It's easy changing your broadband provider between Plusnet and BT. Find out how in our step-by-step guide.

Whether you're changing your broadband provider from Plusnet to BT, or from BT to Plusnet, it's a straightforward process. Start by letting us know in which direction you'd like to change your provider:

Are you switching from Plusnet to BT, or from BT to Plusnet?

You can follow the instructions below if you're switching from Plusnet to BT Broadband.

Are you switching from BT to Plusnet instead? Tap for instructions.

Step 1: Check your Plusnet cancellation fee

To start with, check whether a cancellation fee will apply for ending your Plusnet broadband service.

If you’re already outside the minimum term of your contract with Plusnet, there will be no cancellation fees for ending your Plusnet broadband service. You’ll simply pay for your Plusnet service until the BT Broadband go-live date which will be given to you here.

If you’re still within the minimum term of your contract with Plusnet (i.e. the initial 12 months, 18 months or 24 months you signed up for), an early exit fee will apply for ending your Plusnet broadband service. This cancellation fee depends on your plan but is typically between £9.63 and £12.15 for each remaining month on your plan. You can get a quote for what this exit fee will be by calling Plusnet customer services on 0800 432 0200. Alternatively, there’s more information on how to calculate it within our guide to cancelling Plusnet.

Step 2: Order your BT Broadband service

To progress with your broadband switch from Plusnet to BT, go to BT’s website to order your new BT broadband service.

For more information, select the type of broadband service you're planning to switch to on BT:

At present, BT offers a range of home broadband plans including the following:

ServiceAverage SpeedContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price
BT
ADSL Broadband
10Mbps download24 month contract£19.99£24.99/month
BT
Fibre Essential
36Mbps download24 month contract£19.99£24.99/month
BT
Fibre 1
50Mbps download24 month contract£9.99£27.99/month
with £60 reward card
BT
Fibre 2
67Mbps download24 month contract£9.99£29.99/month
with £90 reward card

See all BT Broadband Deals →

During the online order process, BT will give you an expected download speed as well as a minimum guaranteed speed for your service. Both of these will be specific to your address. You'll also be given a go-live date for when your broadband service will transfer from Plusnet to BT.

If you'd like to keep your current home phone or landline number, remember to provide this phone number when ordering your broadband package from BT. As long as you do this, BT will arrange for your phone number to be moved over to their service.

There's no need for you to contact Plusnet to cancel your old home broadband service. This is because the old Plusnet service will be cancelled for you automatically on the go-live date when your broadband service transfers to BT.

Step 3: Plug in your BT Smart Hub on the go-live date

In advance of your broadband service switching over, BT will send you a new BT Smart Hub through the post. Most customers will be sent the original BT Smart Hub. However, if you signed up for BT Complete Wi-Fi or BT Halo, you’ll be sent a BT Smart Hub 2 router instead.

On the go-live date for your BT broadband service, you can expect your broadband service to stop working for a couple of minutes. When this happens, it'll be time to plug in your new BT Smart Hub. There'll be instructions inside the package on how you can set up the new BT Smart Hub.

Your new BT Smart Hub will initially be configured with a different Wi-Fi network name (SSID) and password. On all of the devices that were previously connected to your Plusnet router, you'll therefore need to sign in again to the Wi-Fi network using the new details provided by BT. For instance, you may need to log in again on your laptop, tablet, smartphone, smart TV and other smart home devices.

Alternatively, if it's too much hassle setting up Wi-Fi again on all of your devices, you can log in to BT Smart Hub administration screen to change the Wi-Fi network details back to what you had before on Plusnet.

If you’re using a Wi-Fi repeater or a mesh networking solution such as BT Whole Home Wi-Fi or Google Nest Wi-Fi, you’ll need to set it up again at this point to work with your new BT Smart Hub.

Step 4: Return or recycle your old Plusnet router

Once your new BT broadband service goes live, your old Plusnet broadband service will be cancelled automatically. You’ll receive a final bill from Plusnet following the cancellation, which will reflect your usage of their service up until cancellation.

If possible, it’s best to return or recycle your old Plusnet router if you’re no longer using it, but there’s no obligation to do this if you’d like to keep it for some reason.

