Vodafone Home Broadband Buyers Guide

Fibre broadband packages from an established mobile phone and broadband provider

  • Standard fibre broadband averaging 63Mb
  • Gigafast fibre broadband with packages from 100Mb to 900Mb
  • Range of call packages available
  • Free AC-rated wireless router with advanced features
  • Discount for pay monthly mobile customers

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Vodafone Superfast 2
£23.00 per month
24 month contract

No upfront cost when you sign up online

  • 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
  • 24 month contract
 
 

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Vodafone Gigafast 100
£25.00 per month
24 month contract

No upfront cost when you sign up online

  • 100Mb average download & upload speeds!
  • Truly unlimited usage
  • Vodafone Connect Wireless Router
  • Only pay for the calls you use
  • No activation fee online
  • 24 month contract

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Vodafone Gigafast 900
£45.00 per month
24 month contract

No upfront cost when you sign up online

  • 900Mb average download & upload speeds!
  • Truly unlimited usage
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  • Vodafone Connect Wireless Router
  • Only pay for the calls you use
  • No activation fee online
  • 24 month contract

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Details last checked on 2020-12-24

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
  • TV bundles available - Vodafone have bundled in an Apple TV 4K subscription with most of their packages
  • 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

Possible downsides

  • Long contracts - all Vodafone Broadband packages require an 18 month contract
  • 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, Gigafast speeds up to 900Mb in selected areas

  • 18 month contracts on all deals

  • Truly unlimited broadband usage

  • No upfront cost for existing lines, £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 2069 customer ratings since 2020-01-25. See more Vodafone customer ratings and reviews.

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
    2.7 stars
  • Reliability
    2.7 stars

Based on 2069 customer ratings since 2020-01-25

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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
Vodafone set us up quickly, and we had a much faster line than advertised. However, we came home one day and our Internet wasn't working. Contacted support who advised us our account had been cancelled, so they setup an engineer to reconnect us 2 days later. Still no Internet from then so phoned again and was told that the exchange was broken and that in 2 days open reach would be out to fix. Phoned back again 2 days later and was told that the open reach appointment was never scheduled and that in 2 days it would be fixed, surprise surprise no Internet 2 days later and this time told he didn't have the right materials to fix the exchange. Asked for a 4g dongle to keep us connected and were told no as we are not moving house so we asked to cancel and move to another provider, after cancelling we were transferred to customer service who offered us a 4g dongle but were told that the 18.50/month we had agreed to would be going up to 23.50/month. This all happened because apparently we are supposed to phone Vodafone and tell them that our Internet is working? Would avoid at all costs. Just spend an extra couple of quid a month and go to a better provider
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
Andover Vodafone  
Worst move i have ever made this is the worst broadband i have ever had by a mile . stay clear, didn't even get my freebie for signing up . rubbish
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
inverness Vodafone  
broadband is terrible signal keeps dropping out and very slow , will not reach every room in house and only one person using it , looking to change .
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
Machen Vodafone  
Its hard to decide whats worse the customer service or the worst broadband imaginable. All their tech teams are based in India with customer complaints in Egypt who just dont understand the issues. Nothing is there fault, the hub is hopeless, the app when it works is hopeless and even when you send pictures of it not performing its still not their fault. Worst customer care team i've ever came across, nothing i've experienced is worse than vodafone
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Gateshead Vodafone  
Shockingly poor service, speed 5 times less than promised, useless customer support.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Glasgow Vodafone  
Transferred a year ago. Looking to move on asap.

