Vodafone Home Broadband Buyers Guide

Fibre broadband packages from an established mobile phone and broadband provider

  • Fibre broadband averaging 63Mb available
  • Range of call packages available
  • Free AC-rated wireless router with advanced features
  • Guaranteed minimum fibre speeds or money off
  • Discount for pay monthly mobile customers

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Vodafone Superfast 1
£23.00 per month
18 month contract

No upfront cost when you sign up online

  • Guaranteed 25Mb minimum speed or money off
  • 35Mb average download speed
  • 9Mb average upload speed!
  • Truly unlimited usage
  • £2 additional monthly discount for contract mobile customers
  • Vodafone Connect Wireless Router
  • Only pay for the calls you use
  • No activation fee online
  • 18 month contract

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Vodafone Superfast 2
£27.00 per month
18 month contract

No upfront cost when you sign up online

  • Guaranteed 55Mb minimum speed or money off
  • 63Mb average download speed
  • 18Mb average upload speed!
  • Truly unlimited usage
  • £2 additional monthly discount for contract mobile customers
  • Vodafone Connect Wireless Router
  • Only pay for the calls you use
  • No activation fee online
  • 18 month contract

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Reasons to choose Vodafone Broadband

  • Excellent value fibre - Vodafone's fibre packages are priced very competitively against the other big name broadband providers
  • Cutting-edge router - the bundled Vodafone Broadband router supports fast 802.11ac networking, plus cutting-edge technologies for speedier downloading
  • Truly unlimited - there are no restrictions on the amount you can download or slow downs on different types of broadband traffic
  • Innovative smartphone control - with the Vodafone Broadband app you can control the router via your iPhone or Android phone
  • Minimum speed guarantee - if your fibre speed is lower than 25Mb for Superfast 1 or lower than 55Mb for Superfast 2, you'll pay even less

Possible downsides

  • Long contracts - all Vodafone Broadband packages require an 18-month contract
  • No TV bundles - it isn't currently possible to get TV services with your Vodafone broadband
  • Fibre-only - if you're after cheaper phone line broadband then you'll have to look elsewhere
  • Phone support not 24 hour - Broadband technical support is only available via telephone between 8am and 9pm

Features at a glance

  • Average fibre optic download speeds of 35Mb or 63Mb and guaranteed minimum speeds as of 25Mb and 55Mb or money off

  • 18 month contracts on all deals

  • Truly unlimited broadband usage

  • £9.99 upfront costs, or £69.99 when installing a new line

  • Support service available 24/7 via forums, and between 8am and 9pm on the phone, 7 days a week

  • 6 months free F-Secure anti-virus software

  • Free AC-rated wireless routers with all deals

  • Line rental required on all deals, no inclusive calls as standard, Evening and Weekend or Anytime calls available at extra cost

  • Additional £2 monthly broadband discount for existing Vodafone pay monthly 12 month contract mobile customers and £3 discount for 18 month contract mobile customers

  • Vodafone Broadband have published a Traffic Management Policy

2.8 stars
  satisfaction rating based on 2436 customer ratings since 2018-12-08. See more Vodafone customer ratings and reviews.

Details last checked on 2019-12-03

Customer Reviews

Sometimes the best way to get a feel for a broadband provider is to read what those who are already customers think of the service they're receiving. Below are all the reviews we've received for Vodafone.

Customer Ratings Summary

  • Satisfaction
    2.8 stars
  • Customer Service
    2.9 stars
  • Speed
    2.6 stars
  • Reliability
    2.7 stars

Based on 2436 customer ratings since 2018-12-08

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Ratings are left by users of our speed test as well as by reviewers. Recent star ratings summarise the last 12 months of ratings or the last 100 placed, whichever is largest.

