John Lewis Broadband

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

  • Free UK-based customer service
  • Bundled phone service with inclusive calling
  • Unlimited usage allowances oh all packages
  • 66Mb average speed 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
£20.00 for 12 months
£26.50 thereafter

No upfront cost

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  • 12 months reduced price!
  • Truly unlimited usage
  • 10Mb average download speed
  • 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
  • No activation fee
  • 12 month contract

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John Lewis Broadband Fibre with Talk Evenings and Weekend
£27.50 for 12 months
£38.00 thereafter

No upfront cost

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  • 12 months reduced price!
  • 36Mb average download speed
  • 9Mb average upload speed!
  • Truly unlimited usage
  • Free UK-based customer support
  • Free PC or Mac security suite
  • Free set up for switchers
  • Evening and weekend calling
  • No activation fee
  • 12 month contract

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John Lewis Broadband Fibre Extra with Talk Evenings and Weekend
£32.50 for 12 months
£43.00 thereafter

No upfront cost

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  • 12 months reduced price!
  • 66Mb average download speed
  • 18Mb average upload speed!
  • Truly unlimited usage
  • Free UK-based customer support
  • Free PC or Mac security suite
  • Free set up for switchers
  • Evening and weekend calling
  • No activation fee
  • 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 - Fibre Extra package averages 66Mb 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
  • Telepone support not 24 hour - The freephone support number is only open for calls between 9am and 6pm.

Features at a glance

  • 10Mb average ADSL speed, 36Mb average Fibre download speed and 66Mb average Fibre Extra download speed

  • 12 month contracts

  • Unlimited usage allowances on all packages

  • Free connection on existing phonelines

  • Free UK-based customer support

  • Comprehensive PC security package from BullGuard included

  • All deals come with AC-rated wireless routers

  • Range of inclusive landline minutes available with every deal

  • Same price offered wherever you live

  • John Lewis Broadband have published a Traffic Management Policy

2.8 stars
  satisfaction rating based on 587 customer ratings since 2017-09-22. See more John Lewis Broadband customer ratings and reviews.

Details last checked on 2018-09-17

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
    2.8 stars
  • Customer Service
    3.2 stars
  • Speed
    2.4 stars
  • Reliability
    2.6 stars

Based on 587 customer ratings since 2017-09-22

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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
Like another reviewer I have closed my account and JLB does not recognise this although I have their letter telling me how sorry they are I have left. I stopped my DD as after many phone calls as I could not trust them and sure enough today I had an email from them demanding payment by another means. In fact they owe me a refund but "due to a new accounting system" this will have to be by cheque. I cannot go on-line to discuss this as my account is closed and the phone line has a wait of over 10 minutes. I'm not surprised!
I would just ignore them if they did not owe me money and I could be sure they would not file a payment failure on my credit file.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    4 stars
Hereford John Lewis Broadband  
broadband it low and often drops, for a rural area like this, it is passable,
customer service on the other hand is just not up to the job, JL snt me an email telling me there were problems with their system and they could not collect my direct debit on time, and they would inform me when they would collect it, they sent me an email saying it will be collected on or after the 13th, so they decided to collect it on the 12th, funds were placed in my bank on the 12th to cover the direct debit on the 13th, needless to say my once perfect record with my bank has now gone, I will be charged for their incompetence, and all they do is ignore my emails, on top of this they are saying now because I have not paid my account will be restricted, and would you believe their online payment through your account has been down for days, so even though I am trying to pay, I can't, needless to say I will be taking my custom elsewhere,
  • Satisfaction
    3 stars
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
bala John Lewis Broadband  
Quick review. Generally these who are happy with a service don't come to a website like this, but only those who are unhappy. We've been with JLB for about 6 months now, after many expensive years with BT. Should have done it years ago! A very positive exoerience. Thanks.
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    4 stars
Wiltshire John Lewis Broadband  
Cannot get on to server to clear, therefore email not working. AGAIN!
Dorset John Lewis Broadband  
Worst Company ever. Stay away.
They forgot to close my account, over charged me and now cant refund my account (they say).
They want to send me a check when i an no longer residing in the UK!!!

Worst ever. No consideration...
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    2 stars
Ilkley John Lewis Broadband  
Having read all the negative reviews of John Lewis Broadband I followed MSE's rating of the service and switched from BT over a month ago. In contrast to all the negative reports published I can confirm that my experience of the switch and the resultant telephone and broadband service has been exemplary. The switch was completed on schedule and the resultant response is as good as (indeed, I am tempted to say better than) that provided by BT. It seems that, in general, consumers only vent their frustrations in public reviews when they have negative experiences. I feel that such views should be tempered by what must be the more prevalent, positive experiences. Thank you to John Lewis for a good service at a good price!
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Ashbourne John Lewis Broadband  
I thought i would try give John lewis, as my last Provider, Talk Talk were extremely incompetent from start to finish.I place my order with JL just over week ago in 29/9/2018 and was given three option of when every thing would be set up after Paying Nearly £90.

