The Post Office is no longer just somewhere to mail your letters. Times have changed since the Penny Black was around, and the organisation now offers broadband and home phone packages with some of the best value line rental in the country.
Its deals are simple and straightforward, with only three to choose from, and there are pay-as-you-go mobile plans available too. Read on for a closer look at what our favourite delivery service has to offer.
What can I get from Post Office?
Broadband and home phone
There are three simple packages available from the Post Office:
- HomePhone - Post Office’s imaginatively named line rental, which includes weekend calls to UK landlines.
- HomePhone and Broadband Essential - Line rental and basic broadband, with up to 17Mb download speeds and a 10GB per month download limit. Perfect if you only use the internet for a bit of browsing and email, but anything else will eat up your download limit pretty quickly.
- HomePhone and Broadband Premium - Line rental and broadband with up to 17Mb download speeds, but with unlimited downloads. You can browse and download as much as you want, but if lots of people are connected at once - or if you’re doing a heavy task, like online gaming or streaming HD video - you may struggle to get reliable speeds.
Line rental on all three packages comes with inclusive weekend calls - though you can upgrade it to include anytime calls. There are also options to add mobile minutes, anytime international calls to 40 top countries, and calling features. Call barring, caller display, withhold number, and voicemail are included free of charge anyway, but others, such as call divert and voicemail plus, carry an extra monthly fee. You can also nominate 10 UK numbers as your ‘Loved Ones’ and get discounted calls whenever you phone them.
Post Office broadband comes with up to five free email addresses, and the HomePhone and Broadband Premium package even comes with Post Office Internet Security Software. This includes firewall, anti-virus protection, and parental controls, to help keep your connection safe.
Post Office manages web traffic, which means you’ll always have a stable connection but it may slow at peak times - particularly if you’re doing certain tasks, such as file sharing.
To find out what broadband and home phone packages you can get in your area, use our postcode checker and take a look at your options.
Post Office also offers mobile deals, in the form of a pay-as-you-go SIM. It’s a MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) that piggybacks on EE’s network, so you’ll get fantastic coverage across the UK, including 3G - though there are no 4G plans available. Still, you can get great value in the form of 30-day bundles of calls, texts, and data that can auto-renew, or Double Top-Up on your first top-up each month.
What’s good about Post Office?
- Very affordable packages, with its line rental among the cheapest available in the UK
- Packages are simple and easy to understand
- HomePhone and Broadband Premium package comes with Post Office Internet Security Software, so your computer will be protected from malware
- Options for cheaper calls to favourite numbers, mobiles, and international destinations
- Mobile uses EE’s network, meaning very good coverage
- Fairly wide availability - but always use our postcode checker to see if it’s available where you are
What’s bad about Post Office?
- Doesn’t offer fibre optic broadband, so you won’t get download speeds above 17Mb
- Broadband Essential has only a 10GB per month download limit, which may be limiting for some users
- No broadband-only packages, only ones that include line rental too
- Not as many calling features on home phone as some providers
- Post Office manages web traffic, so your connection may slow at peak times
- Pay-as-you-go SIMs are the only mobile deal available, and there’s no 4G
- Not really any extras, like the cloud storage or mobile apps offered by other providers such as Sky and TalkTalk
- No TV