If you’re using a Plusnet email address, this will normally be cancelled along with your Plusnet broadband service. To avoid this, contact Plusnet’s customer services team before your broadband service is cancelled and ask them to leave your email account open. There’s a small monthly charge for leaving your email account open (typically in the region of £1 per month). Email addresses provided by Plusnet end with @youraccountname.plus.com.

BT also offers an e-mail service for their broadband customers. However, we'd typically recommend signing up for a free email provider instead (such as Gmail or Outlook.com). These free email services aren’t linked to your broadband provider so you can easily change your broadband service again in the future with a lot less hassle.

Start your switch from Plusnet to BT →

More Information

Please see the BT website for more information about switching to their broadband service.

You can follow the instructions below if you're switching from BT to Plusnet Broadband.

Are you switching from Plusnet to BT instead? Tap for instructions.

Step 1: Check your BT cancellation fee

To start with, check whether a cancellation fee will apply for ending your BT broadband service.

If you’re already outside the minimum term of your contract with BT, there will be no cancellation fees for ending your BT broadband service. You’ll simply pay for your BT service until the Plusnet Broadband go-live date which will be given to you here.

If you’re still within the minimum term of your contract with BT (i.e. the initial 12 months, 18 months or 24 months you signed up for), an early exit fee will apply for ending your BT broadband service. This is typically 82.5% of the remaining monthly charges for the rest of your contract. You can get a quote for what this exit fee will be by calling BT customer services on 0800 800 150. Alternatively, there’s more information on how to calculate it within our guide to cancelling BT.

If you’re not sure when your current BT broadband contract comes to an end, you can check by logging in to My BT and going to the My orders section. You’ll find the contract end date within the terms of your previously signed BT Broadband contract.

If you have a BT TV subscription, this will be cancelled automatically along with your BT Broadband service. Meanwhile, if you have a BT Mobile plan, you can keep this but you’ll lose the £5 monthly discount for being a BT Broadband customer.

Step 2: Order your Plusnet Broadband service

To progress with your broadband switch from BT to Plusnet, go to Plusnet’s website to order your new Plusnet broadband service.

For more information, select the type of broadband service you're planning to switch to on Plusnet:

At present, Plusnet offers a range of home broadband plans including the following:

ServiceAverage SpeedContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price
Plusnet
Unlimited Broadband
10Mbps download12 month contract£0£18.99/month
with £60 reward card
Plusnet
Unlimited Fibre
36Mbps download18 month contract£0£22.99/month
with £60 reward card
Plusnet
Unlimited Fibre Extra
66Mbps download18 month contract£0£24.99/month
with £60 reward card

See all Plusnet Broadband Deals →

During the online order process, Plusnet will give you an expected download speed as well as a minimum guaranteed speed for your service. Both of these will be specific to your address. You'll also be given a go-live date for when your broadband service will transfer from BT to Plusnet.

If you'd like to keep your current home phone or landline number, remember to provide this phone number when ordering your broadband package from Plusnet. As long as you do this, Plusnet will arrange for your phone number to be moved over to their service.

There's no need for you to contact BT to cancel your old home broadband service. This is because the old BT service will be cancelled for you automatically on the go-live date when your broadband service transfers to Plusnet.

Step 3: Plug in your Plusnet router on the go-live date

In advance of your broadband service switching over, Plusnet will send you a new Plusnet router through the post.

On the go-live date for your Plusnet broadband service, you can expect your broadband service to stop working for a couple of minutes. When this happens, it'll be time to plug in your new Plusnet router. There'll be instructions inside the package on how you can set up the new Plusnet router.

Your new Plusnet router will initially be configured with a different Wi-Fi network name (SSID) and password. On all of the devices that were previously connected to your BT router, you'll therefore need to sign in again to the Wi-Fi network using the new details provided by Plusnet. For instance, you may need to log in again on your laptop, tablet, smartphone, smart TV and other smart home devices.

Alternatively, if it's too much hassle setting up Wi-Fi again on all of your devices, you can log in to Plusnet router administration screen to change the Wi-Fi network details back to what you had before on BT.

If you’re using a Wi-Fi repeater or a mesh networking solution such as BT Whole Home Wi-Fi or Google Nest Wi-Fi, you’ll need to set it up again at this point to work with your new Plusnet router.

