Product archive - Plusnet Essential

This page refers to Plusnet Essential, an old broadband and phone package that's no longer available.

You may be looking for information on our Plusnet Essentials broadband package.

Plusnet Essential is a broadband and phone 'bundled' product available on standard broadband.

It was launched on 5th August 2008 and withdrawn from sale to new customers on 17th April 2009.

Standard cost Cost during VAT reduction
(1st December 2008 - 31st December 2009)
£16.99 £16.65

Plusnet Essential is a flexible product that allows you to choose your own usage allowance. It comes with 1GB of usage included as a base. You can either increase this base (at a cost of £1.00 per 1GB per month) or pay for usage as you need it.

Overnight usage (between Midnight and 8am) does not count towards your monthly usage allowance.

If you go over your allowance, what happens depends on how you've set up your account on the Broadband Your Way Control Panel

  • If you've chosen to fix your cost: Your broadband speed will be restricted to 256kb/s at all times, until the end of the billing month. Access to binary Usenet, peer to peer and external FTP will be blocked. You can increase your fixed cost (adding more usage) to lift these restrictions, or you can wait until the end of your billing month
  • If you've chosen to 'Pay as you go': Your allowance for the month will be increased 1GB at a cost of £1.25. You'll be charged for any usage and your allowance will reset at the end of your billing month
  1. Unlimited email addresses
  2. Plusnet Protect
  3. One .co.uk domain can be registered for use with Plusnet email and webspace for £1 per month
  4. Up to 5 domains can be hosted for free
  5. 250MB webspace (with CGI & MySQL access if required)
  6. All connections are assigned a dynamic IP as standard (a Static IP can be assigned for a one-off fee of £5)

Plusnet Essential has a referral value of 25p per month.

Find out more about referrals.

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  • Calls to numbers starting 01, 02 ,03 or 0870* are free between 18:00 Fri - 08:00 Mon
  • Calls to other Plusnet Home Phone customers, and our Support Team are free at all times
  • Calls to 0870 numbers outside these times are charged at the same rate as geographical calls (as of 22nd October 2009)
  • For chargeable a £50 credit limit. See our Credit limits and top-ups guide to find out how this works

* except calls to ISP dial-up services and indirect access numbers

For full details of call costs, please see our Plusnet Essential Tariff.