John Lewis Broadband

Straight forward broadband from John Lewis with an emphasis on reliability, honesty and quality customer service

  • Free UK-based quality customer service
  • Bundled phone service with inclusive calling
  • Unlimited usage allowances oh all packages
  • Up to 76Mb fibre broadband available
  • Rural and remote areas pay the same as urban and central

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John Lewis Broadband Unlimited with Talk Evenings and Weekend
Free for 6 months
£11.00 thereafter

Line rental £15.50

  • Free for 6 months!
  • Unlimited monthly allowance
  • Free UK-based customer support
  • Free PC or Mac security suite
  • Free set up for switchers
  • Same low price regardless of where you live
  • Evening and weekend calling
  • Free connection
  • 12 month contract

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John Lewis Broadband Fibre with Talk Evenings and Weekend
Free for 3 months
£22.50 thereafter

Line rental £15.50

  • Free for 3 months!
  • Up to 38Mb download speed
  • Unlimited monthly allowance
  • Up to 1.9Mb upload speed
  • Free UK-based customer support
  • Free PC or Mac security suite
  • Free set up for switchers
  • Evening and weekend calling
  • Free connection
  • 12 month contract

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John Lewis Broadband Fibre Extra with Talk Evenings and Weekend
Free for 3 months
£27.50 thereafter

Line rental £15.50

  • Free for 3 months!
  • Up to 76Mb download speed
  • Up to 19.5Mb upload speed!
  • Unlimited monthly allowance
  • Free UK-based customer support
  • Free PC or Mac security suite
  • Free set up for switchers
  • Evening and weekend calling
  • Free connection
  • 12 month contract

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Reasons to choose John Lewis Broadband

  • UK-based customer services - get support from a guaranteed UK call centre using a freephone telephone number
  • Same price everywhere - Regardless of where you live, you'll get John Lewis' lowest prices
  • Unlimited broadband as standard - All packages come with unlimited usage allowances
  • Fibre package available - speed of up to 76Mb available in enabled areas
  • Phone service included - choose between a range of inclusive call packages including an international calling option
  • Shorter fibre contracts - John Lewis offers fibre on 12 month contracts rather than the 18 month fibre contracts standard from some other providers

Possible downsides

  • Not the cheapest option - John Lewis have prioritised quality UK-based customer service and fairness of pricing over offering the cheapest price in any area
  • Not truly unlimited - traffic management is used to prioritise interactive traffic like browsing, email and gaming over download traffic, and to maximise performance during abnormal load
  • No standalone broadband - Line rental has to be taken from John Lewis and you have to take at least an evening and weekend call plan
  • No short contracts - the only contract option is 12 months

Features at a glance

  • Up to 17Mb ADSL and 38Mb Fibre download speeds

  • 12 month contracts

  • Unlimited usage allowances on all packages

  • Free connection on existing phonelines

  • Free 24/7 UK customer support

  • Comprehensive PC security package from BullGuard included

  • All deals come with free N-rated wireless router

  • Range of inclusive landline minutes available with every deal

  • Same price offered wherever you live

  • John Lewis Broadband have published a Traffic Management Policy

3.1 stars
  satisfaction rating based on 451 customer ratings since 2015-09-28. See more John Lewis Broadband customer ratings and reviews.

Details last checked on 2016-09-23

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 John Lewis Broadband.

Customer Ratings Summary

  • Satisfaction
    3.1 stars
  • Speed
    2.6 stars
  • Reliability
    3 stars
  • Customer Service
    3.7 stars

