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Vodafone vs Plusnet broadband: Which is better?

If you’re in the market for a budget-friendly broadband deal, either Vodafone or Plusnet could fit the bill. With their affordable price tags and straightforward plans, both are good value for money. But which one is best for you? Read on as we weigh up what each provider has to offer.

Vodafone vs Plusnet broadband at a glance

Vodafone

Plusnet

Can I get ADSL?

No – Vodafone doesn’t offer standard ADSL broadband

Yes – Plusnet offers a standard ADSL broadband package

Can I get superfast fibre?

Yes, with average speeds of 38Mbps or 67Mbps

Yes, with average speeds of 36Mbps or 66Mbps

Can I get ultrafast fibre?

Yes, with maximum average speeds of up to 900Mbps

Yes, with maximum average speeds of up to 500Mbps

Download limit?

No, all packages are truly unlimited

No, all packages are truly unlimited

TV

Yes – an Apple TV 4K-based service

No – but you can get discounted BT Sport

Do I have to take a home phone?

Yes – all Vodafone packages come with line rental

Yes – all Plusnet packages come with line rental

Vodafone vs Plusnet: Cost

When it comes to cost, Vodafone and Plusnet are extremely competitive – both offer reasonably priced broadband that won’t break the bank.

Vodafone’s cheapest deal is usually its Fibre 1 plan, which costs £22 a month on a 24-month contract and delivers average speeds of 38Mbps. At the time of writing (December 2022), though, you can get its Full Fibre 1 plan for £21 per month, with average speeds of 41Mbps.

Plusnet’s best-value deal is its Unlimited Fibre plan, coming in at £21.99 a month on an 18-month contract and with average download speeds of 36Mbps.

What’s more, both Vodafone and Plusnet sometimes throw in a reward card or voucher for new customers signing up. It’s also worth looking out for special promotional events, such as Black Friday, as you may be able to bag a discounted deal.

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*Average speeds are based on the download speeds of at least 50% of customers at peak time(8pm to 10pm). Speed can be affected by a range of technical and environmental factors. The speed you receive where you live may be lower than that listed above. You can check the estimated speed to your property prior to purchasing.

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*Average speeds are based on the download speeds of at least 50% of customers at peak time(8pm to 10pm). Speed can be affected by a range of technical and environmental factors. The speed you receive where you live may be lower than that listed above. You can check the estimated speed to your property prior to purchasing.

Vodafone vs Plusnet: average broadband speeds

Vodafone has a greater selection of fibre optic broadband packages, with speeds all the way up to 900Mbps. In comparison, Plusnet’s range is a little more limited, reaching 500Mbps in select locations.

  • Vodafone’s broadband speeds: 38Mbps, 67Mbps, 100Mbps, 200Mbps, 500Mbps and 900Mbps
  • Plusnet’s broadband speeds: 10Mbps, 36Mbps, 66Mbps, plus Full Fibre up to 500Mbps

Vodafone vs Plusnet: broadband packages

Vodafone has more choice when it comes to broadband speeds. It offers six fibre optic broadband packages, with speeds ranging between 38Mbps to 900Mbps.

However, speeds of 200Mbps and above are only available if you upgrade to Vodafone Pro – an add-on service that strengthens your home broadband signal.

Meanwhile, Plusnet offers three main packages: one standard ADSL broadband deal with average speeds of 10Mbps, and two fibre optic ones with average speeds of 36Mbps and 66Mbps. It now also offers a Full Fibre option, with speeds reaching 500Mbps.

All of Vodafone’s plans are available on 24-month contracts. In comparison, Plusnet offers some shorter-term options, as you can choose between a 12-month or 18-month contract. However, its Full Fibre plan is only available on a 24-month contract.

Vodafone vs Plusnet: home phone

As both providers use your phone line to supply an internet connection to your home, you’ll need a landline. The only broadband-only option is Plusnet’s Full Fibre plan, as it uses fibre-to-the-premises technology to deliver internet straight to your home.

Otherwise, Vodafone and Plusnet broadband packages come with line rental included. And don’t worry if you don’t plan on using your home phone – ‘pay as you go’ calls are standard with both, so you’ll only need to pay for any calls you make.

On the other hand, you can also choose to add a call plan to your Vodafone or Plusnet package.

Vodafone has two call plans – Evening and weekend calls to UK landlines, and Anytime UK Landline and Mobile Calls – as well as some extra features like Voicemail Plus.

Plusnet has a bit more choice in this area, with its Anytime International calls plan.

Vodafone vs Plusnet: TV

If you’re looking to add TV to your broadband deal, Vodafone is your only option – Plusnet no longer offers TV plans.

With Vodafone, you get an Apple 4K TV set-top box, plus a free three-month Apple TV+ subscription. It’s a straightforward and handy way to get all your favourite streaming services and apps in one place.

While it’s not on the same level as the likes of Sky or Virgin Media, it suits those who prefer streaming shows to watching live TV. Plus, it’s far cheaper than those major TV providers, and it doesn’t require you to install a satellite dish.

It’s important to note, however, that TV is only offered with Vodafone’s more expensive Pro Xtra plans.

Although Plusnet doesn’t offer a TV service, it does give you the option to add BT Sport to your plan at a discounted monthly fee. However, as there’s no set-top box, you can only watch it via the BT Sport app on your mobile, tablet or games console, or on the BT Sport website.

Vodafone vs Plusnet: Fibre broadband and availability

Both providers use BT’s Openreach network to provide an internet connection to your home. And with Openreach being the biggest network in the UK, both Vodafone and Plusnet have wide availability.

Chances are, you’ll be able to get Vodafone and Plusnet fibre broadband at your address. But Vodafone’s faster speeds of 100Mbps and above are only available in certain areas covered by the ultrafast network. Likewise, Plusnet Full Fibre is only available in select locations.

To see what broadband deals you can get, enter your post into our postcode checker.

Vodafone vs Plusnet: Download limits

Both Vodafone and Plusnet offer truly unlimited downloads. This means you can online game and stream media as much as you like, without ever having to worry about hitting a download limit or having your internet speed slowed down.

Vodafone vs Plusnet: Extras

As both providers are more on the budget-friendly end of the scale, you don’t get the same exclusive rewards and extras as you’d get with big-name, more expensive providers. Instead, you’re getting no-frills broadband at affordable prices.

Still, existing Vodafone Mobile customers can get their hands on certain perks, such as money off their monthly broadband bill and a discounted upgrade to Vodafone Pro.

Similarly, if you take both a broadband and SIM-only deal with Plusnet Mobile, you can get an extra 2GB of mobile data every month.

Vodafone vs Plusnet: Customer service

Plusnet scored well in Ofcom's latest annual report on broadband customer satisfaction, with Plusnet customers more likely than average to recommend it to a friend.

And in the same report, Vodafone scored bang on average.

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