Reviewer Location Reviewing Date Ratings
Worst customer experience ever!!! Decided to move away from virgin do to the big increase in price. Decided for Vodafone as my mobile internet works great with them and price was decent. When I called to become client they were eager to take details and of course they mentioned we will deal with everything. Called a couple of days before installing to say that virgin is not saying anything regarding a cancellation. They say they can’t cancel Virgin and i need to do it myself. I tell them that was not mentioned. They reply we will listen to the recordings and will call you back in two hours. No phone call! Call back and tell them I dont think this is starting well and I want to cancel and not proceed with the installation of broadband. Answer we cant as it is 48 hours before the installer. I tell them I wont let them in. Get transferred to a different department and get told that is fine I should give him my broadband router and that everything will get cancelled as the broadband never got installed. Month later got my first bill!!!!! Called back and after 1 hour they couldn't see in the system that the installer hadn’t installed broadband and for them it was active!!! They were going to cancel and would let me know if they could cancel the invoice!!!! Got a message this morning if I can call them!!! Worst ever avoid at all cost. At the end got an offer from Virgin and sticking with them
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
London Vodafone  
Terrible customer service, please do not sign out with Vodaphone especially broadband service. They signed me up for two broadband contracts at the same time-without my permission and sounded like they were giving me a favour for cancelling one of them (the one that was set without my knowledge). Managers zero emphaty for their side "error". Absolutely horrible and horrifying experience.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    2 stars
Reading Vodafone  
Avoid, Avoid, Avoid. As soon as your cooling off period expires the speed drops away. Customer services aren’t interested in sorting it out or giving good customer service. My plan was estimated as 60mbps, I am half a mile from exchange. Initially connected at 63mbps, which dropped to 58mbs during cooling off period. Now I am getting 48.9mbps. You can only claim money back if shown on app, which always conveniently either doesn’t record it, the claim button vanishes or the app crashes. Terrible company & terrible service
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Gainsborough Vodafone  
SHOCKING AND FRUSTRATING BROADBAND SERVICE. I would not advise anyone to subscribe to or purchase any Vodafone services. Especially Vodafone Broadband products. I have been a loyal customer with Vodafone for years now and since starting a new contract with them a month ago I have spent hours on the phone to their tech team with little or no long term solutions. 1. My router line was not connected to my router on installation, hour or so on Phone to tech team . 2. My devices that connected to my old voda router do not automatically connect. Still not working properly 3. I am told different things when when speaking to advisors. 4. I have been promised a call back by their service agent and had no such call or feedback on my ongoing complaint that has been pending for some weeks now. 5. The broadband app does not always work and is currently offline for me.
6. I cannot chat to anyone as they are too busy for me. Probably inundated with complaints. Bottom line, thoroughly unimpressed and have requested a cancellation immediately. I will not waste any more time or money with them. (I never normally vent on social media but people need to be made aware that this company will over promise and massively underdeliver). Save yourself grief, vodafone have not shown me they care about me as a customer.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
Kent Vodafone  
Speed down to 2mbps called about it several times without a resolve. Hid the fact that I was out of contract. No solutions offered. Guaranteed speed was supposed to be 25mbps with a discount of 15% if it falls below. Nothing offered. Overseas customer service agents take too long to understand problems.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Luton Vodafone  
Vodafone constantly fail to meet their guaranteed speeds. The last 5 mponths they have given a discount, but I want speed not discount. Time to move to a different provider.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
kendal Vodafone  
I cannot give any stars it's Crap as I write this I'm using my giff gaff data. Have never known the signal to drop out so much. It's impossible to to watch anything on Netflix or I player. Can this be clarified? And I quote "it will take about 20 days for your internet to settle". Called after 20 days.so they said we will get back to you.took Ten days by then I could not revoke contract.They lied just get me trapped into a contract now I have no internet but still have to pay.have they broke there end of the contract? DO NOT BUY VODAFONE BROADBAND!! Look at what ppl are saying!!! Or you may get trapped like me. Still not long to go now and I will not be renewing good Riddance Terrible Company
Kent Vodafone  
We've had VF broadband for a few years now and across 3 different addresses. They've been great.

When we move, they give us unlimited data on our mobiles until things are sorted, same when roadworks pulled all the cable from under the road and a BT engineer took 2 weeks to restore service. Mind you, we have our mobiles with them as well.

We need to split 2.4 and 5 out for a couple of older devices and in both our current house and the previous one, we've been talked through the steps by an engineer.

Our current place has a basement level which couldn't get the wifi signal so VF *paid for a powerline Wifi extender thingy* (£30) I bought from Currys.

I'll subtract a star for Customer service (painful automated system and slow to answer the phone sometimes), one for speed (though we are in the country now) and one for reliability (it's dropped a couple of times in the last week) but overall, I'm really happy and would recommend them.
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    4 stars
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    4 stars
Dorset Vodafone  
Decided to leave sky for Vodafone in January , tempted by the good price and an amazon echo thrown in.
What a mistake that was My sky connection was 40 meg consistent.
Vodafone started at 55 and has now sunk to 18 meg.
My router had constant drop outs, self rebooting, thus lowering my line speed.
There is a bug within the router that when your Apple Watch connects via Wi-fi the router reboots.
This is a known problem to the tech team and new firmware will not be available until January at the earliest.
So I am now stuck with a pathetic speed and Vodafone will not let me go from my contract.
I have disconnected my watch and the line is now stable but do you think Vodafone will reset my line to training again., s as absolutely not,so now have to wait 8 weeks to escalate and leave this rubbish provider.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Rhondda Vodafone  
DO NOT USE VODAFONE.
Found out that my broadband speed was under the promised limit for over a year and they offered 15% discount going forward and then had a patronising lead adviser not even bothered to listen to what I had to say.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
South Wales Vodafone  

