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Who is Plunet 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 as 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.
- Cheap and high value SIM only offers.
- Fastest 4G data speeds and best 4G network coverage thanks to EE.
- Flexibility due to only 30-day rolling plans.
- Easy to control spend caps.
- Only low GB data plans.
- No data rollover feature.
- No 4G Calling, Wi-Fi Calling or free Wi-Fi hotspots.
Half Cooked’s overall rating for Plusnet: (4 / 5)
Table of Contents
Plans & Pricing
SIM Only Deals
Plusnet currently offers 8 different monthly rolling contracts, with the cheapest deal starting from just £6/month.The network’s tariffs come with a data allowance up to 10GB a month and all plans include unlimited minutes & texts. If you’re also a Plusnet Broadband customer you get an extra 2GB of data on whichever plan you choose.
If you find yourself running out of data before the month ends, you can always purchase an extra data add-on. The cheapest one starts from £2 offering 250MB of extra data. The most you can get at one go is 4GB of data for £15 per month. Plusnet Mobile currently doesn’t offer any unlimited data plan and there isn’t any data rollover feature either.
If you’re looking for a wallet friendly unlimited data deal SMARTY is probably the right choice for you. The mobile virtual network operator offers the cheapest unlimited data deal in the UK and it’s powered by Three so you get decent 3G & 4G network coverage. You may also want to check out Three’s unlimited data plans too. They’re also competitively priced and on top of that you get 5G coverage and many other extra features. You can always read our SMARTY vs Three Review and discover which one is better for you.
Plusnet Mobile SIM Deals
|All Plusnet Mobile plans come with unlimited minutes & texts.
Pay As You Go
Unfortunately Plusnet Mobile doesn’t offer any pay as you go service, you can only get SIM only contract deals.
You can check out VOXI or 1p Mobile though. VOXI also offers monthly rolling plans, but you can still use the network on a traditional PAYG basis to make calls and send texts, however you won’t be able to use data. A VOXI SIM remains active for 270 days since the last chargeable activity.
1p Mobile is powered by EE, just like Plusnet Mobile. This means you get the fastest available 4G download speeds and best 4G network coverage in the UK. 1p Mobile works only as a pay as you go service, charging you at 1p per minute, 1p per text and 1p per MB. Make sure to read our VOXI Review and 1p Mobile Review to learn more about each network. Maybe one of them is the right one for you. You may also want to have a look at our no credit check SIM guide, if you don’t want to undergo a credit check.
Pay Monthly Phones
Plusnet Mobile doesn’t offer any phone deals, so you must already have a device at hand if you wish to join the network.
At Half Cooked, we believe O2 offers some of the best phone contracts on the market and we strongly recommend checking their store for the latest deals. You can also read our O2 Review and learn why the network is the second largest operator in the UK.
Network Coverage & Speeds
2G, 3G & 4G Coverage
Thanks to EE’s great infrastructure Plusnet Mobile is offering 99% population and 90% landmass coverage of 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.
EE’s (in this case Plusnet Mobile’s) 4G is in more places than any other UK network, so you won’t struggle for service. Having said that, it’s always better to be safe than sorry, therefore we recommend you to use Plusnet’s coverage map before you get a SIM card from the network.
Being a low-cost MVNO, Plusnet is deliberately missing out on some great features and 5G coverage is one of them. It’s understandable why the network skips 5G for the time being, considering how 5G in the UK is a bit of a luxury rather than a must have at the moment.
This of course doesn’t mean there aren’t any low-cost 5G deals on the UK’s mobile market. Tesco Mobile offers four different 5G price plans with decent value. Check out Half Cooked’s Tesco Mobile Review, if you wish to discover what other benefits you can enjoy by joining Tesco Mobile.
Voice Call Quality
As stated above, Plusnet Mobile is powered by EE and the host network has been the number one when it comes to network coverage and voice call quality in the last few years. Looking at both umlaut’s and Open Signal’s voice call test results we see that EE is ranking at the top of the list, followed by Vodafone.
Faster call setup times and unrivalled audio quality are the two main reasons why EE ranked first under this category. The mobile provider is constantly advancing its technology and increasing coverage, hence we don’t think its dominance will end any time soon. But, also as stated above, make sure to use the coverage map before you make your final decision.