My experience has been poor. Customer service inform uouabtheybwill check lines and get back to you in 7 days. They. Ever do and when you call them they have no details of your original issue. Happened more than 1p times. Internet slow, constant drop outs. Drops teams calls around 3pm every day. Unreliable. On plus side coverage when working is good in all rooms.
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    3 stars
Durham Vodafone  
Just rubbish. Internet cuts out every hour or so for a few minutes and they insist it's not their fault. Changed provider and the problem was miraculously fixed.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
Yeovil Vodafone  
very poor equipment, very slow speeds,constant wifi dropouts and customer service based in India that will drive you insane( how many times do they have to do security checks!!!!). Takes forever to try and get anything done, but they always do the bare minimum, usually not solving the problem. If you like tv on demand buffering, constant interuptions/breaks during skype and whatsapp calls.....then vodafone is worth considering!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
south West London Vodafone  
Got activated on the 14th. Received no connection by 12pm on the day. In the morning I noticed my internet was on but kept dropping every hour due to a dropped IP it was a constant drop on the hour (I timed it). Spent hours on chats and calls with Vodafone. One lady even tried to get me to run speed tests thinking it was a speed issue!then when I explained for the 4th time what the problem is she told me to restart my router, 20 minutes later she said we have been in the chat for over an hour, has the Internet dropped yet, I said no since you told me to restart it 20 minutes ago.she didn't understand and proceed to ask me 2 more times if it was still providing internet.
I gave up with that chat and Called them and was on the phone for over an hour. Told me they will monitor my line for 72 hours. After 72 hours they still didn't know what was wrong so they told me an engineer would be coming tomorrow. They guy was not allowed in because of covid laws ( my area is tier 4) he looked at the outside lines and nothing was wrong & it must be a router problem. I called Vodafone to get a replacement router, Was on the phone for nearly 2 hours. He placed the order and said it will be here in 24 to 48 hours. 5 days later it is still not here, so I called them again. 50 minutes later they told me there was an error in the order and would need to place it again. So another 24 to 72 hour wait to see if I will even have Internet with this new one. If I didnt have to wait 3 weeks to get activated by another provider I would have switched. Stay very clear of these guys.
United Kingdom Vodafone  
Shocking customer service, never in my 40 years being on the planet have a ever been treated so badly.... and I'm from south east London which is not the most pleasant of places!!!!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
london Vodafone  

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Broadband complaints

Vodafone still the worst large provider for broadband complaints, say Ofcom

Posted by Andy Betts on 2020-09-02 11:37 in News Post Office EE Vodafone Plusnet TalkTalk Sky Virgin Media BT

For the third successive quarter, Vodafone have been named as the 'big eight' broadband provider that generates the most complaints.

The unwanted title comes from Ofcom's latest complaints report for the last quarter of 2019. They show what while the industry average improved from 14 to 12 complaints per hundred thousand customers, Vodafone's number rose slightly to 27. That's around a quarter more than the next worst 'big eight' performers, Plusnet and TalkTalk.

Once again, the standout suppliers were EE and Sky with just five customers having cause to moan. They, along with BT, were the only companies to achieve below average grievance levels. Virgin Media made the biggest improvement, with their level of disgruntled users dropping from 20 in the previous quarter, to 14.

The data covers the UK's eight largest broadband suppliers, which all have at least 1.5% market share. Here's how they rank:

  Complaints per 100,000 customers Compared to previous quarter
EE 5 -
Sky 5 -
BT 10 -3
Industry Average 12 -2
Post Office 13 +3
Virgin Media 14 -6
TalkTalk 19 -3
Plusnet 20 -2
Vodafone 27 +1

 

The report covers October to December 2019. Its publication was delayed due to the coronavirus outbreak, and it also means that the data doesn't take into account the massive surge in broadband use during the lockdown. We'll have to wait and see what impact that had on customer satisfaction.

Customer satisfaction

Speaking of which, Ofcom have also released their latest annual Customer Satisfaction survey. The report, for the whole of 2019, shows that an overall 85% of users are happy with the broadband service they get.

Of the 'big eight', Plusnet came out on top with an impressive 93% satisfaction rate. This is in spite of them performing pretty badly in a couple of areas. Over the year they had the second highest number of complaints, at 100 per hundred thousand customers. They also had the second longest call waiting time. Anyone phoning Plusnet for support would have to wait an average three minutes 48 for the call to be answered. By comparison, TalkTalk would answer in just 39 seconds.

This was a rare win for TalkTalk, who came out bottom of the satisfaction chart at just 78%. Only 44% of their users were happy with how complaints were handled, too.

The Customer Satisfaction report ranks the leading broadband providers across a range of categories. Here are the winners and losers:

  Average Best Worst
Overall satisfaction 85% Plusnet - 93% TalkTalk - 78%
Customers with a reason to complain 12% BT, Post Office - 10% EE - 15%
Satisfaction with complaint handling 53% EE - 66% TalkTalk - 44%
Average call waiting time 2:10 EE - 0:26 Virgin Media - 4:26
Ofcom complaints per hundred thousand 52 Sky - 21 Vodafone - 115

 

Your broadband rights

You don't have to settle for poor service from your broadband provider. If you aren't happy with what you're getting, or you don't think you're getting what you're paying for, take a look at our guide to your rights as a broadband customer to find out what you can do. We've got some advice on how to complain to your broadband provider, too.