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Broadband compensation

Automatic compensation for loss of broadband service goes live from today

Posted on 2019-04-01 16:56 in News TalkTalk Zen Plusnet BT EE Sky Vodafone Virgin Media Hyperoptic

A new voluntary code introduced by Ofcom goes into effect today. This scheme means that the broadband providers who have signed up will have to reimburse customers in the event of their broadband or landline phone service being down for longer than two days. Here's what you need to know.

The compensation you can expect

  • Delayed repair following loss of service - if a fault takes longer than two days to fix, you can expect £8 for each day after that period that your broadband is not repaired
  • Missed appointments - if the engineer does not turn up or your appointment is cancelled with less than 24 hours of notice, you can expect £25 per missed appointment
  • Delays with the start of a new service - if your broadband does not go live on the agreed date, you can expect £5 for each day of delay, including the missed start date

Homes and small to medium businesses who choose to use residential broadband are eligible for compensation on this scheme, and you should only need to report the fault for compensation to be paid out automatically.

To qualify for compensation, faults must not be of your own making (for example, your problem is down to your own wiring and equipment, you shove a spade through a vital cable on your property, or you're not at home for an engineer visit). You're also due compensation in the event of extreme weather causing problems and third-party incidents that contribute to the delay of repairs.

The providers taking part

Originally BT, Sky, TalkTalk, Virgin Media and Zen signed up to the agreement back when it was proposed in 2017. Since then EE, Hyperoptic, Plusnet and Vodafone have also signed up, accounting for more than 95% of broadband and landline customers in the UK. While most of these providers will be participating in this scheme from today, Hyperoptic and Vodafone will start automatic compensation later this year, and EE should be ready to do so next year.

Find more information in Ofcom's press release.

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Stay safe online

PC Security: 5 things you need to do to stay safe online

Posted on 2018-11-29 13:52 in Features Sky Plusnet Virgin Media Vodafone BT NOW Broadband John Lewis EE TalkTalk

As we spend more and more of our lives online - managing our money and doing our shopping - we're more likely to encounter problems. Viruses, scams and other cyber-crimes are continuing to become more common. So what's the best way to stay safe online? Let's take a look.

1. Install anti-virus software

Anti-virus software is a must if you use Windows (less so for Macs, Chromebooks, phone and tablets). It doesn't just protect you against viruses you can get though email attachments or dodgy downloads; it protects against all malware - any software designed with malicious intent. This includes nasties like spyware that steals your passwords, and ransomware, which locks down your computer unless you pay up.

Free anti-virus software from your broadband provider

A lot of the best broadband providers give you a free, or cheap, anti-virus subscription as part of their deal. If yours is on this list, make sure you take them up on the offer:

  • BT: with BT you get the McAfee powered BT virus Protect. You can install it on two or up to 15 machines, depending on your package. You also get Web Protect, which checks websites you visit are safe, and True Key, a secure password manager you can install on five devices.
  • EE: EE Home Broadband gives you a year's subscription to Norton Security Premium for up to 10 devices. After that it costs £39.99 a year, half the normal price.
  • Plusnet: Plusnet Protect, from McAfee, is free for Unlimited and Unlimited Fibre Extra customers. On the standard Unlimited Fibre deal you'll need to pay an extra £2 a month for your virus protection. You can install it on up to seven PCs.
  • Sky Broadband: on one of Sky's Unlimited deals you get a 12 month free trial of the McAfee Internet Security suite for up to three PCs. On the limited packages you get three months. Once the trial is up you can keep it going for £3 extra a month.
  • TalkTalk: with TalkTalk you get HomeSafe, an award winning online security package. This combines some virus protection and parental controls. It isn't a full anti-virus tool, though.
  • Virgin Media: Virgin Media Security is worth £39.95 a year, but is free to all Virgin Media broadband customers. It gives you full anti-virus coverage for up to three PCs.
  • Vodafone: with Vodafone you get a free six month sub to F Secure SAFE anti-virus package for up to five devices. After that, you can subscribe for £39.99 a year - half the normal price.
  • NOW Broadband: with NOW you get the Broadband Buddy service. This helps to protect you against malware-infected sites, but isn't a full anti-virus package.
  • John Lewis Broadband: John Lewis offers a full subscription to the Bullguard security package for Windows users.