Wi-Fi Calling & 4G Calling
4G Calling or VoLTE is a service that lets you make and take calls over a carrier’s 4G network. 4G calls are better quality than calls made over 2G & 3G connections, because more data can be transferred over 4G. The feature also eliminates most indoor blackspots and gives you clearer calls, in more places than ever.
Wi-Fi Calling is a technology that allows your smartphone to make or receive calls over a wireless internet connection. You can benefit from Wi-Fi Calling even when you get no regular cellular connection.
Having said that, both your network operator and your handset should be compatible in order for you to enjoy these voice call improving features and sadly, Plusnet Mobile doesn’t offer 4G Calling or Wi-Fi Calling.
You can check out iD Mobile’s monthly rolling plans to enjoy these two perks though. The carrier is powered by Three and offers both features at no extra cost. Make sure to read our iD Mobile Review to discover the network’s other great features!
You can save a lot of precious data by using free Wi-Fi Hotspots, but not with Plusnet Mobile. The network doesn’t offer any type of free Wi-Fi access in any part of the UK.
We’d recommend checking out BT Mobile, Virgin Mobile or O2 if you believe you’ll need free Wi-Fi often enough. BT Mobile is by far the best in the UK with millions of free Wi-Fi hotspots and it’s using EE as it’s network provider which means unrivalled 4G data speeds. Check out our BT Mobile Review.
Tethering is using the data you have on your SIM and creating a mini Wi-Fi hotspot to connect other Wi-Fi enabled devices to the internet. However, these connected devices will directly use your mobile data and you’ll be burning through your allowance at a much faster rate.
Plusnet Mobile customers can tether freely, but given how at most you get 12GB of data per month with the network, you should be really careful and watch your data closely.
The safest way to tether is to get an unlimited data plan and we’d say make sure it’s a truly unlimited one without any restrictions. We recommend checking out Three’s unlimited data deals, but don’t forget to make sure you also get good coverage before you sign up for a deal. Bad coverage can drastically decrease your data speeds. To learn more about the operator you can read our Three Review.
Bad coverage can drastically decrease your data speeds. To learn more about the operator you can read our Three Review.
In the UK, all the mobile network providers must offer inclusive roaming in the EU. Plusnet Mobile calls its roaming service ‘Roam Like at Home” and it allows you to use your monthly plan allowance in 52 EU destinations, but that’s about it. There are no add-ons to increase the number of countries where you can roam freely, or any premium deals that offer more.
If you have used all of your plan allowance, Plusnet will charge for any additional usage outside of your plan. Using more than 15GB of your monthly allowance in one billing cycle when roaming internationally, you will have to pay a surcharge for any extra data usage. If you want to check out what other options are out there, make sure to read our international roaming guide.
Data Bonus 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, especially compared to many other networks, but it’s still free data!
Spending caps are a great way to control your monthly phone bill and to prevent any nasty surprises at the end of the month. Plusnet Mobile’s Smart Cap is easy to use and flexible.
Smart Caps can be changed to anywhere between £0-£30 in £1 increments. If you wish to change the cap, just go to your account and change it at any time. Plusnet Mobile drops you an email and a text when you’ve used 80% and 100% of your bundle allowances, as well as when you reach your Smart Cap. Once you reach your Smart Cap, all chargeable services will be suspended until your next bill.
Half Cooked’s Overall Breakdown
Half Cooked’s overall rating for Plusnet Mobile: (4 / 5)
- Network Coverage and Speeds– The network uses EE’s infrastructure to offer 99% population and 90% landmass coverage of the UK. It also offers fastest 4G download speeds.
- Voice Call Quality – umlaut, Open Signal and many other independent bodies rank EE as the best network in terms of voice call quality.
- Tethering – You can tether freely with your Plusnet Mobile SIM, just be careful and don’t run out of data.
- International Roaming – Inclusive roaming is available on all BT Mobile plans in 47 destinations. For more you have to purchase the ‘Data Travel Pass’ add-on.
- Wi-Fi Calling & 4G Calling – Unfortunately, these two features aren’t available to Plusnet Mobile customers.
- Wi-Fi Hotspots – There are no free Wi-Fi hotspots for Plusnet Mobile customers.
- International Roaming – You get the basic EU inclusive roaming deal. Besides that there are no extras.
- Data Bonus – Plusnet Broadband customers get an extra 2GB of data on all plans.
- Smart Caps – Plusnet’s Smart Cap is the amount that you can spend above your monthly plan on chargeable services.
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 90% landmass coverage of 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.