Based on 451 customer ratings since 2015-09-28

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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
Moved to JLB after a price comparison website said they were the cheapest. After less than 1 month JLB increased the monthly cost. I was angry that JLB offered a fixed price contract for 18 months on price comparison then changed it after 1 month. Called JLB. My first introduction to their 'Customer Service' was being asked 'What do you want me to do about it?' and immediately being told there was nothing that could be done. After 2 months of disputes regarding intermittent service, slow speeds, long call waits and multiple spam or 'Stock' emails as JLB like to call them, I finally got through to a call handler. During each call I had said I wanted to log a complaint but nothing was done. JLB don't answer emails, they have a portal you have to log into in order to email them. At one stage JLB completely deleted my account, erasing records of my complaints and preventing me working from home. I would regularly call, complain and give my availability for callbacks, yet I would either get no call back or would be called back when I had already stated I would not be available. Most of the middle managers/Complaint Handlers I spoke to were unsympathetic, unpleasant and one inparticular seemed to do nothing other than aggressively shout me down. Even now after going to CISAS (The ombudsman) and being offered a settlement payment, JLB are still sending me stock emails, dodgy invoices and generally SPAMMING me. JLB is the archetypal cut corners approach to customer service, delegating the onus onto the customer to constantly chase them at the customers time and expense. Ask yourself "Is saving £2 per month or so on my broadband really worth slow speeds, a service that constantly disconnects, an email account jam packed with SPAM, aggressive unpleasant and unhelpful staff and a lot of wasted time?"....If the answer is "Yes" look no further. I'd like to say that JLB had at least one positive; unfortunately even the Wireless router looks naff and the hold music (which you'll be getting very used to) will drive you towards insanity and/or violent criminality
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
Todmorden, West Yorkshire John Lewis Broadband  
We moved from BT to JL because BT was so slow and expensive (our contract having expired) and we didn't think things could get any worse. How wrong we were! We can barely browse the web now whereas the problem with BT was the odd stutter when streaming. Whether it is the cheap looking router or throttling of the network is unclear. Their customer support is awful - phoned Technical Support a few days ago who said it would get better. It didn't. Phoned them again today waited for half an hour and then gave up. Then called Customer Services who said they'd jump me up and the queue and guess what was put on hold until I had to hang up. Before he transferred me he told my that my 14 day cooling off period actually expired before my service even started! What an utter farce and rip off. Completely despicable it makes me sick. AVOID AVOID AVOID
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
Dingwall John Lewis Broadband  
My broadband has always been slow (0.8Mb instead of the promised 38) but I am stuck in a contract and don't have the energy to deal with the polite but ultimately unhelpful staff for hours on end so I was waiting patiently to get out of the contract. Now, there is no service for 5 days and unless I buy a laptop that can help them diagnose a router issue, they will not help me fix it. They are beneath contempt.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
London John Lewis Broadband  
Customer service is what lets them down. It's quite different from what you expect at John Lewis- I suppose thats because it is actually being provided by Plusnet, who are part of BT, The worst problem I have is that they have double billed me for the first month's service, and seem incapable of sorting it out. Now I am being chased and threatened with service reduction (!) for an amount I already paid when I placed the original order. As noted by others, you spend ages listening to music on hold, but if you contact them on their messaging service nothing much happens.
  • Satisfaction
    3 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    3 stars
  • Customer Service
    4 stars
Hampshire John Lewis Broadband  
Broadband speed is ok and generally it's reliable. Real issue is the email service. It's hit and miss as to whether it connects at all remotely - quite often times out (as it has just now). If you get in, it crashes time and again, so sending emails remotely means typing them in Word and copying and pasting, often repeatedly. Most recently, we weren't able to log in at all. Customer service couldn't tell us what was wrong as it was working at their end. Said would get back within 48 hours (!). Didn't. On chasing, my husband spoke with a very arrogant guy who came up with an unconvincing reason as to why it had happened but fixed the problem remotely - but not on the home pc! He claimed it was a Microsoft problem and "Waitrose" couldn't help. My husband (who knows little about IT) made a suggestion about adjusting the Waitrose setting. The guy dismissed it out of hand. End of call. My husband did what he'd suggested and it worked. Totally unacceptable to be without core email for two days and then not have a competent IT support service.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    3 stars
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
Nottinghamshire John Lewis Broadband  
Just came from over priced BT, i have more than halved my monthly costs, but it shows why, BB speeds are dreadful, even though they say the line is fine, i was getting with BT from a ADSL line a good 7 mb DL speed and a ping of constant 29/30
Now with LJ, i have had 0.33 DL and a ping of 1403, it is up and down and isn't stable, JL is Plusnet, i tried to leave but im too late as ive just gone over my 14 days, stuck with them for a year of headaches, maybe a better router will help, as they did say theirs is crap!! avoid.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
Norfolk John Lewis Broadband  
Absolute rubbish - avoid. Signed up as John Lewis is a brand with a good reputation. Their broadband is useless and just keeps hanging, response times 20 seconds or more. Tech support and customer service poor too.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
Rugby John Lewis Broadband  
Awful! Polite staff who don't know what they are doing. They assured me I would keep my own phone number, then when the change over happened advised me of my NEW number!!! They don't seem able to get my number back, different advice from three staff I have spoken to about it. One said he is on holiday soon but will see if he can get someone else to chase it!! My new router didn't work, after three phone calls I got nowhere and then fixed it myself by experimenting with the settings. The username and password were missing! Each time you phone technical help you are on hold for 45 mins each time being forced to listen to insanely bad music, although sales answer straight away!! PLEASE GO ANYWHERE ELSE BUT NOT JOHN LEWIS!!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
Herne Bay John Lewis Broadband  
Not as bad as Talk Talk, but only just.