However this didn't get to plan, after waiting half hour on Saturday to get through i was sent a email basically stating wait till Monday.

So I phone Monday even though the first person i spoke to seemed inexperienced but polite he had told me it would take a further two weeks for every to be set-up meaning this would of been a month!. i then decided to cancel

I then had heated argument with one of their cancellation team member as he was telling ( couldn't get a word in edge ways) me this would be the same for any other provider to take this long ??.

in the end spoke to some more polite and i have now gone with another provider and i will be set up by the end of the week!

stay Clear if there is issues in the beginning i guarantee you it will only get worse!!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
west midlands John Lewis Broadband  
Well it would be minus all round. Trouble from 1st day. Tried to change our home phone no, after several calls to them we were told "sorry you should have been asked if you wanted to keep number too late now it's been allocated to someone else by BT . Weeks to sort this out, as a business we had to keep our number.
Next problem trouble with router hours on phone even being told to unscrew main BT socket. Apparently our phone line at fault -no it wasn't and so it went on. Even had a BT engineer turn up who said they have had numerous calls re this broadband service and on his log it even had a note that the manager had visited us. Not true.
Had our user name wrongly spelt again several calls to correct this.
Today unable to log in to try and get printed bills for accountant and as usual can't get through on phone.
Don't use this service & please read all reviews
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Norwich John Lewis Broadband  
Driven by flood of negative reviews seen here, and my (short so far) experience with JLB, I decided to write my own review as our experience with them so far is very positive.

Context: We just migrated off BT 80MB (then, now it's 66MB only, I think?) Fibre and telephone service.I had been with BT for 7 years, moved house three times [South East & London] taking them with me every time and had no issues with them at all except once, when they were not able to move me as they had internal issues with their CMR and they just let me go then allowing for new (nice) deal to be put in place. Broadband and telephone service was operational at all times and I never had to contact them about any technical issues either. So my worry when we decided to move was that we will effectively break something that works splendidly well (although for a price): We decided to move based only on the extortionate price we had to pay - with JLB our monthly price is effectively less than half now.

I ordered JLB Broadband & telephone service on 22/09 online - got migration date as 05/09 couple of hours later(contractual two weeks). Zyxel router turned up couple of days later and replaced BT Hub on the day of migration. Phone line has migrated early in the morning, with broadband following few hours later. As I was at work then, I just checked with JLB that all is good and witnessed the same once we got back home in the evening. Router was operational, and it was just WiFi / Ethernet configuration that I had to do. And that was it.
Needless to say that all these steps were followed up by text messages & e-mails.

So it's 72 hours for us just now: telephone service works as it did, broadband speed is exactly the same as it's been before. The only extra thing I did myself was to voluntarily upgrade the firmware in the provided router - and fiddle with its settings.

So, I am really not sure where all the negative comments are coming from. I also cannot say anything wrong about their staff either.

I can only guess that some negative experiences may be related to exceptional circumstances: dodgy wiring etc. but perhaps also the fact that it's far easier to write negative rather than positive review.

Last but not least: I shall update this review if circumstances change - especially after first 12 months.
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
London Chiswick / Acton / Hammersmith John Lewis Broadband  
Dreadful. I was with them for 1 year without trouble. Went away for 6 months visiting a sick relative abroad. Direct debits taken monthly.
Returned home to everything dead.
Connected but no broadband as I was connected to Sky at the exchange (mis-jumpered).
The Openreach guy ripped the master socket off my interior wall, damaging the cables. 2 more visits to get it fixed. BT Openreach very sorry.
JL then try to charge me £50 for the visits. Hours phoning them, always promising a manager would ring back. Never happened.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    3 stars
goole 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 averaging 10Mb with unlimited usage
  • John Lewis Fibre Broadband - fibre-optic broadband at speeds averaging 36Mb download and 9Mb upload with unlimited usage
  • John Lewis Fibre Extra - fibre-optic broadband at speeds averaging 66Mb download and 18Mb upload with unlimited usage

The speeds are advertised with 'averages' 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' speed averages of 36Mb or 66Mb 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 freephone UK-based customer 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.
  • Telephone support not 24 hour - The freephone support number is only open for calls between 9am and 6pm.

 

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