And, of course, when your contract is up, you don't need to stick around if your provider is not up to scratch. Check out the best broadband deals available today to see what your options are.

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Internet use is soaring - is your broadband good enough to keep up?

Posted by Andy Betts on 2020-06-29 17:03 in News SSE Virgin Media Vodafone BT TalkTalk Plusnet

The average Brit is now spending over four hours a day online, according to a new Ofcom study.

The industry watchdog's latest Online Nation report shows that a combination of factors have caused internet use to surge to record levels, up by almost an hour a day in less than two years.

Inevitably, the coronavirus lockdown was part of the cause - the Zoom video conferencing app, for instance, has grown by nearly 2000%, from 659 thousand UK users to over 13 million in just four months. But it's not just that. The popularity of streaming services continues to grow, plus there's the emergence of video sharing sites like Twitch and TikTok. The latter has moved well beyond its initial teen user base, with 12.9 million UK adults now joining in.

Even as the lockdown begins to ease, it's unlikely that our online activity is going to decline. So the question is, is your broadband connection up to the demands of this "new normal"?

Signs that your service might be struggling include:

  • Downtime - we know that the internet infrastructure held up remarkably well during the lockdown, but if your connection keeps dropping, or you're being left without service for hours at a time, it's often a sign that it might be time to look elsewhere.
  • Slow downloads or uploads - your download and upload speeds will slow down when you've got more people sharing your connection at the same time. Speed problems can be especially noticeable when your usage patterns change - like when you're working from home and sharing large files or connecting to your office server.
  • Poor video performance - nothing ruins a boxset binge more than buffering, or even just seeing the picture quality plummet. Both are signs that your broadband can't keep up with the demands of your chosen streaming TV service.
  • Laggy gaming or video calls - speed problems can also ruin the picture or sound quality in your video calls, and render online games unplayable. Occasional lag is to be expected, but if you keep seeing it it might be time for an upgrade.

The best broadband upgrades

So what should you look for in an upgrade? Try and prioritise what you need. That could be a faster service generally, or more specifically faster uploads. Or perhaps a more reliable service, or better customer support.

The obvious upgrade, if you haven't already made it, is to go from standard broadband to fibre. An entry level fibre deal will triple your download speed and should only cost a few pounds extra each month. If you're upgrading to a new deal with your existing provider you might even be able to negotiate a better offer. Plusnet and SSE currently offer the cheapest fibre broadband deals.

The next step is from the basic fibre (around 36Mb) to the higher end fibre, with speeds around 63Mb. Vodafone and TalkTalk have the cheapest deals at this faster speed.

If even that isn't enough, you can get over 100Mb speeds from a number of ISPs. The most widely available are from Virgin Media, who offer speeds up to 516Mb on average. Other big name providers like Vodafone and BT also offer ultrafast packages, but only in certain areas. These faster speeds will give you much better upload speeds as well as downloads.

If reliability and customer service are a bigger priority, the best way to check what you can expect from each provider is to read their customer reviews. Dig into our thousands of reviews for help on deciding your next move.

Ready to start shopping for a new internet deal? Use our postcode checker to find the best broadband offers where you live.

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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.

Gigafast is Vodafone's Fibre to the Home product, offering download speeds of up to 900Mb.

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 standard fibre packages with a choice of speeds:

  • Superfast 1 - a mid-range fibre broadband package with average speeds of 35Mb
  • Superfast 2 - the high-end fibre package with average speeds of 63Mb

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 standard fibre 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.

Superfast 2 is the high-end service for more demanding households. With an average speed of 63Mb 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.

Vodafone 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.

If you're in a Gigafast area, then you need to ask yourself if you really need those speeds. It only costs £1 more to get the Gigafast 100 package than it does the 63Mb standard fibre package, so going with this option would future proof you for a while without spending much more. However, the average home user isn't going to see any real life benefit to the higher speeds right now, so you may be better off saving a few pennies and opting for 100Mb or less.

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.

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.
  • 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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