If your supplier isn't on the list, there's loads of free anti-virus tools you can get instead. Bitdefender and Avast are among the most highly rated.

Malware isn't just a concern for those who browse the murkier reaches of the internet. Perfectly benign, mainstream websites can become compromised, and even ads can be crafted to try and do bad things without you even needing to click on them.

2. Keep your software updated

It's so tempting to turn off automatic software updates. They always pop up at the worst possible time, and if it happens to be a Windows update you can write off the next half hour waiting for it to finish.

Except, software updates are really important. Especially the Windows ones.

They don't just bring new features or improved performance, they make your computer more secure. Bugs in software can create the kind of security risks that malware thrives upon. Not only do they allow the malware into your system, they can also enable it to spread from one machine to another.

Updates shut down these vulnerabilities. At the very least, don't turn off updates to Windows or your web browser, such as Google Chrome. Better still, allow all your apps to update as they need to.

3. Learn how to recognise online scams

Malware is designed to exploit weaknesses in computer systems, but the truth is the weakest points of all are us, the users. You can lock down your laptop but it won't stop someone trying to trick you into handing over your passwords.

Phishing scams, as they're called, have moved on a lot since the days of the Nigerian prince who wanted to send you tens of millions of dollars. They're now a whole lot more sophisticated and difficult to spot. And it isn't just online that you need to be wary. You might get a text message purporting to be from your mobile network, or you could get a scam call from your broadband provider.

So, how do you spot scams? Here's a few tips:

  • Spelling and grammar mistakes in emails are a dead giveaway. Also, does the email greet you by name or a generic title?
  • Beware of emails demanding urgent action. Scammers try to scare you into responding, like telling you there's been a security alert on your account, or you're overdrawn, and you must log in to fix it.
  • Be wary of links in emails. Don't assume that the link is going to take you where you think it will.
  • Or just don't click links at all. Instead of clicking a link to one of your online services, manually type their address into your browser instead. Or pick up the phone and give them a call.
  • If it sounds suspicious, it probably is. If you didn't buy a lottery ticket, you didn't win the lottery.
  • Don't assume a fancy website means that a site is reputable. This is a rule to follow when shopping online, too.

Anti-virus software and web browsers will help you to sniff out phishing scams. What better reason to keep them up to date?

4. Use better passwords

We all know the importance of using strong passwords and not re-using them. But it can be difficult, since strong passwords are so much harder to remember. There are three things to try to make your life easier:

  1. Think in terms of passphrases instead of passwords. A sentence of eight random words is easier to remember - and type - than a password of eight random characters, but it's just as hard to crack.
  2. Consider using a password manager. Don't save your passwords in your web browser, use a dedicated password manager instead. This saves all your logins under a single, more secure password. With BT Broadband, the True Key offers exactly this feature and is worth trying out. Alternatively, take a look at LastPass or 1Password, both of which are free.
  3. Use two factor authentication. A large and growing number of services offer two factor authentication. When you log in you need to enter both your password and a second, unique code sent to your phone via an app or text message. It's a lot more secure.

5. Keep an eye on your privacy

Finally, keep an eye on how much information you're sharing online. If you use social networks you're probably sharing a lot more than you realise. Check the Privacy section in Facebook and other services to lock them down, and make sure your kids do this, too.

And speaking of kids, most broadband providers offer some form of parental controls that you can use to manage what people can see, or how long they can go online. These are worth setting up, but remember that they are by no means foolproof.

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Vodafone Home Broadband Buyers Guide - Is Vodafone right for you?

Can I get Vodafone Broadband?

Vodafone uses the Openreach network to provide fibre broadband to customers. This covers a good 95% of UK homes, so unless you're in a remote, rural area you're likely to be able to get it.

Use our postcode checker to see if Vodafone Broadband is available where you are.

Vodafone are a fibre-only provider, and they no longer offer a standard ADSL connection. If you only have basic internet requirements, and don't want to pay extra for a fibre deal you'll need to look elsewhere.

What packages are available?

