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
£21.95 per month
24 month contract

No upfront cost when you sign up online

  • 63Mb average download speed
  • 18Mb average upload speed!
  • Truly unlimited usage
  • £75 shopping voucher!
  • £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 Superfast 100
£25.00 per month
24 month contract

No upfront cost when you sign up online

  • 102Mb average download speed!
  • 100Mb average upload speed!
  • Truly unlimited usage
  • £75 shopping voucher!
  • 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 Pro
£60.00 per month
24 month contract

No upfront cost when you sign up online

  • 900Mb average download & upload speeds!
  • Truly unlimited usage
  • £75 shopping voucher!
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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 2021-06-03

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 1639 customer ratings since 2020-06-13. 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
    2.8 stars
  • Speed
    2.7 stars
  • Reliability
    2.7 stars

Based on 1639 customer ratings since 2020-06-13

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Reviewer Location Reviewing Date Ratings
Stuck without Internet for a week. It's always been slow but no connection now at all. Customer service very unhelpful
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Gloucester Vodafone  
DO NOT USE VODAFONE.

Put in my order for broadband on may 6th. Even though i read reviews, i figured - it'll be fine. It can't be that bad.

+ 14 days after filing order : First order was delayed - had to call them up on activation day(14 days later) and they told me that there's a system error and it is being solved.
+ 17 days after filing order - received a call that the order has been cancelled by mistake and was asked to put in another order
+ 30 days after filing first order - checked order status, activation date was supposed to be tomorrow - order cancelled by vodafone. Contacted customer support and was asked to give them another chance and they'd offer me first month for free - that'd take another 14 days before new activation date. in total 44 days and that's worth 35 pounds for them. What a joke.

Don't use vodafone - go with anyone else, but them. It's just ridiculous that vodafone can't get their systems in line.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
London Vodafone  
Moved providers to Vodafone. They told me to set up an account. When I tried to do this it didn't work. After one and half hours on live chat, speaking to 6 different people they told me there was a technical issue and try again in 48 hours. Tried again in 48 hours but still didn't work so called customer service. For some reason my pin didn't work which I'm not sure why as it was my daughters year she was born and it worked 2 days earlier. Therefore no one would talk to me and told me I have to travel 45 mins on a train to a local store to prove who I was. I finally got through to someone with half a brain and cancelled the contract before it started. I think I had a lucky escape!!!!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Caerphilly Vodafone  
No issues for 3 yeas the last 5 months horrendous service, from no internet to dropping out several times a day.
Vodafone rent lines from B.T OpenReach who are in the process of installing fibre optic lines?
Vodafone have the most frustrating customer service!! so time consuming, any several compensation payments later, I went to CISAS and they negotiated release from my contract thank goodness
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
Wirral Vodafone  
I had Vodafone broadband for two years and my speed averaged between 6-10 Mb in download and 1-0.5 in Upload, and an average of 10-20 drops of the line of 1 minute each every day. I had 8 engineers coming trying to fix the speed and constant drops but nobody managed to solve the problem. So overall this by far my worst broadband I ever had. I also tried to apply for the 15% discount through the App, but like the staircase that leads to nowhere, the same happened to my claim. I'll make sure to tell everyone how awful Vodafone broadband is.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Woolwich Dockyard Vodafone  
Shocking Internet coverage and even worse customer service. Counting down the days to the end of my contract. Avoid at all cost!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Bristol Vodafone  
was told up 67MB and i get 26-29MB when i was with sky i averaged 34MB these are the worst broadband providers.
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    3 stars
fleetwood Vodafone  
I have been with Vodafone for four months and when is working is great but unfortunately I keep having problems with the line. Openreach have come out seven times and continue to find problems, have replaced cabling but the problem always comes back. When it works is great, fantastic upload and download speeds and great coverage in the flat on multiple levels. Unfortunately the continued drops, amount of time spent on the phone and lack of continuity in customer service and ownership of the problem gets low marks from me.
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
London Vodafone  
Switched to Vodafone. Open Reach have installed. Still no router has arrived one week later so no internet. Been told different things, so difficult to contact right people. Several broken promises. Router should be here by weekend! Losing faith. They had promised I wouldn’t be without internet when I arranged the switch. It has made work and coping with an autistic child so difficult.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
Liverpool Vodafone  
After 4 years of promises I finally gave up, the service was intermittent, the WiFi was awful it was always below what was expected,I was told it is my fault because I have items blocking the signal, it is 4 feet from my phone with no obstructions, calling Vodafone is a nightmare I spent many hours talking to someone in Asia who couldn't communicate well,they got me to replace some of the equipment and purchase a booster which made no difference,after 2 engineer visits in 1 year within days the service didn't improve, I found Vodafone not to trustworthy and being told a good wifi signal was not guaranteed,and I should move the router and clear the room
I hope others don't expect too much from Vodafone
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Wellingborough Vodafone  

