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Plusnet Mobile Review and Network Coverage

9th November 2021

Plusnet Mobile Network Coverage

Plusnet Mobile has a number of things going for it, starting with the fact that it’s owned by BT, which also owns EE. That means it uses EE’s infrastructure, which is a good thing as EE has more 4G coverage than rivals and even some 5G coverage – though Plusnet itself doesn’t yet offer 5G.

Beyond that, Plusnet Mobile looks to stand out primarily by being cheap, with its standard 4G tariffs starting at just £7 per month, and special offers regularly pushing prices even lower.

There are other pros and cons to Plusnet Mobile though, so we’ve put the network through a full review. Read on for a complete look at it.





Low data limits

Good 4G coverage

No inclusive roaming beyond Europe

Even better value for broadband customers

Only offers SIM Only plans

Our Verdict 


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 99% population coverage and over 86% 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.

Plusnet Coverage

Network Type

Coverage by population


> 99%





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

4G Network Coverage Comparison


4G coverage by population

Plusnet Mobile (EE)

> 99%







As you can see, Vodafone and O2 (along with any MVNOs that use their infrastructure) are – based on the latest data we can find – seemingly slightly behind Plusnet for 4G coverage. Three meanwhile has a similar level of population coverage to Plusnet, but it’s likely that its geographic coverage is worse.

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.

5G coverage

Plusnet Mobile doesn’t yet offer 5G but if and when it starts it will have coverage in the same places as EE. At the time of writing that means parts of at least 162 towns and cities, and EE is continuing to expand its 5G coverage rapidly.

Network Speeds and Frequencies

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

Opensignal – Mobile Network Experience, September 2021, and April 2020


Download/upload speeds

4G latency (ms)

Plusnet Mobile (EE)












In an OpenSignal report from September 2021, EE was found to have average download speeds of 44Mbps and average upload speeds of 9.7Mbps – in both cases higher than any rival.

Those speeds include all available connectivity types (so 5G, 4G and 3G) so may not be representative of what Plusnet Mobile offers, since you can’t get 5G with Plusnet. But in an earlier report from October 2020 it was found that EE had average 4G download speeds of 36.4Mbps and average 4G upload speeds of 9.1Mbps, which in both cases is also faster than any rival.

It also beat rivals for average latency (the time the network takes to respond to a request) at 36.0ms in a report from April 2020 – with this older report used because latency wasn’t included in more recent ones. While Plusnet wasn’t covered in the report, its results might be similar, since it uses the same spectrum and infrastructure.

Plusnet Mobile Network Frequencies


Frequency Band



Band 3

2G & 4G


Band 1

3G & 4G


Band 7


Plusnet Mobile uses three different bands for 4G: the 1800MHz band, the 2100MHz band and the 2600MHz one.

The 1800MHz one is reasonably long range and good at penetrating walls, while the 2600MHz band is much shorter range but is available in higher capacities, meaning it can deal with congested locations better. The 2100MHz band is a middle ground.

EE additionally uses the 700MHz, 3400MHz, and 3600MHz bands, but Plusnet probably won’t use these until it starts offering 5G, as that’s what EE uses them for. EE uses the 800MHz band too, and this is used for 4G, but Plusnet Mobile doesn’t appear to have access to that either.

You can find in depth details of these bands in our 4G and 5G frequencies guide.

Planned improvements

Plusnet is mostly reliant on EE for improvements, and that network is primarily focused on 5G right now, but that will be paving the way for Plusnet to offer a 5G service of its own at some point.

Traffic management

At the time of writing, Plusnet Mobile doesn’t currently publish its traffic management policies. We’ll update this section if that changes.


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1 Month Contract

5 GB data



£6.00 a month

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1 Month Contract

15 GB data



£8.00 a month

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1 Month Contract

30 GB data



£10.00 a month

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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 with a phone included.

SIM Only Plans


New Customers

Broadband Customers

Max Data Allowance

50GB 52GB

Contract Length

1 month 1 month

EU Roaming

Free Roaming Outside EU


Data Rollover

Spending Caps

Wi-Fi Calling


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If you’re just a mobile customer, you can get between 1GB and 50GB of SIM-only data at the time of writing. If on the other hand you’re a Plusnet Broadband customer each tariff comes with extra data, so you can get between 3GB and 52GB, without paying any extra.

Note that Plusnet changes its available allowances regularly, so these exact limits might not last long.

If you need extra minutes, texts or data you can also purchase bolt-ons, which give you a one-off batch to top you up until next month.

The main downside to Plusnet Mobile’s plans is simply that even at the top end, data limits are quite low.

Data Only Plans

Plusnet Mobile doesn’t offer any Data Only plans.

Pay As You Go

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


Plusnet Mobile allows you to tether your phone to other devices, meaning you can share your data connection with them and get them online. The only limit is your data allowance.

Wi-Fi Calling

Wi-Fi Calling means making and receiving calls over a Wi-Fi network. It works seamlessly using your normal number but means you can stay in touch with people when there’s no mobile signal. However, Plusnet Mobile doesn’t offer Wi-Fi Calling.


VoLTE stands for Voice over LTE, also known as 4G Calling. This feature allows you to make and receive calls over 4G, so you can still communicate when there’s no 2G or 3G signal. This too isn’t offered by Plusnet Mobile though.

Roaming Destinations

Plusnet Mobile lets you roam for free in the following destinations:

Åland Islands, Andorra, Anguilla, Austria, Azores, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canary Islands, Channel Islands, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, French Guiana, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guadeloupe, Guernsey, Hungary, Iceland, Isle of Man, Italy, Jersey, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madeira, Malta, Martinique, Mayotte, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Reunion, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, St. Barthélemy, St. Martin, Sweden, Switzerland and Vatican City.

Note however that if your allowance includes 20GB of data or more, then you can only use up to 15GB at no extra cost when roaming.

Customer service

There haven’t been many reports into Plusnet Mobile’s customer service, but on Trustpilot the company at the time of writing has a score of 1.5/5 with 8,015 reviews and an overall rating of 'bad'. So that doesn't sound very promising, though it's not alone in having a low rating, and that rating is in part based on the broadband side of the company.


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 4G speeds than you might expect a cheap network to have. In fact, it can potentially beat big names like Vodafone, O2 and Three in those areas.

It lacks 5G though, and Plusnet is also light on extras and options, with just SIM Only tariffs available, low data limits and no inclusive roaming beyond Europe.

As such it’s not a network for power users, but if your needs are fairly basic it should be a reliable, affordable option.

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