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Plusnet Mobile 4G Coverage and Network Review

17th March 2017

Plusnet Mobile Network Coverage

Plusnet Mobile is a new name in mobile, but it’s actually a rebranding of LIFE Mobile. The company is owned by BT, which also owns EE, so of course it uses EE’s infrastructure.

Plusnet Mobile looks to stand out primarily by being cheap, with 4G tariffs starting at just £5 per month for 1GB of data, 250 minutes and 500 texts.

Pros

Cons

Cheap

Low data limits

Good 4G coverage

No inclusive roaming

Double the data for broadband customers

Only offers SIM Only plans

Our Verdict 

Coverage

Plusnet Mobile uses EE’s infrastructure, and that’s good news, as EE has more extensive 4G infrastructure than any other UK network, with over 97% population coverage and over three quarters of the UK geography covered. It’s rapidly expanding too.

It’s also got great 3G and 2G population coverage, at 98% and 99% respectively.

Network Type Coverage by population
4G  97%
3G 98%
2G 99%

Use Plusnet’s coverage checker below to find out more about Plusnet 4G coverage in your area, including signal strengths and details on both indoor and outdoor coverage.

4G from Plusnet Mobile is now available in thousands of locations, including the following cities:

Aberdeen, Armagh, Bangor, Bath, Belfast, Birmingham, Bradford, Brighton, Bristol, Cambridge, Canterbury, Cardiff, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Chester, Chichester, Coventry, Derby, Derry, Dundee, Durham, Edinburgh, Ely, Exeter,  Glasgow, Gloucester, Hereford, Inverness, Kingston upon Hull, Lancaster, Leeds, Leicester, Lichfield, Lincoln, Lisburn, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Newport, Newry, Norwich, Nottingham, Oxford, Peterborough, Peterlee, Perth, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Preston, Ripon, Sheffield, Southampton, St Albans, St Asaph, St David’s, Salford, Salisbury, Stirling, Stoke, Sunderland, Swansea, Truro, Wakefield, Wells, City of Westminster, Winchester, Wolverhampton Worcester and York.

Recent locations to benefit from EE (and by extension Plusnet) 4G include Sidmouth, Ilfracombe, Midsomer Norton and Wymondham.

Network Speeds and Frequencies

Plusnet Mobile uses standard 4G, which is up to around 5 times faster than a standard 3G network.

The network’s average 4G download speed is 33.83Mbit/sec, while its average 4G upload speed is 13.81Mbit/sec. Those are very high speeds, and are thanks to its use of EE’s infrastructure.

  • Average Download Speed: 33.83 Mbit/sec
  • Average Upload Speed: 13.81 Mbit/sec

Plusnet Mobile uses three different bands for 4G: the 800MHz band, the 1800MHz band and the 2600MHz one.

The 800MHz band can travel over long distances, making it good for areas where mobile masts are spread far apart. The 2600MHz band is much shorter range but is available in higher capacities, meaning it can deal with congested locations better. The 1800MHz band is a middle ground.

You can find in depth details of these bands in our 4G frequencies guide.

  • 800MHz used for 4G
  • 1800MHz used for 4G
  • 2100 MHz used for 3G
  • 2600 MHz used for 4G

Plans

Plusnet Mobile doesn’t have the same range of plans as most networks, as currently it just has a SIM Only service with a handful of tariffs. However these are generally cheap, they all include 4G at no extra cost, and they all allow you to use as much of your data as you want for tethering.

Pay Monthly Phone Plans

Plusnet Mobile doesn’t currently offer any Pay Monthly plans

SIM Only Plans

 

New Customers

Plusnet Broadband Customers

Tethering

Yes

Yes

Max Data Allowance

4GB 8GB

Contract Length

30 Days 30 Days

Plusnet Mobile’s SIM Only plans are all 30 days long and if you’re a new customer you can get between 500MB to 1GB of data. If on the other hand you’re a Plusnet Broadband customer each tariff comes with double data, so you can get between 1GB and 8GB, without paying any extra.

Data Only Plans – For Tablets and Dongles

Plusnet Mobile doesn’t offer any Data Only plans.

Pay As You Go

Plusnet Mobile doesn’t currently offer Pay As You Go.

Plusnet Roaming Destinations

Plusnet Mobile doesn’t currently offer any cheap or inclusive roaming, though the exact amount you’ll pay will depend on where you are. To help avoid shock bills, Plusnet automatically puts a £10 spending cap on your account when abroad – though you can adjust the cap if you’d prefer.

Conclusion

Plusnet Mobile is a low-cost network, making it a good choice if you want 4G on a tight budget. It becomes even better value if you’re a Plusnet Broadband customer.

But as it runs off EE’s infrastructure it’s also got better 4G coverage and higher speeds than you might expect a cheap network to have. In fact, it can beat big names like Vodafone, O2 and Three in those areas.

It’s still not as fast as EE itself though, as it only offers standard 4G. Plusnet is also light on extras and options, with just SIM Only tariffs available, low data limits and no inclusive roaming.

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