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 for 18 months
£26.00 thereafter

No upfront cost when you sign up online

  • Offer 18 months reduced price!
  • Guaranteed 25Mb minimum speed or money off!
  • Ending Free Amazon Echo Plus worth £139.99!
  • 35Mb average download speed
  • 9Mb average upload speed!
  • Truly unlimited usage
  • Additional £3 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
£23.00 for 18 months
£32.00 thereafter

No upfront cost when you sign up online

  • Offer 18 months reduced price!
  • Guaranteed 55Mb minimum speed or money off!
  • Ending Free Amazon Echo Plus worth £139.99!
  • 63Mb average download speed
  • 18Mb average upload speed!
  • Truly unlimited usage
  • Additional £3 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 mobile customers

  • Vodafone Broadband have published a Traffic Management Policy

2.8 stars
  satisfaction rating based on 2487 customer ratings since 2018-08-18. See more Vodafone customer ratings and reviews.

Details last checked on 2019-08-15

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 2487 customer ratings since 2018-08-18

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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
TERRIBLE!!!! was with talk talk for 12 month no issues consistent speeds switched to superfast 2 vodafone and cancelled 3 days later. Every afternoon at peak times my speed would drop to 1mbps then eventually lose connection. Customer service is bad takes ages to get through up to 30 min one time.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Barnsley Vodafone  
Terribly slow speed in this day and age, nowhere near the average speed they claim but apparently best for our area. Customer service has been decent but cant stop it disconnecting regularly, would never have joined vodafone and wont be doing again. Tbe superfast refund scheme sounds like they would just refund you the 15% and then do nothing at all.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Leicester Vodafone  
Worst Customer Service Ever, and you are not allowed to terminate your yearly contract! Avoid using Vodafone at all cost!

I called them to give notice to terminate my broadband service at a specific date and was told that I cannot do that and will need to call back on the exact 30th day before the contract end date. After that, without listening to my request, they terminated my contract on an earlier date and put an early termination charge on my account. Their customer service team doesn’t listen to their customer’s request at all and they even hung up on me when I still haven’t finished asking the question. Poor service was provided in general.

Another thing is that they only have very limited number of staffs at the call center which means you have to hold the line and listen to some bad taste music for so long before you can speak to an actual person. You thought you may ask them some questions through the online chat but then nothing can be done and you will have to keep calling back to that telephone number and hold the line for terribly long.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    2 stars
Brighton Vodafone  
I have been stuck in 2 year deal with Vodafone and has been rubbish pretty much from the beginning. I missed to 30 day cancellation date much to my regret.
Customer service has been pitiful and frustrating (over 4hrs on numerous phone calls to convince them that I needed a new router at one point).
Speed currently 26mb and paying for over 57mb but can't be bothered to call them and suffer more frustration.
Quite often we use mobile data on phone than suffer the slow speed.
Only good news is that contract finishes soon.
My advice is to steer clear of vodafone.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    3 stars
Nailsea Vodafone  
Paying for superfast broadband 2 so should be getting guaranteed minimum speed of 60Mpbs but speed-test is returning 32.6Mbps. The Openreach part of the service, line from cabinet to house is syncing at 64.1Mbps, which tells me that the Vodafone part of the network isn't capable of providing the required bandwidth to meet my guaranteed service speeds. Poor service from a provider who really should be delivering a quality customer experience!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Canterbury Vodafone  
DO NOT USE THEM! Cannot express how rubbish Vodafone are!
We were with them when we bought a new house, when I informed them of the house move they told me the people buying our house had taken over our line so when they took it over we would get a £139 fee for our contract terminating before its end date. I had numerous phone calls about this and after speaking over me and being completely unhelpful they told me it was my responsibility to get our buyers to cancel their order with Plusnet. Luckily I wont settle for things like that so I Googled it and contacted BT and Plusnet who both told me that this wasnt right and Vodafone should have rejected the request for my line to be taken over in the first place (fyi this procedure of taking over another line without permission is known as SLAMMING). After me telling Vodafone that it was against Ofcom regulations and was known as slamming they suddenly decided they would contact Plusnet and sort it out. I then got told I had to wait over 2 weeks for an engineer to come to the new house to connect the line. The appointment was made for the afternoon and then on the day I got a message to say it was going to be in the morning, luckily the plans I had had changed so I was free! Then after being connected (after specifically telling them I needed to keep it) they told me I couldn't have my old number as I had moved from one exchange to another.
Bottom line.... I have 18 months to go until my contract expires with them and Im counting down the days!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    2 stars
Ipswich Vodafone  
Terrible customer servic.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    3 stars
Greenock Vodafone  
I signed up for Vodafone’s 18 month super-fast broadband deal. At first, everything seemed fine. Set up was okay, connection was stable and consistent.

My main issue and the reason why I have given Vodafone 1 star is because of customer service. When something goes wrong it is a BATTLE to try and get it resolved.

Problems first arose when someone mistakenly entered my address for an EE broadband account. I notified Vodafone immediately and was reassured that the attempted switch would not happen. I have proof of this conversation through web chat logs receipted to my email.

What happened next can only be described as a hilarious farce. The switch to EE continued. On 22nd July my broadband was deactivated and I received a “sorry to see you go” email at 4am. I had no prior notification of this switch continuing, and no knowledge of who was trying to pursue the broadband switch.

Upon seeing the “sorry to see you go” email, I contacted Vodafone immediately to cancel the broadband switch once again. At this stage I was told by the sales representative that my account had already been deactivated and the only way they could fix this mess is by setting up a whole new broadband order. The earliest they could get me back up and running was 14 working days.

I work from home, so this came as a huge blow to me that I could be deactivated from my account without my consent, without my authorisation, and without ANY warning. Vodafone have been incredibly obstinate and have tried to minimise this incident as much as they can.

At first I was offered a free dongle and free-of-charge data plan to tide me over whilst I wait for my broadband to be reactivated. I was told to go to a Vodafone store that same day and that I could collect one, free-of-charge. That turned out to be an oversell – I had to purchase the dongle and data plan. I tried to chase Vodafone for reimbursement for this, as I was promised and reassured multiple times over the phone. I eventually got a refund for the dongle, but the airtime bill came to £200+ (after repeated promises, recorded from online chat, assuring me I would not be charged). I then had to get in contact AGAIN, only to be told that I need to pay the bill repeatedly, until someone who knew how to read the notes on my account realised that I was in fact promised a free airtime bill.

Now we’re in August, and my new broadband order has been activated. It took a whole day to call up someone competent so they could ‘activate’ my internet connection, even though the line had now been switched to Vodafone and I should’ve been able to just plug in the router and go.

I was promised (lol) that once I reactivated my broadband with Vodafone, adequate compensation could then be discussed. Obviously this isn’t happening. AVOID VODAFONE AT ALL COSTS.

What happened to me is called slamming, and it's against ofcom's rules. I've been in contact with ofcom about this because Vodafone are truly ridiculous and about as helpful as a speck of dust. MY advice to other people is to get ofcom involved in any wrongdoing you suspect from Vodafone or other telecommunications companies.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    3 stars
Colchester Vodafone  
I test when response is slow, often down to 10-12Mbps although the Vodafone app says all is well at 40. They say they will compensate for reduced speed but how do I prove it? The online help is a good contact point via the customer account page.
  • Satisfaction
    3 stars
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    2 stars
Stoke on Trent Vodafone  
Worst I’ve ever had even compared to standard non fibre. Drops out regularly . Roku and Sky frequently need to be logged in. App always indicates speed around 50 while speed tests can indicate 5 or 7. Phones lose signal so one is now on 4G permanently.
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
Highland 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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