Vodafone

Fibre broadband packages from an established mobile phone and broadband provider

  • Fibre broadband up to 76Mb available
  • Range of call packages available
  • Free AC-rated wireless router with advanced features

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Vodafone Unlimited Fibre 38
£25.00 per month
18 month contract

No upfront cost

  • Up to 38Mb download speed
  • Up to 9.5Mb upload speed!
  • Unlimited monthly allowance
  • Vodafone Connect Wireless Router
  • Only pay for the calls you use
  • Free connection
  • 18 month contract

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Vodafone Unlimited Fibre 76
£30.00 per month
18 month contract

No upfront cost

  • Free router
  • Up to 76Mb download speed
  • Up to 19Mb upload speed!
  • Unlimited monthly allowance
  • Vodafone Connect Wireless Router
  • Only pay for the calls you use
  • Free connection
  • 18 month contract

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Reasons to choose Vodafone Broadband

  • No line rental on fibre - you don't need to pay an extra line rental charge on the fibre broadband deals
  • Excellent value fibre - Vodafone's fibre packages are priced very competitively against the other big name broadband providers
  • Cutting-edge router - the bundled Vodafone Connect router supports fast 802.11ac networking, plus cutting-edge technologies for speedier downloading
  • No usage caps - there are no restrictions on the amount you can download
  • Innovative smartphone control - with the Vodafone Connect app you can control the router via your iPhone or Android phone
  • Minimum speed guarantee - new and upgrading customers will be able to see online the actual speeds they should get. If this speed isn't achieved within 28 days of notifying Vodafone, they will be free to leave

Possible downsides

  • Long contracts - all Vodafone Broadband packages require an 18-month contract
  • It’s not available everywhere - the service is not available outside of Vodafone Fibre network areas
  • No TV bundles - it isn't currently possible to get TV services with your Vodafone broadband
  • Fibre-only - if you're after cheaper phoneline broadband then you'll have to look elsewhere

Features at a glance

  • Up to 38Mbps or 76Mbps fibre optic download speed

  • 18 month contracts on all deals

  • Unlimited broadband usage

  • £49 standard connection, often discounted during limited offers

  • Support service available 24/7 via forums, and between 8am and 11pm on the phone, 7 days a week

  • 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

3.3 stars
  satisfaction rating based on 1538 customer ratings since 2016-07-28. See more Vodafone customer ratings and reviews.

Details last checked on 2017-07-20

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
    3.3 stars
  • Speed
    3.1 stars
  • Reliability
    3.2 stars
  • Customer Service
    3.4 stars

Based on 1538 customer ratings since 2016-07-28

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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.

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We swapped to vodafone after being with sky for a very long time, The lack of having to pay line rental was amazing and members of the family are also with vodafone for mobiles, which made it even cheaper.

Still only getting 54megs (on the 76 package at the moment but knowing this will go up over the next 10 days as they do tests on the line to make sure it can cope with the faster speeds. upload is at a full 20megs which is lush.


The router is fine, but we have our own access points for wifi and switch to power those access points so its just sat there as a router/gateway to the internet (anyone expecting amazing hardware from their isp are silly, all isps hardware is cheap when it comes to wifi in my book. not gone down once since the connection was moved over. loving the gb network connections to the rest of the LAN.

Seeing as its faster/cheaper than sky its a win win. Will leave another comment after a month or so.

  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    3 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
Chippenham Vodafone  
Having read reviews on here, it was with some trepidation I decided to swap from BT Infinity to Vodafone. That said I think all the broadband providers, including BT, have just as bad reviews.
We swapped on 16th June and one month later have now received first bill. I can only recount our experience which has been faultless. I actually can think of nothing whatsoever to criticise. It all happened as it was scheduled to, our speeds are just as good as before, reliability is probably better. The bill was exactly as expected.
We have been Vodafone mobile customers for some years so get the lower rate. Now saving in excess of £400 per annum.
So 10/10, thank you Vodafone you got it right for us
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
Rutland Vodafone  
This is the first time ever I felt like leaving review . I have tired BT , virgin before . I decided to join Vodafone simply becoz they were offering me for low price . This is the worse ever connection i have had so far . I would never ever recommend anybody to join this service .
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
Charlton Vodafone  
Fantastic! Took the plunge, despite negative reviews and Vodafone's history of customer service. Switchover was effortless with slightly better speeds than I'd previously had with Sky. I get a consistent 79.6MB on their 76MB package so very happy indeed. Home broadband customer service is also reliable and accurate.

