Plusnet Mobile offers SIM-only deals from £6/month, using 4G coverage from the EE network.

In the UK, Plusnet Mobile offers low-cost SIM-only deals, starting from £6/month. Plusnet’s SIM-only plans are available on a 30-day rolling basis, with access to 99% population coverage on EE’s 4G network. Plusnet home broadband customers will get an extra 2GB of data every month on their plan.

In this article, we’ll review the Plusnet Mobile service. We’ll start by looking at the SIM-only plans that are available on Plusnet and the special offers that are available to existing Plusnet Broadband customers. We’ll then compare Plusnet’s SIM-only deals to those from rival mobile networks before looking at the coverage you can expect and how to keep your existing mobile phone number.

Plusnet SIM Only Deals

In the UK, Plusnet is the low-cost sub-brand of the BT Group. As a cheaper, no-frills alternative to BT and EE, you’ll often get much lower prices on Plusnet, with access to the same underlying service on BT and EE.

On Plusnet Mobile, you’ll get access to the same 4G coverage that’s available on EE and BT Mobile. This covers more than 99% of the UK’s population.

However, given that Plusnet offers their SIM cards from just £6/month (versus £10/month on BT Mobile and £13/month on EE), you’ll lose access to a couple of features. For instance, you won’t get access to faster 5G coverage or features like Wi-Fi Calling and 4G Calling on your phone. The Plusnet price plans also lose inclusive Swappable Benefits, Reserve Data and access to BT Sport.

30 Day Plans

Plusnet offers SIM-only deals on a 30-day rolling basis, with prices currently starting from just £6/month. All of their plans come with unlimited minutes and texts and a data allowance of up to 8GB per month.

The following table shows a list of the price plans currently available on Plusnet Mobile:

NetworkMinutesTextsDataMonthly
Cost
Plusnet MobileUnlimitedUnlimited2.5GB£6.00
1 month
Plusnet MobileUnlimitedUnlimited4GB£7.00
1 month
Plusnet MobileUnlimitedUnlimited8GB£8.00
1 month

All of Plusnet’s SIM-only deals are subject to an annual price increase in June of each year, based on the rate of CPI inflation. You’ll also need to undergo a credit check when signing up for your plan, unless you’re an existing Plusnet home broadband customer.

Plusnet Broadband Customers

If you’re an existing Plusnet home broadband customer, you’ll get an extra 2GB of data added to your allowance every month on Plusnet Mobile. You can benefit from this Mates Rates offer on up to 5 SIM cards, meaning it’s possible to get a total data boost of up to 10GB per month.

If you’re not currently a Plusnet home broadband customer, consider taking one of their home broadband deals at the same time as taking a Plusnet Mobile SIM card. This may save you a few pounds on your mobile phone bill each month, as well as giving you a competitively priced home broadband connection.

Comparison to Alternatives

£6 per month plans

Plusnet normally offers an entry-level SIM-only deal around the £6 price point. This has increasingly become a competitive area in the market, with various other networks now also offering £6/month deals.

The following table shows other SIM-only deals around the £6/month price point:

NetworkMinutesTextsDataMonthly
Cost
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited4GB£6.00
12 months
Virgin MobileUnlimitedUnlimited3GB£6.00
12 months
iD MobileUnlimitedUnlimited3GB£6.00
1 month
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited3GB£6.00
12 months
Plusnet MobileUnlimitedUnlimited2.5GB£6.00
1 month
Sky MobileUnlimitedUnlimited2GB£6.00
12 months
SmartyUnlimitedUnlimited1GB£6.00
1 month
giffgaffUnlimitedUnlimited500MB£6.00
1 month
TalkmobileUnlimitedUnlimited3GB£7.00
1 month

£8 per month plans

For £8/month, you can normally get substantially more data on other networks.