I got given three different dates for connection after I signed up to a contract, eventually it took 5 weeks to get the service up and running.

They put my address down wrong on the bills and say that it cannot be corrected. I need various utility bills to confirm my identity, address etc. their ones are useless.

Every time the phone rings the broadband connection cuts out for a few minutes. Customer service have given me three different explanations for this, all of them my fault and none of them correct.

As has been said before the staff are mostly polite, but useless and unable to actually address any problems you pose them. I know good manners can get you a long way but this is taking the mick.

Stupidly I did actually believe that John Lewis would care enough about their reputation to ensure that any service carrying their name would be among the best out there. How wrong I was. I never have shopped at John Lewis, I can't afford to, but even if I could I wouldn't, not now.
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    2 stars
Cornwall John Lewis Broadband  
I wish I could give minus 10 stars - this is the absolute worst company I have ever dealt with, and I am old! Everything about their operation is flawed, from the sign up process which took £65 from me but didn't register me as a customer, to being told (when they eventually got a router to me) that normal broadband wasn't available at my address, so I would need to upgrade to fibre-optic - which turns out to be a lie, since I am now online with another company, using regular broadband, having used library computers for 2 months during which time I despaired of ever having home internet again! AVOID this company - they are dragging the John Lewis brand into the gutter - I don't even want to shop there any more!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
Sheffield John Lewis Broadband  

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John Lewis Broadband Buyers Guide

Can I get John Lewis Broadband?

John Lewis, well known for their quality homewares since 1864, have now branched out into broadband services. John Lewis Broadband prides itself on offering customers the same high quality customer service and the same price deals no matter where they live.

This means that unlike most other ISPs, you are able to get the same ADSL (standard) broadband packages whether you live inside or outside areas where some suppliers have installed their own equipment at the telephone exchange. As a result, you can get the same price broadband package halfway up a hill in the Pennines as you could in Central London.

However, John Lewis Broadband’s faster fibre-optic broadband packages are still restricted in availability to those areas where the telephone exchange and street cabinet have been upgraded to support fibre optic cables as far as the cabinet. This currently extends to around two-thirds of UK households, typically in cities and towns, so if you are up that hill in the Pennines, you might be out of luck. To find if you live in a fibre area, you can use our postcode checker.

What packages are available?

John Lewis Broadband offer three basic broadband packages:

  • John Lewis Unlimited Broadband - ADSL broadband at speeds of up to 17Mb with unlimited usage
  • John Lewis Fibre Broadband - fibre-optic broadband at speeds of up to 38Mb download and up to 1.9Mb upload with unlimited usage
  • John Lewis Fibre Extra - fibre-optic broadband at speeds of up to 76Mb download and up to 19Mb upload with unlimited usage

The speeds are advertised as ‘up to’ because a variety of factors can affect your download speed, as John Lewis Broadband openly acknowledge. These can include the wiring in your home, time of day (for example, the extra volume of users at peak times means a slower service than late at night) and the length of your copper telephone cabling to either the telephone exchange, in the case of ADSL, or the street cabinet, in the case of fibre. The further away you are in terms of line length, the slower your potential speed is likely to be. You can find out how far you are from your nearest telephone exchange with our postcode checker (we can currently only offer an estimate of likely fibre speed if you enter a BT line rental phone number, but John Lewis will be able to give you an accurate estimate before you sign up).

John Lewis Broadband packages are also subject to traffic prioritisation, which drops the priority of certain types of traffic at peak times to ensure that heavier uses of the Internet don't overwhelm others - such as limiting file sharing and software update traffic at peak times. Prioritisation varies depending on the package with Fibre Extra having higher priorities for some types of traffic than standard Fib. Traffic management can help to ensure a smoother service for you on average at peak times even if your speed may be slightly reduced.

These packages all come with a home phone service and line rental - there are no standalone broadband options. The phone service comes with inclusive weekend & evening landline calls as standard, allowing you to call most UK landlines for free between 7pm and 7am during the week and anytime at the weekend, but this can be upgraded to inclusive anytime calls for an extra £5/month. For an extra £7/month, an anytime and international call package is available, offering inclusive calls to most UK landlines all week as well as 300 call minutes to top 20 international destinations, including US cellphones.

Which package should I choose?

