Because the home page only has so much room on it, here are all the news items posted on the Plusnet UserGroup Site.
We've given a brief snippet of the last 5 articles, followed by a list of the last 100 news items from this year (when we hit that many!). Previous years' news is available from the menu to the left, sorted by year.
After an absence of some 3 years Unlimited returned to the Plusnet stable in this morning's (19/12/2012) long awaited product refresh. However unlike its previous incarnation, which could perhaps have been better described as unmetered, the new product is truly unlimited - no protocols are rate limited at any time, and there is no FUP or AUP (Fair or Acceptable Use Policy). The new product does have traffic prioritisation, but this is for Quality of Service reasons and does not impose rate limits within the Plusnet network.
Complementing Unlimited is a new Essentials product, which is identical to Value though 50p cheaper in Market 2 and 3 areas for those willing to commit to a 12 month contract.
Both the Unlimited and Essentials families include ADSL and fibre variants with contract and non-contract options available for the ADSL version. However non-contract will cost more.
With the launch of Unlimited and Essentials the Extra and Value products have been withdrawn from sale; customers currently on these products can stay on them with unchanged prices and service if they wish. Plusnet will not be making changes to anyone's current product - if customers wish to change to a new product they will have to specifically request it with, as usual, the change taking place on their next billing date.
Pricing for the new products is as follows:
|Market 2 & 3||Market 1|
|Essentials||£ 5.99||£ 8.49||£12.99||£15.49|
ADSL contracts are 12 months whilst fibre packages are contracted at 18 months.
See Plusnet's website (www.plus.net) for full details of the new products including attractive half price offers for new customers taking Plusnet's Home Phone service.
The UserGroup advises that two evenings of site maintenance are planned for Tuesday and Wednesday evenings this week - 13th and 14th November 2012 - to update the server software. The work will be carried out between 8pm and midnight each evening.
During the maintenance periods both the UserGroup (http://usergroup.plus.net) and UserTools (http://usertools.plus.net) websites will not be available and attempts to access them will time out. A side effect will be that any RSS feed and email notifications of service status updates raised during the maintenance period will be delayed; these should be delivered when the sites return.
Calls to Residential Customer Support are often lengthy, and at busy times involve waiting for an agent to become available. Whilst calls to the 0845 number have been free at all times to customers of Plusnet's Talk home phone service this was not necessarily the case for users with other phone service providers. In the latter case call costs could be significant. Great news! From 2nd August 2011 Residential Customer Support moved to Freephone 0800.
Users needing to contact Residential Customer Support can now call 0800 432 0200 at no cost when calling from a UK land-line. Unfortunately those using mobiles (or other networks) will still be charged. However, these users are not forgotten. Plusnet have announced they are taking steps to acquire an 03 number; calls to this will be deducted from inclusive minutes on mobile phone plans - or be charged at UK land-line rates.
Business customers will continue to call 0114 296 5182 for Business Customer Support.
The long awaited launch of Plusnet fibre products took place this morning (19 Apr 2011) heralded by a flight of pigeons racing from London to their home loft in Yorkshire. See Plusnet Fibre Pigeon Race - The Results.
The new products Value Fibre and Extra Fibre come alongside a refresh of the product range (see FAQs) which PUG are pleased to see reflects feedback from users provided through the forums. Essentially the existing Value and Extra base products continue, with unchanged pricing and bandwidth limits. Pro is discontinued as a stand-alone product and replaced by a £5 per month Pro add-on available on both Value and Extra. This is great news - it provides a choice of two products with Pro speed profiles (line speed) whilst retaining the base product's bandwidth.
- With Value the Pro add-on effectively provides the long-requested Pro-Lite product with Pro speed profiles at an entry level price.
- With Extra the add-on provides the Pro experience with 3 times the bandwidth of the stand-alone Pro product but at the same price.
Fibre comes as a second add-on costing £10 per month but requiring an 18-month contract (reflecting commitments Plusnet have to enter into with BT Wholesale). Set-up charges might also be incurred - see Fibre FAQs. Download speeds for most users are expected to exceed 30Mbps, though this depends on distance from the cabinet. Upload speeds will be capped at 2Mbps.
Value Fibre comes with 40GB peak-time (8am to midnight) bandwidth, Extra Fibre with 120GB. Off-peak usage continues to be free.
The Pro add-on may also be added with Fibre, again retaining the underlying product's bandwidth.
Together these two base products and add-ons provide 8 combinations with the following price points.
|Market 1 & 2||Market 3|
|Value Fibre Pro||£27.99||£21.49||40GB|
|Extra Fibre Pro||£32.99||£26.49||120GB|
With all products extra bandwidth will be charged at £5 per 5GB.
Expected speeds for the new products and add-ons are given on the Plusnet website here - click the product names to expose this information. Note that for fibre products traffic shaping extends an hour into off-peak hours. PUG's Product Comparison Tool requires significant updating to accommodate the new product set and this is in progress.
Alongside the residential product changes due tomorrow (19 Apr 2011) Plusnet have announced (ADSL2+ and Annex M come to Plusnet Business) that ADSL2+ will, for the first time, be offered on Business products. No changes are planned to the core Business Option 1, 2 and 3 base products but new sign-ups will be provisioned on ADSL2+ where estimates show improved connection speeds should result. This is, of course, subject to their exchange being 21CN/ADSL2+ ready. Upload speeds will be uncapped as standard offering up to 1Mbps upload speeds.
On each option three additional services will be available, Enhanced Care, Prioritised Service and (new to Plusnet) Annex M.
The current Enhanced Care service will continue. This option costs £8.50 (ex VAT) per month and details can be found here.
Prioritised Service is currently known as Max Premium, the name change reflecting its extension to ADSL2+. This service is standard with Option 3 but costs £7.00 (ex VAT) per month with Options 1 and 2. Details can be found here. For all users this option provides a prioritised service across the BT Wholesale network. For 20CN "up to 8Mbps" maxDSL users upload speeds are increased from up to 448kbps to up to 832kbps; 21CN "up to 20Mbps" ADSL2+ users will be be provisioned with up to 1Mbps upload as standard.
The new Annex M service (available in ADSL2+ exchanges with Annex M enabled) will enable users to potentially achieve up to 2.5Mbps upstream by sacrificing some of their available downstream bandwidth. Clearly this is targeted at businesses where upstream speeds are a key business driver. This service will cost £10.00 (ex VAT) per month. A FAQ is expected to be published alongside the launch.
Though initially targeted at new sign-ups existing users are not forgotten. The rolling programme of bulk residential upgrades (Faster Plusnet Broadband, for free) is being extended to include Business users. Plusnet have assured users they will be directly consulted before their services are migrated.
Many Plusnet customers will know of Douglas Clark (dgdclynx) who was an erudite poster on both the Community forums and here, as well as a regular in many usenet forums.
Unfortunately, Douglas has been ill for some time and sadly, after a brief period in hospital, he passed away on Tuesday July 20th.
A statistician by trade, Douglas was a keen reader and writer of poetry and had published a number of works over the years. He also had eclectic musical tastes ranging from choral singers to Bruce Springsteen to the Dixie Chicks, and an equally wide-ranging interest in films from costume dramas to fantasy epics.
Douglas was a keen contributer to PUG, particularly keeping Plusnet on their toes with respect to webstats. He will be sadly missed.
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