Plusnet offering broadband completely without limits

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2unlimited.jpgMany broadband suppliers claim that they offer completely unlimited broadband, but when you dig down into the terms and conditions, you find that there’s actually some rather severe limits. If you pass them, then you’ll find your connection suddenly throttled to within an inch of its life.

Plusnet claims to be different. There’s no caps, no ‘fair usage limits’ and although they employ traffic shaping products, they’re completely open about what they shape and when they shape it. Here’s their chart:

Plusnet Unlimited expected maximum downstream speeds
2am to 12pm
12pm to 2pm
2pm to 4pm
4pm to 6pm
6pm to 8pm
8pm to 10pm
10pm to 11pm
11pm to 12am
12am to 2am
Peer-to-Peer
Line speed
512Kbps
256Kbps
164Kbps
128Kbps
128Kbps
256Kbps
512Kbps
Line speed
Binary USENET
Line speed
512Kbps
256Kbps
164Kbps
128Kbps
128Kbps
256Kbps
512Kbps
Line speed
External FTP
Line speed
512Kbps
256Kbps
256Kbps
256Kbps
164Kbps
256Kbps
512Kbps
Line speed
VPN
2Mbps
2Mbps
2Mbps
2Mbps
2Mbps
2Mbps
2Mbps
2Mbps
2Mbps
Download sites
Line speed
1Mbps
1Mbps
512Kbps
256Kbps
256Kbps
256Kbps
512Kbps
Line speed
Download servers
Line speed
2Mbps
2Mbps
1Mbps
756Kbps
512Kbps
756Kbps
1Mbps
Line speed
Gaming*
2Mbps
2Mbps
2Mbps
2Mbps
2Mbps
2Mbps
2Mbps
2Mbps
2Mbps

Basically, as long as you’re not torrenting at peak times, you’ll not notice any problems, and gamers will squeal with delight at the promised 2Mbps downstream all day every day, even at peak times. VPNers get the same.

It’ll cost you a rather low £12 a month, for a 8Mb unlimited service. There’s also a ‘value’ package with a 10GB usage allowance for £6 a month, and if you’re a power user, then you can get no traffic shaping at all with the Pro service for £20 a month.

The pro service is a little complicated – it will prioritise your traffic above everything else, BUT you only have a 15GB a month usage allowance, BUT you get to download as much as you like between midnight and 8am. So essentially, you schedule your big downloads for then.

A small round of applause for Plusnet please, ladies and gentlemen, for being honest and transparent about what they do with your connection. Particularly in so much detail. If only all broadband suppliers could be as open with their customers as Plusnet.

Duncan Geere