I getter better performance too from the router!
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
Treorchy Vodafone  
Vodafone service = Headache = Charges = Ignoring Customers!!
Vodafone Customer Value = ZERO%
Vodafone Customer service and care = ZERO%
Vodafone Reputation= ZERO%
Vodafone Traceability = ZERO%
Number of Customer Trusting Vodafone = ZERO%
BILL & Payment = 100%
Advice = ZERO %
Customer Satisfy Vodafone Service = ZERO %
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    1 star
Nottingham Vodafone  
I do regret for signing 12 months contract due to the broadband being so unreliable specially on mobile devices. I would not recommend anybody to get in to this mess if you're from my area.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    3 stars
  • Customer Service
    1 star
SW4 0PB Vodafone  
I have only put one star because there is no option for 0 star otherwise I have had enough of Vofafone. The worst is the home broadband utter rubbish. Dont even try because even the staff do not know what they are doing. Its just a long storry that I wont even bother sharing. All I can say is stay away from Vodafone to have a peace of mind.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
Ipswich Vodafone  
Terrible. I rarely leave reviews but this fibre internet connection has driven me to despair! The only positive thing that I can say about Vodaphone is that with the price increase they have allowed people to leave before their contract is up. I am jumping ship to either Sky or BT.

When first installed it was okay. Now it is terrible. The connection keeps dropping out and the wifi is terrible. Sometimes I can only get 10mbs when I am paying for the full fat fibre. When I do get the 10mbs I am happy as it means I actually have a connection for once. My wife is upset with the situation as she has had to up her mobile phone package to allow for more data as the wifi keeps failing.

STAY AWAY FROM VODAPHONE BROADBAND IF YOU WANT A STABLE INTERNET CONNECTION! (I am writing this article using my iPhone as a hotspot as the connection has gone again)
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
Yorkshire Vodafone  
Worst broadband I have ever had, I regret ted that I got it
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
London Vodafone  
Worst broadband we have ever had , always switching off I've had to increase my data for my mobile because I've used so much data at home
When i should be connected to
Wifi absolutely horrendous stay well
Away
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
Wallasey wirral Vodafone  

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Sky Q Hub

Why getting a new router can speed up your broadband

Posted on 2016-11-22 11:35 in News Features Virgin Media Origin TalkTalk Zen EE Vodafone Plusnet Sky BT

If you find broadband speeds confusing, you're not alone. What speed broadband providers advertise and what you actually get are rarely the same thing. The ASA has recently announced that it will be taking steps next year to bring clarity to the entire issue.

But that's a way off. In the meantime there are steps you can take to ensure you achieve speeds closer to what you were expecting.

You may not know that your Wi-Fi router can have a massive impact on the internet speeds you get throughout your home. Since the provider supplies the router we tend to assume that they're automatically good enough. But that isn't always true - sometimes they're old or slow, and not capable of handling a superfast broadband connection.

In these cases, upgrading to a more powerful router can help speed up your broadband dramatically.

How a new Wi-Fi router can help

Let's start with the technical bit.

The performance of a router is determined by the wireless standard that it uses. The best modern routers use the latest standard, called 802.11ac. It's the fastest available, and it runs on the 5GHz band which is clean and interference free.

802.11ac superceded the 802.11n standard. This is much slower - perhaps half or even a third of the speed - and it commonly runs on the 2.4GHz band which is much more prone to interference from other electrical devices in your home. As a result, the signal is not just slower but it gets much weaker the further it travels.

The router as a bottleneck

Many broadband providers supply an N-rated router with their packages, and it may not be up to the job. Tests show that 802.11n routers have a real world top speed of 50-100Mb, at close range. At a distance of 20 metres, and with a few obstacles like walls and floors in the way, that speed can be slashed in half - or worse.

So, if you've got a high-end fibre package and are getting speeds of 50Mb or more, then an N-rated router simply won't cut it. Your broadband is faster than your router, and the router becomes a bottleneck. Even on an entry-level fibre deal, with speeds of 25Mb, you'll be pushing it. You might find you get good speeds downstairs, but that they fall off sharply in the bedrooms.

