UK Fibre-Optic Broadband: BT Infinity vs. Plusnet Fibre

BT Infinity vs. Plusnet Fibre
In the UK, you have a handful of options for fibre-optic broadband. BT, Sky, Plusnet, TalkTalk and Virgin Media are the main choices, while cellular network carriers such as EE (Orange/T-Mobile), O2, Vodafone and Three also offer home broadband services. While they all have their strong and weak points, I’m going to focus on two in-particular for this article; BT and Plusnet.

 

Who Are They in a Nutshell?

Founded in 1980, BT Group (British Telecommunications) are the largest provider of home phone and broadband connections in the UK. In February of 2015, it was announced that BT had purchased the cellular network provider, EE (Everything Everywhere), and a month later announced their very own cellular 4G service, marketed as BT Mobile. Contrary to what many people believe, BT actually own and operate the infrastructure that all of their competitors use.

Plusnet was founded in 1997, in Yorkshire, something that has become a signature trademark of the company. Compared to other competitors such as BT, Virgin Media and Sky, Plusnet has a much smaller customer base. However, they are renowned for offering cheap, reliable broadband, often covering areas where their competitors cannot. In 2007, Plusnet was acquired by BT Group, and has now become a subsidiary, albeit still operating as a separate company.

For this reason, many of the offers you might get from one provider, might also be available with the other.

 

Comparing Unlimited Fibre-Optic Packages

For this article, I’m going to be specifically targeting the unlimited fibre-optic packages, however BT also offer 20 and 40 GB capped packages too to help reduce pricing further. All fibre-based packages from Plusnet come with unlimited bandwidth as standard.

In BT’s corner, we have Unlimited Infinity 1, and Unlimited Infinity 2. In Plusnet’s corner, there’s Unlimited Fibre, and Unlimited Fibre Extra. Without further ado, let’s compare the four packages.

 

BT Infinity

BT Unlimited Infinity 1 BT Unlimited Infinity 2
Telephone Line Rental £17.99 per month
Fibre-Optic Broadband £23.00 per month £30.00 per month
One-Time Activation Fee £35.00
One-Time Router Delivery Fee £6.95
Contract Length 12 months (new customers)
18 months (existing customers)
Total Cost for Contract Period £491.88 (12 months)
£737.82 (18 months)
£575.88 (12 months)
£863.82 (18 months)
Monthly Cost £40.99 £47.99
First Month Cost £82.94 £89.94
Downlink Speed Up to 38.0 Mb/s Up to 76.0 Mb/s
Uplink Speed Up to 9.0 Mb/s Up to 19.0 Mb/s
Monthly Bandwidth Unlimited
Perks — Unlimited UK weekend calls
— Unlimited BT Wi-Fi (from 5 million Wi-Fi hotspots)
— 5 GB BT Cloud storage
— BT NetProtect Plus
— Unlimited UK weekend calls
— Unlimited BT Wi-Fi (from 5 million Wi-Fi hotspots)
— 50 GB BT Cloud storage
— BT NetProtect Plus

 

Plusnet Fibre

Plusnet Unlimited Fibre Plusnet Unlimited Fibre Extra
Telephone Line Rental £16.99 per month
Fibre-Optic Broadband £15.00 per month £20.00 per month
One-Time Activation Fee £50.00 (without telephone line rental)
Free activation/installation (with telephone line rental)
One-Time Router Delivery Fee £5.99
Contract Length 18 months
Total Cost for Contract Period £575.82 £665.82
Monthly Cost £31.99 £36.99
First Month Cost  £87.98 (with activation fee)
£37.98 (without activation fee)
 £92.98 (with activation fee)
£42.98 (without activation fee)
Downlink Speed Up to 38.0 Mb/s Up to 76.0 Mb/s
Uplink Speed Up to 19.5 Mb/s
Monthly Bandwidth Unlimited
Perks — Unlimited UK weekend calls
— Plusnet Protect (powered by McAfee)
— Plusnet SafeGuard

 

Offers as of August 2015

The tables below cover the packages themselves as they currently stand, but what they don’t include are current discount offers that either BT or Plusnet have going.

As of the time of writing this article, BT’s summer sale has ended, but Plusnet has a great deal on their fibre-optic broadband packages.

 

Plusnet Unlimited Fibre Offers (End on Thursday, 27 August, 2015)

Plusnet Unlimited Fibre Plusnet Unlimited Fibre Extra
Limited Offer Free broadband for 6 months 50% off broadband (£10.00) for 6 months

To check out the deals yourself, head on over to the BT and Plusnet websites right now!

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