The router is optional. The speeds are an estimate based on line length and distance from cabinet. To my knowledge, you will get identical speeds whether you choose BT or Plusnet. Both are unlimited with no caps. BT is more expensive.
I switched from BT (ADSL2+) to Plusnet FTTC yesterday, and even though I always intended to use my Billion 7800n router, I still paid for the one from Plusnet in case of emergencies. Even with that £5.99, it's still cheaper than BT.
These are the speeds
this brand new Plusnet customer has been getting since yesterday anyway.
Edited by leej (Sat 13-Sep-14 09:06:17)