In both cases, upgrading to an AC-rated router is likely to give you a major speed boost. The exception is standard broadband. Here, the speeds top out at 16Mb, and in practice are usually somewhat slower. An N-rated router should be able to handle this.

An easy way to check if you're affected is to use our free Speed Test tool. Stand next to your router and run the test on your laptop. Then head to the furthest corner of your house and run it again. If there's a major discrepancy in your results then it could be a sign that you need to upgrade your router. (Or it could mean you need to find a better position for your router.)

Do you need a new router?

You can see why a slow router can mean you don't get the broadband speeds you were expecting. So do you need to upgrade?

When you're shopping for broadband deals, all our comparison tables have icons to show what kind of router you're getting. Click the More Info button to see whether there's an option to upgrade to a better router when you sign up.

What router do you get?

  • Many of the major providers now supply AC-rated routers with all their packages. This includes TalkTalk, Vodafone and Virgin, while Sky also provides the new Sky Q Hub if you are a TV customer.
  • BT, Plusnet and EE supply 802.11ac routers with their fibre packages, and N-rated routers with standard broadband. BT offers a paid upgrade for standard broadband customers, but the other two don't.
  • Origin customers get an N-rated router, and need to pay at checkout to upgrade to a faster AC-rated unit.

If you've been with a provider for some time it's possible you're still using an older N-rated router and aren't getting the fastest possible speeds from your broadband. In this case it's worth checking with the provider to see if they'll swap your router for a newer model for free. Some may give you one in exchange for you signing a new contract. Just make sure you know exactly what you're getting, and that you aren't charged or placed on a new contract without knowing.

Lastly, a handful of providers, including Plusnet, Zen and Origin, allow you to use own router, so you can shop around and check independent reviews to get the best model for your needs.

The router is a frequently overlooked part of the broadband service. It's natural to assume that broadband problems are the fault of the provider, but the reality is that if your router is too slow you can easily be cutting your internet speed in half without even realising.

Give your router a quick check now to see if you would benefit from an upgrade.

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Vodafone Buyers Guide

Can I get Vodafone Broadband?

Vodafone has installed its own fibre network equipment at exchanges across the country.

Vodafone's fibre broadband service is currently available in more than 24 million UK premises. This is around 85% of homes, and only just short of the coverage of the Openreach network owned by the BT Group. Therefore, if you're in a town or city you will almost certainly be able to get Vodafone Broadband - coverage is likely to be patchier in rural areas.

Use our postcode checker to see if Vodafone Broadband is available in your area.

What packages are available?

Vodafone Broadband offers two packages with a choice of speeds:

  • Unlimited Fibre 38 - a mid-range fibre broadband package with speeds up to 38Mb. 18 month contract with one-off connection fee and no line rental
  • Unlimited Fibre 76 - the high-end fibre package with speed up to 76Mb. 8 month contract with one-off connection fee and no line rental

Both packages allow for unlimited usage. You get the high-tech Vodafone Connect 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.

Which package should I choose?

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

The Unlimited Fibre 38 package is available for the same price as many other provider's standard phoneline broadband deals. It's an attractive option if you need fibre broadband now, or think you might need it in future. You do have to pay a one-off connection fee of £49, though (although this is frequently half price, free or cut to only £1 during special offers), so remember to factor this into the costs.

For heavier use, such as in larger households where users would be streaming media to multiple devices simultaneously, or making multi-gigabyte games downloads, the fibre packages would be much more suitable.

Vodafone’s coverage checker shows which of their packages are available in your area, as well as the maximum speed you might be able to achieve. In practice the speeds you get are dependent on numerous factors, including how far you are from your nearest telephone exchange, and the quality of the copper wiring in your home.

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?
  • How far do you live from a BT telephone exchange, and would these be a problem for standard broadband speeds?

Compare all Vodafone Broadband packages

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

  • Vodafone Connect router worth £130 - the 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 Connect smartphone app - the router can be controlled by the Vodafone Connect 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?

  • Clear pricing - Vodafone's integrated pricing structure means you know exactly how much you will need to pay each month.
  • 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 Connect 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 get few other extras for your money.
  • Expensive fibre connection fee - when it's not removed or reduced by a special offer, the packages include a £49 activation fee.
  • No phoneline 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 phoneline broadband product.
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