network Coverage & Speeds

Plusnet Mobile 4G Coverage

Thanks to EE’s great infrastructure Plusnet Mobile is offering 99% population coverage and on top of that, over 95% landmass coverage in the UK. Actually, all networks provide over 99% population coverage, but landmass is more important and EE is second to none. If you want to discover more about the host network, you can read our extensive EE Review.

Plusnet Mobile 4G Speeds

Plusnet Mobile offers the fastest 4G download speeds thanks to their provider EE’s unrivalled 4G network.

Plusnet Mobile itself wasn’t tested by any independent parties, but we know that their coverage and data speeds are identical to EE in terms of 4G. According to Opensignal, EE’s average 4G download speeds are around 44Mbps, and upload speeds are around 9.7Mbps.

If you’re getting stable and decent coverage from EE in your area, you should be able to stream 4K videos and do other heavy data activities. However, we’d like to remind you that these are average data speeds, your individual experience can be quite different. Either way, light data activities such as checking your emails, surfing on the web, or listening to music shouldn’t be a problem, regardless of circumstances.

Plusnet Mobile isn’t the best network for mobile gaming, but they’re one of the best when it comes to 4G. We still recommend a 5G network for users intending to play video games competitively.

Plusnet Mobile 5G Coverage and 5G Data Speeds

Whilst Plusnet’s provider EE has one of the best 5G networks in the UK, the carrier is yet to offer the 5th generation mobile network to its customers. Opensignal’s speed test results rank EE as the fastest 5G network in the UK, but there isn’t a considerable difference between EE and Three in terms of 5G speeds at the moment.

Plusnet Mobile may not offer 5G yet, but if you want to be prepared in advance or choose a network with 5G, you should know that you’ll need a 5G SIM card, and a 5G ready handset to enjoy superfast download speeds and other benefits that come with 5G.

WiFi Calling and 4G Calling

Back in the day, both WiFi Calling and 4G Calling (VoLTE) used to be fancy features offered only by the major networks, however, lately almost all mobile networks, be it big or small, offer these two voice call quality improving perks.

Unfortunately, Plusnet Mobile isn’t one of them. You won’t get to enjoy these two perks, at least not at the time of writing this review.

WiFi Calling keeps your device connected by using an available WiFi connection, even when there’s no cellular signal from your carrier. 4G Calling allows you to make calls over 4G, providing clearer calls, while eliminating many indoor blackspots. As we stated above, these two are becoming core features, so it’s a big minus for Plusnet Mobile.

Personal Hotspot

You can turn your handset into a personal hotspot and tether other compatible devices to it. This way you can share your mobile data with these devices. However, when you’re tethering you’ll be burning through data at a much faster rate. Even some passive background apps will burn through some data. Therefore, to be on the safe side we always recommend opting for an unlimited data plan (or a large data plan). Sadly, Plusnet Mobile doesn’t offer large data plans, let alone unlimited ones. The carrier is far from ideal if you wish to share your data regularly.

Please make sure to check how much data you’ve spent after each session to be extra safe.

Features

Bonus Data for Broadband Customers

If you’re already with Plusnet for broadband, they will give you an extra 2GB of data on all their plans. It’s not much, but it’s still free data. Considering how the carrier usually targets light data users, the extra 2GB can add great value to their plan.

Smart Cap

Plusnet’s Smart Cap lets you set a spending limit outside of your call, text, and data allowance. So if you’re having a busy month, you’ll never pay more than the amount you’ve set.

Plusnet Mobile App

Plusnet Mobile has a free mobile app that lets you manage your account. With this app, you can keep tabs on how much data you’ve used, manage your spend limit and check your bills.

As stated earlier, Plusnet Mobile is a very basic network and its SIM only plans don’t include any unique features. There are no free WiFi hotspots waiting for you, nor does the network offer you a second chance to use your rolled-over data.

Half Cooked’s Overall Breakdown

Plusnet Mobile offers competitively priced SIM deals that offer great value. On top of that, they provide the fastest 4G speeds on the market by running on the reliable EE network.

With access to roaming in 40 EU destinations, you’ll be covered if you travel abroad and their Smart Cap helps ensure you don’t receive any bill shocks

However, you won’t be getting some of the additional perks you would with some of the larger networks. The network doesn’t offer 5G either.

We give Plusnet Mobile 3.5 stars out of 5 and we recommend them if you’re looking for a reliable and cheap provider with EE coverage but no fancy features.

Frequently Asked Questions

What network does Plusnet Mobile use?

Plusnet Mobile is powered by EE. Thanks to its host’s great infrastructure Plusnet Mobile is offering 99% population and 95% landmass coverage in the UK, as well as the fastest 4G download speeds.

Does Plusnet Mobile offer unlimited data?

No, Plusnet Mobile only proposes low-data SIM only plans. There are no unlimited data plans.

Does Plusnet Mobile offer 4G Calling and Wi-Fi Calling?

Sadly no. Plusnet Mobile completely skips these two voice call quality improving features for the sake of being able to offer competitive prices with great 4G network coverage.

Does Plusnet Mobile have an app?

Yes, Plusnet Mobile has an app. Unlike most other MVNOs, Plusnet Mobile comes with an app available to download for free. It allows you to check your bills, view your used data and manage your spend limit.

Who owns Plusnet?

Plusnet is owned by the BT Group. EE is also owned by BT, however both BT and Plusnet utilize EE’s infrastructure.

Does Plusnet Mobile offer 5G?

At the moment Plusnet Mobile doesn’t offer any 5G services. We might have to wait a while before the network starts offering 5G SIM only deals.

REVIEW OVERVIEW

Half Cooked’s overall rating for Plusnet Mobile