Your primary concerns when choosing a package should be what speed you need, whether you can keep to a download cap, and whether the extra expense is worth it for you - there is never any point paying for more than you need.

For those who can receive it, the fibre options' speeds of up to 38Mb or 76Mb can be tempting, but the ADSL broadband speeds are likely to be enough for the most users, assuming they're close enough to the telephone exchange to enjoy the full speed. Even if you only achieve half the advertised speed, this will still usually be enough for activities such as watching streaming video, downloading MP3s, using Skype, web browsing and e-mail. Where fibre may have an advantage is with those who do a lot of gaming, or heavy downloading, and thus require a faster connection. This can also be an issue for large households with many people sharing a connection - especially if these people are doing bandwidth-intensive activities. As a result, student flats and large families may also benefit from fibre broadband.

The choice between the standard Fibre and Fibre Extra packages may come down to upload speed rather than download, with Fibre Extra offering an upload speed that's 10 times faster. If you make use of Cloud backup services or upload a lot of photos or videos to services like Facebook or Snapchat then you're likely to notice the difference when upload speed increases, especially if you're in a home with several people using the connection at once.

Points to consider before you choose

  • How much do you value John Lewis' investment into quality UK-based customer and technical support?
  • Do you regularly use the Internet for bandwidth-heavy activities like gaming or downloading large files?
  • Do you regularly send files to the Cloud or upload a lot of photos or videos?
  • How many people will be using your broadband connection?
  • Is speed or capacity a greater priority for you?
  • Do you use your landline to make a lot of calls?
  • Would the expense of the faster speed be worth it for you?

Compare the three John Lewis Broadband deals in more detail

What do I get when I sign-up?

It's always good to know upfront what you'll get when signing up with an ISP so you know what you can enjoy for free, or to budget for any extras you may want.

  • Free wireless router - New customers with John Lewis Broadband get a free inclusive wireless router to help them manage their connections. ADSL broadband customers will receive a Technicolour TG582 router with wireless ‘N’ technology to give a better wi-fi signal in your home with less interference from other devices, as well as a firewall, wireless security, and 4 ethernet ports. Fibre broadband customers will instead receive a Netgear N150 WNR1000 router with wireless ‘N’ technology, a double firewall, wireless security, optional parental controls, and 5 ethernet ports.
  • Online security package - John Lewis Broadband offer a variety of online security options depending on your computer. PC users can download BullGuard, a PC security package with online backup protection, antivirus and antispyware tools, a firewall and a spam filter. Mac users can instead get Intengo software security products with 32% off their retail cost as a John Lewis Broadband customer.
  • Free home move - John Lewis Broadband offer one free home move per year, meaning that if you move house and your new phone line is suitable for broadband, you can move your broadband with you without any administrative fee.

What are the benefits of John Lewis Broadband?

The benefits offered by an ISP may be what seals the deal in your decision to buy a package from them.

  • Free UK-based customer service - Unlike some other ISPs, John Lewis Broadband’s UK-based customer service is freephone, and open 9am - 6pm, 7 days a week. There is also an online portal for those who would prefer to have their queries and issues answered in that format.
  • Equal pricing - For John Lewis Broadband offers customers the same prices no matter where in the UK they live. This stands in stark contrast to most low cost ISPs who offer different prices at different telephone exchanges, usually favouring urban and central exchanges at the expense of many rural customers.
  • No hidden costs - The John Lewis brand prides itself on being matter-of-fact and straightforward with its deals, and so what you see is what you pay - there are no hidden costs unlike with some other ISPs. This includes having no activation fees, giving you a free connection on existing phone lines.

What are the drawbacks of John Lewis Broadband?

Let's face it, not everything can be perfect, and even the best deals may have a downside.

  • Premium pricing - John Lewis Broadband is not among the cheaper ISPs out there. However, they balance this with their ‘no additional extras’ approach, presenting themselves as a reliable option for those with a little more money in their pockets.
  • No standalone broadband - All John Lewis Broadband packages include a home phone service and line rental. This is only really an issue for those who do not plan to use a landline or do not wish to change their existing phone provider, but they might reconsider given that John Lewis Broadband offer a variety of phone offers with their broadband, including free inclusive evening & weekend calls as standard.
  • No short contract broadband - Customers hoping for shorter contracts may find themselves disappointed by the 12 month minimum contract length.
  • Not truly unlimited - Traffic management is used to lower the priority of some types of real time traffic over others, for the majority of users this will improve the performance of the service at peak times, but if you make heavy use of the type of traffic that's given low priority then you may prefer to opt for a truly unlimited supplier instead.

 

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