Vodafone Broadband offers two fibre packages with a choice of speeds:

  • Superfast 1 - a mid-range fibre broadband package with average speeds of 35Mb. This comes with a guaranteed minimum speed of 25Mb - if your speed ever falls below that level you'll get a 15% discount on your bill until it's fixed
  • Superfast 2 - the high-end fibre package with average speeds of 63Mb. The speed guarantee here is 55Mb

Both deals come on an 18 month contract, with no line rental and a one-off router fee (which is often waived as part of special offers). They're also truly unlimited with no usage caps or artificial slowdowns. You get the high-tech Vodafone Broadband wireless router as part of the package. This incorporates several cutting edge technologies to improve wi-fi access around your home. It can also be controlled and managed via a mobile app. There is the option to add a landline calls plan. Evening and weekend, and Anytime calls packages are available for £4 or £8 extra per month respectively.

Which package should I choose?

With only two packages to choose from, both with truly unlimited usage, the same contract length and the same high-end router, you can safely make your decision based on speed and price.

The Superfast 1 deal is the entry-level fibre offer. With average speeds of 35Mb it's on a par with similar services from rival providers, although is priced very competitively. As far as the speed goes, it should be enough for most average households. It'll be able to handle Netflix and iPlayer streaming on a few devices together, as well as gaming and downloading. The price guarantee - that you'll get a discount if your speed drops below 25Mb - should give you some certainty on the kind of performance you can expect.

Superfast 2 is the high-end service for more demanding households. With an average speed of 63Mb, and a guarantee of at least 55Mb, it will be able to handle as much streaming, downloading and gaming as you need. There isn't a huge price difference between the two, so you may feel it's worth paying the extra for the peace of mind offered by a faster service.

These are the only two options Vodafone offer. They no longer have a slower standard broadband service that runs wholly over your phone line. So if you only have basic requirements and would be happy paying for a barebones service, you'll need to find a different provider.

Points to consider before you choose

  • How many people will be using your broadband connection, and will they be using it for streaming or downloading?
  • Are you unhappy with paying full price for low fibre speeds at your current provider?
  • Is being tied into a longer contract a problem for you?
  • Are you looking for standard broadband instead?
  • Are you a Vodafone mobile customer?

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What do I get when I sign up?

It's important to know what you're getting when you sign up for broadband, as you may need to budget for extras

  • Free router - the cutting edge router supports several unique features including 'Beam', which uses beamforwarding technology to send a stronger signal to compatible devices, and 'Boost', which enables you to prioritise speeds to a single device for faster downloading.
  • Access to the Vodafone Broadband smartphone app - the router can be controlled by the Vodafone Broadband smartphone app for iPhone and Android. With this app you can manage your network, turn it on and off on a schedule, set up Guest access and limit access to family members, and change the password.
  • Six months free anti-virus protection - all customers get access to a free six month subscription to the F Secure SAFE anti-virus package.
  • Free tech support - Vodafone provides free customer service by phone from 8am to 11pm.

What are the benefits of Vodafone Broadband?

What are the main reasons why you should consider buying a broadband package from Vodafone?

  • Competitively priced - Vodafone's fibre broadband packages are priced very favourably against the other big name providers.
  • High-end router - the router supports superfast 802.11ac networking and some unique features. And it isn't just restricted to fibre broadband customers, either.
  • Smartphone control - the free iPhone and Android app makes managing your network a lot easier.
  • Smart parental controls - the Family Time feature, available through the app, enables you to tailor broadband access for each member of your household, including how much time they can spend online and what they can see.
  • Minimum speed guarantee - if your fibre speed is lower than 25Mb for Superfast 1 or lower than 55Mb for Superfast 2, you'll pay even less for your fibre to the cabinet broadband service.
  • Pay 15% less in slower fibre areas - If you're far from your fibre street cabinet and unhappy with being charged full prices for relatively low fibre speeds from your current provider, you'll get a 15% discount from Vodafone if your fibre speed consistently tests slower than 25Mb.

What are the drawbacks of Vodafone Broadband?

Nothing's perfect. What potential downsides to Vodafone Broadband should you be aware before you sign up?

  • Long contracts - all of the Vodafone packages require an 18 month contract. Much of the competition offers 12 month contracts or even shorter.
  • Few extras - the router's impressive, but you don't get much else for your money.
  • No standard broadband options - if you don't live in a fibre-to-the-cabinet enabled area or you don't need fibre speeds then Vodafone will no longer offer you a slower standard phone line broadband product.
  • No TV bundles - If you're looking for convenience or to save money by buying TV in a bundle with broadband and phone services, you'll unfortunately need to look for another supplier. However, Vodafone's relatively low prices might counteract the savings of buying a bundle elsewhere.
  • Phone support not available overnight - Unlike Vodafone's contract mobile phone support, broadband customers can only access telephone tech support between the hours of 8am and 9pm.
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