The following table shows alternative SIM-only deals costing £8/month:

NetworkMinutesTextsDataMonthly
Cost
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited8GB£8.00
12 months
Virgin MobileUnlimitedUnlimited8GB£8.00
12 months
iD MobileUnlimitedUnlimited8GB£8.00
1 month
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited8GB£8.00
12 months
Plusnet MobileUnlimitedUnlimited8GB£8.00
1 month
TalkmobileUnlimitedUnlimited8GB£8.00
12 months
O2UnlimitedUnlimited8GB£8.00
12 months
Sky MobileUnlimitedUnlimited6GB£8.00
12 months
SmartyUnlimitedUnlimited3GB£8.00
1 month
giffgaffUnlimitedUnlimited2GB£8.00
1 month

£10 per month plans

The top price plan on Plusnet Mobile normally costs around £10/month. The following table shows a side-by-side comparison of Plusnet Mobile against other SIM-only deals around the £10/month price point:

NetworkMinutesTextsDataMonthly
Cost
SmartyUnlimitedUnlimited30GB£10.00
1 month
VOXIUnlimitedUnlimited12GB£10.00
1 month
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimited12GB£10.00
12 months
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimited12GB£10.00
12 months
iD MobileUnlimitedUnlimited12GB£10.00
1 month
O2UnlimitedUnlimited12GB£10.00
12 months
giffgaffUnlimitedUnlimited6GB£10.00
1 month
TalkmobileUnlimitedUnlimited6GB£10.00
1 month
Virgin MobileUnlimitedUnlimited5GB£10.00
24 months

For more information, see our full guide to SIM-only deals in the UK.

Network & Coverage

2G, 3G & 4G Coverage From EE

Customers on Plusnet Mobile will have access to EE’s 2G, 3G and 4G mobile networks in the UK. This offers 99% population coverage with approximately 84% geographical coverage.

Before signing up to Plusnet Mobile, we’d strongly recommend double-checking the coverage in your area. You can do this by entering your postcode on Plusnet’s online coverage map:

Check Plusnet Mobile Coverage (plus.net) →

Unfortunately, there’s no access to Wi-Fi Calling or 4G Calling for customers on Plusnet Mobile. If you’d like access to these features, consider joining BT Mobile or EE instead.

For more information, see our full guide to coverage on EE. You may also find it of interest reading our guide to mobile networks that use EE coverage.

5G Coverage

Unfortunately, 5G coverage isn’t available to Plusnet Mobile customers. Given the position of Plusnet Mobile as a low-cost alternative to BT and EE, we think it’s unlikely they’ll be offering 5G coverage any time soon.

5G coverage is now available on most EE Pay Monthly plans. It’s also available on BT Mobile when you buy a 5G-ready smartphone from them on contract.

If you’re looking for an alternative SIM-only deal with access to 5G, see our guide to 5G SIM-only deals.

Tethering & Personal Hotspot

Tethering or personal hotspot refers to the process of sharing your smartphone’s internet connection with another device (e.g. with your laptop or tablet). It’s a convenient way to get access to mobile broadband, without the need to buy a separate device.

On Plusnet Mobile, you can share your data allowance with other devices through the tethering or personal hotspot feature on your smartphone. However, given that the largest data allowance available on Plusnet Mobile is just 8GB per month, we’d recommend choosing an alternative mobile network if you’re likely to use this feature very often.

International Coverage

You can use your Plusnet Mobile SIM card when travelling abroad through Plusnet’s international roaming service.

If you’re using your mobile phone in one of 34 European destinations (Åland Islands, Austria, Azores, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canary Islands, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Isle of Man, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madeira, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the Vatican City), you can use your normal Plusnet Mobile allowances at no extra charge.

If you’re using your mobile phone in any other country, extra charges will apply for this as detailed on the Plusnet Mobile website.

Keeping Your Phone Number

If you’re switching from another mobile network to Plusnet Mobile, it’s a straightforward process to keep your existing phone number.

Start by getting a PAC Code from your old mobile network. You can get one through your mobile network’s website or app, or by texting PAC to 65075. There’s no charge for obtaining a PAC Code and you’ll be sent one free of charge within 60 seconds of your request.