Step 4: Return or recycle your old BT router

Once your new Plusnet broadband service goes live, your old BT broadband service will be cancelled automatically. You’ll receive a final bill from BT following the cancellation, which will reflect your usage of their service up until cancellation.

After the transfer of your service to Plusnet, you may need to return your old hub to BT:

  • If you signed up to BT Broadband after the 13th December 2019, you’ll have 60 days to return your old BT Broadband Hub. A fee of around £50 will be charged if you fail to return it.
  • If you signed up to BT Broadband before the 13th December 2019, you can decide what to do with the old hub. You’re encouraged to return it or recycle it if possible to minimise electronic waste.

Alternatively, if you bought your own equipment through BT’s online store, it’s yours to keep and there’s no need to return it.

If you’re still using a BT-provided e-mail address, this will stop working 60 days after you cancel your BT Broadband service. If you’d like to keep it, you’ll need to pay for BT’s Premium Email service which costs £7.50/month for up to 11 email addresses. Email addresses provided by BT end with @btinternet.com, @btopenworld.com or @talk21.com.

Plusnet also offers an e-mail service for their broadband customers. However, we'd typically recommend signing up for a free email provider instead (such as Gmail or Outlook.com). These free email services aren’t linked to your broadband provider so you can easily change your broadband service again in the future with a lot less hassle.

Start your switch from BT to Plusnet →

More Information

Please see the Plusnet website for more information about switching to their broadband service.

Alternatively, for further information, read our in-depth guides to switching broadband provider or cancelling your home broadband service in the UK.

Your Comments 4 so far

We'd love to hear your thoughts and any questions you may have. So far, we've received 4 comments from readers. You can add your own comment here.

  • Having come to the end of my 2 year contract with BT, being a Vodafone mobile customer and having been offered a very good deal to transfer the full fibre broadband and landline to them, I went ahaead and placed an order with Vodafone. They sent a new router and told me to swap it for the old BT one on 14th December 2020, so that I would be connected on that day. I checked the day before to ensure that the connection would be going ahead. On 14th December alas the connection did not take place. I phoned Vodafone every day in the next 4 days being repeatedly assured that the connection would soon happen. Meanwhile the landline went dead. On 18th December I looked at the Vodafone customer forum page and was shocked to see that others had suffered the same problem even waiting up to 10 days without progress to connection. Having received an email from BT informing me that the broadband service would not end until 22nd December, I contacted them and asked to keep the broadband and landline with them and set up a new contract. They assured me that the broadband would not be disconnected and so I swapped the router back to the BT one again and the internet connection was restored. What a relief. NO!! On 22nd December the broadband WAS disconnected. BT apologised and assured me it would be reconnected on 24th. It wasn’t. Then they said it would happen on 31st. It didn’t. It still hasn’t been reconnected. No landline since 14th December. No broadband since 22nd December. Countless hours waiting on the phone almost daily in lengthy queues. A complete disaster.

    • Ofcom state that service providers must follow the rules which state that any “loss of service” must not exceed one working day “if technically possible”. Providers will have to compensate you if problems continue beyond this.

      • Geoff Roberts replied:

        Thank you for your response. Despite being assured verbally and by email by BT that we would be able to keep our old telephone number, when we did eventually get the landline connected again we were given a new number. The old phones didn’t work and we were told that we would need adapters or new digital phones. First the sent the wrong adapter. Then the wrong phone, then only one adapter instead of the four promised. Then the router needed changing because we had been given halo. Daily lengthy phone calls were needed to get things sorted out. We were told that we would receive compensation after two weeks. Instead we were billed an extra £50 for equipment that was supposed to be free. This has now been credited but we have only been given a paltry £10 compensation.

  • Xen Gladstone said:

    We live in a house with a complicated and very fragile mesh system. I have been sent the new router which is a technicolour router and have therefore no idea which of the providers I am potentially switching to as it isn’t listed on your website or in any of the accompanying documents.

    With the country on the verge of another lockdown and the risk of no internet over Christmas if installation goes wrong, I am very reluctant to do anything at the moment, as the risk massively outweighs the return right now. Is it possible to speak to a techncian to get some proper guidance? Your video is all well and good for a normal sized residence but with the number of boards and wires we have this is not that straightforward. Also as a large house with multiple users and devices I would very much like to ensure transition is seemless in terms of passwords etc., all staying current and don’t know how to log into the router to do this.

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