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How to find the best broadband for light use

Posted by Andy Betts on in FeaturesVodafoneHyperopticJohn LewisTalkTalkPlusnetEECommunity FibreNOW BroadbandOnestreamThree

You know how it goes. Whenever you start shopping for a new broadband deal, you find yourself being steered towards the faster, flashier and more expensive services.

The thing is, not everyone needs an upgrade. Some of us are happy with what we've already got, and some don't even need that.

If you don't have a house full of kids who are all online 24/7, or if you live on your own, or are part of the generation that's less computer-reliant, then you may be able to get away with a much more basic broadband service. It could even save you some money in the process.

Let's take a look at your options.

How light is light use?

First of all, you need to work out how much you actually use the internet, to make sure your usage is as low as you think it is.

If your usage is mostly things like web browsing, shopping and bill paying then that's definitely light use. TV streaming counts as well, so long as there's only one person in your house doing it at any given time, and that you don't want to watch in the highest quality on your massive 4K TV.

But there are lots of other things as well that you don't tend to think about: Windows updates on your laptop that happen in the background, downloading movies and TV shows to your Sky Q box, playing games, and sharing large files for work. And all those other little devices you've got connected to your Wi-Fi. Some of them won't be downloading much, but it all adds up.

Chances are that you do use more bandwidth than you realise, so do make sure that you buy a broadband service that's right for your needs.

Broadband for light use

The slowest broadband you can get is standard broadband. This is the old pre-fibre service that runs entirely on the copper phone network. It offers average speeds of around 11Mb, which is enough for general web use or for one person to watch Netflix in HD.

Standard broadband is old tech and is set to be phased out in a few years, but you can still get it right now. It doesn't offer huge savings - standard broadband will typically save you a couple of pounds a month, but over the course of a year they do amount to the cheapest deals you can get.

Take a look at NOW Broadband, Plusnet and John Lewis for the cheapest standard broadband packages, with prices under £20 a month.

If you don't want to go quite that slow, the most basic fibre deal you can get is from Onestream. Their 17Mb service is the cheapest widely available fibre broadband package.

Most suppliers' entry-level fibre offers more than double that speed, at around 36Mb. Almost every broadband company has a deal at this level, so there's bags of competition on price and service. TalkTalk, Vodafone and EE all have deals around the same price point for the same speed services.

36Mb is ideal for light use - it's affordable but not too restrictive. It can handle many people online at the same, with even two or three streaming movies simultaneously, so has plenty of headroom for when you have guests round.

You could also consider some specialist providers. Hyperoptic and Community Fibre have great value full fibre packages - at 30Mb and 50Mb respectively - but they're both available in only very limited areas. Or you could go for a mobile broadband deal, running on the 4G network (or 5G in some areas), such as the 18Mb plan from Three.

You don't always have to buy the best or fastest broadband deal around. Pick what you need, and if you only need something basic then you've got plenty of choices.

Ready to start shopping for a new broadband deal? Just enter your postcode into our postcode checker and you'll be able to see exactly what offers are available in your street right now.

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

Posted by Andy Betts on in NewsPost OfficeEEVodafonePlusnetTalkTalkSkyVirgin MediaBT

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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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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