Once you’ve gotten a PAC Code from your old network, order your new SIM card from the Plusnet Mobile website. When it arrives, you can give the PAC Code to Plusnet customer services by calling 0800 079 1133 (or dialling 500 using your Plusnet Mobile SIM card). They’ll then arrange the transfer of your phone number for the next working day.

For a step-by-step guide on moving your number to Plusnet Mobile, please select your current mobile network from the drop down menu below:

PAC Code Finder: Transfer Your Phone Number to Plusnet Mobile

Select your current mobile network:

  More Options

If you’re also joining Plusnet Home Broadband, a different process will apply for transferring your landline phone number.

Frequently Asked Questions

What SIM-only deals does Plusnet offer?
Plusnet offers a range of SIM-only deals, starting from £6/month on a 30-day rolling contract. You can see the SIM-only deals that they currently have available on this page. Plusnet home broadband customers will get an extra 2GB of data per month.
What coverage will I get on Plusnet Mobile?
You’ll get access to 99% population coverage on EE’s 2G, 3G and 4G networks in the UK. It’s worth double-checking the coverage in your area using Plusnet’s online coverage map.
Does Plusnet Mobile offer 5G coverage?
No. Unfortunately, Plusnet Mobile doesn’t offer 5G coverage, despite it being available on the EE network. Being a lower-cost alternative to BT Mobile and EE, this is one of the features that Plusnet has cut out on their service.
How does Plusnet Mobile compare to EE?
On Plusnet Mobile, SIM-only deals start from just £6/month. This compares to £13/month on EE (which also has a longer contract tie-in period on their plans). Some of the features you’ll get on EE which are not available on Plusnet include 5G coverage, Wi-Fi Calling and 4G Calling. On some EE plans, you’ll also get Swappable Benefits, Reserve Data and access to BT Sport.
Can I keep my current phone number?
Yes. It’s a straightforward process to keep your current phone number. Ask your current mobile network to provide you with a PAC Code. You can get one free of charge through your mobile network’s app or website, or by texting PAC to 65075. The PAC Code should then be provided to Plusnet once you’ve activated your SIM card.
Is Plusnet owned by BT?
Yes. Plusnet is part of the BT Group, sitting alongside BT and EE as their low-cost brand for consumers. Their SIM-only mobile plans give you access to the same 4G coverage that’s available on BT Mobile and EE. Some premium features like 5G are not available to customers on Plusnet.

LIFE Mobile

In November 2016, Plusnet took over the mobile network previously known as LIFE Mobile.

Originally, LIFE Mobile was launched in March 2013 by Phones4u as a low cost own-brand mobile network. In 2014, the network was absorbed into EE, before it joined the wider BT Group consumer division in January 2016.

Nowadays, Plusnet Mobile is the low-cost mobile brand within the BT Group, offering a cheaper alternative to plans from BT Mobile and EE.

More Information

For more information, please see the official Plusnet Mobile website.

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  • I appreciate your summary of the Plusnet service. As you imply, it is an “EE lite” service. I would not rely on predictions of EE coverage for Plusnet service. As far as I can gather, EE do not allow MVNOs to use the 4G, 800MHz band 20 frequencies. This band gives far greater reach in rural areas and greater penetration in built up areas. I have found that plusnet 4G coverage is very patchy. I have no way of checking but I suspect that one would get better 4G coverage from an MVNO using O2 or even 3 which do allow access to band 20.
    I might add that call forwarding and short code SMS addresses are not supported on plusnet or any other EE MVNOs

  • Hi Ken
    interesting reading your articles , I was with Three PAYG and then swapped to Smarty , but this was before they had introduced roaming and as I was going on holiday I needed to be able to roam and changed to 1P mobile which was fine except outside the bundles the price per mb is actually expensive. I was looking to go back to Smarty but looking around I picked up a deal of unlimited calls & texts plus 1.5GB of data for £5 per month, on Plusnet which is actually cheaper than the Smarty plans. With both 1P mobile and Plusnet using the EE network, I don’t expect any issues & the Opensignal app tells be i am getting EE speeds on both networks. So far I am pleased with the price I am paying.

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